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time to start your 100 day countdown!

time to start your 100 day countdown!

Pic by Olivier Lamy. Floraison in Burgundy (flowering in Burgundy) – reported and pictured by Olivier Lamy today. He saw the first flowers today in Criots, Chaumées and Gravières vineyards. Those are all chardonnay – the pinot is usually later to flower…

Terrace of Château Gris

a sunday nuits walkabout…

A hike up to Château Gris and higher…

Beaune Musée du vin...

a saturday (mainly) puligny walkabout…

mâcon wine note(?)

mâcon wine note(?)

Mâcon wine note – Friday evening, 22nd May (and Saturday too) on the ‘Esplanade Lamartine’ in Mâcon…

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

04 de vogüé and 12 comte liger-belair

Dinner in Caves Madeleine yesterday, and generous diners wanted to open the 2004 de Vogüé – so I naturally had to find something to pique interest too. Not a bad pair of after-dinner bottles.. 2004 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Bonnes-Mares The 2005 of this is magical, but less fortunately this shows in a classic 2004 […]

Meursault-Blagny...

hail update & get ready for the léproserie

 La Léproserie de Meursault… So, late yesterday afternoon we had the first hail of the growing season. I linked Thibault Morey’s hail video (on Facebook) yesterday, and today I spoke with some growers and looked at the vines. The spread of hail was a little wider than was first reported (by me), with vines also […]

opening hail season :(

opening hail season :(

https://www.facebook.com/thibault.morey/videos/856586747755715/ For those of you with a Facebook account – you might be able to see this video. Hail today in the area of Chassagne and St.Aubin recorded by Thibault Morey. Not too much damage – a few perforated leaves and the odd (latent) cluster touched, but basically minimal damage. If the same was to […]

finding a mouth-wash can be troublesome…

finding a mouth-wash can be troublesome…

So when a 15 year-old Beaujolais Nouveau is too excruciatingly corked, where to turn? Well, the first wine didn’t pass the test! 1999 Jean-Claude Belland, Santenay 1er La Comme It’s ages since I had one of these – this might even be that last – all bought on release. Yuk! I might have some tolerance […]

2000 beaujolais nouveau ‘not nice’ shocker…

2000 beaujolais nouveau ‘not nice’ shocker…

I liked the look of the seriograph-printed 2000 nouveau from Duboeuf, so kept it as a memento of the millennium, surrounded by empty bottles of DRC and Musigny (of-course!) in my ‘bottle-art’ installation in my office. But I’m in the process of moving house – or more aptly, still making a big mess of the […]

three medalists from the weekend…

three medalists from the weekend…

It seems that the 98 GE from Gros F&S was no fluke the other week, the 98s are showing much love, and not a little maturity. A fine trio this weekend… 1998 Antonin Guyon, Corton Clos du Roy Medium-plus colour. The nose is a symphony of depth, leaves and dark-red, roasted fruit – ouf! – […]

domaine leflaive – the passing of the baton

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/51624

Looking over Les Ruchots

bonnes-mares…

Well, mainly… A visit in Morey on Thursday afternoon, and unusually, I was early! So I stopped off for a wander around the vines of a particular part of Bonnes-Mares, just outside the centre of Morey. The ground was very dry, though today’s rain – luckily without storms – should have helped in that department. […]

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