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joseph henriot r.i.p…

joseph henriot r.i.p…

Joseph Henriot was certainly a giant of more than one (wine) stage, and Jancis offers a wider perspective of his works than any Burgundy specialist could: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/joseph-henriot-dies I remember an anecdote from Philippe Prost who was wine-maker at the time of the Henriot acquisition of Bouchard Père et Fils, Philippe related that Joseph Henriot told […]

march report online…

march report online…

A few more Chalonnaise domaines, a return to the Artisans-Vignerons of the Mâconnais plus tastings of Chambolle-Musigny, Echézeaux and Nuits Blanc. Plus a few more things! https://www.burgundy-report.com/burgundy-report-extra/03-2015/

the news today…

#Beaune : Joseph Henriot est décédé #Bouchard #vin #wine #viticulture http://t.co/I2ZJQKyhtA pic.twitter.com/cFL2GT4pGV — Lebienpublic (@Lebienpublic) April 30, 2015 Refusal to spray vines lands Thibault Liger-Belair in court – reports winesearcher http://t.co/yPuvOnraXU — bill nanson (@billnanson) April 30, 2015

french rainstorms & fear of frost in chablis…

french rainstorms & fear of frost in chablis…

The lovely weather of last week(+) is now taking something of a pause – today it’s largely kept to about 10°C. Yesterday I managed to drive to Beaune avoiding all but a few drops of rain, despite storms roving across both France and Switzerland – indeed Chablis already had thunder and lightning on Saturday. On […]

the scent is in the air…

the scent is in the air…

Beaune’s wisteria (today, above) is just a couple of days behind the Mâconnais, where every small village hangs heavy with the scent of the those blooms. The growers in Mâcon are quite happy with the year’s progress – so far – as the vines are just about perfectly ‘average’ in terms of their growth cycle […]

château de la crée – all change…

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/51502 A great piece of news from Bruce Sanderson today – I can’t see Ken hooking up the plough though!

snakes and sheep in the mâconnais…

snakes and sheep in the mâconnais…

Not the only thing on the roads in the Mâconnais today, I saw a metre-long snake zip across the road, gleaming in the sun – they really are fast! Another day of fine and warm weather – my second day in the Mâconnais, today visiting four solid producers – but cold and wet is forecast […]

Chateau de Messey

a warm day in the mâconnais

I saw 26°C registered today – maybe it was warmer – it was certainly picturesque! Lots of visits today and I learnt a lot! Wine of the day… pic.twitter.com/pp2YWGz0op — bill nanson (@billnanson) April 22, 2015

bottling…

bottling…

My ‘home domaine’ has attacked the bottling this week – the soundtrack to the week will be incessant clinking of glass bottles. The chief is very happy about the conjunction of the calendar and the fine, calm weather. He’s also very happy with his wines 😉

a few weekend wines…

a few weekend wines…

What a really great set of wines this weekend – and really, I just can’t choose a favourite – sorry! The 1990 Penley Estate was big, powerful and really on form. The 2009 Jean-Marc Pillot was weighty and flavour-packed but with plenty of cut and freshness – actually a great foil to the Penley estate. […]

tada!

tada!

My first day back home after a two week break – and my first job? – the grass! My second job will be adding a few notes here on some lovely wines during my travels 😉 Tomorrow back to Beaune, I’ve 9 appointments in the Mâconnais on Wednesday and Thursday – that should be enough […]

r.i.p anne-claude leflaive

It was reported that Anne-Claude Leflaive died during the Easter holidays – Jeremy Seysses being the first to publicly relay the news as far as I know. Purely by chance, I drank her 2011 Mâcon-Verzé the day before – and it was perfectly delicious. Within 2 hours of Jeremy’s tweet, I was asked by one […]

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