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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. […]

Chambolle

early starts…

The days are long for some. Such is the heat (& sunburn) this week, that many are already starting their day in the vines at 06h00. Some balancing with a long siesta, others not. Today was ‘second treatment day’ for some, though given the forecast for storms tomorrow or Friday, I’m not sure if it […]

hot in the côtes…

hot in the côtes…

Hot, hot, hot today – my car’s aircon can hardly keep up. Definitely not a time to be smooching around town with bottles in the car! After what seems like months of not visiting, I was yet-again back in Vosne-Romanée today. So I’ll apologise up-front for the photo-monotony 😉 But first a bit of Boisset […]

2 reds for my weekend: richebourg & nuits st.georges…

2 reds for my weekend: richebourg & nuits st.georges…

An interesting pair for this weekend – a more than half-good 1994, but one bested by a 2008 – despite their respective labels… 1994 Jean Grivot, Richebourg Medium, medium-plus red colour – really not lots and lots of age. The nose has bright and ripe cherry-red fruit – quite nice I must say. In the […]

windless…

windless…

The first spray in Beaune… I was shaking my head watching a tractor deliver it’s treatment in the vines yesterday – or not deliver as it turned out. A reasonably strong wind was sweeping across the vines, and with it, their treatment was swept away. Not just a waste, but what price bio or organic […]

2013s… (and a bit of gevrey!)

2013s… (and a bit of gevrey!)

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles today… The 2013 whites were rather accurately reported I think, but I really felt that the reporting on the 2013 reds was all over the place – more-so than the wines themselves. Of-course I’m talking about good addresses, and, in the main, Côte de Nuits domaines (which I’m visiting this month), but […]

burgundy sales stats…

For those with an interest 😉 http://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2015/05/05/12312/u-s-becomes-top-market-for-burgundy-despite-a-decline-in-volume-and-value/

RSV...

floral vosne-romanée…

I really can’t remember the last time I aimlessly wandered around Vosne with my camera, but today, either side of an appointment at René Cacheux I did just that. The vines really look in fine shape, and not just the vines either…

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