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mugnier’s 1999 chambolle-musigny

mugnier’s 1999 chambolle-musigny

I wasted quite a lot of this wine in its youth: Actually, I didn’t waste any in its first flush of youth when it was just a consistently gorgeous wine, I wasted bottles between its 3rd and 10th birthdays, when the wine was often sullen and typically without charm. It looks like things are now starting to turn around! 1999 JF Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny The colour remains quite deep. Aromatically this has the cushioned, brown sugared (oak!) sweetness of fruit that, for so long, has been missing in action. After half an hour it has tightened and is less pretty – more herbal – so we are still some way from peak drinking. Round in the mouth, the tannin still offers a hint of astringency, but [….]

unesco and 2011…

A couple of news stories: Most important for Burgundy, is the news that it won’t achieve its desired aim to have Unesco World Heritage Staus – not this year anyway. It seems some of the rules were changed and a country could only submit one ‘entry’ per category – that meant that Champagne also missed out. This means that at least one more year of shaking everybody’s hands is required, though France already has 37 ‘things’ with such ‘status’. (More here…) Will Lyons picks out some of his favourite domaines from the 2011 vintage – though (Remi Rollin excepted) none in the Côte de Beaune – no restraint in his recommendation of the vintage.

A little fun from Reilly Ace of Spies…

Cornucopia Vitus from Pinot Noir NZ on Vimeo.

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay clos de la cave

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay clos de la cave

Hmm, I realise that I haven’t opened a bottle for a bit. Mid-week crisis! Oh-well, there’s one way to dispose of that notion – how about something from Thomas Bouley? 2010 Jean-Marc Bouley, Volnay Clos de la Cave Maybe a hint more than medium colour – maybe. On first pouring there’s a faint trace of reduction that makes you think of oak but it quickly fades with a stemmy anecdote. Five minutes and the aromas are completely changed, offering a soft strawberry impression. Round with depth, detail and just a little plushness to the texture – but with fine acidity. The tannin is sticky rather than grainy and once you find that tannin, you will also have found another layer of flavour, also with a [….]

just a few weekend pics…

just a few weekend pics…

I suppose work I am now required to work 😉

above the clouds

above the clouds

I’m not skiing, I’m just sitting, drinking in magnificence. You don’t get to do that every day!

human or not?

human or not?

First Humagne of the year 😉

thought of the day

thought of the day

Wine should have a purpose, and that purpose demands the opening of the bottle. Unless a wine is in some respect faulty, it will always have a purpose; wine can be crap, it can be contemplative or it can be conversational (thanks Juel) but given the right circumstance it is always fit for purpose – even if the purpose you have in mind is cooking – just to say I’ve done it, I did once add a little 1996 Lafite to a sauce reduction. If it’s not fun, there is no point 😉 Now for some swiss wine – where are my skis!!!

poor padmé

Worth your time: Victoria Moore in the Telegraph Blake Grey in Palate Press – poor Padmé indeed! [Archived] Burgundy_ the wine that makes grown men cry – Telegraph Darth Vader is My Lover_ Revelations About Brettanomyces in Wine – Palate Press

2000 – definitely vivant…

2000 – definitely vivant…

Long gone is the 60 Euro bottle of Romanée St.Vivant, but I retain a decent back catalogue of the Thomas-Moillard / Charles Thomas bottle (actually just 1998-2003, but hey…). TM were a hard organisation to work out – clearly their wines were made with a minimum 10 years of aging in mind, 20 would be all the better, but in less heralded vintages such as 98 and 2000 they excelled, in 1999 they made something as hard as nails – still, I’ve plenty of time, I think…! Having tried the largely charmless 2000 Hudelot-Noellat a couple of weeks back, and contributor Rick saying that the 2000 Follin-Arbellet was pretty much the same, I thought I’d give this an outing. To start with it seemed to [….]

Pretty as a picture

last weekend pics…

It seemed I was in the only corner of Switzerland with some sunshine this weekend, though the visibility was poor at the end of each day. I may have to try again this week 😉

eichholtz in the walserhof…

It’s not every day that you go to eat eat at the Hotel Walserhof in Klosters; we did it one time before, perhaps seven or eight years ago, and it was everything that you might expect of a ‘renowned table’ in Switzerland; efficiently serviced, tasty food but it wasn’t really ‘inviting’. Yesterday we were in the Walserhof once more and the service team is currently in transition to new managers from Bad Ragaz – but what a difference. Still, the food is very, very good, but yesterday it had a cosy charm about it – it invites you to return – very nice! I was lucky to tag onto a group who were to have a ‘degustations menu’ pared with the wines of a local [….]

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