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a yorkshire lunch

a yorkshire lunch

Tuesday 14th April @ Sous le Nez in Leeds A few old pals got together; 3 from Yorkshire plus a proud Lancastrian and an innocent bystander from Switzerland! We didn’t have a theme, and I was handicapped by only having the wines that I thought might be ‘useful’ during our stay – still – not […]

malham cove…

malham cove…

About 40 minutes after the hail! All the seasons in one day in Malham – of-course!

bolton abbey / devonshire arms

bolton abbey / devonshire arms

The Devonshire Arms is a very nice location and with a great restaurant and cellar too – and the occasion? – a birthday. Our usual sommelier was absent and so half of the bottles I outlined couldn’t be found(!) but the service and friendliness remained impeccable. For the record, the very well priced Mugneret-Gibourg 1999 […]

whitby, mainly…

whitby, mainly…

But with a hint of Robin Hood’s Bay and a suggestion of Filey…

one or two(!) weekend wines…

one or two(!) weekend wines…

A bit of a corky weekend, unfortunately! 2009 Alex Gambal, Bourgogne Chardonnay – Actually quite a good bottle. Powerful and ripe à la 2009s but with balance and lots and lots of flavour – yum! Rebuy – Yes 2010 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Remilly – Fresh clean, citrus nose. Lovely in the mouth – […]

today, more mâconnais – a-go-go…

today, more mâconnais – a-go-go…

a busy day in the mâconnais…

a busy day in the mâconnais…

As you can see, today was quite busy:

patchworks, repeats and aubert…

patchworks, repeats and aubert…

The 18-20°C of the last days has disappeared under the clouds and the spitting rain today – about 5°C for the record. But the vineyards still have that great patchwork impression as the different domaines plough – or not, and prune – or not, at their own pace. The lunchtime menu du jour contained andouillettes […]

busy alex…

busy alex…

Christophe Buisson and Alex Gambal sign at last – pic from Alex. Hmm – what a good story – 🙂 This deal took a very long time to finalise, but now ‘Domaine Alex Gambal’ is exploiting the following: Appellation Surface (ha) Chassagne En L’Ormeau 0.13 Chassagne 1er Cru La Maltroie 0.20 Batard Montrachet 0.18 Puligny-Montrachet […]

late afternoon views from above beaune…

late afternoon views from above beaune…

Visually the weather has been the same all week – but today I was in a shirt and shorts – and that was before jogging up to the ‘mountain’ of Beaune! 20°C today – lovely – and just a little cherry-blossom too. I love the delineation of the vineyards right now – you can make […]

a little clos de vougeot action from today…

a little clos de vougeot action from today…

Today was the ‘Trilogy’ tasting for the villages of Morey, Chambolle and Vosne – in the Château de Clos de Vougeot – and in beautiful spring weather too. To be honest, you have no chance to taste everything – well I haven’t and be semi-cogent anyway. So today I chose to visit every wine (in […]

a little nsg action from yesterday…

a little nsg action from yesterday…

It was the Hospices de Nuits auction on Sunday – and despite it being quite cool, the skies were fine and clear for the visitors…

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