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07 september – 2015 harvest day 4

07 september – 2015 harvest day 4

Let me tell you – it’s quite chilly in the mornings. After handling the grapes for a while, you beg a large, restorative mug of coffee to tease the blood back into your fingers – well, I do anyway! The week is set fair with sunny days and cold nights – the forecasters suggest that […]

Debris

06 september – 2015 harvest day 3

Don’t believe the 2015 hype – well, don’t accept it as universal anyway – this is Burgundy. Today was a Volnay at the home domaine – Volnay 1er cru and Volnay villages. This vineyard/plot/vine selection delivers plenty of rot – every year. It also usually brings a lot of unripe clusters which are simply thrown […]

Lying in wait.

05 september – 2015 harvest day 2

It’s Saturday, and at 07h00 it’s not fully light – where did the summer go?! Today is a cool, cloudy day – it’s also a relatively modest work-day – and for 2 reasons: 1 we only have two loads of chardonnay to triage today, and 2 there is almost no triage to do! A few […]

04 september – home domaine’s 2015 harvest day 1

04 september – home domaine’s 2015 harvest day 1

Only two vines today – Beaune Cras and Santenay Comme – both 1er crus. The Beaune is usually quite good from a fine selection of more than 80 year-old vines, the Santenay always needs a lot of triage from this plot/grower – but! – the triage table going at full speed, and not many triagers […]

2015 harvest update – hail!

2015 harvest update – hail!

Video Here  Photo belongs to Aurélien Blugeot Happy are those in the Côte de Beaune that have already cut a significant portion of their whites – Dominique Lafon and Olivier Lamy leading the way with accompanying social-media images of perfect grapes picked under perfect blue skies. Yesterday night it turned stormy – a modest amount […]

all-round excellence last weekend…

all-round excellence last weekend…

5 from 5 – who would have thought! I’d rebuy all of these! The Collet (Chablis) crémant hits the spot as always for just €8. The 2012 Pernand Clos Berthet was my last from 6 – all have been a great – seriously under-rated wine for the price. Ah – the Clos des Ursules – […]

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

one brusque the other smooth and intense…

2006 Roger Belland, Santenay 1er Les Gravières As a baby this was a big fruit bomb of interest. Today, in middle-age, it’s still big but both aromatically and from the flavours it’s also brusque, indeed it’s borderline brutal – I really wouldn’t know that I came from Burgundy, though I might still guess it’s pinot […]

friday – must be engstligenalp day…

friday – must be engstligenalp day…

vendanges 2015 – vendanges!!

To be honest, it’s still very much the calm before the storm, but there are plenty of big names already in the vines… It started with Olivier Lamy on Wednesday and then on Thursday he was joined by Dominique Lafon and Jean-Marc Roulot – amongst others. Today both Dujac and Vougeraie were in the vines […]

lac de biel – oh so pretty…

lac de biel – oh so pretty…

Yesterday: Fifty different grape varieties packing into one hillside by the lake of Biel in Switzerland. It’s very pretty indeed!

henri latour and g&p ravaut – good stuff…

henri latour and g&p ravaut – good stuff…

2002 Henri Latour, Auxey-Duresses 1er Les Grands-Champs Just a lovely nose – some leafy development and a faintly spiced red fruit – this is very inviting indeed. In the mouth this lacks the width and richness of youth – it’s much more direct, yet not particularly strident. An easy, tasty-drinking wine – but don’t look […]

at last – a joyful pair: potel + dublère

at last – a joyful pair: potel + dublère

After a few disappointing wines, these two really bounced back to show what enjoying burgundies is all about. Certainly the best bourgogne blanc drunk this year too: 2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts This starts tight, but the nose opens up with direct, fresh, red fruit and spice – very inviting. In the […]

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