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chanzy’s 2013 mercurey 1er clos du roy

Is a tasting-note better in a bite-sized twitter aside? Mercurey, so often so-la-la or over-extracted/wooded but this is brilliant, crunchy raspberry + textured weight. Yum! pic.twitter.com/vtiZvxENwh — bill nanson (@billnanson) August 16, 2015

Gardens!

a little morning puligny?

After Le Montrachet’s breakfast, of-course!

Ladoix - below the road...

a little walk around ladoix today

Well, nobody else was doing it! It’s been a pretty rainy week – there was a little this morning too, but mostly just cloud after about 10h00. Indeed we’ve had more than 60mm in the last week, which is such a contrast to basically nothing in July! It’s been hard for the young vines – […]

laurent ponsot’s new ‘shop’ in beaune…

laurent ponsot’s new ‘shop’ in beaune…

I thought this might be of interest to anyone in Beaune/Burgundy/France – it’s (to my knowledge) Laurent Ponsot’s’ first official ‘outlet.’ Attached to the Hotel de Beaune and the Bistro de l’Hôtel is a wine-shop – largely unremarkable in its first 18 months or-so – save for its artwork! They have now upped their game. […]

myth-busting pinot noir?

Myth-busting? Not exactly so – it’s not just passtoutgrains – or Côteaux Bourguignone that can contain gamay or others. There is a tolerated amount of non-pinot in very many vineyards, even from very covetable labels. It’s really not that uncommon for red wines also to contain grapes of pinot blanc, pinot gris or chardonnay – […]

interesting: mugnier and musigny…

interesting: mugnier and musigny…

Now isn’t this interesting.   Pic stolen from a Facebook post… I have to say that I never really thought of Freddy Mugnier and Château Latour as bed-fellows, though I do understand the ‘stance’ and knowing FM, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the money. But my question is, ‘what does several years mean?’ […]

noteworthy in the last days…

New Zealand Pinot Noir producer to release a Gevrey-Chambertin… Not the Hosemaster’s finest hour, but Riedel’s action was a ‘PR disaster’ – as a result, I’ll happily revert to Zaltos! https://twitter.com/guyawoodward/status/630006263770955776 Some semblance of wine chemistry… A longer watch, but interesting nonetheless…

bourgogne criots!

bourgogne criots!

No, that’s not a new appellation, rather my choice of drinks the last days! This first wine drank so well, I may forced into pulling out my last bottles of the 93 and the 90! 1995 Maison Leroy, Bourgogne Medium colour, a little salmon rather than brown. The smell has a little cigar and a […]

les weekenders…

les weekenders…

2010 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er En Remilly From the first sniff – yum! Toasted bread and a nicely direct, if slightly cushioned. This is a little cushioned in the mouth too, with a lovely driving citrus fruit but the fresh, stony flavour widens in the mouth. A big fresh and intense mid-palate brings joy – […]

‘anthology’ of the last days…

A shocking tasting by Allen Meadows: “1996 white burgundy, and in particular Ramonet though Niellon and Sauzet contributed, continues to disappoint as 8 of 9 bottles were premoxed and another one (1976 Leflaive “Clavoillon”) was corked as was one of the reds (1989 Roty Griotte). It was one of the bigger debacles that I have […]

pascal chevigny’s 2002 vosne…

pascal chevigny’s 2002 vosne…

These were very will priced, about €20 or less, way back when. Let’s say in 2004/2005… 2002 Pascal Chevigny, Vosne-Romanée Opened too cold – from the fridge – but it will warm in my glass. The nose starts very closed, but ever-so slowly it opens with a modest but charming vosne-style nose – all is […]

thomas-moillard’s 96 corton clos du roi

thomas-moillard’s 96 corton clos du roi

1996 Thomas-Moillard, Corton Clos du Roi Deeply coloured. Ooh – diving into the aromas from the high-board. A faint graphite and deep, dark half plum/damson fruit that’s partly sweet-baked. Direct line of fresh flavour – much as I remember – but today there’s more padding and more weight of buffering flavour than 5+ years ago. […]

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