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more old beaune…

more old beaune…

No Pommard today, and not so much blue sky either, but a cancelled appointment left time to walk the remparts of Beaune – I haven’t done that for years!

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monday in beaune and pommard…

There were occasional patches of mist but as the sun came through the ploughed rows of vines began steaming – looked rather cool! A perfect Spring day with 12-15°C. A shame its February and the wines should be completely dormant. Everyone is hoping for a nice steady 2-3 weeks of -5°C or-so to kill off […]

oof- what a dinner…

oof- what a dinner…

Homemade boeuf-bourguignone was on the menu along with a brilliant lineup of wines from me and others – not a bad collection for just four of us! I didn’t make notes during the evening, but did look again at the bottles that remained next day – all still full of vigour. Some were whisked away […]

1992 lafon monthélie 1er duresses (encore)

Last tasted in April last year, and I’d say that this is a bit nicer bottle. 1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthélie 1er Les Duresses Medium, perhaps medium-plus red colour. The nose begins rather deeply; a baked dark-fruit that slowly becomes redder and redder and shows a subtle but interesting pyrazine note – not quite like a […]

michel lafarge’s 1993 volnay clos des chênes…

michel lafarge’s 1993 volnay clos des chênes…

Despite their lofty reputation, and the undeniable brilliance of their wines when tasting from barrel, I’d yet to have a ‘wow’ moment with bottles from this domaine. That’s not to say that I haven’t drunk many very good bottles! Well, here’s a ‘wow’, indeed, in-fact here’s the best wine I’ve drunk this year, and that’s […]

joseph matrot’s 1972 volnay-santenots

joseph matrot’s 1972 volnay-santenots

I was hunting around the cellar for some bottles for this weekend – a blind tasting with friends of ‘old stuff’ – at least I will be opening old stuff! I found the bottles I wanted under others. As I was replacing the ‘others’, this wine was in my hands, and I simply thought – […]

jean-noël gagnard’s 1999 chassagne caillerets

jean-noël gagnard’s 1999 chassagne caillerets

Actually, I drank this last week, but only now got around to typing the note. We started with two bottles, but the first showed a mild corkiness that was enough to spoil our enjoyment, particularly so, when we realised how good the second bottle was! 1999 Jean-Noël Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er les Caillerets Lemon yellow. The […]

leflaive’s 2008 chevalier-montrachet

leflaive’s 2008 chevalier-montrachet

2008 Leflaive, Chevalier-Montrachet Wow – this is showing its wares: Beautiful aromas of fresh citrus fruit, and there’s a really gorgeous depth too – this is just so ‘open’. Intense – I’ll say that again – intense, beautiful flavours and again it’s just so open. A core of agrume fruit – it’s like summer dish […]

welcome back: c marey & comte liger-belair…

welcome back: c marey & comte liger-belair…

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair has been a busy boy. Not only has he been re-designing the family Audi A3*, but he has been remodelling his affairs in Vosne-Romanée too. The name of the business C.Marey was first recorded in Nuits St.Georges in 1720. In 1852, Guillaume-Félix Marey, together with the Comte Liger-Belair joined their business together to […]

offer of the day – henri boillot 2012s…

In brackets, you will see the equivalent prices from the 2011 offer and then the 2010 offer: VILLAGES BLANCS 2012 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 22.00 (20.00 20.00) Swiss francs MEURSAULT 75cl 44.00 (39.00 39.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 48.00 (42.00 42.00) PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2012 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 89.50 (79.00 68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 98.00 (79.00 […]

maison clavelier’s 2010 villages nuits st.georges…

maison clavelier’s 2010 villages nuits st.georges…

You may remember, that I was more than just pleasantly surprised how good the wines from this ‘maison’ could be. I don’t hold out the same level of hope for some of the grander wines, as clearly Clavelier will have less and less input into the final product, but this is a simply brilliant villages. […]

louis max’s 2010 savigny 1er fourneaux

louis max’s 2010 savigny 1er fourneaux

I guess this could have turned out to be a faux-pas: I know that I consider the winemaking here to be very good, but I should probably have drunk this one before the excellent wine of Nico Rossignol – but c’est la vie! Mind-you, it’s good test! 2010 Louis Max, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Fourneaux Here the […]

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