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côtes de nuits yesterday…

côtes de nuits yesterday…

I simply love this line, arcade, procession, avenue of trees on the Quai Dumorey in Nuits St.Georges. I guess I’m lucky I don’t have such ‘cherry-picker’ equipment at home – otherwise I’d spend my life pruning and then lying back, thinking I’d missed a bit: Just to show that even the most hideously expensive domaines […]

congratulations greg…

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2012, Jean Claude Boisset has been awarded IWC Champion Red Wine #IWC2014 — Int'l Wine Challenge (@WineChallenge) July 16, 2014 See, I told you months ago that it was a brilliant wine, now didn’t I 😉

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

v et d berthaut, 1982 fixin…

I visited Amélie Berthaut in Fixin today and tasted her very lovely 2013s. I mentioned that I’d some 92s from the domaine that I bought at auction and they tasted rather good. At the end of our tasting she disappeared into the cellar and came back with a tissue-wrapped bottle – “You did say 1982 […]

of memorable wines from slighted vintages…

I thought it was about time that I added my wines of the year – so far – so see the updated ‘A-List’ to the right of this page. I’ve noted that 93s are starting to become not just potentially brilliant, but downright brilliant, the 96s are becoming rather rewarding too. My enjoyment of 95s […]

back in old beaune town…

back in old beaune town…

Back in old Beaune town – it seems like ages I was away – hmm – 8 days! The road to Beaune was shared yesterday evening with the service vehicles of the Tour de France – at least as far as Besançon. They were all much faster than me – even with a dozen bicycles […]

hail and volnay 2013…

Why you shd be v v circumspect when buying Volnay 2013 http://t.co/PhnXMyu19R — Jancis Robinson (@JancisRobinson) July 11, 2014 One of the best articles I’ve read in a while, on Jancis’s site, written by Mark Haisma. I really should try to visit Mark! As you will note from the tweet of Jancis above, she’s worried […]

bart’s 2008 chambolle veroilles

bart’s 2008 chambolle veroilles

I often have difficulty with young wines from Bart – too much CO2 or too much toasty oak. Here’s a wine that is slowly coming round to my palate – but it still needs a couple of years I think. 2008 Domaine Bart, Chambolle-Musigny Les Veroilles A little more than medium colour. There’s still a […]

2 bourgognes, 5 for germany (so far…)

The dream has gone for Brasil – I’m not even sure I’ll stay up to watch the second half of the football – but I’ve two bottles open, so… 😉 2011 de Villaine, Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine Good colour. Hmm – not such a good nose – pyrazine and a round, diffuse, herby warmth. […]

split loyalties…

split loyalties…

I had split loyalties in front of the TV on Friday evening. But with a little consideration – would I drink Pilsner or wine? – actually I found the choice quite easy! Given the result, it seems my support was not enough! For info, the Collet Crémant de Bourgogne was very tasty, as usual. The […]

muggy, warm chassagne…

muggy, warm chassagne…

First visit in Chassagne-Montrachet this morning, 09h00. Overnight there’s been a little rain – dirty rain – my car is filthy. It’s muggy and warm and storms are once-more forecast – many, many fingers are crossed! A short tour of the vines shows that Chassagne was very lucky last weekend – very little of the […]

i can see you…!

i can see you…!

Spotted – or rather first heard! – in Meursault Perrières today. I’ve been touring the vines – some in reasonable condition, some are very sad – pockets of vines in Pommard and Beaune seem particularly hard hit, some have more grapes left than leaves! It’s early enough (the hail) that split and damaged grapes will […]

burgundy report – extra!

The May issue is online for subscribers. Lots of new faces in this issue – and some old ones 😉

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