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offer of the day – louis jadot 2012…

DOMAINE LOUIS JADOT 2012 – Subscription SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE La Dominode 2012 75cl 32.00 (Swiss francs) BEAUNE Clos des Ursules Monopole 2012 75cl 59.00 BEAUNE Clos des Ursules Monopole 2012 150cl 123.00 CORTON Pougets 2012 75cl 79.50 CORTON Grèves 2012 75cl 85.00 VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Beaux-Monts 2012 75cl 89.50 VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Suchots 2012 75cl 98.00 VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Petits-Monts 2012 75cl 105.00 VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Malconsorts 2012 75cl 135.00 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 2012 75cl 45.00 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY Les Fuées 2012 75cl 86.00 CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY Les Amoureuses 2012 75cl 335.00 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN Cazetiers 2012 75cl 135.00 GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN Clos Saint-Jacques 2012 75cl 135.00 CLOS DE VOUGEOT 2012 75cl 119.50 ECHEZEAUX 2012 75cl 158.00 CLOS SAINT DENIS 2012 75cl 235.00 CLOS DE LA ROCHE 2012 75cl 168.00 MAZIS-CHAMBERTIN 2012 75cl 168.00 CHAMBERTIN Clos de Bèze 2012 75cl 289.00 [….]

when ‘white wine’ isn’t really the correct descriptor!

when ‘white wine’ isn’t really the correct descriptor!

I love the real, versus the ‘pretend’ fraying on these labels! It’s certainly not worth giving ‘tasting notes’ to these wines, but they helped me get through 3 days of 18 hours, finishing the last Burgundy Report. I bought a couple of lots at auction; bottles of 82 Sauzet Puligny (villages) and 1990 Maurice Chapuis Corton-Charlemagne. The two ugliest bottles (darkest colour) from both lots, I decided to open first. The Sauzet was the colour of sherry and almost had the smell of it too – an initial sip was not positive. I waited 2 hours and, by magic, the oxidative note was only a 10th of the intensity with which it started – the colour remained dark. It actually tasted not bad now and [….]

ponsot’s 2011 alouettes…

ponsot’s 2011 alouettes…

2011 Ponsot, Morey St.Denis 1er Cuvée Les Alouettes Pretty crystalline fruit on the nose with just a faint note of P. Sweet and very pretty, with plenty of mouth-watering acidity. This is actually very, very tasty, despite… Rebuy – No

debray 2011 hautes côtes de beaune…

2011 Domaine Debray, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Hardly more than rosé colour – let’s see if that matters: The nose has width and shows good red fruit with a little P. A little fat with pretty red fruit flavours – this is very tasty. See, the colour didn’t matter, and this is something of a bargain if you don’t mind the pyrazine note. Rebuy – No

a few weekend bottles…

a few weekend bottles…

Standing tall – just before visiting the glass recycling! 2010 Camille-Giroud, Beaune 1er Aux Cras On first opening, I’m surprised by how much whole-cluster character is showing – sort of cotton-wool / powdery / smoky / floral. These anecdotes gradually fade into the background, offering red fruits and occasional hints of balsamic. The palate is wide and has good concentration of flavour that really holds, indeed reprises, into the finish. The tannin has a little sticky-grab just now, but the flavour is just lovely. Rebuy – Yes 2005 Michel Lafarge, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Both the nose and palate start with slightly green-shaded herbal references. Time in glass helps to develop much more interest; aromas of dark-red fruit though not especially focused. In the mouth, [….]

kurniawan-a-go-go…

kurniawan-a-go-go…

It takes bad news to get wine on the front pages (okay, near the front pages!) of many periodicals – but here is such a case. In this selection of reports you will note that many of those periodicals are important US news-gatherers-disseminators – but then the trial is in New York and has the odd NY billionaire testifying! It makes a great angle for newspapers that a billionaire can be defrauded by a young, foreigner, illegally living in the US. Actually, far from bad news, I think this is great news. Forgers have had an easy a life in wine circles. It really should be time for some payback! Anyone can get away with forging Bordeaux it seems, but eventually it is Burgundy that [….]

just a perfect day…

just a perfect day…

three fine chassagne blanc 1ers from 2011…

three fine chassagne blanc 1ers from 2011…

First ski days of the new season with friends – I brought three bottles – one per night, right? Oh dear! Well at least there were three of us, so it was ‘only’ one bottle each. Brilliant opportunity to properly compare and contrast though! 2011 Morey-Coffinet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er La Romanée Medium-plus yellow colour. The nose starts mainly with toasty bread, however, it blows away relatively quickly to leave behind a mix of high-tones that include white flower blossom. It’s now really quite pretty. There’s a little rasp to to texture (CO2 I suppose) but there’s fine depth and a wide panorama of flavour – I’m very-much enjoying this! As the glass warms the effect becomes (dare I say it) a little flabby, but keep it [….]

‘2012 Burgundy Vintage – The new normal?’

Beautiful words…

1999 faiveley nuits 1er aux chaignots…

1999 faiveley nuits 1er aux chaignots…

A domaine wine, yet the combination of producer, vintage and village make for something potentially daunting – fear not, this was a willing party to my glass. 1999 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits St.Georges 1er Aux Chaignots Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a deep core of dark, faintly roast fruit – the rest is more subtle and understated, but for at least an hour there’s a little coconut-style oak in the mix. In the mouth there’s a clear base of grainy tannin but it is ripe enough – that said, it must have been quite a mouthful 10 years ago. The quality of the fruit is very good and has quite high-toned notes too. The flavours really widen-out as you head into the finish, and whilst [….]

offer of the day – Leflaive 2012…

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2012 – Puligny-Montrachet (En Primeur) Just for reflection, you will see the same offer prices of their (very, very good!) 2011s in brackets… Bourgogne 2012 75cl 35.00 Swiss Francs (34.00) Puligny-Montrachet 2012 75cl 65.00 (59.00) PREMIERS CRUS Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 2012 75cl 85.00 (79.50) Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Âne 2012 75cl 96.00 (89.50) Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 2012 75cl 139.00 (129.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 2012 75cl 149.00 (138.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2012 75cl 175.00 (158.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2012 150cl 355.00 (321.00) GRANDS CRUS Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 2012 75cl 289.00 (259.00) Batard Montrachet 2012 75cl 310.00 (279.00) Chevalier-Montrachet 2012 75cl 395.00 (348.00) Well, the increases start modestly! If money was no option, I’d buy Pucelles in mags every year – I’ve never yet met, [….]

hudelot-noellat’s 2005 chambolle-musigny…

hudelot-noellat’s 2005 chambolle-musigny…

2005 Hudelot-Noellat, Chambolle-Musigny Medium-plus colour. The nose is now carrying a suggestion of turned leaves – a H-N classic – and some herbs over a relatively dense yet brilliantly transparent dark fruit. It’s still just a little tight. In the mouth this has just a modest impression of cushioned texture, but as much as anything that’s probably down to the significant concentration of what’s before us, that aside, it’s very silky. Deep red-fruit flavour with more than a hint of florals in the mix too, excellent acidity and a faint fur to the tannin. There are certainly more communicative 05s just now, but this is no shame to drink – at all. Impressive stuff… Rebuy – Yes

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