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Concours des Vins de Chablis – 2016 Vintage

Concours des Vins de Chablis – 2016 Vintage

I know that it’s only January, but it’s that time of year again – the Concours des Vins de Chablis. The tastings were done this week and results published today, so if you’re looking for a great list of 2016 Chablis – before my Januuary Report (60 domaines visited this month) is published! – then […]

ICYMI* – a few of my favourite things from 2017 – including the general

ICYMI* – a few of my favourite things from 2017 – including the general

*In Case You Missed it… My favourite short sketch: The General… [winemaker 1]You know, we have have a pet-name for winemaker 2, we call him the General… [me]And why do you call him the General? [winemaker 1]Because he puts all the medals he wins on the labels of his bottles… [winemaker 2]Not all of my […]

the trophy winners – burgundy’s young talents of the 2015 vintage!

the trophy winners – burgundy’s young talents of the 2015 vintage!

This year, I was more than honoured to be asked to be a judge at the blind tastings to determine the young winemaking talents of Burgundy, 2017. Lots of new names and great wines here for you. The Groupe des Jeunes Professionels de la Vigne were running their event for the 29th time this year, […]

cave prestige 2017

cave prestige 2017

Each year the BIVB hold a number of large tastings – this year 1,130 samples were presented and were split: Regional – 31% Villages – 41% Premiers – 23% Grands Crus – 5% The wines were supplied by domaines 84%, négoce 13% and cooperatives 3% Of those, the BIVB selected 195 wines to represent ‘Burgundy’ […]

Distinction Saint-Vincent 2016 – Mâcons 2014 & 2015

Distinction Saint-Vincent 2016 – Mâcons 2014 & 2015

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make this tasting this year, but here, double-quick, are the results from the judging that took place last Friday evening – and from hundreds of wines presented – tasted by over 100 winemakers: 2014 Mâcon whites and reds 2015 Mâcon whites, rosé and reds! Enjoy…

the champions of chablis – this year…

the champions of chablis – this year…

I had breakfast with the redoubtable Allen Meadows on Friday; he’d arrived in Chablis to head the jury for the 30th ‘Concours des vins de Chablis’. He didn’t actually taste the 300+ wines, rather he and fellow jurors were selecting from the best of previously tasted samples. A great, and actually very interesting, list of […]

wine of the year – with a bullet – so far…

wine of the year – with a bullet – so far…

No, not the one on the right – very good as it was – the one on the left. It was a Paulée wine. Only two bottles remained in the cellar; this one with a little air-space and a second one which had a perfect fill – presumably from re-corking. You know when everybody puts […]

negociant of the year…

http://www.larvf.com/,trophees-du-vin-2012-le-negociant-de-l-annee,10337,4025185,5 Congratulations to Gregory Patriat, and of-course the rest of the team: JC Boisset is the RVF negociant of the year. One of the most talented winemakers in th Cote d’Or – the award has found a safe home.

maison bichot – white winemakers of the year(?)

maison bichot – white winemakers of the year(?)

I little birdie tells that Alain Serveau of Maison Albert Bichot is the IWC’s white ‘winemaker’ of the year. Those are my quotation marks given that Alan probably didn’t get his hands too dirty during the process, rather I expect he provided the ‘direction’ 😉 Well done Alan – a friendly and humble man. Apparently […]

and that was 2006 – my awards

So that was 2006! Not such a bad year (provided you have no association with a ‘war zone’), many good wines were drunk and they easily outweighed the number of disappointments. The 2005’s tasted throughout the year in barrel were harder to taste than (for instance) the 2002’s but really started to come together at […]

best wine of 2003…

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche 2000 I suppose February was a little early for an entry in this page, but then again it’s not every day that you get to taste La Tâche. Even from such a young vintage as 2000, there is something quite special about this precocious wine. This was tasted along […]

my 2002 wines of the year

Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay 1er Clos des Ducs 1982 This wine comes from a 2.40 hectare ‘monopole’ vineyard (i.e. only one owner) in the Côte de Beaune. As vineyards in burgundy go this is quite large for a single owner, the vineyard itself is directly against the Pommard side (North-Eastern side) of the village of […]