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Burgundy’s Cave Prestige 2018

Burgundy’s Cave Prestige 2018

Nope, that’s not the vintage 2018 already, rather the 2018 version of Burgundy’s Cave Prestige, which mainly covers wines of the 2016 vintage. Apparently this is the 47th year that the cave prestige has been assembled; it consists of two tasting panels – a smaller one doing the first triage and larger group who provide […]

results: concours des grands vins du beaujolais 2018

For those of you with an interest, here are the results of this year’s Concours des Grands Vins du Beaujolais 2018: Link 160 tasters saw fit to bestow 215 ‘medals’ (94 Gold and 121 Silver) from 684 wines tasted…

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 […]

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