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adieu arak…

adieu arak…

I’ve had the fine fortune to have visited the estate of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair and family since 2004, that year to taste 2003s and then every vintage since. An ever-present in this time, has been the family dog – Arak – a large-boned and very noble, almost aloof Weimaraner – pic (right) from the family. This […]

Charles Rousseau (1923-2016)

Remembering that great character, Charles Rousseau. He was always an ambassador for the domaine that wore his father’s name, remaining on hand, in his office, chatting with all visitors, despite having long stopped working in the barrels… Armand RousseauIt has been said that if you want the safest route to a fine bottle of Chambertin, […]

jean gros

I was very sorry yesterday, to hear that Jean Gros, the great patriarch of Vosne-Romanée, had died. I can recall drinking no-more than half a dozen wines that he produced, but they remain twinkling stars in my memory. RIP…

joseph henriot r.i.p…

joseph henriot r.i.p…

Joseph Henriot was certainly a giant of more than one (wine) stage, and Jancis offers a wider perspective of his works than any Burgundy specialist could: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/joseph-henriot-dies I remember an anecdote from Philippe Prost who was wine-maker at the time of the Henriot acquisition of Bouchard Père et Fils, Philippe related that Joseph Henriot told […]

the news today…

#Beaune : Joseph Henriot est décédé #Bouchard #vin #wine #viticulture http://t.co/I2ZJQKyhtA pic.twitter.com/cFL2GT4pGV — Lebienpublic (@Lebienpublic) April 30, 2015 Refusal to spray vines lands Thibault Liger-Belair in court – reports winesearcher http://t.co/yPuvOnraXU — bill nanson (@billnanson) April 30, 2015

r.i.p anne-claude leflaive

It was reported that Anne-Claude Leflaive died during the Easter holidays – Jeremy Seysses being the first to publicly relay the news as far as I know. Purely by chance, I drank her 2011 Mâcon-Verzé the day before – and it was perfectly delicious. Within 2 hours of Jeremy’s tweet, I was asked by one […]