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marsannay-riesling?

marsannay-riesling?

No, they haven’t planted a new cepage in Marsannay! It’s great to taste different styles to keep your horizons open. Inspired by ami-du-vin Jean-François Guyard of vinifera-mundi.ch – and largely of wines from his own cellar – we got together on Wednesday evening with the same group of Marsannay vignerons as this tasting [subscribers] earlier […]

autumn 2017 tastevinage – and the winners are…

autumn 2017 tastevinage – and the winners are…

I joined this tasting with over 200 other judges back in September. 1045 wines were tasted blind, and from that number, 17 wines were chosen as ‘The Majors.’ The seventeen were announced yesterday, and these are wines that were not just rated as good enough to take the Tastevinage label, they were our ‘best of […]

marko de morey’s roi chambertin tasting gallery – 16 november

marko de morey’s roi chambertin tasting gallery – 16 november

weekend wines – week 45 2017 – a brace of caillerets

weekend wines – week 45 2017 – a brace of caillerets

To paraphrase James Bond – Caillerets. Volnay Caillerets… ​ 2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er Cailleret A completely unbranded cork, just a serial number. Good deep colour. The nose is rather round, padded with some oak spice – seemingly a textured aromatic but I’m missing the clarity of fruit I look for in a Caillerets. Supple […]

weekend wines – week 44 2017 – drinking on a shoestring

weekend wines – week 44 2017 – drinking on a shoestring

Whilst the hype is on €300 million acquisitions of grand cru monopoles, €50 Bourgognes and €300+++ grand crus, there is still another way, and a very tasty, satisfying way: 2012 La Chablisienne, Chablis Les Venerables Despite the name on the label, the cork is inscribed with good-old ‘Vieilles-Vignes!’ The nose is pretty classic – a […]

weekend wines – week 43 2017

weekend wines – week 43 2017

​ 1996 Pierre Damoy, Chapelle-Chambertin Hmm – completely gorgeous – the nose is no-longer overtly of stems, now it’s become a blend of fruit and flowers. Still, there’s a 1996 freshness of acidity but neither sharp nor painful. In the finish there is still a little herb complexity but this is nearly as good as […]

a quick three…

a quick three…

2012 Le Grappin, Beaune 1er Boucherottes Drunk directly following the weekend’s Chambertin. The nose here really cannot compete, it has some high-toned complexity but it is both young and a bit herby for now. The palate, on the other hand, is full of overt, mouth-filling, energy and bright crunchy red fruit. It’s super and much […]

weekend wines – week 42 2017

weekend wines – week 42 2017

A few of the wines collected for last weekend saw the light this weekend – actually, they mainly saw the corkscrew – let’s call it recycling! Friends helped consume everything, that’s the best way – no? 2011 Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Ruchottes Fresher and more complex and mineral than I remember when young. There is […]

central otago – in beaune

central otago – in beaune

Brilliantly done – a tasting of Central Otago wines in Beaune today. Not just breaking boundaries in terms of who and where (in the Hôtel Dieu) but breaking boundaries in glassware – real, proper tasting/drinking glasses – apparently designed by Riedel specifically for for CO pinot – it’s not really as big as it looks […]

weekend wines – week 41 2017

weekend wines – week 41 2017

AKA – birthday weekend! Not ridiculous wines, nor ridiculous quantities, but some great stuff nonetheless. And my best wine of the year – so far – so not bad! Friday night started with a ‘Charmes’ double-bill: 2015 Albert Joly, Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes Only a villages wine, but this vintage is terrific, and this particular cuvée […]

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

Château Pizay… I was invited to a ‘press trip’ by the syndicate of growers from Moulin-à-Vent, and normally I don’t make press trips – you would be forgiven for asking why(?) Okay, I’ll answer that anyway: The only previous ‘press trip’ that I’ve done, was to Chablis. I was one of five who were deemed […]

that’s what 5 hl/ha looks like

that’s what 5 hl/ha looks like

Pierre Vincent at Domaine Leflaive. Tasting 2016s this morning, there was this chance to see what a whole hectare of Montrachet delivered in 2016 – due of-course to the frost of 27 April. Six producers assembled all their grapes from 1 hectare of vines so there was enough to vinify. Here, in the second part […]

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