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Oaky Wine & En Primeur

Just in case you didn’t know, there’s a big problem with en-primeur tastings; Back in January 2002 the 2000 Grand Cru of Clos des Lambrays really stood out for me at a tasting organised by the UK merchant Howard Ripley. The problem is that the wines are sometimes not representitive of what eventually gets bottled. […]

fly and dine…

Fight the flies and dine in a restaurant with a cellar to die for. It must be the Bison roaming the fields that attract the flies, but I know what attracted me to Farnsburg. Next time I’ll go in winter!

tough day!

On Wednesday this week I had the really tough job of visiting Joseph De Bucy – a nice man who makes very tasty Meursaults, and Nicolas Potel for a marathon tasting of 2002’s. In between I had to shoe-horn a 3 hour lunch and afterwards a pizza and lots of water to ensure full concentration […]

lazy boy!

A mixture of a dead laptop and finding the time means I’ve been very lazy of recent – at least in terms of adding material to the site – Burgundy Report is ticking along nicely for next months issue though. Anyway a nice dinner on Friday evening and no TN’s but here’s a brief overview […]

testing times…

Just testing too much Burgundy at the moment for the Burgundy Report so it’s a bit quieter than normal – tough life 🙂

The January Burgundy Session

Absolutely good food, good wine, good company. Warming up with two red wines with friends on the Thursday evening (Clos de la Roche and Grands Echézeaux), and considerably more on the Friday evening when 13 of us from the wine-pages forum got together in London. As you can see from the first picture, everything started […]

red burgundy vintage 2001 with howard ripley

Another good showing from this UK based Specialist Merchant. First a quick word on the whites; I love the aromatics, but they don’t show the consistent interest and balance of the 1999 & 2000’s. Consistent is the operative word, there are some fabulous wines, but ‘some’ not lots, I certainly haven’t tasted any ‘bad’ wines […]

red burgundy vintage 2000 with howard ripley

Wow, I recognised and rubbed shoulders with so many ‘famous’ people. I helped Jancis with her coat and joked about trying the gym afterwards (not), and Joanna Simon should get a new picture for the Times, she’s actually quite striking and nice lady too – she even poured me a glass. Anyway, I’m sure your […]

clive coates, 1996 grand cru burgundy tasting

An expensive evening at £90 for the ticket, but considering there was a ¼ glass of each wine, and the cost per bottle is in many cases higher than the cost of a ticket, value is of course relative. Long term, I’m sure it will cost me much more! Clive shared with us his knowledge […]

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