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offer of the day – thibault liger-belair 2016s

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair 2016 EP/Pre-Arrivals Prices arrived today from my Swiss merchant. The 2015 prices (from last January) are in brackets for comparison. This year it’s the case of the missing Richebourg, still no Beaujolais and the arrival of wines from Corton! : NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES La Charmotte 75cl 55.00* (49.50) (Swiss Francs) CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 75 cl 69.00 […]

offer of the day – joseph drouhin’s beaune 1er clos des mouches

The offer doesn’t differentiate, but I’m pretty sure that these are all red! Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2010 75cl 79.00 *Swiss Francs Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2011 75cl 69.50 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2011 150cl 144.00 Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru 2012 75cl 79.00 Beaune Clos des Mouches […]

beaujolais en primeur

beaujolais en primeur

Beaujolais En Primeur – And from a wine merchant to the Queen too. For a region that has, for too long, been unfairly ignored this seems like something of a breakthrough. I well remember the first Burgundy En Primeur that BB&R ran – for the 1996 vintage – I bought two cases. Those were very […]

offer of the day – 2016 l’Arlot

In my inbox today – I offer the comparison with the price (in brackets) of the 2015 this time last year… Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits-Saint-Georges Mont des Oiseaux 1er Cru 2016 75cl – – (59.00)* Swiss Francs Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot 1er Cru 2016 75cl 85.00 (79.00) Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Forêts St-Georges 1er Cru 2016 75cl […]

an epitaph to maison ilan…

 Image cite: http://maisonilan.com/ Often an epitaph is used as a form of honour – and that clearly shouldn’t be the case here – I simply choose to use this word in the context of remembering something has, eventually, officially, died. The wheels of French justice are certainly not the fastest – it has taken 18 […]

christmas magnums…

Only because he’s a friend, and you might be able to get your hands on some, here’s a Christmas in magnums offer received today. There will be no kick-backs (he doesn’t know that I’ve posted this) as I already have my Christmas magnums prepared: 1992 Francois Jobard, Meursault Genevrières 1997 Lamarche, La Grande Rue 2010 […]

offer of the day – drouhin-laroze 2016

DOMAINE DROUHIN-LAROZE 2016 – En Primeur Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs 2016 75cl 49.50* Swiss Francs Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut-St-Jacques 1er Cru 2016 75cl 65.00 GRAND CRUS Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 75 cl 119.00 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2016 75cl 125.00 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2016 75cl 145.00 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2016 75cl 158.00 *There is 8% […]

offer of the day – clos des lambrays 2016

Here you go – the 2016 for you from the usual Swiss merchant. Only the grand cru is offered, so no 1er cru and no whites. In the brackets, you can see the price comparison with the last two vintages, in the format 2016 (2015, 2014). – – means ‘not offered.’ DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS 2016 […]

decanter – perpetuating confusion when they should be bringing clarity?

The linked article gives the impression that the new Bourgogne Côte d’Or label could be potentially problematic from the perspective of either price, or because it’s an ‘extra complication.’ I’d like to challenge that: Complication? Let’s be clear: For Côte d’Or producers making wine from pinot noir – assuming those vines are also in the […]

leflaive’s 2016 pricing…

Just a little update to my previous post: It seems that regardless of their prices, the (Swiss) market has lapped up all the grand crus from this offer, but the Bourgogne, Puligny, Clavoillons, Folatières and Pucelles remain unsold for now – the merchant has had to send out a second email – who knows, the […]

a merry, merry-go-round (or wine-criticism eating iteself…)

I’ve heard that it’s not done to critique other writers, but I think it’s a subject which, in itself, can be approached in a proper manner. So, Burgundy crtics ahoy… William Kelly who quite recently joined Decanter to write (mainly) about Burgundy is the new appointee in the hot seat of ‘Burgundy’ for the Wine […]

sunday: a film première and a wine auction – but not in that order!

sunday: a film première and a wine auction – but not in that order!

That a record value for the 157th Hospices de Beaune wine sale was achieved was never in doubt, such was the extra volume of wine that was ‘donated’ by the 2017 vintage. There hasn’t been a volume of wine like this for sale since either 2011 or 2009, or in some places since 1999 – […]

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