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faiveley et billaud-simon…

Here is the press-release for the new acquisition of Faiveley which hit Twitter yesterday evening. I’m not going to complain about the concentration of domaines in fewer hands, because, let’s be honest, this has been happening for a long time. It is currently the way the industry operates. Faiveley make super wines and we can be 100% sure that these Chablis vines are in great hands. More interesting are the machinations that go on behind the scenes. This Chablis domaine has finally been sold after years of ‘difficulties’ between the families that owned the domaine. Let’s also be clear, Faiveley was clearly not the only suitor – indeed, another well-known Beaune name, thought they’d bought Billaud-Simon over two months ago – even before I tasted [….]

hail and volnay 2013…

Why you shd be v v circumspect when buying Volnay 2013 http://t.co/PhnXMyu19R — Jancis Robinson (@JancisRobinson) July 11, 2014 One of the best articles I’ve read in a while, on Jancis’s site, written by Mark Haisma. I really should try to visit Mark! As you will note from the tweet of Jancis above, she’s worried about 2013 Volnays and urging caution. This is only a small part of the article, but to my mind, this article is the perfect example of why you won’t have a problem with 2013 Volnay if you buy from respected names. My reasoning? Triage should have been relatively easy because there was less to triage – though there was rot to remove too! The best domaines are very serious about [….]

all change at l’arlot…

This was in the ‘post’ today. Lots of speculation about Jacques’ destination – some say Morey St.Denis 😉 Change of Technical Director at Domaine de l’Arlot: a smooth transition After three very successful years at Domaine de l’Arlot during which he has contributed a great deal to the life of the property, Jacques Devauges has received a proposition to take charge of a another major vineyard in Burgundy which he felt he could not refuse. He will take up his new responsibilities in January 2015. We are happy to announce the arrival of our new Technical Director, Géraldine Godot, who will be joining us at the beginning of September. This means that there will be a very smooth transition between Jacques and Géraldine as they [….]

ever upwards…

ever upwards…

I’m guessing that it’s not a good idea to hold your breath whilst waiting for lower prices 😉 At grand cru level, land sold for between $2.7m and $12.9m a hectare (2.47 acres) in 2013, the ministry wrote. The average per-hectare price rose from $5.2m in 2012. It has been rising steadily since 1996, when a hectare was selling for a relatively paltry $1.66m. Source: Winesearcher

a few tweets and links of interest…

First, Clive on 2004 – I feel my wrists being slapped…! 😉 Second, one wonders why he was able to accumulate so much – but hey – it’s just another profit… Third, what really is this UNESCO thing? Fruit set is also plentiful in Beaune 1er cru "Les Grèves". Loose clusters & zero disease pressure makes me happy 😀 pic.twitter.com/IodptdudA2 — Andrew Nielsen (@legrappin) June 18, 2014 A cicada in the vineyard #Pommard #Burgundy pic.twitter.com/MK5wCN84q4 — Caroline PARENT GROS (@cparentgros) June 18, 2014 Plant de #vigne souffrant de la #sécheresse à #Beaune! #Vine stock hit by #drought in #Beaune ! pic.twitter.com/KKhVZRcFaz — Jean-Claude Boisset (@J_ClaudeBoisset) June 18, 2014 Nicolas Potel: ‘a beautiful future’ for Burgundy in Asia http://t.co/nMfLnmPhft — bill nanson (@billnanson) June 18, 2014

offer of the day – Domaine de l’Arlot 2012…

For interest, I’ve included (in brackets) the cost difference versus 2009… DOMAINE DE L’ARLOT 2012 – Nuits-St-Georges NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Le Petit Arlot 2012 75cl 42.00 (Swiss Francs) (42.00) NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Clos de l’Arlot 2012 75cl 79.50 (69.50) NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Clos des Forêts Saint Georges 2012 75cl 79.50 (69.50) VOSNE-ROMANEE Les Suchots 2012 75cl 115.00 (99.00) ROMANEE SAINT VIVANT 2012 75cl 389.00 (299.00) Regarding the two wines of Vosne, I guess, just because they can…

offer of the day – Bouchard Père et Fils 2012…

Missing in action the last days – but plenty of typing in the background – honest 😉 I seem to have missed the prices of the 2011s, but you can compare the below with the same (actually a larger selection) from 2010… VINS BLANCS Meursault Genevrières 2012 75cl 65.00 (Swiss Francs) Meursault Les Perrières 2012 75cl 69.50 Corton Charlemagne 2012 75cl 119.00 Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte 2012 75cl 378.00 Montrachet 2012 75cl 469.00 VINS ROUGES Beaune Grève Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 2012 75cl 74.00 Beaune Grève Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 2012 150cl 153.00 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots 2012 75 cl 98.00 Le Corton 2012 75cl 88.00 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2012 75cl 199.00 I bought baby Jesus in magnums – it’s Grand Cru standard in 2012!

welcome back: c marey & comte liger-belair…

welcome back: c marey & comte liger-belair…

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair has been a busy boy. Not only has he been re-designing the family Audi A3*, but he has been remodelling his affairs in Vosne-Romanée too. The name of the business C.Marey was first recorded in Nuits St.Georges in 1720. In 1852, Guillaume-Félix Marey, together with the Comte Liger-Belair joined their business together to form the company, C.Marey et Comte Liger-Belair. On the death of Guillaume-Félix in 1869, the company passed solely into the hands of the Liger-Belairs. In the first half of the 1900s this company name was sold, eventually ending up in the hands of Maison Boisset of Nuits St.Georges. Louis-Michel has come to an agreement with Boisset to recover this old name connected to his family in Vosne-Romanée, and will use [….]

offer of the day – henri boillot 2012s…

In brackets, you will see the equivalent prices from the 2011 offer and then the 2010 offer: VILLAGES BLANCS 2012 BOURGOGNE Chardonnay 75cl 22.00 (20.00 20.00) Swiss francs MEURSAULT 75cl 44.00 (39.00 39.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 75cl 48.00 (42.00 42.00) PREMIERS CRUS BLANCS 2012 MEURSAULT Les Genevrières 75cl 89.50 (79.00 68.00) MEURSAULT Les Perrières 75cl 98.00 (79.00 69.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Clos de La Mouchère 75cl 89.50 (72.00 68.00) PULIGNY-MONTRACHET Les Pucelles 75cl 98.00 (78.00 72.00) GRANDS CRUS BLANCS 2012 CORTON CHARLEMAGNE 75cl 138.00 (99.50 98.00) CRIOTS BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 249.00 (168.00 159.00) BIENVENUES BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 319.00 (189.00 178.00) BÂTARD MONTRACHET 75cl 399.00 (249.00 235.00) MONTRACHET 75cl 599.00 (448.00 399.00) VILLAGE & PREMIERS CRUS ROUGES 2012 VOLNAY 75cl 44.00 (39.00 39.00) VOLNAY Les Caillerets 75cl 85.00 (69.00 66.00) [….]

wines from prince merode – for a bonne (e)chère(?)

wines from prince merode – for a bonne (e)chère(?)

Want to stock up on the fore-runner of DRC Corton? – actually not so easy as it sounds, as there’s no Corton for sale! But anyway (details…) potentially some well priced bottles here: http://www.interencheres.com/fr/meubles-objets-art/importante-vente-de-vins-du-domaine-de-merode-ie_v24318.html PS – Thanks to Jon Wyand for the tip-off!

watching through the window…

watching through the window…

Of-course it can’t always be sunny, otherwise I wouldn’t be here! But like a good (adopted) Swiss, I choose not to venture out when I can’t see the ground under my skis – although I may go for a jog! Will change resort tomorrow, finally home on Sunday. Still, that means time to write a few words… Have drunk some 2011 Au Pied de Mont Chauve Chassagnes, 2010 Gambal Dents de Chiens and 2009 Mischief & Mayhem Puligny Sous les Puits – all good 😉 Now, of-course, there’s time to read something too. I like Adam BS, but really and truly, there is a level of commoditisation already to be seen, for a small cadre of Burgundy growers, that is far from divergent from Bordeaux, [….]

burgundy 2012 – already past the peak of interest?

burgundy 2012 – already past the peak of interest?

2012s tasted in Beaune last week… Are we seeing a peaking of Burgundy consumer interest – despite the mini industry that has become the London En Primeur tasting ‘circuit’…(?) I heard that there were to be 34 tastings in London this month – a new record – and certainly last week when I was in Burgundy, producers were busy, preparing their samples. Yet despite more and more producers donning a smart jacket or getting their hair done for a few days in the UK’s capital, it seems to me that the general level of ‘chatter’ surrounding this vintage is lower than at any time in the last 10 years. Next year’s 2013s will be no better in terms of supply and price, the latter probably [….]

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