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one (special) day in the climats…

one (special) day in the climats…

Yesterday was a celebration of the successful entry of ‘Burgundy’ into the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. If you have seen some/most of the coverage since this was announced on Saturday, you will have mainly noted that Champagne, also a new ‘inscription’ has taken the headlines, and that only the last paragraph mentions Burgundy. Truth be told, it’s really a sub-set of Burgundy, one that we Anglo-Saxon’s refer to as the Côte d’Or, but the locals will quietly correct you and say that the inscription is actually for the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits – and in this instance, the definition used was Chenove to Maranges – inclusive. And the ‘grounds’ for inscription? To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony [….]

smash and grabs in chablis…

Image: Julien Brocard, 29th January 2015. The domaine of Jean-Marc Brocard was, last weekend, targeted by thieves, and not for the first time in recent days. In a ram-raid smash and grab (the domaine and its shop is remote from its home village of Préhy, about 7-8 minutes drive from Chablis town) about 600 bottles were stolen, and of-course only the best cuvées were stolen from their retail shop. The damage caused by the ram-raid is nearly comparable to the cost of the wine – so feel free to raise an eyebrow if you see some cheap JM Brocard in the next days; apparently the bottles are all numbered… The weekend’s second smash and grab was much more corporate in nature: Late on Friday, Maison [….]

domaine leflaive – the passing of the baton

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/51624

burgundy sales stats…

For those with an interest 😉 http://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2015/05/05/12312/u-s-becomes-top-market-for-burgundy-despite-a-decline-in-volume-and-value/

château de la crée – all change…

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/51502 A great piece of news from Bruce Sanderson today – I can’t see Ken hooking up the plough though!

busy alex…

busy alex…

Christophe Buisson and Alex Gambal sign at last – pic from Alex. Hmm – what a good story – This deal took a very long time to finalise, but now ‘Domaine Alex Gambal’ is exploiting the following: Appellation Surface (ha) Chassagne En L’Ormeau 0.13 Chassagne 1er Cru La Maltroie 0.20 Batard Montrachet 0.18 Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseigneres 0.30 Puligny Montrachet 0.83 Aligoté vers Melin 0.60 Auxey Duresses Rouge 0.55 St. Romain Rouge 0.97 St. Romain Blanc 1.69 Haute Cote De Beaune Blanc 0.33 Bourgogne Rouge 2.47 Bourgogne Blanc 0.37 Volnay 0.49 Pommard Les Lambots 0.21 Beaune Clos du Mont Désiré 0.46 Savigny Les Beaune 1.01 Chorey Les Beaune 0.46 NSG 1erCru Les Argillieres 0.32 11.57

chablis 2013 – no reference points…

chablis 2013 – no reference points…

My hat of the day award! I’m more than 75% of the way through visiting roughly 35 domaines for my January, Chablis Vintage 2013 Report (though my last half-dozen visits are not for another 10 days) and its a very particular vintage. I won’t publish my report until the start of the second week of February, but given all the offers that I’ve seen, and more particularly some of the descriptions (exultations/exhortations to buy!) I’ve seen, I thought it timely to add just a few words – caveats if you like… Except a few wise old owls who invoke very old vintages (ones never, ever, drunk by 99.9% of current buyers) the producers will tell you that they have no reference points for this vintage. [….]

year-end new articles…

Lots of news on Beaujolais and Jura to finish 2014, but I’ll try to keep my focus from Irancy to Saint Veran in 2015, starting on Monday with two weeks in Chablis…! beaujolais-contest-cancelled-in-drink-fuelled-row burgundy-winemakers-buy-more-of-jura And a little champagne? That might be nice… champagnes-big-gaffe-and-5-ways-to-mend-it Oh, and do yourself a favour – if you’ve a cellar full of DRC – get a better door! I have noted some other ‘wits’ mentioning that the French Laundry’s $150 corkage fee should similarly be classed as robbery 😉 Anyway, imagine having to drink all that wine, just because the auction houses won’t touch it – some of them anyway 😉 The French Laundry (@_tfl_) victimized by fancy wine robbery on Christmas Day: http://t.co/XU0Zk8isC8 pic.twitter.com/VwoqZr80fG — Inside Scoop SF (@insidescoopsf) December [….]

interesting stuff…

PUNCH | Is the Jura Dealing with the “Urban Outfitters Effect”? http://t.co/gA9inFNPQe — Melissa M Sutherland (@melissa_ful) December 13, 2014 http://punchdrink.com/articles/is-the-jura-dealing-with-the-urban-outfitters-effect/ A well-written and thought-provoking piece. There are many viewpoints of-course, and it is really no different a complaint to that of people lamenting the high-price purchases of ‘outsiders’ in Burgundy i.e. LMVH, Château Latour and/or whoever is eventually going to stump up the cash for Pousse d’Or (I don’t see anyone stumping up the cash for Rebourseau!). The argument cuts in all directions; Guillaume d’Angerville himself, hardly happy about a ‘negociant from Nuits’ having bought a sizable chunk of villages Volnay, when he would have preferred the vines to have stayed in ‘Volnay hands.’ It’s sometimes described as progress – it’s always transient – [….]

offer of the day – Leflaive 2013…

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2013 – Puligny-Montrachet (En Primeur) Just for reflection, you will see the same offer prices of their 2012s in the brackets. Oh, and can anyone tell me if Montrachet was really included for the first time? I remember seeing a price but was temporarily blinded! Bourgogne 2012 75cl 35.00 Swiss Francs (35.00) Puligny-Montrachet 2012 75cl 65.00 (65.00) PREMIERS CRUS Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 75cl 88.00 (85.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 150cl 186.00 Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 300cl 412.00 Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Âne 75cl 99.00 (96.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 75cl 148.00 (139.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 75cl 159.00 (149.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 75cl 175.00 (175.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 150cl 360.00 (355.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 300cl 760.00 GRANDS CRUS Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet 75cl 319.00 (289.00) Bâtard-Montrachet 75cl 355.00 (310.00) [….]

offer of the day – Faiveley 2013…

DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2013 – En Primeur PREMIERS CRUS Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2013 75 cl 72.50 (69.80*) Swiss Francs Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 2013 75 cl 98.00 (98.00) Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 2013 75 cl 119.00 (119.00) Chambolle-Musigny la Combe d’Orveau 2013 75 cl 119.00 (119.00) Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2013 75 cl 228.00 (228.00) Corton Clos des Cortons 2013 75 cl 139.00 (139) Corton Clos des Cortons 2013 150 cl 283.00 (283) Mazis-Chambertin 2013 75 cl 167.00 (169) Grands Echezeaux 2013 75 cl 198.00 (—) Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2013 75 cl 249.00 (235) Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2013 150 cl 503.00 (475) Chambertin Clos de Bèze Les Ouvrées Rodin 2013 75 cl 598.00 (598) Corton Charlemagne 2013 75 cl 169.00 (159) *Same merchant, 2012 prices. As we [….]

a couple of links…

Decanter News: “The latest Burgundy export figures suggest the region’s wines are becoming harder for consumers to find and there are fears that prices have risen too strongly.” …I suppose the obvious reaction is – no shit Sherlock… To distract me from such pricing, I’ve been reading Jerome’s tour of domaines during harvest. Good stuff.

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