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offer of the day – william fevre 2015

Interestingly my last comparison with this merchant is 2008 (in brackets) I think – all the wines are cheaper now! CHABLIS WILLIAM FEVRE CHABLIS 2015 CHABLIS Village 75cl 19.00 (24.00) Swiss Francs PREMIERS CRUS – DOMAINE CHABLIS Montée de Tonnerre 75cl 38.00 (39.50) GRANDS CRUS – DOMAINE CHABLIS Preuses 75cl 65.00 (69.00) CHABLIS Bougros Côtes […]

strong prices @ hospices de nuits

Not to forget, just a few days ago we had the 56th auction of the wines of the Hospices de Nuits St.Georges – held this year at the Château du Clos de Vougeot. Maître Daniel Herry, auctioneers from Beaune, were responsible for a sale that raised 1.157 million Euros, much of which will go toward […]

beaujolais 2015 & the current market for bj…

My February 2017 report is now online, and it’s a 2015 Beaujolais-fest. 51 domaines and 355 wines – it’s also a great vintage! In 2016, only 3 French regions experienced an increase in both their wine sales volumes and values; Beaujolais, Burgundy and Corsica. The crus of Beaujolais had 42% of their region’s sales volume […]

st.véran 2018

st.véran 2018

For your diaries: St.Véran are organising the 74th Saint-Vincent – which will be held over the weekend of 27-28 January 2018 in Prissé… And some Saint-Véran infos? 1 variety : Chardonnay 7 communes of production : Chânes, Chasselas, Davayé, Leynes, Prissé, Saint-Vérand et Solutré-Pouilly. 726 hectares of vines in production in 2016 37,000 hectolitres of […]

adieu laurent ponsot – sort of…

EDIT: It's complicated! Laurent Ponsot leaving the family domaine, but quoted as saying that it won't be sold… https://t.co/0sXqNRIRbS — bill nanson WM (@billnanson) March 14, 2017 Laurent Ponsot, pictured right, when tasting 2015s in Morey St.Denis, last November. Laurent Ponsot has made a name for himself, not just by being the greatest exponent of […]

the return of musigny blanc

We were alerted to this by a comment on these pages over a week ago – I asked for info from the domaine – the response came back today: “Indeed, 2015 sees the comeback from the great Musigny Blanc after a lengthy period. This should satisfy our loyal customers and white wine aficionados who have […]

hong kong drinks it in…

Here. “Hong Kong is now Burgundy’s fifth biggest market in terms of revenue and the 13th largest in terms of volume” i.e. its not really the cheap stuff that they are buying! Hong Kong is, it seems, doing a great job of mopping up top production from the Côte d’Or. It’s a relatively new market […]

enforcing the status quo?

Interesting. I would say that here it is the ‘revitalising the region‘ comment that is up for interpretation – at least if we look at at past actions. Louis Latour, and I have to say Drouhin too, seem to approach the Beaujolais region purely as a source of ‘entry level wines.‘ Which (perhaps simplistically) could […]

maps and wine-sales…

maps and wine-sales…

A nice link to a Côte d’Or map from 1861, sent by a reader. It looks a lot like the colour map found in the original Lavalle book. Plus two articles in the mailbox today: No surprise! Burgundy prices are high! Beaujolais is selling more – given the above, also no surprise!

offer of the day – thibault liger-belair 2015s

DOMAINE Thibault Liger-Belair 2015 EP/Pre-Arrivals NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES La Charmotte 75cl 49.50* (47.50) (Swiss Francs) VOSNE-ROMANEE Aux Réas 75cl 69.50 (66.00) NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES Les Saint-Georges 75cl 109.00 (85.00) CLOS DE VOUGEOT 75cl 158.00 (109.00) RICHEBOURG 75cl 395.00 (259.00) The last EP offer I could find with the same merchant/producer combination was quite some time ago – the 2007 […]

no smoke-trails in the vines!

no smoke-trails in the vines!

A large part of France has an air pollution problem at the moment; whilst the cold weather is greatly appreciated in the vines, the first real winter for 4 years, the stable high pressure over France means that the air pollution simply doesn’t dissipate. There is a new ‘prefectural decree‘ which now prohibits vineyard workers, […]

offer of the day – clos des lambrays – 2014 vs 2015

Both arrived together in the inbox today – interestingly Allen Meadows is 94 points on the 2014, and ‘only’ 92-95 on the 2015. You could end up paying more for the one with the lowest points 🙂 2014 Clos des Lambrays 75cl 159.00 (Swiss francs) 150cl 323.00 2015 Clos des Lambrays 75cl 199.00 150cl 403.00 […]

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