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the latest tastevinage wines…

the latest tastevinage wines…

The list for all those with an interest: Tastevines-2015

Is there a future for this, or other forum(s)?

WARNING – for me, at least, a long-ish post. And because many people will not follow this discussion if it stays on the Burgundy Report forum, I’m also posting it in my Diary 😉 I guess, as background, some of my experience may be mirrored by others, but… I stopped with the forum of erobertparker when the junta closed it down – it was mainly closed due to critique, and much of it both unrepeatable and unnecessary, despite the general undertow of brown-nosing – but it was the best ‘meeting place’ I’ve ever known on the web. I paid a small subscription to go back and delete as many of my previous posts as I could (my freely given content) but much had already been [….]

laurent ponsot’s new ‘shop’ in beaune…

laurent ponsot’s new ‘shop’ in beaune…

I thought this might be of interest to anyone in Beaune/Burgundy/France – it’s (to my knowledge) Laurent Ponsot’s’ first official ‘outlet.’ Attached to the Hotel de Beaune and the Bistro de l’Hôtel is a wine-shop – largely unremarkable in its first 18 months or-so – save for its artwork! They have now upped their game. A range of 1er and GC wines are now available from Laurent Ponsot – and he sets the prices, not the shop. They are not cheap, but in the context of older wines, ex-cellars, there’s no obvious gouging here, and you can even buy his Clos St.Denis TVV on its own – there are cases of different vintages! I saw 1ers from 1997 and 1998 that were about €70. Grand [….]

interesting: mugnier and musigny…

interesting: mugnier and musigny…

Now isn’t this interesting.   Pic stolen from a Facebook post… I have to say that I never really thought of Freddy Mugnier and Château Latour as bed-fellows, though I do understand the ‘stance’ and knowing FM, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the money. But my question is, ‘what does several years mean?’ Even through a ‘cell phone’ baby Musigny is indisputably more fabulous than 99.9% of all other similar age burgundies. Clearly it is a very different experience to drinking a wine at 20-25(+) years-old, but relevant and something that it would be a shame to miss – all in my opinion of-course. I actually believe that most of the ‘wasted’ bottles are those drunk between 3 and 10 years-old, depending on [….]

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 [….]

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