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the greeny-red wines of 2004

You only need to look at notes for the 2004’s tasted here in the last 2-3 months to see that something is going-on in those bottles – and it’s not entirely pleasant – so I had to write something about it. Initially I felt compelled to say something, simply because I felt that others were […]

vintage 2005: price movements

Whilst they are far from commonplace, some producers are looking to extract a little extra from the consumers for this vintage. I have already forward purchased from several producers with prices at, or below, 2004/2003 levels, but some are going the other way: I am exhorted by a swiss merchant ‘attention – quantities are low’, […]

only two christmas disappointments…

Back to reality – Christmas is over – it seems in a flash! Lots of friends were seen and surprisingly few bottles were drunk as I was mainly the chauffeur. My first disappointment is that I’ve finally given up trying to match red burgundy with the traditional Christmas meal – it doesn’t work – there […]

still travelling, more news on mortet

I’ve left New York behind and find myself in Philadelphia – well the airport Marriott anyway, and it’s definitely not grubby! The bar of the hotel throngs to quite a number of people cheering an (American) football team, on (as far as I can see) 6 TV screens in the bar area – maybe it’s […]

burgundy – the home of pinot noir

burgundy – the home of pinot noir

Apparently the ‘Brits’ like to name wines by their varietal. I’m not sure who came up with that statement, or how it applies to Chablis, Châteauneuf-du-Pape or ‘claret’ for instance, but someone was convinced enough to pay for a series of adverts in ‘lifestile magazines’ and the ‘colour supplements’ of the weekend newspapers in the […]

christies change gear for the hospices de beaune

It seemed to me that in 2005 the selling ‘machine’ of Christies (at theit first attempt) did not really get into full gear for the sale of the 2005’s; prices were average and the wines should be excellent – perhaps Christies needed to get into the swing of things. This year, for the 2006’s, the […]

merchants and faulty bottles – some advice…

I don’t often whinge – I think! When it comes to corked wine, my average is only around 4% detected – close to, but at the bottom-end of the rates from most studies – so I don’t consider myself a hypercondriac. My approach to merchants when I have a bad bottle is simply to point […]

a new manager at domaine bertagna

a new manager at domaine bertagna

Christophe Vial is the new estate manager at Domaine Bertagna in Vougeot, he will be assisted by the new vineyard manager Arnaud Lecoeur and cellarman Denis Rozat. For the last five years, Christophe Vial was cellar-master at Domaine de Montille in Volnay. He now takes over from Claire Forestier who left the domain in March […]

Bans des Vendanges 2006

The info we’ve been waiting for: Côte de Beaune : 18 September Côte de Nuits : 20 September Hautes-Côtes de Beaune et de Nuits : 23 September Châtillonnais : 15 September Around Auxerre (Yonne) Crémants de Bourgogne, Saint-Bris : 11 September Irancy : 16 September Vins du Vézelien : 18 September Chablis : 16 September […]

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