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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.

interesting…

A common business finance route – though rather rarer for wine producers… HERE

offer of the day – domaine raveneau 2012…

DOMAINE RAVENEAU – Chablis 2012 CHABLIS 75cl 49.50 Swiss Francs CHABLIS 1er Cru Montée-de-Tonnerre 75cl 98.00 CHABLIS 1er Cru Butteaux 75cl 98.00 CHABLIS Grand Cru Valmur 75cl 198.00 CHABLIS Grand Cru Le Clos 75cl Price on application! Hmm. Chablis the poorer cousin of the Côte d’Or? Not here.

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…

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