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offer of the day – raveneau 2015

Silly prices? Perhaps, though they are directly in-line with name villages, 1ers and GC wines from noted Côte d’Or producers – though I did pay 50-something euros for 2010 Butteaux in Au Fils du Zinc a couple of weeks ago! That said, I so rarely see an offer, so here you go: Domaine Raveneau 2015 […]

vézelay – the new kid in town…

vézelay – the new kid in town…

Vézelay from the air via AuxerreTV – here. You may have come across the label Bourgogne Vézelay – an appellation/label created only in 1998 – but one that’s already going to be phased out. The new kid in town is Vézelay – and it’s a villages appellation. The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) voted […]

gossip, lambrays…

Only tittle-tattle, of-course, but I understand after buying the domaine, that LVMH had an internal candidate lined up for the job at Clos des Lambrays – contracts were done, only waiting to be signed. Reading between the lines, there might have been an obvious problem – their first choice wasn’t French! Quelle horreur! I’m not […]

Boris Champy – the new man for Domaine des Lambrays…

Boris Champy – the new man for Domaine des Lambrays…

Boris Champy in action, right… It is official this week – ultra-athlete Boris Champy will be the new face of Domaine des Lambrays – taking over the role of Thierry Bruin as he moves into his retirement. Boris, who hails from a family of vignerons in Champagne, studied in Bordeaux and worked for the Moueix […]

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 […]

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