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a merry, merry-go-round (or wine-criticism eating iteself…)

I’ve heard that it’s not done to critique other writers, but I think it’s a subject which, in itself, can be approached in a proper manner. So, Burgundy crtics ahoy… William Kelly who quite recently joined Decanter to write (mainly) about Burgundy is the new appointee in the hot seat of ‘Burgundy’ for the Wine […]

sunday: a film première and a wine auction – but not in that order!

sunday: a film première and a wine auction – but not in that order!

That a record value for the 157th Hospices de Beaune wine sale was achieved was never in doubt, such was the extra volume of wine that was ‘donated’ by the 2017 vintage. There hasn’t been a volume of wine like this for sale since either 2011 or 2009, or in some places since 1999 – […]

offer of the day – Faiveley 2016…

I missed the 14s, but here you can see the same merchant’s prices (in Switzerland) for the 12s, 13s, 15s and now the 2016s. The format here for the prices is simple: 2016 (2015, 2013, 2012) and — if not previously offered… DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2016 – En Primeur PREMIERS CRUS Pommard Rugiens 2016 75cl 86.00 […]

offer of the day – Leflaive 2016…

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2016 – Puligny-Montrachet (En Primeur) Just for reflection, you will see the same offer prices of their (2015s, 2013s, 2012s) in the brackets for an idea of ‘progression’. Pouilly-Fuissé 75cl Not offered (37.00 Swiss francs in 2015) Bourgogne 75cl 42.00 Swiss Francs (38.00, 35.00, 35.00) Puligny-Montrachet 75cl 82.00 (69.00, 65.00, 65.00) PREMIERS CRUS […]

offer of the day – clos de tart

And as if by magic, in my inbox this morning: La Forge de Tart 1er Cru 2007 75cl 148.00* Swiss francs La Forge de Tart 1er Cru 2008 75cl 119.00 La Forge de Tart 1er Cru 2011 75cl 135.00 La Forge de Tart 1er Cru 2014 75cl 169.00 Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2006 75cl […]

beyond avarice…

beyond avarice…

I suppose that I’m mandated to make a comment on the aftermath of this – ie the sale of the Clos de Tart by the Mommessin family shareholders for an undisclosed sum – but let’s say €250 million! I was travelling (mainly taking pictures of cows!) in Switzerland when this was ‘confirmed’ yesterday morning, but […]

offer of the day – louis jadot 2016

Out yesterday – I was slow! The prices are what they are, some are pretty much unchanged, others not. I’d like to think that yields are responsible, rather than the ‘marketability’ of particular cuvées. The Montrachet remains relatively inexpensive – for Montrachet! For what it’s worth, the 1993 Clos des Ursules was delicious today – […]

how about a nice pouilly-fuissé 1er cru?

how about a nice pouilly-fuissé 1er cru?

After more than 10 years in the preparation, the dossier with all the work to justify certain parcels of Pouilly-Fuissé becoming 1er Crus is completed. This week all the vigneron(ne)s of Pouilly voted that they take the next step. The ‘next step’ is actually a number of public consultations et-cetera where anyone can have a […]

offer of the day – henri boillot 2016s…

The first offer on 2016s that I’ve seen – the comparison to the 2015 offer from the same merchant is in the brackets. Whilst there was frost in 2016, and much was lost, it was highly variable with some white wine vineyards offering full yields. Here the increases are seemingly across the board – Côte […]

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