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weekend walks…

weekend walks…

Okay, last weekend was Emmental, this week it was Graubunden. Yesterday it was beautiful, Saturday and today not so! Tomorrow it’s a tasting in London – ouf!

more bottles, more hills…

more bottles, more hills…

One advantage of having a house full of Kiwis – pre vintage – is that there are plenty of bottles to be opened and sights to see.

summer holidays are over…

summer holidays are over…

I had a few nice wines whilst in the mountains last week, but it seems that the holidays are now over. I’ve a snowball of articles to publish over the next six weeks – oh, and there’s a harvest coming too! It seems that a number of domaines will be be starting with their whites around the 10th September, but reds won’t really start, in earnest, until the 15th. The weather is warming after a cool, often wet, August – hopefully this weather will stay around for the harvest…

the ins and outs of being very silly…

the ins and outs of being very silly…

The weather is vacillating. One moment picturesque, the next, very damp. Tomorrow I should take-part in my first marathon – it just so happens it’s the ‘highest in Europe’ – a mere 2,739m at the 25km point. I suppose it’s all downhill from there! Oh well, shame about the weather forecast too…

i can see you…!

i can see you…!

Spotted – or rather first heard! – in Meursault Perrières today. I’ve been touring the vines – some in reasonable condition, some are very sad – pockets of vines in Pommard and Beaune seem particularly hard hit, some have more grapes left than leaves! It’s early enough (the hail) that split and damaged grapes will have plenty of time to dry out and drop off, but the rest will need new leaves to do the necessary photosynthesis… Plus a few views from this morning:

last day this week in irancy town…

last day this week in irancy town…

A quiet day of visits, the weather’s a little been a little cooler too – only ~28°C! There was a little rain last night, but nothing too heavy. Generally the producers of ‘Greater Burgundy’ are content with their lot after flowering. One more Irancy producer tomorrow, then I’m heading to Beaune. Note, a 98 Irancy today managed to leap into my Top-10 list of 2014 – which reminds me, I suppose I better put that list online next week 😉

the first flowers of 2014…

the first flowers of 2014…

Some of the first, anyway! Once a week, the breakfast at Hotel Montrachet is my treat. Today, on the way back to Beaune, Clouseau-like, I poked around a few vineyards with my camera – today Puligny La Garenne and Meursault Les Perrières. In general the chardonnay of the Côte de Beaune seems a little in advance of the pinot noir, likewise, find a a nice big south-facing wall and those vines that nestle against it – facing south – are even further in advance. Here you will find an occasional vine that is already flowering. It’s an outrider If you like, but my first sight… Just outside the south-facing wall of the Clos des Perrières: A little more Meursault Perrières: A few pics from Puligny [….]

a few holdiay snaps

a few holdiay snaps

From ‘another place’ (shock…). Now back home for more typing…

azaleas, rain and dodgy packaging…

azaleas, rain and dodgy packaging…

Just a little cooler in Chablis today. Eventually, about 17h30 some rain forced its way through the leaden sky – but it wasn’t particularly hard or long, as the actress noted. Of-course it waited for me to go jogging about 21h30 before it started to rain again! Still with hardly any rain for the last month – just 3mm last weekend – Chablis will be hoping for something a little less negligible. Quite a long day; the last tasting finished at 19h20. The first tomorrow is at 09h00 – so it’s almost time for me to retire for the day. As for the pics that follow, some unfortunately named Chablis packaging for younger, cool dudes – the Hipster! – and a couple of pics from [….]

back in france…

back in france…

Having published the March-EXTRA! report in the early hours, I’m now back in Burgundy to complete my visits for April! A brilliant visit to start the day, at Jean Fournier in Marsannay – wines certainly on a similar quality-level to Pataille’s, and the first Marsannay whites that I really like! (Shock…). Interesting that the locals are already pointing to plots of Marsannay vines and saying ‘but that’s only villages.’ 😉 Lunch was a rag-tag, but tasty, collection of things bought in the Boulangerie on the RN974 in Gevrey, then eating said items while wandering through the earthworks of Bertagna, checking-out at the bedrock of Amoureuses, and looking back towards the Clos de Vougeot. Despite a little rain in the last days, the vineyards are dry, [….]

a short jog around gevrey/morey before dinner – and more…

a short jog around gevrey/morey before dinner – and more…

Time seems of the essence this week; more tastings than makes sense if you get entrance to them all, but the BIVB have been careful to spread people out. Still, you might not have thought so with the throng of people at the Vosne-Romanée tasting yesterday morning! In the end, it’s hardly possible to taste all the wines from all the exhibitors, it makes more sense to taste ‘all x in the room’ and go for this surgical-strike option. Of-course a full-packed program means disappointments too. Arriving for the Morey-Chambolle tasting at 15h30 I found close to half of the exhibitors had already left – it was scheduled from 09h00-17h00. Oh-well. I didn’t taste, I just went to my hotel in Gevrey and a little [….]

a few notes from today…

a few notes from today…

Of-course it’s Grands Jours de Bourgogne week, and you know that there was a bit of early jogging – but it was worth it, despite the freezing hands 😉 Tastings in Chablis today, and the it’s an impressive undertaking to get so many producers and tasters together, so much so that it can be rather difficult to get near many producers’ wines – I expect it will be no easier for Chambolle and Vosne, tomorrow, either! Anyway, I set myself the simple target of making notes on 50 1ers from 2012 and 15 Grand Crus from 12, the latter selected by the Union des Grands Crus – no easy task as it turned out. Still, by tasting GCs when many people were eating lunch, life [….]

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