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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 [….]

first rays of sun on 1er cru mont de milieu…

first rays of sun on 1er cru mont de milieu…

Awake at 6:30am, so I decided to go out for a run. Virtually 7:00am, on the nail, the first rays of sun penetrated the frosty morning:

just one of those picturesque days…

just one of those picturesque days…

A lovely day Spring day, where I am mainly (but not completely, obviously!) in Chablis.

thursday’s gallery: mixed côte de beaune

thursday’s gallery: mixed côte de beaune

Let’s just do the portrait-shaped ones…

tuesday’s gallery: gevrey-chambertin…

tuesday’s gallery: gevrey-chambertin…

just a little meursault to start the day…

just a little meursault to start the day…

picture-perfect volnay…

picture-perfect volnay…

It was already cloudy by about 10:30 today, but what a beautiful start we had. Growers remain concerned that the buds on some south-facing vines are starting to swell a little, and there is no end in sight to the mild weather (10°C and sun at 10am!), though we are still just behind the precocious beginning to 2007. Anyway, enjoy…

more old beaune…

more old beaune…

No Pommard today, and not so much blue sky either, but a cancelled appointment left time to walk the remparts of Beaune – I haven’t done that for years!

monday in beaune and pommard…

Chorey

There were occasional patches of mist but as the sun came through the ploughed rows of vines began steaming – looked rather cool! A perfect Spring day with 12-15°C. A shame its February and the wines should be completely dormant. Everyone is hoping for a nice steady 2-3 weeks of -5°C or-so to kill off all that’s nasty and keep the vines from getting excited too early. Nobody can afford them to be frosted this year!

pics from out and about in the côtes…

pics from out and about in the côtes…

Quite a lot from in Nuits today and Tuesday, but a few others too… 😉

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