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Travels in Burgundy 2014

peak-a-boo!!!

peak-a-boo!!!

A funny kind of day – we had an interested furry audience for the tasting this afternoon!

cold but no chill…

Nice label

After the virtually non-existent winter of 2013-2014, the winemakers are getting impatient for the chill of winter – especially those hoping to ski at Christmas 😉 There’s no chill yet, temperatures hardly dropping below 5°C overnight – still, that’s close to perfect if you don’t want to melt while jogging!

shrubbery and grand crus…

shrubbery and grand crus…

Easy to guess today – even without the manicured gardens – where else will you taste Chevalier, Chevalier Cabotte and Montrachet side-by-side? Tasted for the first time with new winemaker Frederic Weber…

98 roty mazy, plus mountains of (iPad?) typing

98 roty mazy, plus mountains of (iPad?) typing

The recent 2000 Trapet Chambertin was really fine, but overall, this was just a little better… 1998 Roty, Mazy-Chambertin Deep but round nose of fine and ripe red fruit – only the merest suggestion of some leafy maturity. In the mouth this is full and well-textured, showing just a little plushness. There is still a […]

forgotten fruit, going deep and sunshine…

forgotten fruit, going deep and sunshine…

Just another day in Beaune:

rain, gros, tart, mist and sunset…

rain, gros, tart, mist and sunset…

Just about everything in one day! Soaking rain when I arrived at AF Gros this morning, only fading a little by late morning when I visited one of the most impressive estates in Burgundy – maybe for the last time with Sylvain Pitiot – but he lives in Beaune, so maybe there’s a chance to […]

a quiet day in the côtes…

Très bonne!

Plenty of visits plus shopping for ingredients for Christmas cakes. Every day is different 😉

very rare birds…

very rare birds…

Perhaps I should save the word ‘dregs’ for another sentence, but here are the last drops of 2013 Musigny and 2013 Montrachet. It was a very good end to the week’s tastings…

living the dream…

living the dream…

Well, what a difference – Beaune tonight @ 23h00 – nobody! It’s cool and a little shivery though – or maybe that’s just me, not yet quite recovered from my lunch on Monday. The food tasted great, the people were a hoot – and the wines? Well, at some point, adjectives lose their impact… But […]

beaune on a busy weekend…

beaune on a busy weekend…

I thought the mass of people in Beaune might have peaked yesterday evening, but clearly THE Sunday has another level. So instead of fighting for a place to drink coffee we chose make a walking tour of Meursault, and like any Sunday afternoon in Meursault the place was completely dead – pretty but almost a […]

friday & saturday – busy, busy in beaune…

Premeaux

It’s hard to avoid the crowds in Beaune as you close in on the weekend – is something happening? Today was just manic in the centre. I find it best to try and find a quiet cellar – particularly when it has a nice 62 to taste – oops, I mean drink!!!! Friday: Today:

yesterday…

yesterday…

Today will be a busy day – perhaps over-exercising the palate! But the following were taken yesterday…

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