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Travels in Burgundy 2017

today’s walk in chablis

today’s walk in chablis

Chablis Grand Cru Valmur, 10th August 2017 – after the rain. Due to the rain, it was a modest tour in the muddy grand crus of Chablis. I would say a rather meagre looking quantity of fruit on the vines if compared to the Côte de Beaune, but like in the Côte d’Or, no obvious […]

touring the vines in the côte de beaune

Beaune Les Teurons...

Starting in Beaune, finishing with coffee in Puligny. We started in sunshine, ending with threatening, dark cloud – still a little muggy but dry. Here in the Côte de Beaune we are 3-4 weeks from harvesting and there looks to be plenty of grapes on the vines – in good shape too – there is […]

monday morning in st.amour…

monday morning in st.amour…

A little blustery and – not surprising given the ‘active’ cloud – there were some rain-showers here and there. The vines go high here, with breath-taking views – though Mont Blanc was absent this morning: ‘Good‘ said the vigneron – ‘When we can see Mont Blanc, it means that bad weather is coming!‘ We talked […]

3 things to note from this weekend:

3 things to note from this weekend:

Fantasy Pricing #1 If in Gevrey, and if not taking a coffee at Jeanette’s, then I like to sit on the big sofas of the Rotisserie for drink. The drink prices are okay for such a place – but stay with the drinks. I ordered a couple of (disappointingly small) early-afternoon sweets to go with […]

sunday in the vines – givry gates…

sunday in the vines – givry gates…

Yesterday Gevrey, today Givry

saturday in the vines

Boisset's winery

First, Nuits, Vosne (Flagey), Chambolle, Morey:   Then into Gevrey:  

breakfasting in beaune…

€5.50 for a formule breakfast with a big café au lait – and with a fine view of the Place Carnot too – you can hardly get the coffee for that price, back home in Switzerland! Breakfast with a view. Funny, half the year you search out a place in the sun – currently not! […]

it’s hot in them thar côtes…

La Cabotte...

A quick dip into the Côtes via TGV – but on Thursday I should be re-united, in Switzerland, with my car – hopefully in a decent condition – I don’t think any speeding tickets have arrived in the post yet 🙂 Yesterday 36°C, today a much more modest 34°C! But lots of aircon required for […]

a chablis day…

a chablis day…

 Coming over the Vaudesir hill towards Preuses… A simply perfect day in Chablis today, with guests. Two great domaines visited, of-course Au Fils de Zinc visited (Raveneau Butteaux and Droin Le Clos – both 2010) and weather ordered from the Gods. Though actually my forehead now suggests that I would have done better if I’d […]

the last 2 days in the côtes…

UV light sabres - let's kill the bugs!

Very changeable yesterday and today – but definitely warming up! A few pics taken along the way:  

what’s new in beaune and peeking behind (usually) closed doors…

An open door! 1243..

So first, what’s new this week? The first flowers were seen this week in a parcel of Louis Latour’s Corton-Charlemagne, though most are expecting to see flowers later next week – I think a weekend of wall-to-wall 33°C will help that! So we seem to be looking towards a harvest starting-time of roughly the 10th […]

big works in nuits…

big works in nuits…

On Wednesday afternoon I managed to get a tour of massive re-modeling of the Faiveley winery in Nuits St.Georges – together with JC Boisset, they are dragging winemaking in NSG into the 21st century. The demolition was already well underway when I visited last December to look at their 2015s. They say that all the […]

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