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Travels in Burgundy 2017

week 42’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 42’s ‘rogues’ gallery

This week’s visits for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report – published around 20 November – or so!

today in the abbaye de st.vivant…

today in the abbaye de st.vivant…

I’ve never actually been inside of the abbaye before, but today was a last get-together of the Central-Otago crew and a few glasses of the abbaye’s Hautes Côtes Blanc made by the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Aubert indicated that work would be completed in another 2 years, to a stage where visitors will have a […]

central otago – in beaune

central otago – in beaune

Brilliantly done – a tasting of Central Otago wines in Beaune today. Not just breaking boundaries in terms of who and where (in the Hôtel Dieu) but breaking boundaries in glassware – real, proper tasting/drinking glasses – apparently designed by Riedel specifically for for CO pinot – it’s not really as big as it looks […]

2 days of views

Meursault (of-course!)

A full programme of visits and tastings just now, but to show that I’m still alive, here are a few pics from today and yesterday! There were the first few drops of rain for quite some time this morning, but it was just a few minutes until the sun returned. The vineyards remain full of […]

the office today…

the office today…

Just a stunning day today in the Côte de Beaune – perhaps in other places too 🙂 25°C was easily attained in the latter half of the afternoon, and whilst the colours in the vines might have been just that little bit better last week – we’ve lost some leaves and others have browned since […]

weekend promenading…

weekend promenading…

The top of Côte du Py This weekend, a little pacing around Solutré and Château Pizay:  

week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

Some lovely visits to kick off the work for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report. Wines that are really a surprise (to me) and it was particularly good to see some smiles on the faces of many vigneron(ne)s after their 2017 harvest – not everyone, but most. Now it’s my birthday weekend (I’ve been told!) so […]

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

to trip, or not to trip – rosé style…

Château Pizay… I was invited to a ‘press trip’ by the syndicate of growers from Moulin-à-Vent, and normally I don’t make press trips – you would be forgiven for asking why(?) Okay, I’ll answer that anyway: The only previous ‘press trip’ that I’ve done, was to Chablis. I was one of five who were deemed […]

givry, puligny and meursault today…

givry, puligny and meursault today…

I’m touring, tasting mainly 2016 whites in October, here pictures from Givry:   And after lunch, pictures from Meursault:  

weekend photos

weekend photos

Just a few pics to appreciate the weekend in Beaune – nice light and blue-sky on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning – fading to gray and some rain showers on Sunday evening:  

a little mâcon and a little early evening beaune…

The Saone in Mâcon...

In Mâcon for most of the day – only 88 wines to taste – ignoring lunch of-course! Back in Beaune for the the last of the pink-red, post-sunset, light.

a walk around saint-véran today…

a walk around saint-véran today…

The morning was wet, but the afternoon was altogether better. We took in the north and the south of the appellation plus some lovely vantage points between the villages that make up Saint-Véran and the views toward Saint Amour and Juliénas…

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