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Travels in Burgundy 2017

a year-ending promenade in frenchie speaking switzerland

Bielersee / Lac de Bienne

Our last day of the year took in a little tour around the Bielersee (Lac de Bienne) and stop-offs in Champagne and Avenches. I well remember the outrage of Swiss colleagues in the early 2000s when it became official that the (Swiss) town of Champagne was banned from making wine under their own name. Of-course […]

week 50’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 50’s ‘rogues’ gallery

Last week was also my last week of tasting in Burgundy this year – mainly ‘maisons’ for the December Report but a few not bad domaines slipped in there too. The red domaine report – i.e. the November 2017 Burgundy Report will be online in the next 48 hours…

a perfect saturday…


Almost a perfect Saturday – breakfast taken watching the passers-by in Place Carnot, a wander around the market, then a little typing followed by lunch. The afternoon saw a jaunt around Maranges, Le Rochepot and Chassagne-Montrachet – dodging the rain-showers. The evening with some Puligny Referts and Vosne Beaux Monts – plus finally something good […]

today’s promenade – a little vosne & a lot of vougeot

Romanée St.Vivant

My timing was excellent – taking a mid-morning walk in both Vosne and Vougeot, because the afternoon and evening were a complete washout – very wet! I think my jogging shoes will take some time to dry out!  

a little walk in criots…

a little walk in criots…

A gap in the rain – but no mist! Criots has had some prunung but not much ploughing yet (buttage). It’s easy to spot the vines of Madamme Leroy with their tall posts – but such a small plot….  

week 49’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 49’s ‘rogues’ gallery

A four day week this week and with two late cancellations too – too late to add something new – though space for plenty of typing. I’m still projecting 18-20 December for the 2016 Red Burgundy Report. Next week will be my last visits in the côtes this year! Have a great weekend…

killing time in vougeot

Clos de

…today with a coffee and then a little wander before an appointment in Gilly:  

sharing the snow…

I think that today (apart from typing) I’m mainly re-posting pictures of snow in Burgundy! I’ve snow at home too, but in Switzerland, I’m back to Beaune on Sunday for the last two weeks of visits this year… Les chardonnay de Chablis sont sous la neige! | Chardonnays from Chablis are covered in snow! #larochewines […]

week 47’s ‘rogues’ gallery

week 47’s ‘rogues’ gallery

Four days of visits last week – a couple of first appointment Côte de Beaune domaines, but then deep into the Côte de Nuits. The 2016 White Burgundy Report was published last week, and I’m projecting 18-20 December for the 2016 Red Burgundy Report. I’m now back in Switzerland for 10 days, so chance to […]

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