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le weekend, les wines…


2000 Nicolas Potel, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets
Ooh! This smells fine; deep, faintly musky, with warm leaves and an appealing sweetness. Fine texture on the tongue with a sweetness of mature red pinot fruit. I love Peuillets, having also collected the Camille Giroud version since the 04 vintage. This is too good for typing – I have to drink – sadly though, this is my last of these…
Rebuy – Yes

2013 Maison Harbour, Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice
Nicely packaged – hand numbered on the back-label and capped with a sturdy black wax top. The nose starts with a little reduction – perhaps no surprise given that it’s sealed with DIAM30. Give it air, and there’s a little white pepper over a hint of mineral and a tight but interesting dark fruit. Ample width with more than an implied weight, too. Very silky, with a bright, indeed pretty mid-palate fruit. Mouth-wateringly moreish. I drank this over two nights, and it was even better on the second night!
Rebuy – Yes

sunday – hospices plus pommard et meursault

bouchard’s 1994 cuvée carnot – drinking at last!


Who would of thought – One of my 1994s has come around!

1994 Bouchard Père, Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot
Well, normally these have both smelled and tasted rather ‘hard’ but here is a rather welcoming, sweet and warm aroma – slightly stewing fruit, but attractive all the same. In the mouth there a nice line of sweetly, mouth-watering flavour and certainly an overall maturity to the experience with modest energy too. I can honestly say that I’m enjoying this. There, I said it!
Rebuy – Maybe!

the producers of week 43…

A selection of producers from this weeks visiting schedule.

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saturday – it is not allowed…

What you hear every day in Switzerland 😉

23rd – a busy day….

And on the table, that was just the reds 😉

3 little somethings from the last weekend…

WP_20151018_20_26_26_ProI should really post my weekend wines – before I forget them! – eh? Particularly as the Jadot is second only to the ’71 Chambertin this year…

2007 L+A Lignier, Morey St.Denis 1er Cuvée Romain Lignier
Relatively deep colour for an 07. The nose is pure, deep Morey and I like the weight. In the mouth there’s also plenty of weigh, the dark fruit coming in waves. Balanced, expressive and drinking rather well. Lovely wine.
Rebuy – Yes

2010 Rapet, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Ile des Vergelesses
A wine with a complex, herby, sometimes green sometimes fruit nose – move from a Spiegelau Zalto Universal lookalike to a Riedel pinot Vinum and this shows more bass notes and more weight of fruit aroma. In the mouth there’s a textural roundness, balance and then a fine extra dimension of 1er cru flavour in the mid-palate and finish. Very good!
Rebuy – Yes

1993 Domaine Louis Jadot, Clos de Vougeot
Ouf! Now we are talking – a simply beautiful, mature, complex and really quite forward nose. In the mouth this has great texture until the tannin exerts a little grip in the mid-palate but that’s a fleeting impression as the flavour then literally explodes over the tongue and into the finish – wow indeed. This really needs all of another 10 years for full maturity, but what a wine. Magnificent…
Rebuy – Yes

an autumnal impression today…

Whilst I covered plenty of the côtes again today, it was at a little more leisurely pace – just three appointments, though the first was well over 2 hours – so perhaps that was just as well!

It was looking just a little more Autumnal today…

taxing appointments

No that’s not François Hollande’s new ruse!

I started in the south, and slowly worked north today. Vigneron(ne)s in Chassagne, then Beaune, then the Hautes Còtes de Nuits then Gevrey. 12°C and a lovely light again today, until about 4pm when the cloud was in the ascendant.

All is dry, even my jog tonight, though trying to juggle/fit/squeeze over 70 producer appointments plus half a dozen larger tastings into my Oct/Nov/Dec schedule is more mentally taxing than 7km of running in 30 mins – of that I can assure you 😉

meursault & puligny today

…and in the sun too!

One visit there was no winemaker, the next there was two – so I kept my average up this morning

going up the mountain…

Only ‘phone shots’ – but today (Sunday) was a nice day today, to walk up to the ‘mountain’ of Beaune…

the producers of week 42…

A selection of producers from this week’s visiting schedule:

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