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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

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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 little 1998 anecdote but this tannin has largely faded into the mix. Complex and very moreish – this was simply a delicious wine – as such it was consumed very quickly.
Rebuy – Yes
The domaine tell me I won’t be disappointed if I drink my 2000 Griotte with my Christmas lunch – maybe I should put Ponsot and Drouhin side-by-side(?)!

Anyway, I can only say – Ouf! – I seem to have a nice list of producer visits (building) for the next report (Domaine 2013 reds) but hopefully I’ll soon make some time to actually type my notes. So far I have resisted the electronic approach to note-taking (iPad seems most ‘useful’ in a cellar) because I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up when trying to type, instead of scribble-down, vigneron(ne) quotes.

I’ll see how long I can last with this double-work approach – but I can see a new year resolution in the making…

forgotten fruit, going deep and sunshine…

Just another day in Beaune:

rain, gros, tart, mist and sunset…

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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 keep in touch.

By about 15h00, the sun was finally breaking through – the colour of Autumn is mainly gone now, but the misty scenes of Autumn are fine replacements. With about 14°C this afternoon it’s hard to believe that this time last year it was -°C with snow on the ground – that reminds me – it’s probably time to swap to my winter tyres!!!

a quiet day in the côtes…

Plenty of visits plus shopping for ingredients for Christmas cakes.

Every day is different ;-)

2013 white burgundy report – now online

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Now online here: 10-2014-burgundy-report-extra

a structural shift in burgundy?

Interesting, if something of a re-hash (others might say ‘building upon’) the recent piece by Jancis (1 month ago) that I recommended here.

above average weekend wines…

There were only two – but when not going for quantity, what else is one to do? ;-)

The ‘Gevrey was just perfect; only medium bodied but supple, open and super complex with a nose to die for – wines like this really don’t last very long.

So what about a ‘Chablis‘? Here is another wine that just hit the spot. This wine seems to defy aging, rather it just adds a twist more complexity to the nose each time I revisit. It remains a gorgeous thing…

And watch out – later today, my 2013 White Burgundy, EXTRA! report…

very rare birds…

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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…

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 something disagreed with me though, and I was totally frozen for the next 8 hours – including in bed. I don’t think I can blame that on the wine – though maybe my head today ;-)

Anyway, some nice addresses today, and it goes without saying great wines too, but today I found it easier to spit – ah, living the dream!

Also, finally met up with @winewomansong tonight – it was great to have a bitch about almost everybody – but the poor girl was very tired. I told her to go to bed without wifi. What an old man I am!

Monday lunch:

Some visits today:

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 ghost-town. Still, it meant that I could poke my nose into a few corners and see a few lunch preparations!

There’s been on-and-off rain all weekend, indeed it was pretty heavy on Friday – probably perfect for teasing-out all the snalls from their lairs, because mountains of snails seem to have been consumed in Beaune this weekend – I’m not sure it’s really rain-clouds above, they have a green tinge – I think it’s garlic!

Ah yes, now I remember what’s happening in Beaune!

First, Meursault:

And then I think this is Beaune! :

friday & saturday – busy, busy in beaune…

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:

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