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Beane to Buxy, with some practice blending along the way

The next instalment of my Burgundy trip is from Beaune to Buxy, with a little blending along the way. Last stop in Beaune Last but not least of our visits in Beaune was Domaine Maillard Père & Fils situated at Chorey-Les-Beaunes.  This was a short tasting with our knowledgeable guide dressed by French winemaker central casting.…Continue readingBeane to Buxy, with some practice blending along the way

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Chablis to Beaune

Having just returned from France (again) having climbed the rather silly distance of more than 9,000 metres on a bicycle through the Alps, it seems almost a relief to return to writing about wine.  This write up is of the trip from Chablis to Beaune. The first of many new facts to dawn upon me…Continue readingChablis to Beaune

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Paris to Chablis

Jetlag recovered, the first stop on the wine itinerary was Chablis.  I suspect due to pre-conceptions of cold winters and frost, I had always thought of Chablis as being a little north of Paris, notwithstanding I know France reasonably well.  In fact, it is a roughly 2 hour drive south-east of Paris, which made me…Continue readingParis to Chablis

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Melbourne to Paris

Well, it has been a fantastic week touring Burgundy’s wine regions.  My bold plan to post after each day’s visits ended as it started – a bold plan.  Instead, it proved to be an extensive week of learning, wine tasting, vineyard and winery visits, supplemented by an even more extensive diet and spun together by…Continue readingMelbourne to Paris

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Cabernet franc, Australian plantings, history and styles; early thoughts

Having tasted a few local cabernet francs over the past fortnight or so has rather led to a desire on my part to find out more about the history of the grape variety in Australia.  Part of this is because I’ve always wondered if there were local producers out there who are trying for a…Continue readingCabernet franc, Australian plantings, history and styles; early thoughts

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When carignan is not carignan

I read an interesting story earlier in the week by Max Allen in The Australian newspaper.  Max is a strong supporter of carignan and thinks it eminently suited for the hot and dry conditions faced in much of Australia. In short, Max’s story is this: Shadowfax winery in Werribee in western Melbourne (towards Geelong) grafted…Continue readingWhen carignan is not carignan

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Bordeaux en primeur 2013

The 2013 Bordeaux en primeur tastings have now concluded, and en primeur prices are slowly being released by the Bordeaux chateaux.  The 2013 vintage by all reports is a poor one, so it will be an opportunity, I hope, for Bordeaux release prices to fall.  Whether they fall in Australia is traditionally an independent question.…Continue readingBordeaux en primeur 2013

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Langtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

The Langtons auction house classification tasting has quickly become one of the “must attend” tastings on the Australian wine calendar.  The Langtons classification is a ranking of 123 of Australia’s best wines in the categories “exceptional”, “outstanding”, “excellent” and “distinguished”.  To make the grade, the wine must have at least 10 vintages, and a judgement is formed…Continue readingLangtons Classification Tasting: September 2013

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Single vineyards and the Mornington Peninsula: a look at the wines of Polperro and Even Keel

I recently made the journey down to Red Hill in the Mornington Peninsula and caught up with the dynamic Sam Coverdale.  Sam is the owner, grower and winemaker of two relatively new Mornington Peninsula labels – Polperro and Even Keel.  Polperro is the label used for his single vineyard offerings and Even Keel for his…Continue readingSingle vineyards and the Mornington Peninsula: a look at the wines of Polperro and Even Keel

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A first growth Bordeaux tasting of the 2008 vintage

Stratospheric pricing means that certain wines that helped to define previous generations of wine lovers and wine writers are out of the reach of many, if not most.  I write specifically with the Bordeaux first growths in mind, but the same may be said for the leading wines of Burgundy, which are frequently not only…Continue readingA first growth Bordeaux tasting of the 2008 vintage

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Merlot in Australia: maligned or misunderstood? Or, Sir, can you spare a clone?

  Introduction Given the quality ambitions of many Australian producers, the relative underperformance of merlot in Australia has always struck me as something of an anomaly that is worthy of further thought and attention.  So what is wrong then with Australian merlot? Like all good stories, we have an alleged culprit. Locally the finger generally…Continue readingMerlot in Australia: maligned or misunderstood? Or, Sir, can you spare a clone?

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An exercise in "un" terroir in Beechworth

I recently had the good fortune to be served blind three chardonnays from Beechworth, all from the same year (2010), and all sourced from the same mature vineyard (Smith’s vineyard) situated outside of Beechworth.  The thing about blind tasting is it is just that – prejudices and biases are not able to take root –…Continue readingAn exercise in "un" terroir in Beechworth