Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

This is Joseph Faiveley’s Bourgogne level wine from the highly regarded 2015 vintage.  Expectations were perhaps unfairly high, and were only partly met.  Initially it presents as a relatively simple wine that is pleasant enough, but without any great character.  With (considerable) time in the glass, the wine took on some weight and complexity, with […]

Pascal Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne Rouge 2015

This is a very moreish Bourgogne from Pascal Marchand. From the highly regarded 2015 vintage, it is a good example of a Bourgogne rouge, if expensive. In the glass, it is faintly meaty, with raspberry notes. The palate is fleshy, medium bodied and with enough flavour and acidity to both resolutely signal Burgundy and interest. […]

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Comtesse de Lupé Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014

This is a very typical white Bourgogne from Domaine Lupé-Cholet.  The grapes are from the Côte de Beaune and the wine is vinified in stainless steel, and mostly matured in the same medium.  The wine opens to aromas of melon, earth, lees and yoghurt.  The palate is mid weight, with a savoury balance and acidity […]

A few Burgundy new releases from Domaine Lupé-Cholet

Here are three good pinot noirs from Domaine Lupé-Cholet.  The wines are from the appellations of Mercurey, Bourgogne and Aloxe-Corton Premier Cru Les Fournières respectively, and all are from the 2014 vintage. Domaine Lupé-Cholet Mercurey 2014Mercurey is one of the best known villages in the Côtes Chalonnaise and is 100% pinot noir, unlike further south […]

Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Bourgogne 2014; blind tasting and label thoughts

This is a delicious Bourgogne from Domaine de Bellene.  Before I get to the wine, I took away a few of observations from it.  First, pinot noir from Burgundy frequently resembles a different grape variety to the vast majority of pinot noirs I taste in Australia.  This is not intended as a slight upon Australian […]

The Mâconnais to Beaujolais

The second last instalment of my tour de Burgundy, covers the Mâcon through to Beaujolais.  These two regions are perhaps unquestionably the most beautiful to visit as a tourist.  Mâcon for its hills and escarpments, Beaujolais for the vines that cloak its hills as far as the eye can see.  The food increased in elaboration […]

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. […]


The next instalment of my wine trip is Beaune proper, which preceded a trip down the A6 to Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise.  Beaune is a town where it appears difficult to eat and drink poorly.  Starting with food, for lunch, I can recommend Le Comptoir des Tontons.  The owners are colourful, and the food […]