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Wine tasting: Pommard and Volnay Premier Crus

I recently attended an outstanding tasting of mostly recent(ish) vintages of premier cru level Pommard and Volnay wines. The quality was universally high across the board, and all well stored examples. In terms of observations, interestingly, neither appellation proved particularly distinctive on this tasting. Pommard is typically thought of as sturdy, masculine and full in…Continue readingWine tasting: Pommard and Volnay Premier Crus

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A Burgundian premier cru excursion through the 2012 and 2013 vintages

Here are some notes from a tasting in February looking at some premier crus from the 2012 and 2013 vintages in Burgundy, all tasted blind.  While something of a random walk, my take away observations were that the 2012 vintage had more depth, complexity and fruit, with the 2013s presenting as the more austere of…Continue readingA Burgundian premier cru excursion through the 2012 and 2013 vintages

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A couple of Volnays; Domaine Nicolas Rossignol 2011 and Louis Jadot Hospices de Beaune Volnay Premier Cru Cuvée Blondeau 2009

Here are a couple of delicious Volnays tasted over the Christmas period.  These are short notes only; happily I was too busy drinking them. Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2011Feminine and alluring, the 2011 vintage tasted has delicious cherry and earth characters on the nose and palate.  Beguiling and a conversation stopper.  (Region: Volnay, Côte de…Continue readingA couple of Volnays; Domaine Nicolas Rossignol 2011 and Louis Jadot Hospices de Beaune Volnay Premier Cru Cuvée Blondeau 2009

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2012

From the very fine 2012 red Burgundy vintage, this wine from Domaine Nicolas Rossignol has those beguiling feminine cherry and earth characters that can only be Volnay.  The palate finishes long with flashes of voluptuous ripe fruit.  Delicious drinking.  (Alc: 13%, Region: Volnay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2021)  Read…Continue readingDomaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2012

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Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Brouillards 2011

This is an excellent Volnay from Domaine Joseph Voillot.  From premier cru vineyard Les Brouillards, the 2011 vintage has aromatics of game, bacon, raspberry and undergrowth.  The palate has great balance, long length and fresh acidity.  For those susceptible to the charms of Volnay – and I am one – this is well worth your…Continue readingDomaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Brouillards 2011

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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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Beaune

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…Continue readingBeaune

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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