Category: Burgundy 2018

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Burgundy 2018 |First Thoughts

November 29th 2019

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There are so many reasons why I love Burgundy. One of its most endearing qualities is the honesty of the growers in the Côte d’Or. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and will openly tell you about the stresses and strains of the growing season. This was very much the case in 2018. Following three intensive weeks of tasting both reds and whites, I forgot how many times I heard:“It was a year of extremes. I won’t lie I had my worries, but 12 months on, the wines have grown up and truly blossomed…”

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Coffinet-Duvernay, JM Boillot, Comte Armand, Courcel, Bize & Bouley

November 15th 2019

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Day three of our Burgundy tasting trip had much to compete with coming after the previous blow-out day of tasting exceptional wines in the Côtes de Nuits. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Although the weather was not on our side and rained the entire day it didn’t stop the wines from expressing themselves and allowing us to get an even better idea of this great vintage.

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Fourrier, Cathiard, Mortet, Rousseau & Ponsot

November 13th 2019

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On Tuesday night we had dinner at Bistro des Cocottes with the wine trade legend Roy Richards, who brought a couple of extremely generous bottles to share with us. Before getting into them we drank a couple of lovely whites including 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly from Bernard Moreau and a really impressive 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Charmois by Marc Colin. We eased into a bottle of Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2013 from Denis Mortet. The 2013s are the Burgundians’ favourite drinking vintage right now, as they offer supple fruit and soft tannins.

Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Pillot, Sauzet, Drouhin-Laroze, Eugenie, Lambrays

November 12th 2019

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A freezing and rather murky start in Chassagne Montrachet this morning has been transformed by the brightness, freshness and clarity in the wines of Domaine Paul Pillot. Thierry is quick to highlight this warm vintage’s ‘unexpected purity and energy’ and tasting his wines, they are all that and much more. His broad range of Chassagne Montrachets across all of the main ‘climats’ are simply sensational. For me, the 1er Crus Les Caillerets and La Romanee stand out as being wines of indisputable class displaying mineral drive and plenty of freshness and energy that will enable them to develop perfectly over…

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