Category: Tasting trips

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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.

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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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Bonneau du Martray, Jadot, Chandon de Briailles, Leflaive, Jobard & Clerget

November 8th 2019

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Another early morning and finally a glimpse of some brighter weather, to start us on our day. First up the most famous address in Corton Charlemagne: Bonneau du Martray. This estate has been under new leadership for the last three years and is the largest single owner of vines within Corton Charlemagne.

Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Hudelot-Noellat, Laurent Ponsot, Tortochot, Geantet-Pansiot & Serafin

November 6th 2019

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On Tuesday night we had a lovely dinner at Ma Cuisine where owner Pierre Escoffier was in tip top form. We drank a couple of lovely bottles including a fabulous Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2014 from Carillon and a really impressive Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Murgers 2013 Hudelot Noellat.

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