Category: Tasting trips

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2017 Burgundy | A glorious expression of poise and precision

November 23rd 2018


After three weeks’ tasting the 2017 vintage in Burgundy I have come back excited and energised. This time last year many of our growers were strangely subdued. While they were thrilled to have some volume after six consecutively small harvests, they couldn’t quite put their finger on an overall style or quality. Twelve months on and their demeanour had changed. There was a spring in their step and many were clearly delighted at the quality of the vintage.

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Tasting Burgundy 2017 | Week Two | Comte Armand, Tollot-Beaut & Bonneau du Martray

November 15th 2018

Nathalie Tollot of Domaine Tollot-Beaut

Last night we had a delicious dinner at Le Bistro des Cocottes, I am feeling rotund, but managed to get out early this morning for a little jog around the périphérique, yes, miracles do happen! It is 8:54 and I have just arrived at Comte Armand where our tasting is hosted by Paul Zinetti in his very stylish tasting/entertaining room.

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Tasting Burgundy 2017 | Week Two | Simon Bize, de Courcel, Thomas Bouley, Chandon de Brailles & Hubert Lamy

November 12th 2018


What is quite surprising is that it takes 12 hours from Hampshire to my supper in Beaune, via the Eurostar.  I think a flight from Heathrow next time is back on the agenda! Monday morning, the start of our second week of tasting, the sun is shining, the day is incredibly mild and I am ready for our first flight of  2017s at Domaine Simon Bize in Savigny, hosted by Chisa Bize. 22 ha of vines so a fairly big domaine, split 30% white and 70% red. Similar quantities to the 2014 vintage.

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