Welcome to my new website, named after my book Inside Burgundy – which will soon be out of print. Time to start work on the second edition! I retired from the commercial wine trade at the end of July 2017 to give myself time for more writing and other projects, to be unveiled later.
Whereas the Côte d’Or more or less escaped the frost in 2017, more northerly Chablis suffered colder temperatures in April and noticeably more damage. The worst hit sectors were the northern part of Chablis, around Lignorelles and Maligny, and then the top vineyards, premier and grand cru, on the...Read More »
For many years it has frustrated me that Burgundy enthusiasts don’t show a little more love to the wines of the Mâconnais. Smart restaurants may have a page of different wines from Chablis and then a token Mâcon Villages. There is so much more going on here at the...Read More »
Bien Boire en Beaujolais
This wine tasting event happens every year in April, uniting five groups of Beaujolais producers, individual domaines with a certain bias towards the wild side – I tend to be one of the few clean-shaven males in the room. It is a great opportunity to catch up...Read More »
Retirement from the commercial world of wine has left me busier than ever visiting vignerons and vineyards and in between writing up what I have gleaned – plus starting work on a second edition of Inside Burgundy. We are also gearing up for the launch later...Read More »
Burgundy welcomed many thousand visitors during the week beginning 12th March for the 14th edition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne. I have attended pretty much every day of all those events since the first edition in 1992, This year’s version was probably the most stimulating to date, and allowing...Read More »
Friday 5th January
Dinner at la Tour d’Argent featuring a range of Dujac wines between 1972 and 1990. Best wines at each level? Village Morey 1978, 1er cru Gevrey-Chambertin Combottes 1990 and Grand Cru Bonnes Mares 1972. There were also some sublime white wines of which Pierre Morey’s 1979 Meursault Charmes...Read More »
My introduction to the vintage is shown in the post below. However, if you would like to see my full report with tasting notes on around 1350 wines from 100 domaines please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the pdf. It is free this year as...Read More »
Review of the 2016 Vintage in the Côte d’Or
What to Expect from this Report
My aim is to give a relatively comprehensive guide to the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. I have visited around 100 producers and completed notes on around 1350 wines. In future years I hope to add in further...Read More »
I have just returned from a 10 day visit promoting the Hospices de Beaune wines in various markets in Asia. Before the main work got underway I caught up with some old friends to enjoy a Volnay dinner. I have been singing the praises of Volnay for many years, and...Read More »
The idea has been brewing for a while… my birth vintage, 1957, is not a great year anywhere in France, but the high acid wines of this very cold year have often survived surprisingly well. Accordingly a group of us of whom at least three were genuine ‘57ers and the others...Read More »
Initially championed by Philippe Charlopin and Patrick Javillier more than 10 years ago, the designation Bourgogne Côte d’Or has at last seen the light of day. It can be declared from the 2017 vintage for wines from the Bourgogne appellation made within the boundaries of the viticultural villages from the...Read More »
- Quality and Quantity both there in 2017. Should be a Bonne Année but for some (lower yields in the right plots) could be a Grande Année.
- Market holding up in general: volumes exported often down (shortage of Chablis and whites in general) but value is up (2015 reds)
- Vézelay now has full...Read More »
Today the skies are grey and it has rained all morning. The storm clouds are gathering but the grapes are in – well not quite all, but the back has been broken of this much-needed abundant harvest. The first pickers could be seen from 24th August (more typically 28th) and...Read More »
A quick scamper round the Côte de Beaune this afternoon (Thursday August 24) suggests that things are about to get under way very quickly. Arnaud Ente has already picked a plot of young vines in Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts, and will start in earnest on Saturday. The Hospices de...Read More »
I spent yesterday morning (Monday 7th August) in the Côte de Nuits, walking through the vines from Chambolle-Musigny to Gevrey-Chambertin. The veraison seems as far advanced here as in the Côte de Beaune, and I note that there are ads for pickers in the local paper as from the...Read More »
At my retirement lunch with the rest of the Berry Bros & Rudd buying team, I pulled out a few bottles from my cellar, some expected to be classics, others a little more speculative.
Two whites in the latter category are worthy of mention: a 1990 Macon La Roche Vineuse...Read More »
Burgundy closes down during August as the growers take some rest before the upcoming harvest, yet this is still a nervous time.
It is already clear roughly when the picking will start (very early September for the Côte de Beaune, a week later for the Côte de Nuits, but everybody...Read More »