Cros Parantoux – the sweet spot of Richebourg

Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux is a mythical vineyard … with a reputation created by the legendary Henri Jayer. With a location just above and next to Richebourg this 1er cru is regarded as something very special.

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But the story of Cros Parantoux doesn’t start with Henri Jayer, the vineyard was known much earlier. So lets take a closer look at Cros Parantoux.

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Terroir Insight: Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair is in my view producing one of the very best wines from the large and very diverse Echezeaux vineyard.

First vintage was 2006 and quality improving year after year arriving at a truly outstanding level from 2010 and onwards.

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A very interesting wine in many ways … so lets take a closer look at the terroir.

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The lovely girls of Chambolle … a question of time and style

I often see and hear vinos expressing very strong views about personal preferences for and against the three top producers in Chambolle-Musigny.

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And while this is of course also debatable we are talking about Domaine Georges Roumier, Domaine J.-F. Mugnier and Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé.

After many years of tasting I have finally reached my own conclusion – after a visit at Mugnier and a vertical of Vogue Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru spanning from 1999 to 2011.

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Echézeaux du Dessus – the heart of Echézeaux

One of the first articles I made for this blog was an article about Echézeaux. While the article have been very popular with the readers, it really needs an update … so I have planned a series of articles about the Echézeaux vineyard.

The first article is about the very the core of the Echézeaux vineyard – the climate called Echézeaux du Dessus.

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Photo: Echézeaux du Dessus seen from north – with Les Poulailleres in the foreground.

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Discovering Echézeaux in detail – the project!

One of the first articles I made for this blog was an article about Echézeaux. While the article have been very popular with the readers, it really needs an update … so here we go.

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Echézeaux is a very large and complex vineyard, and its therefore impossible to make one article, that covers all the topics around this extensive grand cru.

I’m therefore planning a series of articles covering different Echézeaux topics … and these will in the end be merged in some way to form the complete Echézeaux guide.

This is indeed a daunting task … as the Echézeaux vineyard is fragmented into more than 250 plots, and there are in total more than 50 owners on this large grand cru.

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Terroir insight – DRC Grands-Echezeaux

The Grands-Echezeaux is somehow the slightly overlooked wine in the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti lineup. It is however a magnificent wine in its own right, but is of course somewhat overshadowed by the four top reds – Richebourg, Romanee Saint-Vivant, La Tâche and Romanee-Conti.

In this article I will take a closer look at the DRC Grands-Echezeaux, with focus on the location of the plots its produced from.

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La Tâche – a historic view on a legendary grand cru

La Tâche is a legendary grand cru with a quite interesting history. It has always been a monopole – but nevertheless the monopole status have been challenged and the vineyard expanded quite dramatically within the last 100 years.

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The history of La Tâche involves some of the most prominent domaines in Vosne, the neighburing Les Gaudichots and last but not least a great terroir and some gorgeous wines.

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How long should I keep a village Meursault?

After a week with some discussions about premox and some rather interesting views on drinking windows for white Burgundies

I really began to wonder … what is the expected lifespan for a village Meursault these days … should it age for 10 years in the cellar or should it be consumed within the first 5 years?

And yes I know there is big differences between the producers and the vintages … but nevertheless its a topic I have been thinking quite a lot about in recent years.

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Pinot Noir in Puligny-Montrachet – a red Les Caillerets!!

Pinot Noir from Chassagne-Montrachet is well known and often provide great pleasure – but red Puligny-Montrachet is virtually unknown today.

Today the village Puligny-Montrachet is associated with gorgeous white Burgundies … and some of the best white wines in the world.

This was however not the case when Lavalle wrote his book in 1855 – quite a few of the famous vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet were producing reds – and these vineyards were therefore not included in Lavalles classification of the white terroirs.

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Photo: Les Caillerets, Les Pucelles and Le Clavoillon see from north

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Fixin Clos de la Perriére … the forgotten Téte de Cuvée

In 1855 when Lavalle made his classification of the Burgundy vineyards only a few vineyards outside the “main” appellations were classified as Téte de Cuvée.

One of these vineyards is located in Fixin and is unknown to most Burgundy connaisseurs today … Fixin La Perriére better known as Fixin Clos de la Perriére.

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Photo: Fixin Clos de la Perriére seen from the top.

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Hailstorm damage report

On June 28th Burgundy was again hit by a serious hailstorm. It’s still difficult to evaluatete and assess the damage in the Burgundian vineyards after the terrible hailstorm – but here is a short overview.

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Photo: Caroline Parant Gros

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Vosne-Romanee Les Gaudichots – History, owners & wines – update

The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichot is the relatively unknown neighbourg of the great La Tache vineyard. Collectors are however beginning to appreciate the Gaudichot terroir – and the demand for the few bottles made is rising year after year.

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The history of Les Gaudichots is very interesting and to a great extend also the history of La Tâche, as a very large part of the current La Tâche vineyard was a part of Les Gaudichots before 1934.

Update 01/07/2014 -new bottlings from Roche de Bellene and Domaine du Palais added
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Vosne-Romanee Malconsorts the resurrection of a great 1er cru

Vosne Romanee Malconsorts is the fast rising star of the 1er crus in the appellation. The regained fame and glory is due to a large change of ownership and a impressive rise in quality among the other existing owners.

Malconsorts is now back to form and has taken its rightful place among the top 1er crus in Vosne-Romanee. So lets take a closer look at the history and the ownership history of this fine 1er cru.

Update 01/07/2014 … Cathiard plot previous owner update

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Photo: Malconsorts seen from Rue de la Tache

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Hail storm hits Burgundy … again

For the third year in a row powerful and devastating hailstorms have hit Burgundy. Most of the appellations were hit this time … but so far reports indicate some damage in parts of Cote de Nuits – while the losses seem to be very serious in parts of Cote de Beaune – worst in Volnay and Pommard.

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La Grande Rue – in a Vosne-Romanee sweet spot

La Grande Rue is located north of La Tache and just south of La Romanee, Romanee-Conti and Romanee-Saint-Vivant – indeed a sweetspot just next to the very best vineyards in Burgundy – or if you like in the world.

Whereas the four other vineyards are famous and most wines from them achieve high prices .. La Grande Rue is less hyped and relatively unknown despite its very prominent location.

So what is the story of La Grande Rue?

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Photo: La Grande Rue seen from the top of La Tache

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Vosne-Romanee Clos d’Eugenie the unknown La Tache neighbour

One of the new vineyard names in Burgundy is Vosne-Romanee Clos d’Eugenie – a small village monopole clos located just below La Tache and squeezed in between La Tache and Le Clos Goillotte.

The vineyard has an interesting history … and was for many years known as Clos Frantin. We have to go back to the French revolution to find the beginning of the Frantin era in Burgundy wines.

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Photo: Clos d’Eugenie seen from rue de la Tache.

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Vosne-Romanee La Croix Rameau in the outskirts of Saint Vivant

La Croix Rameau is a very small and relatively unknown Vosne-Romanee 1er cru located in the northeast corner of Romanee Saint-Vivant.

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The history of this very small climate is somewhat unclear and this also translates into some quite blurry areas in the history of Romanee-Saint-Vivant. The main question is: Was La Croix Rameau once a part of Romanee Saint-Vivant?

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