Close to Clos des Lambrays … Clos des Rosiers – Monopole

There is a lot of focus on Clos des Lambrays these days – after the LVMH deal. The price for Domaine des Lambrays seem to have been around 100 million EUR … and if one can trust the medias then Taupenot-Merme is quite reluctant to sell the 0.04 ha plot they have in Clos des Lambrays – to complete the LVMH monopole on Clos des Lambrays.

As my previous article showed there are also additional plots that perhaps could be considered a part of Clos des Lambrays – see the article. I think its safe to say … we will here more about the Taupenot-Merme plot and the other plots.

There are however also other special plots located on the boarder of Clos des Lambrays … and one of them is the unknown Clos des Rosiers – owned by Domaine Chantal Remy – formerly known as Domaine Louis Remy.

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Photo: View over Clos des Rosiers and Clos des Lambrays seen from Clos des Rosieres.

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Clos des Lambrays – Monopole or not? – update

The Domaine des Lambrays have recently been sold to LVMH – and the deal included some very fine vineyards – with the jewel in the crown being the 8.84 ha Clos des Lambrays.

This deal is very important for the development in Burgundy as it announces a new big player on the Burgundy scene – LVMH – a company that already owns several prominent estates in Bordeaux and Champagne. It will be interesting to follow the development – as I’m sure we can expect changes and improvements under the new ownership.

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Photo: Copyright Winehog.org 2014

I’m therefore planning to make a small series of articles about Domaine des Lambrays – just to explore the vineyards and the history of the Domaine.

The first article is about Clos des Lambrays – where I have made a few maps that illustrates one of the intriguing facts about the LVMH deal – the missing plot of Clos des Lambrays.

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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – History and Vineyards

I have followed Burgundy wines quite closely the last 20 to 25 years – tasting a lot of lovely wines from many different domaines.

One domaine does however hold a special place in my passion for Burgundy wines – the name is Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a domaine with history, great vineyards, passion and first and foremost beautiful aristocratic wines.

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Twelve vintages of Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru

I have followed Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé closely for quite many years now and always enjoyed the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru for its minerality and expression of Chambolle terroir.

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In a sense the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru has become a benchmark wine for me in Chambolle, as I each year taste it from cask and from bottle just after the release in Denmark.

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Grands Jours de Bourgogne … notes from Clos de Vougeot

The main event of Grands Jours de Bourgogne is the tasting at Chateau Clos de Vougeot. It was quite crowded this year, and it was therefore difficult to taste all the wines, and even more difficult to speak to some of the more popular producers. It was nevertheless a both interesting and lovely tasting – thanks to all the producers for supporting this event – it’s a treat.

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Grands Jours de Bourgogne – vintage impression – reds 2012

The 2012 vintage is soon going to be bottled and the hype of this lovely new vintage is already starting to build up.

In connection with my second day at Grands Jours de Bourgogne I had the opportunity to taste a wide range of wines from Vosne-Romanee, Flagey-Echezeaux and Vougeot. Most of the best producers were there … with a few exceptions.

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Grands Jours de Bourgogne – vintage impression – white 2012s

The 2012 vintage is soon going to be bottled and the hype of this lovely new vintage is already starting to build up.

In connection with my first day at Grands Jours de Bourgogne I had the opportunity to taste a range of whites from three very fine producers – Jean-Noël Gagnard, Hubert Lamy and Domaine Roulot. Tasting notes from these visits will follow shortly.

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Photo: Jean-Marc Roulot tasting one of his lovely 2012s

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New feature on Winehog – Budget Burgs below 30€

Normally I don’t focus on price when I review a wine – price quality ratio is in my view nothing rewarding to consider when we are talking a complex products like Burgundies. As always the last 10% of quality will cost you a fortune – and the low quantities and the hype of certain producers can drive the price towards the sky … out of reach for me and the average Burgundy collector.

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But with some village wines starting to push the 100€ price level I feel the need to promote affordable bottles of Burgundies one can enjoy .. now that the village wines are becoming too expensive for everyday drinking.

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The Premox Index – listing the tainted wines

Premoxed white Burgundies have been a problem since the vintages in the mid 1990s. The producers work hard to eliminate this problem … and they have to some extend been successful since the mid 2000s. There is however still identified premox problems in both the 2007 and 2008 vintage … so the problem is not fully solved yet.

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La Combe d’Orveau – village, 1er cru and a part of Musigny

The Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau is one of the hidden gems of Cote de Nuits. Only a few producers make wine from this slightly overlooked terroir and a part of of the climate is now a part of a “rather” well known grand cru. The grand cru is of course Musigny and the story about the expansion of Musigny is also the story about La Combe d’Orveau a terroir with at least partly grand cru potential.

Chambolle Musigny La Combe d’Orveau is devided in two sections – the 1er cru and grand cru climates located just above Clos de Vougeot on the slope just south of Les Petits Musigny and the village section located further west on the border between Flagey-Echezeaux and Chambolle-Musigny – see map below.

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Riedel vs Zalto …. Burgundy stemware battle

I have been using Riedel Vinum stemware for ages … I think I got my first Chardonney glass back in 1990, and soon after the Pinot Noir glasses followed as did other types.

After 20 years with the same glass it is indeed difficult to change stemware, and while I have tried the Riedel Sommerlier series on occations I remained faithful to the trusted Pinot Noir glass from the Riedel Vinum series.

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There is however a new challenger in town that I really needed to try out – the Zalto Burgundy stems from Denk’art in Austria.

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