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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Tasting of Philippe Pacalet 2013 from cask – red 1er crus

The first impressions I get from the new vintage is often a extensive tasting at Maison Philippe Pacalet.

The wines from Pacalet is perfect for this purpose as the finish malolactic fermentation very early and even more important they have a very pure and clear expression of the vintage and the terroir

I really love the style of the wines, the drinkability, the lightness, the purity, the delicate expression of pinot fruit and the terroir.

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Gevrey-Chambertin Le Clos Saint-Jacques … almost grand cru

One of the most famous 1er crus in Burgundy is Gevrey-Chambertin Le Clos Saint-Jacques. This fine reputation is primarily build by Domaine Armand Rousseau, who makes a magnificent wine from this vineyard.

There are however also other fine wines from this terroir – so lets explore the history and ownership a bit further.

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Photo: View from the bottom of Le Clos Saint-Jacques

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Initial impressions of the Burgundy 2013 vintage

Its very early and a lot of wines are still in the midst of the malolactic fermentation. So bear in mind that the impressions below are very early initial impressions – based on approx 35 wines tasted in March 2014.

I will not try to asses the quality of the vintage – merely give some impressions on the style and character of the vintage. That being said – there have not been a poor vintage in Burgundy since the 1994 – and 2013 is not changing this tendency of higher more stable quality.

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Tasting of Philippe Pacalet 2013 from cask – village wines

The first impressions I get from the new vintage is often a extensive tasting at Philippe Pacalet.

The wines from Pacalet is perfect for this purpose as the finish malolactic fermentation very early and even more important they have a very pure and clear expression of the vintage and the terroir

I really love the style of the wines, the drinkability, the lightness, the purity, the delicate expression of pinot fruit and the terroir.

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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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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