Requiem ; Henri-Frederic Roch [1962-2018] The 17th century priest of Burgundy. On the eve of the 158th Hospices auction, Henri-Frederic Roch passed away. And with him passes a great philosophical treatise of Burgundy. I knew him, briefly, as … [Read more...] about Requiem ; Henri-Frederic Roch [1962-2018]
Wish for the good old days? Don’t look, but they are now. Recently I was enjoying an old bottle of something very good, but obscure, from 1976 vintage. My companion commented how lucky I was to have bought wines at great prices, unlike today where … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #18 – Wish for the good old days? Don’t look, but they are now!
There once was a man, that in his lifetime, became known as the “Saint of Volnay”. He earned the name; He was instrumental in building the town school , he restored the Volnay church, and in 1809 he named the Hospices de Charite’ the inheritor of … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #17 – Blondeau of Volnay
It is not just an historic name on a barrel...cuvee Nicolas Rolin Beaune has so many stories within stories that it is easy to dismiss it as a monoculture, and therein lose the emphasis of complex possibilities. The hillsides of premier crus … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #16 – What is in a name? Nicolas Rolin
Some insights come when least expected. Such as the case of Savigny from Seguin-Manuel. Seguin-Manuel, originally in Savigny, dates to 1824. The Savigny plots that compose the source of the villages wine date back nearly that long. When the … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #15 – 50 years may be too soon
The sweet little girl in the tourist office stared blankly at me. It wasn’t the first time that this had happened to me in Beaune, the uncrowned capital of Burgundy, usually the fault of my really poor French, but this time I was sure the question … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #14 – An American in Beaune – a war legacy
Understanding French wine; Begin with the geography lesson. Such is the first grade of the Cote d'Or, pull out the maps. Each town is encapsuled with its own boundries, Communes. The logical second step is to experiment and learn these … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #13 – when communes collide
When I first began to buy bottles of Burgundy in the late 1960s, well before I was in the trade, I had few choices in backwater Oregon, and always hoped to find a bottle with credentials. So I grabbed my first Volnay with great anticipation, only to … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #12 – The vineyard without a hometown