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.

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.


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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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.


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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Henri Jayer – genuine or fake – the old label

Henri Jayer (1922 – 2006) is one of the most legendary producers in Burgundy … the prices are therefore very high and there are a lot of fake bottles on the market. Buying Jayer is therefore a game of trust, knowledge and a lot of money.

I have done a bit of research on Jayer recently and found some interesting information about the Jayer labels used in the 1960s and early 1970s … the story about the forgotten label.


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Jayer Richebourg 1962 – If it seems too good to be true ..

I have seen an almost endless number of pristine Henri Jayer wines being tasted and consumed over the past few years. A rough count show more than 25 bottles of Richebourg from Jayer have been tasted by a few people, including numerous bottles of 1959 and 1962.


To be honest I found this quite unusual, as Jayer wines are now more or less gone from the restaurants that used to serve Jayer wines, back in the days where there were mainly genuine Jayer wines on the market.

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Chasing the illusive bottle – The Kurniawan effect

Fake wines have existed even before I was introduced to fine wines more than 25 years ago, but the Kurniawan case has more than indicated that the amount of fake bottles on the market is perhaps much higher than expected.

I will not speculate in the Kurniawan case, and mention other names, but it seems that many collectors lose all critical and logical senses in the hunt for the illusive and iconic bottle.

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Chanut & Gaudemet-Chanut – forgotten domaines of Vosne

If I say Domaine Chanut or Gaudemet-Chanut – do you then think of Burgundy or Vosne-Romanee – most likely not – nevertheless these domaines play a forgotten but important role in the history of Vosne-Romanee.

Domaine Chanut and later Gaudemet-Chanut was one of the most prominent domaines in Vosne-Romanee in the last part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century – with vineyards in Richebourg, Romanee-Saint-Vivant, Grands Echezeaux and Echezeaux.

20130729-124510.jpgFurthermore Domaine Chanut owned the quite mythic Chateau La Goillotte in the center of Vosne-Romanee – now owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and also acquired Domaine Frantin – the buildings now used by Domaine d’Eugenie.

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Hail and rainstorm in Burgundy

The southern Burgundy was yesterday – july 23rd – hit by a terrible hail and rainstorm.

20130724-112308.jpg Photo is taken by Caroline Parant Gros near Pommard

Once more it was the appelations in Cote de Beaune that was badly affected by the weather. The vignerons on Facebook and Twitter report of severe damage to the vines and grapes.

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Two years with

Time really flies … and it’s now exactly two years since I launched in Juliy 2011. During these 24 month I realized that blogging about fine wine is quite challenging at times – but fortunately also very rewarding and a lot of fun.

20120709-112759.jpgI have tasted a lot of great wines during the first two years, and sometimes it has been hard to find the time to publish all the notes.

Anyhow the numbers speak for themselves – 871 posts, more than 54.000 visits and 132.000 pageviews since I decided to go public with my tasting notes and articles – and the traffic is increasing month by month.

The best moments

The past two years have given me a lot of fine wine moments, and it’s impossible to rank these.

The visits to the very helpfull and fine produceres in Burgundy are however the very foundation for this blog. I have been lucky to visit some of the very finest producers during the last two years – thanks for the hospitality.
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Burgundy 2012 – First impressions

On my March trip to Burgundy I had the opportunity to taste quite a few wines from the 2012 vintage – and here are my first impressions of the 2012 vintage.

A word of warning – it’s still very early to evaluate the quality and characteristics of the 2012 vintage – and my sample of 2012s is still quite limited – so this is only initial impressions of the vintage.


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New producer on Romanee-Saint-Vivant – Domaine Poisot

It’s rare to see new producers or owners on the big grand crus in Vosne Romanee, but during my work on the articles about Romanee-Saint-Vivant vineyard I discovered a new and for me unknown producer on this fine vineyard – Domaine Poisot.

The story is however much more complex, as the history of the Poisot holdings on Romanee-Saint-Vivant dates back to 1902. For decades they have however only been bottling very small quantities of RSV under the Poisot label – and sold the main part of the production off to negociants – so while it’s an old ownership it’s really a new producer of Romanee-Saint-Vivant.

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The best vintage for red Burgundies – 2009, 2010 or 2011?

The 2011s are now getting bottled and most of the wine journalists have now published tasting notes on the 2011 vintage.

I was very positive about the 2011 vintage after my first tasting of the vintage in May 2012, and I remain very positive – but will reserve an upgrade until I have tasted more 2011s from bottle. With the succes of the 2011 vintage we now have theee very fine vintages in a row. But how does these vintages compare quality wise for the red burgundies.


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