07/03/2017# – Sometimes we all tend to take wines to seriously – perhaps due to the value they represent these days – but in the end it is just grape juice stored in a bottle!
I have now been full-time wine writer for 6 months or so … and many things are now focused around wine and Burgundy. This is great, as I can clear my mind of a lot of the other topics that occupy some of the flesh located in upper part of the hog-head.
It does however take some time to expand the number of producer visits in Burgundy, as my policy is to visit producers whom I’m pretty sure will merit a nice review and will provide the basis for a nice article in a broader sense.
Friends in Burgundy and readers have been very helpful and supportive to suggest producers that I should visit – and so far I have steered clear of disasters, I have even had some very pleasant surprises when I was in the greatest doubt.
This will – I fear – not continue indefinitely … the day will come when I¨m in a cellar tasting some revolting wines that I will have to write about – or?
Since the dilemma has not exploded in my face yet – I do not know if I will write the full and ugly story – or if I will say to the producer – “thanks for the tasting – the wines are not my style and hence I will not write about them“.
As truly awful wines are still made in Burgundy the day will come ..
As my concept is to recommend good wines – and NOT to rate and review all wines produced … both models would work.
I do not feel the urge to write bad reviews .. but have done a few .. but in the end there are often nice people behind even the most awful wines. They will have aspirations for great reviews – however some sort of consistency in the ratings do call for some rather harsh ratings of substandard wines – otherwise the whole point of rating wines is gone like a dog hunting a rabbit in the vineyards.
Anyhow .. to my agenda and aim with this article
Dear readers – private collectors and professionals – please feel free to suggest producers that you think deserves a positive mention and a fine review ,,
In doing so please note .. I do not like extracted, dense, over-oaked and dark wines .. I love wines that are pure and transparent enough to give a clear expression of the terroir and have a true Burgundian expression.
I will check and double check all suggested producers .. and then I will put the best candidates on the list for a visit.
Some I may already know, others are most likely new on my radar ,, and please note .. even small unknown producers and negociants with only generic or village level wines are welcome – as long as the wines are pure and truly Burgundian.
Winhog .. over and out .. stay tuned!