The Côte de Nuits Villages appellation offers lovely wines - but it is rather confusingly a mix of villages where some are fully, and some only partly, a "part" of the appellation. While this has worked for decades, a more logical organisation … [Read more...] about Côte de Nuits Villages: How and why?
I adore Burgundies ... good ones ... but only some strike a special emotional note that assures them a place in my heart, along with a strong desire for another glass of the delightful nectar. But what is it that provokes this unique feeling one … [Read more...] about Vins d’émotion – Burgundies of Passion
The Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses 2016 is a rare bird, but this is not the regular cuvée: It's the special Cuvée Blonde made only in 2016 - and in very limited numbers. The Cuvée Blonde comes from the top part of the Groffier plot of Les … [Read more...] about Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle Les Amoureuses “Cuvée Blonde” 2016
I have been reluctant to taste the 2014s during the last couple of years, as they have been closed down. I did however have a very pleasant surprise with this Grands Echezeaux 2014, tasted blind in Vosne-Romanée close to its origins. Decanted and … [Read more...] about Domaine d’Eugenie Grands Echezeaux 2014
I am just back from Burgundy, having tasted many more offerings from the acclaimed 2018 vintage. Let me be very clear: While there are brilliant 2018s, this is an uneven vintage at best, and at times it can be a very bumpy ride. 2018 could be … [Read more...] about The 2018s tasted and reflected upon in November 2019
I have always been fascinated with vineyards next to, almost part, or otherwise related to the 'expensive and famous'. One commune with a wealth of riches is the iconic 'Chambertin', or properly Gevrey Chambertin. I felt at one time the … [Read more...] about Collins Corner #21 – Gaps in the maps.
The Côte de Nuits Villages appellation is both overlooked and somewhat vaguely defined, and other appellations have sometimes taken its credit when the labels are printed. But make no mistake, there are very interesting terroirs in Côte de Nuits … [Read more...] about Côte de Nuits Villages with lovely potential
A poetic name - «Viola Odorata» - from the Corgoloin area of Côte de Nuits Villages and the lieux-dits of «En Vireville» (2 different parcels) and «En Fontenelle». This is made from very old vines - 70 to 85 years old. The Naudin-Ferrand Côte de … [Read more...] about Domaine Naudin-Ferrand Côte de Nuits Villages «Viola Odorata» 2012