Charmes-Chambertin is a both large and diverse Grand Cru, and while some wines from Charmes-Chambertin are tremendous, some are sadly also amongst the lesser Grand Crus produced - to be very polite. Expressions like "Charmes du Gare" .. indicating … [Read more...] about Terroir Insight: Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin
One of the gems of Bonnes Mares is the elusive and elegant wine from Frédéric Mugnier of Domaine J.-F. Mugnier. The Bonnes Mares is like the other Chambolle wines from Mugnier very rare, as the production is rather limited. I must say adore the … [Read more...] about Terroir Insight: Domaine J.-F. Mugnier Bonnes Mares
I have followed the wines of Philippe Pacalet since his first vintages, more than 15 years ago. I have furthermore followed the wines he made at Domaine Prieure-Roch before he began on his own. Let me be prefectly clear - Philippe Pacalet is a … [Read more...] about Visit Philippe Pacalet, tasting of the 2016s from cask
The terms terroir and climat are often used about the Burgundian vineyards, and referred to when discussing Burgundy wines. While these two terms are related they do have a somewhat different meaning - as climat refer to the place, whereas the … [Read more...] about Terroir and geology – what do we know? – knowing more!
Second round of 2016s from Maison Joseph Drouhin .. to the whites .. The tasting was conducted by Veronique Drouhin .. at the head office in Beaune - check also the article about the excellent red 2016s. The whites are as the reds … [Read more...] about Visit Joseph Drouhin – tasting the white 2016s from cask
The wines of Domaine Pierre Labet are in my view a bit overlooked - and overshadowed by the wines made at Chateau de la Tour, the top brand of the François Labet "group". While Chateau de la Tour is renown for making some of the very best wines on … [Read more...] about Visit Domaine Pierre Labet, tasting of the red 2016s
Burgundy is the land of plenty and to some degree also diversity. I normally try to find new and upcoming young producers, the future stars of Burgundy and focus on the recent vintages from the best estates. This story is however quite different - … [Read more...] about Domaine Bernard van Berg – Burgundy in pact with nature
The 2016 vintage will be remembered by the Burgundian vignerons – as a year of frost, mildew and devastation – but also a vintage with a quite happy ending. In the end quality of the 2016 vintage proved better than expected and the 2017 harvest … [Read more...] about Vintage Report 2016 white Burgundies