I adore J.-F. Mugnier's wines (as do most people). They have a core of enjoyability rarely seen in Burgundy. Joie de vivre is a good way to describe the sensation evoked by these wines, although they are so much more than plain and simple hedonistic … [Read more...] about Visit to Domaine J.-F. Mugnier, tasting the 2018 vintage
Rating and evaluating wines is a personal thing - although some claim a completely impartial and unbiased palate! I, on the other hand, admit that I have my preferences and a palate that has some biases that in the end will influence my ratings … [Read more...] about Vins d’émotion: the Winehog choices
Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg is always a treat, even in the relatively hot 2018 vintage. We were received by Marie-Christine Mugneret and got a short introduction to the vintage. The wines here are always in balance with the vintage, and express the … [Read more...] about Visit to Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, tasting the 2018s
Pinot blanc is a somewhat overlooked grape in Burgundy, yet it is making interesting wines here and there. In the past, these wines rarely excited me, and they thrilled my senses even less. So I have been guilty of often ignoring this variety. But, … [Read more...] about Pinot? Pinot Blanc? Pinot Gouges: the forgotten mutation
Domaine Brandis, with Tom Brandis at the wheel, is one of Denmark's main Burgundy importers. In early November, Tom held his large Wine Festival with a very fine lineup of delightful producers - French, German, Italian; you name it, they … [Read more...] about Brandis Tasting – the delightful 2017 vintage
Charles Lachaux is taking some giant leaps for, if not mankind, then at least for the hedonistic pleasure of yours truly and other connoisseurs. His 2018 wines are another clear step towards the very top echelon of Burgundy and Vosne-Romanee. They … [Read more...] about Tasting the 2018s at Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux
This week I saw a comment from another wine writer who was fighting his way through gallons of 2018 Burgundies, and this rather random note of his made me think (it happens from time to time): "Tasted a few SO2-free Burgundy 2018s during my … [Read more...] about Burgundy wines without sulphur: Will they drink?
I am just back from Burgundy, where I tasted many wines from the acclaimed 2018 vintage. It was a good trip, as there are in fact many fine 2018s. But this is an historically uneven vintage, and at times it can be a very bumpy ride … [Read more...] about The balance among freshness, phenolic ripeness and alcohol