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Burgundy 2014 vintage…the winemakers have their say: part 1

Now that the grapes haves been picked and the wine undertakes its hibernational period in the oak barrels, the winemakers of Burgudny can breathe a sigh of relief. After a difficult 2013 vintage, blighted with cold weather, rain and the … Continue reading

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Old world vs New world? Time to move on…

Old World vs New World? Time to move on… The big problem with the wine world…or at least one of the problems…is vocabulary. There’s so much jargon used in the wine industry that most common mortals get lost. Let’s forget … Continue reading

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The Côte Châlonnaise

Heading south from Beaune, we enter the third district called la Cote Chalonnaise, (the Chalon hillside), named after it’s mother city of Chalon and home to glass manufacture and the birthplace of photography. The city lies on the Saône river. … Continue reading

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The storm that brought Burgundy to its knees…

This is the one that all the “vignerons” in the Côte d’Or were dreading. After 3 consecutive years of hailstorms in the summer that have reduced yield from -30 to -80% depending on the village, the wine estates in Burgundy … Continue reading

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Clos des Lambrays estate… sold!

This isn’t really “hot off the press” news, but I can confirm the sale of the famous Clos des Lambrays estate in Morey Saint Denis. What is news, is that we finally have an idea of the price it was … Continue reading

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Wine tasting in Beaujolais

At the start of the new year, I went to the Beaujolais region to check out an estate that has been making headlines recently: the Cave de Julienas. I’d heard that the Saint Amour 2011 vintage was exceptional, gaining a … Continue reading

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Christies – the downfall of the Hospices de Beaune auction?

Well, it’s time for a general auction assessment. Was it a good year? Prices went up, for sure. However, many journalists complained of their treatment by the Christies team. Are Christies having too much influence on the famous Beaune wine … Continue reading

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