Inside Burgundy

  • JMIB September Newsletter
    September 18th, 2023
    Dear all, Activities Since last month’s newsletter we have published just two reports, but both very substantial - 2019 White Burgfest by virtue of the 200+ tasting notes, and the 2020 vintage from Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, in which I took the opportunity to dive deep into Charles Lachaux’s philosophy and techniques....
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  • JMIB August Newsletter
    August 19th, 2023
    Dear all, Activities It has been a quiet time on the wine tasting front since last we spoke – one tasting in Nuits-St-Georges, one in Bouzeron and an interesting Sunday traipsing round half a dozen producers in the little known Couchois district. This will be the subject of an upcoming...
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  • Jasper Morris MW & Anne McHale on Beaujolais
    July 27th, 2023
    Are you a WSET Diploma student studying for D3 Theory this year or next? Or do you have a thirst to understand Beaujolais in more detail through the lens of the WSET Diploma syllabus? Join me on Zoom on Thursday 17th August, 6pm BST (replay available for those unable to...
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  • Inside Burgundy: Mid-Summer Newsletter
    July 13th, 2023
    Activities The first half of 2023 has been an exceptionally busy time. In January I completed the final reports on the 2021 barrel tastings and visited London for the usual round of En primeur tastings, as well as a somewhat daunting presentation over a black tie dinner for 120 people...
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  • Happy Drinking in Houston
    April 19th, 2023
    My first visit to Texas! Very exciting. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon before four of us went to Aya Sushi where we chose chef Yoshi’s stupendous 23 piece Omakase set, not all of which I can remember thanks to the deliciousness of the accompanying wines. I was particularly taken...
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  • The Styles of Pinot Noir and Burgundies Changes Over the Last 4 Decades with Jasper Morris MW
    March 1st, 2023
    From Podcast: "Eat Sleep Wine Repeat" "This is part one of two with the expert of Burgundy and Master of Wine, Jasper Morris. He has published two editions of his book “Inside Burgundy”, which both times has won the Andre Simon Prize. There really isn't much that Jasper doesn't know...
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  • Message from the Front – Christmas 2022
    December 22nd, 2022
    Which is now a very warm front, after the recent cold snap. Another White Christmas goes begging. Mind you, my Christmas will be both red and white, with a little port thrown in, as well as bubbles. I have finally finished all my tastings of the 2021 vintage and am...
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  • Podcast Interview from Norway: “The Man Who Knows Everything About Burgundy”
    November 22nd, 2022
    I recently did an interview with "Jeg kan ingenting om vin" in Oslo, Norway, discussing my history and background with the region of Burgundy, the 2022 vintage, pricing, the role of the Hospices de Beaune and the effects of global warming on a 2019 Pommard wine we taste live on...
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  • [Bottled in China]: The History and Future of Burgundy with Jasper Morris MW
    October 26th, 2022
    EPISODE SUMMARY (Read the full article on 'Bottled in China') "For the first time, the latest annual Power 100 list features Burgundy more than Bordeaux among its ranking of the most powerful wines. This change indicates the increased popularity of Burgundy and implores us to assess its effects on the world...
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  • Inside the New Issue of Club Oenologique
    October 26th, 2022
    Below is a snippet from the new issue (Autumn 2022) of Club Oenologique. Club Oenologique is a platform for wine and spirit lovers. Their website celebrates the best in wine and spirits and brings you information and inspiration from the worlds that surround good drinking – including food, travel and...
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  • Latest News – September 2022
    October 1st, 2022
    After the very sad news early in the month of the demise of Louis-Fabrice Latour, head of the long-established house of Louis Latour, there have been developments at others of the leading negociant houses of Beaune. Pierre-Henry Gagey has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as...
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  • 2022 Harvest
    August 24th, 2022
    We are on the eve of harvest in Burgundy. One or two of the earliest pickers, and those harvesting for sparkling wine, began earlier this week. Quite a few in Meursault are kicking off today or tomorrow. Others will wait until after the weekend, with the possibility of a few...
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  • Clive Coates MW 1941-2022
    August 15th, 2022
    The outstanding wine critic, author and Burgundy lover Clive Coates passed away earlier this month. Clive was not officially a mentor for me but he was undoubtedly a major source of inspiration in my working life, especially since leaving the wine trade. The tribute that follows is a very small...
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  • Mid-Season Weather Report
    July 21st, 2022
    Flowering passed off in good conditions, confirming the potential for a large crop as long as there would not be any weather induced accidents further down the road. Harvest dates could be projected for just about the same time as 2020, in other words exceptionally early, starting shortly after mid-August...
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  • Midsummer Report
    June 22nd, 2022
    The longest day of the year finds me up in Chablis, tasting the 2021 vintage (more interesting than the well documented difficulties of the growing season would have suggested) and re-tasting the excellent 2020s. June has been and will continue to be an extremely busy month, spent gathering content for...
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  • Chablis: The 2018 Vintage
    June 7th, 2022
    Weather conditions in Chablis were even drier than elsewhere in Burgundy: Just 10mm of rain across the summer months. Growers were complaining vociferously about the drought conditions, and though the grapes were completely healthy, and there were plenty of them, nobody expected much juice. However at the harvest the crop...
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  • March 2022
    March 28th, 2022
    This time last year the final week of March felt like summer had come – only to be followed by a severe frost in early April. The last week of March 2022 feels like Spring has well and truly sprung: delightful sunny days, getting warm in the afternoons, but cool...
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  • André Simon Drink Book Award 2021 Winner – Inside Burgundy 2nd Edition
    March 9th, 2022
    I am so thrilled and so humbled to be announced as the winner of the André Simon Drink Award 2021 for Inside Burgundy, The Second Edition. Huge competition this year so was definitely not expecting it. Thank you to @rosemurraybrown and everyone involved with the André Simon Memorial Fund for...
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  • Latest News – December 2021
    December 20th, 2021
    It is cold and damp at the moment in Burgundy, but thoughts are turning to Christmas and the end of a very difficult year. A brief survey of 2021, a year with some highs and a number of very definite lows, will follow between now and the 31st. For me,...
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  • The New York Times Best Wine Book 2021 – Inside Burgundy 2
    December 5th, 2021
    "Many books have been written about Burgundy over the years, but none currently is as useful and comprehensive a reference as the new second edition of “Inside Burgundy” (Berry Bros. & Rudd Press, $90), by Jasper Morris. The book includes all one might expect in a guide: detailed characterizations of...
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  • Inside Burgundy 2.0 – The Book
    October 31st, 2021
    The Second Edition: Expanded and Completely Revised Click here to see our list of international stockists to buy your copy of Inside Burgundy - The Second Edition. Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: The vineyards, the wine and the people has been the benchmark reference on Burgundy s wines, winemakers and vineyards...
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  • Becky Wasserman 1937-2021
    August 21st, 2021
    Sadly yesterday morning the wonderful Becky Wasserman has left us. What an amazing and fulfilling life which enriched everybody who knew her, winemakers, wine lovers, critics, importers, normal human beings. She has done so much for all of us, and had plans to do so much more. She leaves her...
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  • July in the Vineyards
    July 30th, 2021
    The VinesThere are a large number of very tired looking vignerons out there. We had one week of good sunny weather, from 16th to 23rd July, but apart from that the weather has been erratic with quite heavy rainfall at times. The conscientious vignerons have had to devote much more...
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  • May/June 2021: Latest News from Burgundy
    June 3rd, 2021
    The month of May has been nearly as murderous in the Burgundy vineyards as April. The frost just after Easter did the worst of the damage, but once the extreme cold let up, it was replaced by cool wet weather with scarcely a sight of the sun. The already struggling...
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  • Easter Update!
    April 5th, 2021
    Here’s wishing that all our subscribers have enjoyed a refreshing break at Easter. I have managed to get in some good walks in the surrounding woods – the image is of some Paschal or Pasque flowers on the plateau above Pommard and Volnay. It is not a very optimistic time...
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  • 2020: The Year in Review
    January 21st, 2021
    January-FebruaryIt seems strange, writing in early January 2021, to think that a year ago I was actually in Hong Kong and mainland China, partly accompanying the annual Pearl of Burgundy tour of the region with a group of growers, and partly working with my colleagues at the Jasper Morris Inside...
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  • Wine Blast – Burgundy in 2021
    January 15th, 2021
    Delighted to join the MW team of Susie and Peter to discuss the joys of Burgundy, just the thing to warm us up a cold January day. "To kick off 2021, we dive right into the fascinating, frustrating, compelling wine world that is Burgundy. Iconic - certainly. Over-priced? Plausibly. At...
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  • Happy New Year!
    January 4th, 2021
    May we all maintain health and perhaps even find a little prosperity in the months to come. I plan to stay glued to my desk for the next few weeks in the eternal quest to catch up with all those things which I should have done, all those tasting notes...
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  • Guild of Sommeliers – Jasper Morris on Burgundy
    December 17th, 2020
        GuildSomm Staff Writer Bryce Wiatrak interviews Jasper Morris about all things Burgundy.   Listen below or click here: @insideburgundy @guildsomm #jaspermorris #insideburgundy #GuildSomm            
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  • Hospices de Beaune Auction – White Wine Tasting
    December 10th, 2020
    The Hospices de Beaune 2020 auction with Christie’s has been reborn! It will now take place on Sunday 13th December. The delay has given me the chance to retaste all the cuvées with Ludivine Griveau, the gifted winemaker and general manager at the Hospices. Here are some short video clips of...
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  • Hospices de Beaune Auction 2020 – Red Wine Tasting
    December 9th, 2020
    The Hospices de Beaune 2020 auction with Christie’s has been reborn! It will now take place on Sunday 13th December. The delay has given me the chance to retaste all the cuvées with Ludivine Griveau, the gifted winemaker and general manager at the Hospices. Here are some short video clips of...
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  • FINE+RARE: The Root of the Matter
    December 4th, 2020
    This article is from FINE+RARE, titled "The Root of the Matter" by Jasper Morris MW. The full article can be read on their website here. Looking out across the Côte d’Or, the astute might notice a few more gaps amongst the rows of vines than normal. Dig a little deeper,...
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  • The 2019 Vintage: The Truth from the Man on the Ground
    November 29th, 2020
    My marathon tasting of the 2019 vintage in Burgundy will be completed by lunchtime on Friday, 4th December, after ten weeks of tasting at 200 domaines and merchants across the Côte d’Or – preceded by excursions in the Mâconnais (report published here) and Chablis (report imminent). The full reports on...
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  • An Introduction to the 2019 Burgundy Vintage
    November 11th, 2020
    Hosted by myself and Stannary Wine's Burgundy Buyer, Jason Haynes. I provide exclusive insight into the 2019 Burgundy vintage. My 2019 tasting notes will be available shortly. Stay tuned! Watch the replay here! #jaspermorris #Burgundy2020Harvest #insideburgundy 
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  • Wine Lister’s 2020 Burgundy Study
    November 11th, 2020 JMIB is delighted to introduce WINE LISTER’s 2020 Burgundy Study, with a topical introduction by Jasper. This survey shows a really valuable light on how the leading producers and appellations are perceived at the moment by wine professionals across the globe. WINE LISTER is uniquely qualified to dig deep...
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  • Hospices de Beaune 2020 – Tasting Notes
    November 9th, 2020
    If tasting young wines from barrel shortly before they are bottled is already a challenge, the prospect of tasting 50 brand new wines just a few weeks after the latest harvest is even more daunting. It becomes a pleasure, however in a great vintage such as 2020, when skilfully made...
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  • October 2020
    October 5th, 2020
    As September gives way to October, late summer has definitely turned into a windswept autumn, with much cooler weather, high winds and all the rainfall, which we missed through the summer.  The turn in the weather may be a bit dreary on the human front, but replenishment of the water...
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  • 2020 Harvest at the Hospices de Beaune
    September 10th, 2020
    Picking began on Tuesday 18th August and finished on Friday 28th, the first year in which everything was picked before the end of August! Though there was a minor risk of frost at the beginning of April, the major worry was whether or not the vineyard teams would be able...
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  • 2020 Harvest Notes
    September 8th, 2020
    The grapes are almost in now, with just a few diehard late harvesters and occasional plots from backward vineyards still to be picked. It is quite a bit cooler now thanks to a short burst of the fresh north wind, but beautifully sunny again. The rainfall on Friday 28th August...
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  • 2020 Harvest Update
    August 25th, 2020
    The predicted rain did indeed fall during the night of Friday 21st/Saturday 22nd August, typically about 20mm in the Côte de Beaune – enough to refresh a little bit of the vines and leave them damp underfoot in the morning – but too late for those vineyards where the leaves...
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  • Early Harvest Report 2020
    August 22nd, 2020 The harvest is well underway in the Côte de Beaune and producers are reporting fairly similar experiences. The crop which set at the outset was potentially really quite large, though slightly limited at the flowering. When they left for a well-earned summer holiday (those that did manage to get...
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  • How to Gift a Subscription
    August 6th, 2020
    Looking for the perfect gift for the like-minded individual that would appreciate what Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy has to offer? Follow the steps below on how to gift a 'Premium Subscription': Step 1: Log in and click on "My account" Step 2: Click on "Gift Subscription" on the right hand...
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  • Les Aligoteurs 9th July 2020
    July 12th, 2020
    As lockdown in France fades steadily away, Les Aligoteurs came out of the woodwork last night and put on an informal tasting in the sylvan settings of Le Boisrouge in Flagey-Echezeaux. It has been evident for some time that Aligoté is a changing breed. No longer something to be dismissed...
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  • Surviving The Ice Saints
    May 13th, 2020
    May 11th to 13th are known as the Ice Saints in France, a cold snap which theoretically marks the last risk of frost damage in the vineyards. It came a little bit close this year: just 2°C on St Pancras’ Day (12th) at our house, though would have been a touch warmer in...
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  • Burgundy Domaine Updates
    April 18th, 2020
    Domaine de la Commaraine (Pommard): The Domaine has recently purchased some vineyards in the Côte de Nuits to add to their Monopole of the Clos de la Commaraine in Pommard. About half the new vineyards will stay with the vigneron who is currently farming them, but the Domaine will take...
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  • Happy Easter
    April 10th, 2020
    Happy Easter! Here in Burgundy we have lived through three weeks of gorgeous blue skies and sunshine. But there has been quite a difference. Now it feels like the start of the summer, since the wind moved round to the south a week ago. The two weeks before that were...
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  • JMIB and Covid-19
    March 23rd, 2020
    A day goes by and the situation changes. A week ago the biennial Grands Jours de Bourgogne were supposed to start, but were cancelled, wisely, albeit with only a few days notice. Some individual events still took place and as recently as last Thursday (12th March) I attended my last...
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  • Burgundy in March
    March 23rd, 2020
    The blackthorn is out, and with it the risk of a blackthorn winter: the wind has just moved round to the north and we are expecting morning frosts for the next few days. Will it be the same in the vineyards? And have the vines reached the stage where they...
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  • Burgundy in Riga
    March 16th, 2020
    It shows just how quickly events are moving. There was no discussion of cancelling my visit to Riga in Latvia to host a series of Burgundy events in early March, but now scarcely more than a week, later, both Latvia and France are in virtual lockdown. My trip may prove...
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  • Bourgogne in turmoil?
    January 30th, 2020
    The locals, especially the BIVB, get upset when we anglophones continue to call the region Burgundy, but actually I find it useful to be able to differentiate between the region Burgundy and its generic Bourgogne wines. It is Bourgogne which is a little bit in turmoil at the moment. Some...
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