Just Jasper

  • Testing tasting times May 28th, 2019

    The Spring tasting season is in full swing with visits to the Beaujolais and Chablis, as well as keeping in touch with what’s going on in the Côte d’Or. We could do with the weather warming up a bit as the vines, though mostly saved from the frost events of April and even early May,…

    • Frost patrol: Sunday April 14th April 15th, 2019

      On Friday 5th April Burgundy suffered a frost episode which has certainly caused some damage in spots all the way up from Beaujolais to Chablis. The cool north wind returned over the weekend of 13th/14th April but this time the vignerons were prepared. I set out in the early hours to find out… I rose…

      • Management changes in Morey-St-Denis March 24th, 2019

        I have mixed feelings about the news from Morey-St-Denis. Happy for Jacques Devauges who recently left Clos de Tart and has now been appointed to manage Clos des Lambrays next door. Sad for Boris Champy who has left after just one year in charge. I have not yet had a chance to assess his 2018,…

        • Hospices de Nuits auction results 2019 March 20th, 2019

          The Hospices de Nuits auction on Sunday 10th March, a more local affair than the internationally supported Hospices de Beaune, showed a distinct drop in prices for the much heralded 2018 vintage: down 15.7% in total takings and 20.7% in the average price per barrel. This may very well be a sign that pricing in…

          • Starting 2019: London, Hong Kong and New Zealand February 6th, 2019

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            I have just got back from an extended tour away from Burgundy: a week in London for the January tastings and a few dinners, 10 days in Hong Kong and Shanghai – many tastings and even more dinners – then a beautiful week in New Zealand, catching up with the Pinot scene in Central Otago….

            • Burgundy 2017 vintage: full report now live January 8th, 2019

              The first key fact about 2017 is the return to normal, even quite generous volumes. This matters in general in terms of the market-place, but it really matters in particular for those vignerons in the Côte de Beaune especially, whose crops were so badly damaged by hail for three years in a row (2012-2014) and…

              • Busy Months May 30th, 2018

                Retirement from the commercial world of wine has left me busier than ever visiting vignerons and vineyards and in between writing up what I have gleaned – plus starting work on a second edition of Inside Burgundy. We are also gearing up for the launch later this year of the professional version of this website….

                • 1957 ! October 13th, 2017

                  The idea has been brewing for a while… my birth vintage, 1957, is not a great year anywhere in France, but the high acid wines of this very cold year have often survived surprisingly well. Accordingly a group of us of whom at least three were genuine ‘57ers and the others plausible candidates or at…

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