Just Jasper

  • Jasper on Zoom: Hospices de Beaune
    July 7th, 2020
    Ludivine Griveau, Regisseur (General Manager) at the Hospices de Beaune since 2015, is one of Burgundy’s finest talents. With a wealth of experience and an abundance of stories to share, join Ludivine and Jasper Morris MW as they present six classic wines from this classic icon of the Burgundian wine...
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  • JMIB Live: Reviewing the Côte d’Or Whites
    July 5th, 2020
    This is No. 4 in the JMIB series covering the vineyards and vignerons of Burgundy in this age of global warming. On this occasion we take a look at the white wine vineyards of the Côte d’Or: Which villages and vineyards are coming more into focus in these hotter vintages?...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: The New Generation in Burgundy
    July 4th, 2020
    For so many years the “new generation” of exciting young Burgundians at the helm of their family domaine meant the likes of Dominique Lafon, Etienne Grivot, Ghislaine Barthod, Louis Boillot and co. Now, in turn, it is time for them to be thinking of handing on the baton. We invited...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: The Grand Crus of Chambertin
    June 30th, 2020
    Chambertin and Clos de Bèze have established their positions at the top of the grand cru hierarchy, but: What of the satellite grands crus? Are they all up to the mark? What are their individual characteristics? Who makes the best in each of them? Aided by six samples from a...
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  • JMIB Live: Great Reds of Côte de Beaune
    June 28th, 2020
    Following on from our successful webinar discussing the northern half of the Côte de Nuits, we continue with the great red wine vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, including Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Volnay, while touching on some of the more rarely seen appellations which may be enjoying a boost...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: In conversation with Benjamin Leroux
    June 23rd, 2020
    Benjamin Leroux is one of the new generation Burgundian winemakers, who has made a big impression in a relatively short time. Benjamin, the gifted manager/winemaker of Domaine Comte Armand launched his own label with the 2007 vintage and works from a brand-new winery in the centre of Beaune (just off...
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  • JMIB Live: Reviewing the Sweet Spots: Gevrey-Chambertin & the Northern Côte de Nuits
    June 23rd, 2020
    This zoom webinar will look at recent developments in each of the villages from Morey-St-Denis to Marsannay, predict which vineyards are the new sweet spots and evaluate the producers to follow: Who has raised their game to a new level? Who might be the ones to watch in the near...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: Bonneau du Martray
    June 18th, 2020
    Myths about Corton-Charlemagne abound, but it is accepted that part of the vineyard did once belong to Charlemagne, King of the Franks, Holy Roman Emperor, reformer of education, father of Western Europe and famously, a wine lover… Almost unique among Burgundy growers for only producing grand cru wines, Domaine Bonneau...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: Biodynamic Burgundy
    June 16th, 2020
    Is this the new mainstream? Or are biodynamic practitioners “Out where the buses don’t run”? Certainly a number of cult domaines have espoused this philosophy of grape growing and winemaking. To talk us through how the biodynamic movement has developed in Burgundy, I have selected six wines from among the...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: Outstanding White Burgundy: 6 of The Very Best 1er Crus
    June 9th, 2020
    With only Corton-Charlemagne and the Montrachets in the grand cru bracket, we need to test out the options among the finest 1ers crus which can often be just as rewarding and rather better value for money. We have selected one wine from each of six villages – including a rarity...
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  • JMIB Live: The Premature Oxidation Phenomenon
    June 1st, 2020
    This is the first zoom event being offered under the JMIB banner. It is the first part of a series looking at some of the crucial themes in Burgundy. There are no wines to be tasted except what you choose to open alongside, nor interviews with producers enthusing about the...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: 2015 Red Burgundy: Where Does It Rank in the Hall of Fame?
    May 27th, 2020
    2015 is certainly a candidate for an ‘All Time Great’ rating. But just how good are the red wines of Burgundy in 2015? Do they combine the power of 2005 with the grace of 2010? Do they have the potential to develop extra depth and layers of flavour with age....
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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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  • Jasper on Zoom: With or Without Stems
    May 13th, 2020
    Red Burgundy: To destem or not to destem, that is the question. The latest in our line of top level Burgundy webinars will review three pairs of wines with each pair showing differing approaches to the complex question of what to put in your fermentation tanks: just the berries or the...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: Chablis
    May 5th, 2020
    Chablis is a gem, known to many but ignored by many more. Maybe the sea of mass market Chablis – and indeed misrepresentations of Chablis over the years – has hidden from view the joy which this region can bring, in authentic hands. Though we shall discuss Chablis as a...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: The Future of Burgundy
    April 28th, 2020
    Following on from the previous week's The Golden Age of Burgundy, we took a look at what's in store for the future. With the 2018 vintage suggesting for the first time that Global Warming might be causing some real problems in the time ahead if intelligent steps are not taken...
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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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  • Jasper on Zoom: The Golden Age of Burgundy
    April 15th, 2020
    Today’s Zoom was a cheerful amble through my 40 year career enjoying the wines of Burgundy. We started with setting the scene – slightly miserable scene – of Burgundy in the 1970s and then progressed by decade through all the changes that have turned an under performing region living on...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: Domaine Roumier Chambolle-Musigny 2009 & 2010
    April 10th, 2020
    Round two on the zoom front saw a discussion of vintage styles in Burgundy, especially 2009 and 2010, one warmer vintage and the other with an exquisite balance, as portrayed by Christophe Roumier’s Chambolle-Musigny. Both bottles were gorgeous, with the 2010 sitting up and giving great pleasure already, the 2009...
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  • Jasper on Zoom: Puligny vs Chassagne-Montrachet
    April 10th, 2020
    My first experience of this new (to me) format was a discussion of the differences between two of Burgundy’s emblematic appellations for white Burgundy: Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. Armed with a bottle of each, and fighting off the occasional technological challenge, we spent a happy hour talking over everything to do...
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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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  • Sad news
    January 30th, 2020
    The year has got off to a sad start with the departure of Georges Duboeuf, Jean-Claude Bachelet and Michel Lafarge. I saw Michel just before Christmas and he was in fine form. Then when I was in Hong Kong I heard from his granddaughter Clothilde, who was representing the domaine...
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  • Partnering with Wine Lister
    January 30th, 2020
    I am delighted to announce that this month we have partnered Wine Lister, the fine wine intelligence agency who will be using JMIB scores as part of their algorithm to assess the performance of Burgundy producers and their wines. JMIB is Wine Lister's first specialist critic alongside Neal Martin, Jancis...
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  • Upcoming JMIB reports & events
    January 30th, 2020
    As well as the Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos des Chênes report, I shall shortly be uploading reports on vertical tastings from the former Domaine Clair-Daü, Richebourg from a variety of producers and Domaine des Comte Lafon’s Meursault Genevrières. You will also see appearing shortly on the website several hundred...
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  • The Christmas Season: 2018 Reports
    December 22nd, 2019
    We are coming to the end of the year and in theory it is time to wind down for Christmas – but I do still have some work to do! Having been tasting the 2018 vintage so intensely over the last six weeks I now have to fine tune my...
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  • Listen: Jasper on his life with Burgundy wine
    July 19th, 2019
    Listen below to Jasper's talk on I'll Drink To That! Wine Podcast giving both an overview of his own career as a wine importer and Burgundy specialist and of the vineyards of Burgundy. As published on Levi Dalton's 'Live opens wine' soundcloud profile 'Jasper goes from north to south along the Côte...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Starting 2019: London, Hong Kong and New Zealand
    February 6th, 2019
    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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Côte de Nuits
    January 1st, 2017
    Read about the villages of the Côte de Nuits each with Jasper's pick of the best vineyards and producers including: Chambolle-Musigny Fixin Gevrey-Chambertin Marsannay Morey-St-Denis Nuits-St-Georges Vosne-Romanée Vougeot  
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  • Côte de Beaune
    January 1st, 2017
    Read about the villages of the Côte de Beaune each with Jasper's pick of the best vineyards and producers including: Aloxe-Corton Auxey-Duresses Beaune Chassagne-Montrachet Chorey-lès-Beaune Ladoix Maranges Monthelie Meursault Pernand-Vergelesses Pommard Puligny-Montrachet St-Aubin St-Romain Santenay Savigny-lès-Beaune Volnay
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  • Pernand-Vergelesses
    January 1st, 2017
    Probably the most characterful of the three villages which share Corton. The whites have some Corton-Charlemagne stony character while the reds have a delicious freshness and purity of fruit, though with less body or tannin than Aloxe-Corton. Grands Cru: Corton-Charlemagne (white) Other Vineyards: Ile de Vergelesses (red), Clos Berthet (red),...
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  • Vougeot
    January 1st, 2017
    Best known for its grand cru Clos de Vougeot, with some good 1ers crus alongside, especially Le Clos Blanc in white. The reds are sturdy wines with power and tannins, but individual character takes a decade or more to show. Grand Cru: Clos de Vougeot Other Vineyards: Cras, Clos de...
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  • Vosne-Romanée
    January 1st, 2017
    Including Flagey-Echezeaux. The grandest appellation of all, marrying finesse and power. Noble wines at all levels, not just the greatest of the grands crus. There are not many underperforming producers either, but they know their own worth and usually charge accordingly. Grands crus: Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, Grande Rue, Richebourg, Romanée,...
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  • Nuits-St-Georges
    January 1st, 2017
    Three appellations in one. Lighter, fine-boned reds to the south; deeply coloured powerful wines with sturdy tannins in the centre, and a thrilling concentration of Nuits St Georges weight and some of the heady qualities of Vosne-Romanée to the north. Nuits deserves more love and can be excellent value. Vineyards:...
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  • Morey-St-Denis
    January 1st, 2017
    Too often described as intermediary between the structure of Gevrey and the grace of Chambolle, Morey deserves more recognition in its own right. The wines have a raw rather than refined silk thread to them, middleweight but with excellent structure. Some interesting whites too. Grands Crus: Clos des Lambrays, Clos...
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  • Chambolle-Musigny
    January 1st, 2017
    There is more limestone than clay in the soil, giving wines of exceptional grace as well as depth of flavour. They should be attractively perfumed, sometimes offering violets, and have a dense rich fruit on the palate. Grands Crus: Musigny, Bonnes Mares Other Vineyards: Amoureuses, Cras and Fuées Producers: Roumier,...
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  • Marsannay
    January 1st, 2017
    Promoted to village status (for all three colours) in 1988, Marsannay is discussing adding some 1ers crus. The reds are affordable and accessible while the best wines have the structure and ageing potential to merit more interest. The rosé needs a year or two of bottle age, and requires food....
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  • Gevrey-Chambertin
    January 1st, 2017
    There is something of everything in Gevrey-Chambertin. These are mostly red-fruited wines with a savoury character, delivering softer fruit or more rustic tannins depending on location. There are also various schools of winemaking here, some seeking darker colours and more concentration. In any case the wines should age extremely well....
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  • Fixin
    January 1st, 2017
    Fixin and Marsannay used to sell most of their wine to customers in Dijon, and ran their businesses accordingly. Now there are some more adventurous names interesting the international market. Skilful winemakers can avoid the former rustic tannins and deliver fruit of weight and velvet texture. Vineyards: Clos de la...
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  • Volnay
    January 1st, 2017
    The hallmark is elegance. Floral notes, refined fruit, balanced acidity, few tannins from soil types favouring limestone more than clay. Once considered lighter and shorter-lived Volnay, has a tensile strength to deliver wines which not only last but develop the haunting qualities of the Côte de Nuits with age. Vineyards:...
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