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En Primeur Barrel Tastings

These are conducted at the domaines between September and December in the year following the vintage. The wines may still be in barrel, or tank, or recently bottled and will not be tasted blind. A range of scores will be given if the wine has not yet been assembled for bottling, or a single score if the wine has been bottled. The complete report with notes on the growing seasons and comments on how each appellation has performed will be released on 31st December. Further tasting notes may be added during the following six months.

 

The Burgfest Tastings

The Burgfest Tastings of the principal 1ers and Grands Crus take place three years after the vintage, with the whites tasted in May and the reds in September. The wines are sourced from the producers and tasted blind against their immediate peers. The wines are decanted into neutral carafes and served blind in short flights of single or neighbouring vineyards.

 

The 10 Year On & 20 Year on Tastings

10 Year On and 20 Year On Tastings are held (together) in June of the appropriate year. The wines are sourced from the producers and are not served blind, so examples of the same wines in the market place may not have the same provenance.

 

Producer Verticals

Producer Verticals may be instigated by the producers themselves or be the result of tastings and dinners assembled by reliable collectors or our own efforts. The background to the tasting will be explained in each case in the introductory remarks. These wines are not usually tasted blind.

 

Vineyard Focus

Vineyard Focus tastings will cover a specific vineyard and multiple producers, either in a vertical or a horizontal format, teasing out the character of the vineyard in question while establishing who are the key performers.

  • An Introduction to Tasting Notes
    An Introduction to Tasting Notes

    Find out more about the combination scales used alongside each other to help distinguish a truly successful wine.

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  • Tasting Reports
    Tasting Reports

    Many of the Tasting Notes in our database originated in reports on a vintage, vineyard or producer. These can be accessed in full via the drop down menu.

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Recent Reports

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    2002 Revisited
    A cheerful array of relatively top end 2002 Burgundies were enjoyed over dinner at the American Club in Hong Kong in January 2019. The meal began with three versions of Krug 2002, the NV with 2002 as the base, the vintage Krug 2002 and finally the delicious Clos du Mesnil....
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  • Domaine J-F Mugnier vertical: Clos de la Maréchale
    Domaine J-F Mugnier vertical: Clos de la Maréchale
    Heading north up the D974, the very first premier cru of the Côte de Nuits is Mugnier’s Clos de la Maréchale. It has been in the family since 1902, though for fifty years up to 2004 it was on loan to Faiveley. Frédéric was like a cat with two tails...
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  • Domaine du Comte Armand: Clos des Epeneaux, Pommard
    Domaine du Comte Armand: Clos des Epeneaux, Pommard
    One of the most memorable tastings of my life was a vertical organised by Benjamin Leroux when he was managing the Domaine du Comte Armand, to celebrate the putative bi-centenary of the original walling of the Clos shortly after the Comte Armand’s family had bought the vineyard in the early...
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  • Domaine Bruno Clair: Chambertin Clos de Bèze
    Domaine Bruno Clair: Chambertin Clos de Bèze
    This fascinating tasting of Domaine Bruno Clair’s Chambertin Clos de Bèze, covering vintages from 2011 back to 1989, took place in Burgundy on 18th November 2014, thanks to the generosity of collector Richard Orders from whose cellar the wines were sourced. In most instances the wines had been purchased En...
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  • Domaine Denis Bachelet: Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
    Domaine Denis Bachelet: Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
    The Bachelet holding of Charmes-Chambertin is within Charmes, but close to the border with Mazoyères. The vines are mostly ancient, planted at the tail end of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, apart from 6 rows replanted by Denis’s grandparents in 1960s. Tiny grapes, always the first to ripen...
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  • Domaine Michel Lafarge: Clos des Chênes, Volnay
    Domaine Michel Lafarge: Clos des Chênes, Volnay
    Thank goodness that the enjoyment of fine Burgundy is not limited to the great wines of the Côte de Nuits, wonderful though they may be. So much pleasure is also to be had from such classical, immutable domaines as that of Michel Lafarge in Volnay. But perhaps I should not...
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  • Christophe Roumier: Ruchottes-Chambertin
    Christophe Roumier: Ruchottes-Chambertin
    On a cool evening in November 2015, a cheerful group of wine enthusiasts met at Fera restaurant in Claridge’s Hotel to taste a vertical of Christophe Roumier’s Ruchottes-Chambertin alongside the very excellent tasting menu. Christophe himself had made the journey especially for this evening, for which the wines had been...
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  • The Antidote to Dry January
    The Antidote to Dry January
    Having failed to make even the faintest attempt to play the Dry January card at the beginning of the month in London, it was absolutely clear that Hong Kong wasn’t going to be a help. This report details some beautiful wines drunk at meals without particularly themes. I also nipped...
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  • Mâconnais 2017
    Mâconnais 2017
    During 2019 I plan to taste much more widely in the Mâconnais than has been possible in 2018. Even so I have managed to taste a number of Mâconnais wine over the last few months. This report brings together various tastings during 2018 along with those tasted in London in...
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