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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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    Domaine René Engel Dinner
    A fascinating array of Engel wines was enjoyed over a fine dinner at Kowloon’s Michelin starred Epure restaurant, known for its fine wine list. The wines were served by vineyard in age order rather than by vintage. Possibly controversially Clos Vougeot came at the end, after Grands-Echezeaux but those who...
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  • An Echezeaux Vertical: 67 Pall Mall, December 2018
    An Echezeaux Vertical: 67 Pall Mall, December 2018
    Echezeaux is a name which resonates, but also confounds. There’s a lot of it – the second largest grand cru in the Côte de Nuits, after Clos de Vougeot, though there is even confusion as to the exact size of Echezeaux: the component parts don’t add up to the figure...
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  • Bourgogne Côte d’Or
    Bourgogne Côte d’Or
    2017 – the first vintage of Burgundy’s newest designation, Bourgogne Côte d’Or – just twenty years in the making! The idea is clear enough: whereas the Bourgogne appellation can come from throughout the region, including relatively mass-produced wines, and whereas some sectors such as the Côte Chalonnaise and individual parts...
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  • Retrospective: A century of Clos des Lambrays
    Retrospective: A century of Clos des Lambrays
    It has been a busy time in the Morey-St-Denis soap opera. In the last five years the Clos de Tart and Clos des Lambrays have both changed hands once and winemakers three times. Clos de Tart was sold by the Mommessin family to Artemis Domaines, Sylvain Pitiot retired and was...
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  • Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration
    Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration
    Some 20 years after my first visit to Central Otago I found myself back in a very different landscape. The region has gone from some experimental plantings in the Cromwell basin to supplement the Gibbston Valley, to a flourishing region with over 1900 ha in production (of which 80% is...
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  • 2017s in London
    2017s in London
    The first full week in January keeps the Eurostar busy as Burgundian vignerons flock to London to show off their new vintage. I took advantage of the 2019 version, with the 2017 vintage on display, to taste a large range of wines from producers whom I had not been able...
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  • 2002 Revisited
    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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