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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

  • A Pinot Lunch at Berry Bros & Rudd
    A Pinot Lunch at Berry Bros & Rudd
    I returned to No 3 St James’s Street in May to host a lunch showing some of my favourite pinots from around the world. The first flight came from North America, with a certain amount of self-indulgence on my part in showing two wines from Au Bon Climat, but I...
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  • Domaine Direct
    Domaine Direct
    One of London’s leading Burgundy importers is chary of the annual En Primeur frenzy. Instead, once the wines have been bottled, they put on a ‘Non Primeur’ tasting the following year. It is always useful to see a range of wines from the same vintage away from the producer’s own...
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  • Dinner at Berry Bros & Rudd: taking a look at some 2005s
    Dinner at Berry Bros & Rudd: taking a look at some 2005s
    As you may know, I think of 2005 as probably the best red Burgundy vintage of my working lifetime. I am also more of a believer than most in the white wines of the vintage, though they have been suffering from what is at least a superficial premature oxidation. However,...
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  • Le Montrachet comes to Nashville
    Le Montrachet comes to Nashville
    I have delved into the archives to rediscover this report on a truly exceptional tasting held in Nashville Tennessee in February 2005: 70 different wines from the Le Montrachet vineyard, covering the years 1966 to 2000. The wines were sourced predominantly from four great domaines, along with some older vintages...
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  • Pommard Clos des Epeneaux: An astounding vertical (A Retrospective Report)
    Pommard Clos des Epeneaux: An astounding vertical (A Retrospective Report)
    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Clos des Epeneaux, Comte Armand and his general manager, Benjamin Leroux, organised a fabulous vertical tasting of this great vineyard, with previous régisseur Pascal Marchand also participating. It is known that the post-Revolutionary owner, Nicolas Marey, built the wall to...
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  • Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau
    Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau
    This amazing tasting was organised over dinner at Hong Kong’s beautiful Michelin * restaurant Arbor on 30th May 2019, with each participant bringing a different vintage from their own cellar. Most major and some minor vintages were included from 2005 back to 1989. One of the joys of the evening...
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  • Domaine Leroy 2004
    Domaine Leroy 2004
    I was fascinated to try the full range of wines of Domaine Leroy’s 2004s, the year in which she controversially declassified all her red wines down to village level or below. 8 grands crus (6+ha), 8 premiers crus (6+ha) and 8 village wines (4+ha) ended up as 4 village wines...
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  • 2017: The Vintage Report (Chablis)
    2017: The Vintage Report (Chablis)
    In recent years Chablis has soared in prominence amongst white burgundy lovers: this region offers such characterful, and still relatively affordable, wines that fit in also with the zeitgeist. The world is looking for a little more zest and a little less heft in wine these days. Despite the second...
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  • White Burgfest: The 2016 vintage
    White Burgfest: The 2016 vintage
    We came, we sniffed we tasted: we started in a slightly negative frame of mind for 2016 white Burgundy and left with more positives than expected. Not enough of a swing to encourage consumers to jump in wholeheartedly, but a big thumbs up for the vignerons who got it right....
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