• Auction preview: Hospices de Beaune 2019 barrel tasting notes
    We are gearing up for action for the 2019 Hospices de Beaune auction – number 159 in all - which takes place in Beaune this...
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  • Harvest 2019: Picking begins
    So what happened to the rain? For once the vignerons were desperately hoping for some instead of praying for it to stay away. At one...
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  • Bringing Burgundy to Iceland
    I have just returned from a week on the north coast of Iceland where they have magical scenery, magnificent horses and some great natural geothermal...
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  • Healthy looking vines ahead of summer heat
    I have just been touring some of the Hospices de Beaune vineyards in Volnay and Meursault with Ludivine Griveau (pictured below), and the good news...
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  • Listen: Jasper on his life with Burgundy wine
    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...
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  • Testing tasting times
    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...
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  • Remembering René Lafon
    Several of those who had been there to share the happy lunch with Becky Wasserman on Saturday 18th alas found themselves again together for the...
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  • Honouring Becky Wasserman
    I attended a lunch at the excellent Caves de la Madeleine restaurant in Beaune to honour my neighbour, Becky Wasserman, who has been elected to...
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  • Frost patrol: Sunday April 14th
    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....
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  • Bien boire en Beaujolais
    Every year there is a wonderful tasting of Beaujolais wines mostly from the smaller producers – I think there were about 200 in all (plus...
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  • Frost latest
    Mixed reports are coming in about the damage from the frost last Friday, 5th April. Caroline Gagnard reports that the lower part of Chassagne-Montrachet, especially Morgeot,...
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  • Frost alarm in Burgundy
    The cold night and early morning of April 5th was at least fairly well forecast, enabling producers to light their chaufferettes and groups of vignerons to set fire...
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  • Management changes in Morey-St-Denis
    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...
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  • Wine industry honour for Becky Wasserman
    One piece of wholly good news is this year’s selection by Decanter for their Hall of Fame (previously known as Man or Woman of the...
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  • Henri-Frédéric Roch’s replacement revealed at DRC
    News from Burgundy: DRC has announced a new co-gérant alongside Aubert de Villaine to replace the late Henri-Frédéric Roch. It is to be Perrine Fenay,...
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  • Hospices de Nuits auction results 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...
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  • Starting 2019: London, Hong Kong and New Zealand
    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...
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  • Generous Burgundy 2017 vintage with consistent and delicious whites
    2017 is set to be a consistent and delicious vintage for white Burgundy. There are many lovely reds in 2017 offering a lighter, fresher style...
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  • Burgundy 2017 vintage: full report now live
    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...
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  • Hospices de Beaune 2018
    Records tumbled at last Sunday’s Hospices de Beaune 2018 wine auction, with just over €14m of 2018 Burgundy passing under the hammer – money which...
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  • HOSPICES DE BEAUNE 2018
    The Hospices de Beaune Auction is coming up on the 3rd Sunday of November as ever, which falls on the 18th this year. I have...
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  • NOT MAKING LAND ANYMORE?
    It has been a truism for a while that there’s no more vineyard land to be had in Burgundy. However several new initiatives suggest that...
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  • GOING, GOING, GONE
    I am slightly sceptical of the idea that Burgundy is disappearing into foreign hands. It is true there have been some very high-profile cases of...
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  • TASTING 2017
    First we are all caught up in the current harvest, then everybody’s attention turns to tasting the previous vintage in barrel, ready for the flurry...
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  • THE 2018 HARVEST
    Certain vintages get a reputation for greatness almost before they are picked and 2018 looks like joining that elite group. The frost risk was minimal...
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  • Busy Months
    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...
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  • Bien Boire en Beaujolais
    Bien Boire en Beaujolais This wine tasting event happens every year in April, uniting five groups of Beaujolais producers, individual domaines with a certain bias...
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  • Mâconnais thoughts
    For many years it has frustrated me that Burgundy enthusiasts don’t show a little more love to the wines of the Mâconnais. Smart restaurants may...
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  • Chablis 2017
    Whereas the Côte d’Or more or less escaped the frost in 2017, more northerly Chablis suffered colder temperatures in April and noticeably more damage. The...
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  • Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2018 Highlights
    Burgundy welcomed many thousand visitors during the week beginning 12th March for the 14thedition of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne. I have attended pretty much...
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  • January Wines
    Friday 5th January Dinner at la Tour d’Argent featuring a range of Dujac wines between 1972 and 1990. Best wines at each level? Village Morey...
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  • Fascinating Pinot from Japan
    Take a look on the Tastings page – I have written up the fascinating event I did in Tokyo earlier this year, tasting blind 40...
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  • Mature Volnay
    I have just returned from a 10 day visit promoting the Hospices de Beaune wines in various markets in Asia. Before the main work got...
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  • 1957 !
    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...
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  • Pinot worldwide
    New Zealand My first visit to NZ was at least 20 years ago – by which time it was already clear that Pinot was going...
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  • News from North America
    California & Oregon The USA is easily the second largest Pinot producing country in the world, led by California, whose Pinot industry I have been...
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  • Burgundy 2016: Overview
    Review of the 2016 Vintage in the Côte d’Or What to Expect from this Report My aim is to give a relatively comprehensive guide to...
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  • Côte de Nuits
    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...
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  • Côte de Beaune
    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...
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  • Pernand-Vergelesses
    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...
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  • Vougeot
    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...
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  • Vosne-Romanée
    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...
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  • Nuits-St-Georges
    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...
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  • Morey-St-Denis
    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...
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  • Chambolle-Musigny
    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,...
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  • Marsannay
    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...
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  • Gevrey-Chambertin
    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...
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  • Fixin
    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...
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  • Volnay
    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...
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  • Savigny-lès-Beaune
    Sitting a little back from the main Côte, the vineyards of Savigny are unnecessarily under the radar. The reds can have juicy red fruit along...
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