• 2020 Harvest at the Hospices de Beaune
    Picking began on Tuesday 18th August and finished on Friday 28th, the first year in which everything was picked before the end of August! Though...
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  • 2020 Harvest Notes
    The grapes are almost in now, with just a few diehard late harvesters and occasional plots from backward vineyards still to be picked. It is...
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  • 2020 Harvest Update
    The predicted rain did indeed fall during the night of Friday 21st/Saturday 22nd August, typically about 20mm in the Côte de Beaune – enough to...
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  • Early Harvest Report 2020
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gePxej6cvcI&feature=youtu.be The harvest is well underway in the Côte de Beaune and producers are reporting fairly similar experiences. The crop which set at the outset...
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  • How to Gift a Subscription
    Looking for the perfect gift for the like-minded individual or just know someone that would appreciate what the JMIB website has to offer? Follow the...
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  • Les Aligoteurs 9th July 2020
    As lockdown in France fades steadily away, Les Aligoteurs came out of the woodwork last night and put on an informal tasting in the sylvan...
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  • Surviving The Ice Saints
    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...
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  • Burgundy Domaine Updates
    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...
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  • Happy Easter
    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...
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  • JMIB and Covid-19
    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,...
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  • Burgundy in March
    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...
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  • Burgundy in Riga
    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...
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  • Bourgogne in turmoil?
    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...
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  • Sad news
    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...
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  • Partnering with Wine Lister
    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...
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  • Upcoming JMIB reports & events
    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...
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  • The Christmas Season: 2018 Reports
    We are coming to the end of the year and in theory it is time to wind down for Christmas – but I do still...
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  • 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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  • Enjoying Burgundy in 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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