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The core activity of our Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy website is the provision of Tasting Reports. Each one of these provides an interesting narrative in its own right, while also populating the database which is growing all the time, and from which at any time you can check up on the current rating of any wine of interest. The Tasting Reports themselves come in various guises and this is fully explained below in “An introduction to Tasting Reports”.

 

JMIB Tasting Notes

All wines are given both a point score and a star rating: A full explanation can be found by clicking on “An Introduction to Tasting Notes” below.

  • 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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  • An Introduction to Tasting Reports
    An Introduction to Tasting Reports

    Find out more about how reports are separated into En primeur barrel tastings, the Burgfest tastings, 10 year on & 20 year on tastings, producer verticals and vineyard focus.

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Recent Reports

  • 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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  • Ten year on tasting: 2009 vintage
    Ten year on tasting: 2009 vintage
    76 red and 29 white wines were available for tasting, having been delivered by the growers from their own cellars. I tasted shortly after the bottles (and frequently magnums) were opened, and they were not tasted blind. This annual 10 Year On tasting provides a fascinating snapshot of a given...
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  • Domaine René Engel Dinner
    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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