The Burghound sniffs out the best of 2008 Burgundy

The Burghound sniffs out the best of 2008 Burgundy

Monday 1st February 2010
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

For those in the know, Allen Meadows has become one of the most trusted and respected authorities on all things Pinot. 

He has been tasting from barrel in the Cote d’Or since 1978 (almost as long as our Chairman...). His publication, has become a bible for Burgundy enthusiasts throughout the world, offering straight talking, honest reporting and tasting notes. So, what does he make of the 2008s?

`At their best, the ‘08s Côte de Nuits reds are excellent wines with vibrant acidities that speak clearly and eloquently of their underlying terroirs. They are refreshing, energetic, balanced, fresh, intense, pure and racy middle weight wines that generally carry low alcoholic levels and display ample amounts of those ineffable qualities of tension and presence. In short, they’re classic burgundies of delicacy, finesse and grace. Moreover, they should prove to be worthy cellar candidates for aging over the medium-term`.
2008s from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2008s from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

Friday 22nd January 2010
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

At the beginning of this week we welcomed into our cellars Louis-Michel Vicomte Liger-Belair (pictured with his father) to present us with his fledgling 2008s. 

The tasting was a huge success and demonstrated just how great this Domaine has become. As Louis-Michel himself pointed out, it can take 5-6 years for work in the vineyard, particularly the soils, to have their full effect on the resultant wines. Over and above vintage style and variation, there is without question an additional qualtitative progression here right accross the range. I found the 2008s very much in keeping with Louis-Michel's pure, softly extracted yet very serious style - they were gentle but powerful, silky smooth yet racy, all in all they were impeccably balanced. This revering taster, at least, would place these in THE top echelon of Red Burgundy. Our customers seemed to agree, 6 of the 9 wines have already sold out!
Will it be a Chinese artist?

Will it be a Chinese artist?

Friday 15th January 2010
by Tom Jenkins

There is much speculation and conjecture as to which artist will appear on the 2008 Mouton Rothschild label. 

Who will join the list of luminaries that includes Prince Charles, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali? Mouton is keeping tight lipped; Hervé Berland told Decanter that ‘no decision has been made to date’. But investors have sniffed an opportunity. A Chinese artist and an eight in the vintage could make Mouton the new darling of the Orient. The official announcement won’t be made until later this year, but it looks very much like the cat is already out of the bag...

For interested parties, we have just received our 4th tranche allocation at more than double the price of our 1st release! Find out more here.

Cos d'Estournel 2009 -

Cos d'Estournel 2009 - "Monumental"

Friday 8th January 2010
by Hew Blair

A snow affected trip to Bordeaux during the early part of this week gave Hew and Chad a chance to taste a single 2009. 

A two hour trip from Bordeaux town along icy roads strewn with abandoned cars led them to the Medoc's northernmost village of St Estephe, and an estate at the very top of its game. Jean-Guillaume Prats had also braved the icy roads and was there to present Cos d'Estournel 2009.

"Monumental" was the word Hew put forward when asked to describe it in a single word.
Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Monday 4th January 2010
by Justerini & Brooks

The Justerinis blog is back in business after the `holiday season`. 

Firstly, we’d like to wish all our readers a very happy New Year and secondly, a quick heads-up... our January bin end offer will be released tomorrow; so keep your eyes peeled for all those wonderful bargains...

It’s also worth mentioning our Burgundy 2008 tasting and offer. If you’ve been following Giles’ and Hew’s adventures in the Cote d’Or on our blog and want to taste/buy for yourself, we go-live next week.
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