A year on the Hill of Corton

The Good, the Bad and the Fair

The Good: eight days in Chile and Uruguay, two visits, one a joint venture between a renowned Chilean estate and a Bordeaux château, the other a family estate in Uruguay with such a grounded passion for their vineyards and wine, I thought I was in Burgundy ! But first to shake off the jet lag, a day trip to visit my friends at Errazuriz before I start. All will be revealed eventually in World of Fine Wine….

The Bad: the news of frosts in the Côte d’Or and later floods around Chablis. See what these winemakers have to accept as part of their lives? As a winemaker in Rioja whispered to me once “Never ask a farmer to smile…”

The Fair: I called in at the London Wine Fair, met a trio of winemakers, Dr Ernie Loosen from the Mosel, Lyne Marchive from Domaine Tremblay-Marchive in Chablis, a regular supporter of Chablis in London, and Rotem Saoma, one half of Lucien Le Moine in Beaune, showing off the wines from their new venture in Châteauneuf du Pape.
Finally, who should I run into but a Facebook friend, Ricardo Bernardo from Portugal. He’s a great person, I’m grateful he speaks such good English, I’ve never mastered Portuguese beyond “good day” and “good night”. A charming and open guy, he suggests wine photographers should be more friendly to each other. I do too, if we share the same point of view, and many of us do.
Anyway here are a few snaps to keep you going until I get back to Burgundy in June.

Straight from Santiago airport after a sleepless overnight from Paris I was treated to a tour of some of  the city's interesting corners...

Straight from Santiago airport after a sleepless overnight from Paris I was treated to a tour of some of the city’s interesting corners…

Probably feeling like this mural on a gate ! Probably feeling like this mural on a gate !

It had been raining for several days but that was about to end, sadly for this umbrella salesman.

It had been raining for several days but that was about to end, sadly for this umbrella salesman.

Those eyes follow you down the street !

Those eyes follow you down the street !

Can't beat an empanada, but get it at El Rapido !

Can’t beat an empanada, but get it at El Rapido !

Then its off to the market. They love their numbers in Santiago !

Then its off to the market.
They love their numbers in Santiago !

I saw no chickens, perhaps the eggs came first...

I saw no chickens, perhaps the eggs came first… No the cockerel did!

First light at Errazuriz on day 2

First light at Errazuriz on day 2

 

PickingCabernet Sauvignon@Errazuriz

PickingCabernet Sauvignon@Errazuriz

Errazuriz winery

Errazuriz winery

Ready for action !

Ready for action !

Pumping over Cabernet

Pumping over Cabernet

Filling barrels@ Errazuriz.

Filling barrels@ Errazuriz.

sampling the Cabernet

sampling the Cabernet

A last look at Errazuriz, for a while....

A last look at Errazuriz, for a while….

End of a long day at Panquehue with Raimundo, now back to Santiago

End of a long day at Panquehue with Raimundo,
now back to Santiago

Starting the new job with a coffee

Starting the new job with a coffee


Relaxed Saturday lunch in Uruguay, DIY homemade pizza. Absolutely the best ever!

Relaxed Saturday lunch in Uruguay, DIY homemade pizza. Absolutely the best ever!


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After  Chile and Uruguay, the long journey home.

After Chile and Uruguay, the long journey home.

A sunny day at Olympia for the London Wine Fair

A sunny day at Olympia for the London Wine Fair

Watching the world go by.

Watching the world go by.

Dr Ernie Loosen shows off his Mosel

Dr Ernie Loosen shows off his Mosel

Lyne Marchive putting on a brave face after the frost in Burgundy

Lyne Marchive putting on a brave face after the frost in Burgundy

Rotem is happy with her Châteuneuf du Pape

Rotem is happy with her Châteuneuf du Pape

Another glimpse of Errazuriz at the Hatch Mansfield stand

Another glimpse of Errazuriz at the Hatch Mansfield stand

Finally, some of you will have already heard of the passing of one ofBurgundy’s icons/legends, call the great man what you will, Charles Rousseau of Domaine Aemand Rousseau in Gevrey Chambertin.
Its nearly twenty years since I first met him and he apologised then for not speaking English. Ten years on we crossed paths in Chambertin and he immediately started speaking in English. “You told me you could not speak English…” I said. “Of course I do, he smiled, “and German, and Spanish… and Italian… and American ! I just thought you needed to practice your French, I was right was n’t !”
He certainly was. A very wise man.
Here are some pictures to remember him by.

Charles with son Eric

Charles with son Eric

Charles in his cellar, the last time I saw him.

Charles in his cellar, the last time I saw him.

Charles doing a little labelling

Charles doing a little labelling

Those gentle hands at work in Clos St Jacques.

Those gentle hands at work in Clos St Jacques.

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