We began importing Pierre Henri’s wines last year. While he still works closely with his dad, Marc Rougeot to produce classically styled Meursault, it was his own wines he had just begun making that caught my attention with the 2015 vintage. Pierre Henri is a convert to the wine making style of the natural kind. I fell in love with the quietness of his wine. His kind of wine doesn’t like being showy. It prefers to be loved and wondered about. It will do wonders for you if you are curious and patient. His wines have the aspects i look for - Clarity, grace, balance, deliciousness,complexity, modesty and persistence. I adore what he has achieved with his wines. And I can say with certainty they will just keep getting better and better. Bravo @ph_rougeot 👋🏻👋🏻
A trip to Burgundy isn’t complete without one meal at Fred Ménager’s organic farm. On the table yesterday, lamb bam, thank you mam.
And the award for the coolest Burgundy grand cru label goes to...Romain Chapuis. He may look like a viking you probably wouldn’t want to fuck with, but he makes the most gentlest and pure Burgundian wines. Great guy, great wine, great to have him join the @artisan.cellars family. Singapore stand by!
It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Louis Michel and to be seduced by each coming vintage he produces. We’ve been so fortunate to have started with him so early in his career and watch his evolution. It’s just incredible to be part of the experience of seeing this talented, intelligent and dedicated vigneron grow from strength to strength over the last seventeen years and be confident that the wines will only get better. I don’t have to say too much about his wines In the 2017 vintage. Stunning, vibrant and delicious as always. From Barrel, from bottle, wait for years or drink immediately, it matters not, the pleasure always promises to be there. @comte_liger_belair_official
It was a day to explore the gorgeous city center of Dijon with the best tour guide in town, Professor Jean Yves Bizot. We spent a good eight hours strolling thru the cobbled streets of this historic place, and when you walk through a city like Dijon, you are really walking through time. This chance to walk around and take in the environment was a priceless experience. Walking allowed me to discover the little cafés, bookshops, churches, old medieval homes and grand mansions that you miss when travelling on four wheels. Walking is what always gives me a sense of connection with a city I am staying in. As we walked and talked about Dijon, I got a real sense of the space, from the shape and colour of the ancient buildings, to the sound of the streets and observing the everyday lives of the locals. Walking makes cities human. The network of streets in the small city center had me captivated and as we we circled around the buildings and roads a few times I never lost that sense of wonder. I was reminded again that walking is a wonderful practice. My world narrowed to aged bricks, the breeze, sun, clouds, grass and the strangers around me. Walking recalibrates my focus and my task, then, is simple. Pay attention. Thank you from the bottom of heart Jean Yves for sharing your time and knowledge with me on this beautiful summer day in your stunning city.
Am going to stick my neck out and say Vincent Marie, Owner and Vigneron at Domaine No Control is going to be a superstar in the wine world soon if he continues making and improving the Gamay, Syrah and Chardonnay he is bottling at the moment. Located in a town more well known for its water, Volvic, don’t let appearances fool you. He may have a penchant for Bad Religion and a soft spot for Lemmy but his wine making Pedigree is top notch as he worked many years with Patrick Meyer and Bruno Schueller in Alsace before heading to Auvergne to start his own Domaine. Remember where you heard and tasted this first 😁.
Earlier this year I thought to my self which bands I would absolutely have to try and see while they were in the prime of their careers. Not one of the endless farewell or reunion tours of artists well past their peak. I’ve been letdown and underwhelmed by watching New Order, The Stone Roses and most recently Guns N Roses as they reunited for paychecks that would keep them sorted as they enter the winter of their lives. I’ve also been very lucky in watching great bands at their peak. Nearly ten years ago I watched Nine Inch Nails and Manic Street Preachers and both experiences are still firmly implanted in my memory. Going back even further, when in college, I saw the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup a few times in Boston along with The Red Hot Chili Peppers. You don’t forget epic shit like that. One band that has fascinated me and constantly been on repeat on my headphones and stereo since 2010 is The National. I discovered them thru their High Violet album and subsequently their earlier and newer releases. I wanted desperately to see them play as soon as possible. Sometimes, the stars do line up in your favour. In Europe for a month of work, on the one weekend with a clear schedule and close proximity, I find them playing near Brussels in the TW festival. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to watch the band wade thru an emotional battlefield, beautifully drawn, familiar and true. Matt Berninger’s lyrics and voice have that panicked, depressive insomniac impression who might be any of us, trying to hold it together while everything falls apart. And watching them felt glorious.
In the cellars of Patrick Bouju. Optimus Prime is alive and well, hibernating in the caves of Auvergne.
Herve Souhaut’s Gamay 2001. He generously opened up this beauty as we sipped and chatted in the gardens of his 400 year old manor house up in the mountains of Ardèche.
Home in Beaujolais. @airbnb is remarkable at finding the craziest places to stay in at a fraction of a price you normally pay for hotels. This 400 year old castle has been completely renovated inside to provide all mod cons, including Aircons that actually work! Essential in the summer heat. Once you go Airbnb you really don’t go back.
Herve Souhaut : Natural wine producer extraordinaire, making the most elegant of Rhône wines since 1991. One cool cat 🐈.
Yann Bertrand - already a superstar for his Fleurie and Morgon cuvées in Beaujolais. Elvis is young, alive and well in the natural vineyards of the Bojo.