Dear wine lover, here are links to some of the articles that were published on JancisRobinson.com this week.

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JancisRobinson.com  News 13 Jan 2017

Dear wine lover

Julia, Richard and I have spent the week commuting between a total of 23 tastings in London, trying to supply you with as many tasting notes as possible on the luscious red and white 2015 burgundies. (My picture is of the superlative Goedhuis tasting in the Philip Mould gallery on Monday, coinciding with a crippling tube strike.) 

Thanks to much drier work on the part of Tam and her auxiliary uploaders, including Emily Percival, Camilla Sellars, Julia and Richard, we already had a total of more than 1,000 burgundy 2015 tasting notes by Wednesday night and there will doubtless be far more by the time you read this. As we explain in this guide to our coverage, this year tasting notes are being added to each of our 15 tasting articles as they come in so that you can easily identify the most recent additions - which is why they look rather untamed below.

Once all the tasting notes have been uploaded, we will neaten up the tasting articles and sort the tasting notes alphabetically by producer as usual, but for the moment we encourage members to use our new feature that allows them to choose how tasting notes are sorted and then to revert to the default order. We hope all this is helpful and would welcome feedback. 

We've also been publishing more entries in our wine writing competition and will continue to do so. Apologies that it is taking so long, but this is all for the good reason that there have been so many excellent entries. 

Elaine brought us up to date on the storms currently devastating California while Walter reported in detail on the 2016 vintage throughout Italy. Richard emptied his spittoon again and, amazingly, it did not contain burgundy. He also completed his survey of the current Australian wine scene with a summary of what the famous Wine Research Institute in Adelaide is up to. We reprised some of Tam's book reviews, including her views on biodynamics, and Nick reviewed an interesting new restaurant in SoHo, New York.

Burgundy 2015 was also the theme of my article last Saturday and today's wine of the week. I'm afraid there is no escape, but this really is an exceptional vintage. We try to help you sniff out the value.

Happy Friday the 13th,


 

​Dom Hudelot-Baillet 2015 Bourgogne Rouge (Wines of the week)

Jan 13, 2017 09:00 am | Jancis Robinson

From £10 in bond, 159.95 Danish krone As I pointed out in the members’ forum earlier in this Burgundy Week, the 2015 burgundies have been selling like hot cakes. UK-based wine lovers seem undeterred by the small matter of the weak pound and huge price rises and merchants have been reporting unprecedented demand. It tends to be the small-production,…

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Storms lash California (Inside information)

Jan 12, 2017 09:14 am | Elaine Chukan Brown

Update Apparently these storms have been sufficient to replenish 42% of the state's water needs in the wake of the well-publicised drought.  Exceptionally powerful rainstorms have hit California this week as a result of what is being called an ‘atmospheric river’ hitting the state from off the Pacific Ocean. While the storms are helping to…

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Book reviews - production part 2 (Free for all)

Jan 12, 2017 09:00 am | Tamlyn Currin

For links to all of Tam's reviews of wine books published in 2016, see this guide. 12 January We're republishing this free as part of our Throwback Thursday series. See Tam on Monty and biodynamics below. 5 January This was originally published for members of Purple Pages. Riesling Rediscovered Bold, Bright, and Dry John Winthrop Haeger University…

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Unnatural selection (Hemming's Spittoon)

Jan 11, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

Hands up who’s had a Caesarean section? On average, that should be around 35% of all mothers. And, for avoidance of doubt, 0% of everyone else. But what’s really interesting is why that average figure among mothers is currently increasing. According to this BBC story, one explanation for this increase is effectively a defiance of natural…

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Italy's 2016 vintage - a north–south divide (Inside information)

Jan 11, 2017 09:00 am | Walter Speller

The final word on Italy’s vintage is traditionally reserved for Assoenologi, Italy’s association of oenologists, which publishes its report on the harvest results at the end of each year. Assoenologi has assessed the 2016 vintage as a heterogeneous one and very good only in those regions benefiting from perfect weather in September and October. In…

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WWC 15 - James Flewellen (Free for all)

Jan 10, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

James Flewellen is no stranger to JancisRobinson.com. See, for example, this review of a book on wine tasting he co-wrote. Here’s how he describes himself: James Flewellen, 32, is a biophysicist based at the newly established Francis Crick Institute for biomedical research in central London, where he researches the mechanical interactions between…

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Wine research goes AWRI (Inside information)

Jan 09, 2017 09:00 am | Richard Hemming MW

To conclude last week's series of reports based on my recent visit to Australia, including tasting notes on over 350 of the country's most exciting wines, here is an insight into some cutting-edge technical aspects of wine production in Australia - including yeast genetics, the latest thoughts on bottle closures, and an exploration of the…

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Burgundy 2015 - UK merchants making offers (Free for all)

Jan 09, 2017 09:00 am | Team JR

See this guide to our coverage of 2015 burgundies.  Below we list the UK merchants we expect to be offering 2015 burgundies en primeur. The list is based on those who made offers of 2014s; merchants in bold have already confirmed that they are offering the 2015s. Where they have an offer on their website, we've linked to it. Please feel free to…

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WWC 14 - Christian Lowe (Free for all)

Jan 09, 2017 09:00 am | Guest contributor

Christian Lowe contributes the next submissions to our wine writing competition. Here’s how he describes himself: I am a 20-year-old male currently studying for a degree in Wine Production at Plumpton College in West Sussex, with experience in the wine retail industry working for North Coast Wine Co in Cornwall. I am also a novelist currently…

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Burgundy 2015 - Q–R WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 09:10 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows tasting glasses at Domaine Armand Rousseau in Gevrey-Chambertin.  MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE - see B under DOMAINE DE BELLENE DOMAINE ROIS MAGES ##1##DOMAINE GUY ROULOT and JEAN-MARC ROULOT ##2##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##3##

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Burgundy 2015 - S–Z WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 09:10 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of the apparatus that applies fashionable wax seals over corks at Domaine Bruno Colin in Chassagne. SIMONNET-FEBVRE##2##DOMAINE GÉRARD THOMAS ##1##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##3##

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Burgundy 2015 - P WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 09:09 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows vines close to Pommard. PHILIPPE PACALET ##1##DOMAINE JEAN-MARC ET HUGUES PAVELOT and MAISON HUGUES PAVELOT ##2##CHÂTEAU DE PULIGNY MONTRACHET - see M under DOMAINE DE MONTILLETASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##3##

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Burgundy 2015 - Mi-O WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 09:08 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows Pascal Mugneret of Domaine Gérard Mugneret in Vosne-Romanée demonstrating his extensive digital tasting records. DOMAINE DE MONTILLE, MAISON DEUX MONTILLE and CHÂTEAU DE PULIGNY-MONTRACHET ##1##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##2##

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Burgundy 2015 - Ma-Me WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 09:08 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows the village of Meursault seen from the fine vineyards to the south. TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##1##

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Burgundy 2015 - L WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 09:07 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of winemaker Eric Rémy of Domaine Leflaive, with his thoughtful provision of laptop elevator on top of the upturned barrel.  DOMAINE LAFARGE VIAL and DOMAINE MICHEL LAFARGE ##3## DOMAINE LOUIS LATOUR and LOUIS LATOUR ##1## DOMAINE LEFLAIVE ##2##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM…

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Burgundy 2015 - H–K WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:06 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of a vineyard just outside Savigny-lès-Beaune last November. DOMAINE CLAUDIE JOBARD ##1##DOMAINE VINCENT ET FRANÇOIS JOUARD ##2##LOUIS JADOT including DOMAINE LOUIS JADOT, DOMAINE DU DUC DE MAGENTA, DOMAINE J A FERRET, DOMAINE GAGEY, DOMAINE DES HÉRITIERS, CHÂTEAU DES JACQUES …

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Burgundy 2015 - G WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:05 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of Thierry Glantenay in his brand new cellar extension dug out of the hillside above the village of Volnay. BERNARD & THIERRY GLANTENAY ##1##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##2##

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Burgundy 2015 - E-F WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:05 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows Jean-Marie Fourrier and the reception desk for visiting wine writers in his cuverie, where he is careful to maintain even pressure in all tanks. DOMAINE ARNAUD ENTE ##2##HENRY FESSY##1##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##3##

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Burgundy 2015 - D WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:04 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of Claude's son Loïc of Dugat-Py outside their neat house and cellar on the outskirts of Gevrey.  MAISON DEUX MONTILLE – see M under DOMAINE DE MONTILLE DOMAINE JOSEPH DROUHIN including JOSEPH DROUHIN, DOMAINE DROUHIN VAUDON, HOSPICES DE BELLEVILLE and MARQUIS DE…

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Burgundy 2015 - Cl-Cy WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:03 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows what you see between the slats of Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey's smart new premises south-east of Chassagne. DOMAINE BRUNO COLIN ##2##PIERRE-YVES COLIN-MOREY ##1##DOMAINE DES COMTES LAFON and LES HÉRITIERS DU COMTE LAFON ##4##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##4##

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Burgundy 2015 - Ca-Ci WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:03 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of the energetic, ever-expanding François Carillon of Puligny-Montrachet. FRANÇOIS CARILLON ##2##CHANSON and DOMAINE CHANSON ##1##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##3##

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Burgundy 2015 - Bl-Bz WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:02 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows the vineyards of Chassagne seen from Bruno Colin's courtyard. DAVID BUTTERFIELD ##1##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##2##

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Burgundy 2015 - Ba-Bi WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:02 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture shows an autumnal scene on the Côte de Beaune. DOMAINE DE BELLENE and MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE ##4##OLIVIER BERNSTEIN ##3##DOMAINE BERTHENET ##2##MAISON ALBERT BICHOT - including their properties DOMAINE ADÉLIE, DOMAINE DU CHÂTEAU GRIS, DOMAINE DU CLOS FRANTIN, DOMAINE…

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Burgundy 2015 - A WIP (Tasting articles)

Jan 07, 2017 01:01 am | Team JR

See this guide to our extensive coverage of Burgundy 2015. Our picture is of the distinctive head gear of Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. AEGERTER ##1##BERTRAND AMBROISE ##2##TASTING NOTES ADDED FROM 7 JANUARY ONWARDS ##3##

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Burgundy 2015 - a guide to our coverage (Free for all)

Jan 07, 2017 01:00 am | Team JR

13 January Burgundy Week in London is nearly over although there are still a few tastings next week. Julia, Richard and I will be restoring our burgundy stream to a blood stream over the weekend and Tam's, Camilla's and Emily's fingers have been working overtime to upload the fruits of our labours. As I write there are nearly 1,300 tasting notes in…

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2015 burgundy overview - the reds (Free for all)

Jan 07, 2017 01:00 am | Jancis Robinson

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. We have begun to publish our many tasting articles devoted to this promising vintage and will continue to add to them. I tasted in Burgundy in November. Julia, Richard and I have been tasting various négociants' offerings in London and this coming week will be doing our best to fill in…

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Le Coucou of SoHo (Nick on restaurants)

Jan 07, 2017 01:00 am | Nick Lander

A version of this article is published by the Financial Times. Restaurateur Stephen Starr, who made his name initially in his home town of Philadelphia, has got together with chef Daniel Rose, Chicago-born but who made his name with Spring in Paris, to open Le Coucou on 15 July 2016. It is not only the name that is French. So too is the entire…

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Book reviews 2016 - a guide (Free for all)

Jan 06, 2017 01:00 pm | Julia Harding MW

Tam has been doing the Christmas shift again this year, whittling the many words in the many wine books of 2016 into the finely carved shapes of her review articles, both enthusiastic and forthright. For those interested in Wine Behind the Label, Neville Blech has offered fellow Purple Pagers a 20% discount. For details, please see this post on the…

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