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Beaune 1er cru "Clos de la Mousse" 2004 - Burgundy

Popped into Nicolas and found this bottle which is one of the best Premier Cru from Beaune. Although I am not a fan of the big houses like Bouchard which had produced the wine, I was pleasantly surprised. the wine had a medium red colour with a very nice smell of berry fruits(strawberries) chocolate and earth. The taste was very smooth and silky with a long aftertaste. A very seductive wine indeed! Beaune 1er cru "Clos de la Mousse" 2004 by Bouchard €26 P+ or 17,6points 100% Pinot Noir

Savigny les Beaune

This is a small village just a few kilometers northwest of Beaune itself. Its on the left when coming down on A6 from Paris. Its located in a valley separating Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. The wines from this charming little village are best known as light red berry fruit wines with often a pale red colour. The vines facing northwards gives lighter ready to drink wines while those grapes grown facing south give richer and more age worthy wines. In Savigny les Beaune there are no Grand Cru but 11 Premier Cru vineyards. The beauty of reds from Savigny les Beaune is that you dont have to rob a bank to obtain a bottle.  The wines are cheaper than its neighbours but gives good value for money if you like a more feminin type of Burgundy wine. Ther are lots of good producers and the ones we have good experience with and which have provided good value for money are; Cathrine & Claude Marechal (in Bligny les Beaune) for ex Vielles Vignes Chandon de Briailles (in the town) especi

Saint Aubin in Burgundy

This is not a famous Burgundy appelation, but as it is neighbour to two of the most famous white wine appelations Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet, one can expect to find some great white wines here. There are no grand cru, but ten premier cru. The prices are less than its neighbouring wines and it is the white wine which makes it worthwhile buying St. Aubin. We have recently tested quite a few of the white wines of Hubert Lamy, which must be regarded as one of the best producers in St.Aubin. Below is a list of the wines that are all very very good and elegant wines well worth buying. St.Aubin 1er cru "En Remilly" 2005 € 27 Great smell of lime, butter and minerals, "golden" taste  score 18,7 St.Aubin 1er cru "Les Frionnes" 2006 €32 Pale straw colour, apples, minerals, oak, fantastic taste, perfect white Score 18,6 St.Aubin 1er cru "La Chateniere" 2006 €36 Lime, apples, minerals, with long velvety taste another top white Score 18,6

Ch Musar 1997 - Beeka Valley, Lebanon

This is a very special wine. It was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar in an 18th century castle located in Ghazir, 15 miles north of Beirut. During the war years in Lebanon, Chateau Musar managed to consistently produce high quality wine, leading the "Wine Spectator" magazine to use headlines such as: "Chateau Musar makes great, age worthy reds amid the chaos of Lebanon's civil war". Chateau Musar attained international recognition during the wine fair of Bristol in England in 1979, where a specialised press named it the "find of the fair". Following this event, Chateau Musar's reputation reconfirmed itself in most other European countries, as well as in the United States, Canada, and in some Asian Countries. Decanter Magazine paid tribute to Serge Hochar's achievements by nominating him "Decanter Man of the Year" in 1984. Today, thanks to the audience Chateau Musar has attracted and its reputation in the international press, Lebane

Hubert Lamy

Hubert Lamy is emerging as one of my favourites in Burgundy for production of white wines. When we were back in Norway we had a bottle of the St Aubin En Remilly for a sunny lunch overlooking the fjord. It was a truly spectacular moment. Nice food, nice weather, nice view, beautiful nature, holiday and a fantastic glass of Burgundy white. The experience was wonderful! So back in Paris we were trying to get hold of some more of these precious bottles and found a wine merchant in Neuilly who had some of Hubert Lamy´s collection. So again at lunch time we tried another of Lamy St.Aubin, this time the one called Les Frionnes 2006. Once again the flavours of the wine and the beautiful balanced taste gives you a wonderful moment. Apples, citrus fruits, oak well integrated with a long long fruity glycerin like taste. Just fantastic! There is something about his wines that makes you remember them better than other wines in the same quality range! A must if you havent tried dry burgundy whit