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'14 and '15 Cotes des Nuits and Beaune Vintage Notes

Here's an excerpt from Mike McAndrew's newsletter titled "Our Man in Puligny Montrachet" http://pstruve-france2011.blogspot.co...

2014 Vintage
Last year’s product from the Cotes des Nuits and Beaune has received enthusiastic acclaim from leading authorities including Master Sommelier,Jean-Claude Wallerand. In examining wines throughout the côtes, he said that he was reminded of 1978 and thought that this vintage will be better than 2009 – itself a very good vintage. As they say “When it is good in the barrel, it is always good”. Certainly our earlier tastings from the barrel were of wines clear and rich in colour, not at all disagreeable on the nose, as incomplete wines can be and good enough to drink then and there!

A leading Puligny vigneron has stated his optimism for a good vintage in both quality and quantity. “Even though there was some loss to hail,in its gestation the wine promises great potential.” One producer of both Red and White told us that he expects his 2014's will exceed 2009 in subtlety and balance.

2015 so far
The vines are bearing good volumes of fruit thanks to the early arrival of spring and decent rainfall then. The outstanding feature of the growing season has been the prolonged period of high pressure which has meant clear skies, hot sunny days and almost no rainfall. Daytime maximum temperature has exceeded 40 centigrade several times, against the July norm of 25. Since 1st June, there has only been one day of rain. Compare that to the average of nearly 1 in 2 days and one can imagine how parched conditions have become.

And at last we are having some rain & the vines are still looking healthy. The bunches of grapes are bountiful but individual berries are small, perhaps highly concentrated?

Jul 30, 2015
BlueOx in Wine

Le Dome for Boullibase?

I'm sorry, but the boiled part doesn't sound like what I want on my return to Paris this year.
:<)

Jul 14, 2015
BlueOx in France

Vail in summer

And 3 fun places: fish tacos and wings on roof at Mango's in Red Cliff, margraritas at Minturn Saloon Bar (go after 5 pm, empty before) and Walcott Yacht Club all day for bar food in the "yard" along with live music on weekends (can get very crowded).

Jun 19, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

Vail in summer

As for outdoor markets, Vail's is on Sunday mornings, its large and probably about 25% food, Minturn's is Saturday morning, large and some food. Avon and Edwards markets are also Saturday mornings, small and mostly food.

My go to places are now Boxcar in Avon or Mountain Standard in Vail. Both have al fresco, casual dining. Boxcar opens at 2pm and has just started a brunch on weekends. For lunch, really good sandwiches and salads at Eat/Drink in Edwards. Sweet Basil is still the tops for fine dining.

Jun 19, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

St. George, Utah

Two weeks ago we spent the night in St.G, I checked out Google Maps and saw a listing for Bombay with really good comments. Asked the motel owner about it and he also liked it, so we went. The place is authentic, the chicken Curry really good. Not unusual for Utah, no booze, not even beer. Finally a place to stop on i15.

May 29, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

Chada and Lotus of Siam: More similar than contrasting

Thank you folks for letting us know about Chada. We tried to get into LoS last Sunday evening, but an hour wait, so off to Chada.

Wow, what a cool place with the best meal I've had in Vegas since Rosemarys. All 4 dishes we had were terrific, with Hor Mok my favorite. And we did a Mosel Riesling pairing with the food, inspite of my usual dislike of "sweet wines". Boy was I surprised how well it went together with the food. And we had professional and personalized service, a hard thing to pull off.

Thanks again for the heads up.

May 20, 2015
BlueOx in Las Vegas

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Not speaking French in Cote d'Or has never been a problem for us, but you need to open and close conversations with common French phrases. The guys who rent the bikes will have detailed maps and many suggestions for sites, meals and tastings.

Ouvert is French for Open. So if the shingle is hanging out, they "may" be open. Sometimes they just forget to take the sign down. The 2 Montrachet Villages, Puligny and Chassagne are next to each other. I have found that the producers in both Montrachets usually don't do drop in tastings. However, the Caveau in Puligny which the Path goes right by, has local wines by the glass. I'm told by locals that the best cellar tour is Château de Chassagne-Montrachet (http://www.chateaudechassagnemontrach...).

Most folks ride to Santenay, have lunch at the hostel (Germain Fabrice) or Le Terroir and ride back. Remember, if you aren't seated for lunch by 1:30 (not 2 as they claim) you may not get lunch.

Your Hotel will show you how to easily get to the well marked path through the vineyards.

Apr 23, 2015
BlueOx in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

Good decision, if you want to ride a bike through vineyards, the best marked bike route is from the southwest side of Beaune to Santenay and back. It takes you through Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, both Montrachets to Santenay. Nice reds and the great whites, but the ride is "killer", lot's of places to stop for lunch from reasonable (hostel on Santenay Square) to upscale (Le Montrachet)in Puligny.

Have the bike company deliver(also checkout http://www.bourgogne-randonnees.fr/1....) to your hotel, don't ride through central Beaune, the pavers (cobblestones) are difficult to navigate.

When it comes to visiting a producer, think about hitting one cellar and then doing "tastings". A cellar tour will take a couple of hours and a tasting only as long as you want. Riding a bike, after a couple, will take care of any residual tasting effect. When riding we stop at the ouvert signs along the way.

Apr 22, 2015
BlueOx in France

Please help plan trip to Burgundy

A couple of things to think about,the center of Beaune is very touristy, but still worth a couple of hours. That being said, I'd rather stay in a "wine village" than Beaune or Dijon; say Gevrey-Chambertin, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Meursault or (my favorite) Puligny-Montrachet. They all have "good" places for food and of course wine.

Of the choices of the tours you list, I like Mike McAndrew's (http://www.frenchwineroutes.com/). He has access to many small producers for tastings, plus he is very easy to "hang with". He lives in Cote d'Or and knows all the cool things about the culture, food and wine.

His blog: (http://pstruve-france2011.blogspot.co...) is very enjoyable to read and gives a wonderful sense of life in Burgundy. In the spirit of full disclosure, I post the "blog" for Mike.

BlueOx

Apr 19, 2015
BlueOx in France
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Fewer "I am coming to Paris" posts recently

+1

Mar 05, 2015
BlueOx in France

Breck - restaurant updates?

Best New York style pizza and "grinders" in High Rockies...Jersey Boy's in Dillon.
BlueOx

Feb 25, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

John, you are correct, last September we were caught in a jam up on the N104 trying to get to CDG and that's a ways out of Town. It is why I take the RER to Melun, then the A5 which has no traffic southeast from there.

Feb 24, 2015
BlueOx in France

Please help figure out foodie destinations in France (take 2)!

The advice given so far is spot on. However, if I had two days, would take the RER to Melun, get a rental car from Europcar a couple blocks of the RER station. Then drive the two and half hours to either Nuit St. Georges or Puligny Montrachet and spend a couple of nights in a B&B (lot’s of great suggestions by searching this board). There are very good B&B’s in each town (some are table d'hôte). You could also do a drive-by on Château de Vaux le Vicomte on the way to or from. I find driving in France easier then in much of the US.

Do one day in Cote d’ Nuit and one in Cote d’ Beaune, maybe even Cote d‘ Chalonnaise. If it’s not during August or September there will be many ouvert (open) signs hanging out at smaller vignerons. If you want to do a full cellar tour, checkout some of the larger négociants. To me, after one cellar tour, I stick to just tastings. And peruse Bergman’s website http://www.bourgogne-info.eu/index.html. If you are there on Sunday, hit the Chagny Market, it is very “real”. By the way you can take the autoroute (France’s Interstate) from Nuit St Georges to Beaune South and miss almost Beaune completely.
Blue Ox

Feb 23, 2015
BlueOx in France

Grocery stores Aspen and nearby

Whole Foods in Basalt...really geared to eat in and take out...just like Frisco.

Feb 08, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States
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Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

The rich folks live in Vail & Beaver Creek. Avon residents are fairly young people working 2 jobs to live here. City Market is good, not great, the one in Avon has a better selection than the one in West Vail. Many folks make the 30 mile trek to Costco by the Eagle airport for meat and fish. And there is a Safeway in West Vail. If you are driving up from Denver there is a new Whole Foods in Frisco.

The Red Lion will likely be impossible to get into, Vendettas is where the ski patrol hangs out and its the Coyote in Beaver Creek. Check last Sunday's Denver Post Travel, Bivens does a really good job of listing places and things.

Feb 05, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

I'll try to answer both posts, believe it or not we really do have acceptable grocery store here in the High Rockies. City Market in Avon has good choices, but you need to go earlier then 4 pm on Saturday before all our visitors clean the place out. For high=end meats, its Cut in Edwards or Foods-of-Vail in Avon.

Many reasonable priced restaurants here, check previous posts. If you are going to the Medal to-do in Vail, why then go to Minturn? The local ski bars in Vail are Vendentta's and the Red Lion. These are for drinks, not food. So far this week, looks like midweek is going well at both Apres Avon and the Medals in Vail...weekends are expected to get crazy.

Feb 04, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

Food Enclaves in the Richmond and Sunset [San Francisco]

Thanks for the updates on the Avenues. Yes, its been a long time since I lived there, but still remember it fondly. Particularly the small places along the trolley car lines.

Jan 17, 2015
BlueOx in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Enclaves in the Richmond and Sunset [San Francisco]

We are visiting in early June and taking a house in the Richmond. I remember when I lived in the Sunset many years ago there were some good foodie neighborhoods in the Avenues. I checked Clement and it now looks mostly Asian, did I read that correctly?

Jan 16, 2015
BlueOx in San Francisco Bay Area

sushi ya go go in Carbondale, CO

Rob,
Thanks for the heads up...lots of really good places in the Roaring Fork, so getting a bummer would suck. I kind of stay away from seafood in the High Rockies.
BlueOx

Jan 15, 2015
BlueOx in Mountain States

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

It is difficult to understand, Paris is the most inclusive environment I have ever experienced.

Our LOVE from all my friends here in the US, who have loved our time in Paris and France. "Lafayette, nous voilà", we are here along side you.

Jan 09, 2015
BlueOx in France
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Burgundy on a Budget

There is now a small walk up place on the north side of the Square in Santenay. They have a couple of specials each day, additional seating on the sidewalk in front and on the Square (extra 1 euro to sit on the Square, probably a town charge). The food is good, absolutely nothing fancy and prices really fair,

Jan 01, 2015
BlueOx in France

Beaver Creek Dec 31-Jan 5th

The only place we do lunch with ski boots on is Spago at the Beav and 10th Mountain in Vail. It probably cost about $10 more a person than the "on mountain" places and way better. The Buffalo Bar on the other side of the Ritz lobby is inconsistent and service is usually pretty bad. The other "on mountain" eats are very expensive and mediocre. Plus all have a large hassle factor getting tables, food and stairs to restrooms.

My experience here in the High Rockies is we don't have great pizza, BBQ or Chinese. Blue Moose in the BC Village is OK, but service can be nasty. Sweet Basil is can't miss. Also the front room bar area at Boxcar is very loud.

Nov 26, 2014
BlueOx in Mountain States

Beaver Creek Dec 31-Jan 5th

DD,
I've heard good things about Hooked in Beaver Creek Village, but haven't checked it out myself. Boxcar, Mountain Standard and Zinos have become my go to places. And have heard zero about Dive the remake of Dish in Edwards. New news, someone in Avon is trying to get a well know chef to move down here from the Beav.

BlueOx

Nov 25, 2014
BlueOx in Mountain States

Beaver Creek Dec 31-Jan 5th

ATX,
The Westin is a really good location at the bottom of the Beav in Avon. The Gondola is right out the door and the best way up the mountain. You don't have to go through Beaver Creek Village. What's cool about the Westin is you can be a "local" in Avon or take a short shuttle to the Beaver Creek Village. To me, Splendio, Grouse and Golden Eagle are the best of the Beav for dinner. I'd do Golden Eagle, just cuz I like the folks there.

In Avon the current fav is Boxcar which is close to the Westin, the menu has lot's of good choices, but does have some misses. The place in the Westin is good for drinks, nothing else. For finds, Northside, a taqueria behind Beaver Liquors, sandwiches at Avon Bakery and maybe Vin 48 for apps.

If you have a car, search this thread for Vail and Edwards.

Nov 05, 2014
BlueOx in Mountain States

Trip Report August 21-27, 2014

Meghann,
This is why I read CH, how can we get more feedback on local places like this. It is what CH posters can do to add to all of our experiences. You rock!
BlueOx

Oct 01, 2014
BlueOx in Las Vegas

Olivier Laflaive, Pugliny Montrachet tasting dinner

Read his book, he seemed to "get" the Cote d'Or culture, both positive and negative. But haven't tried any of his wine.

A person to ask about Walker's wine would be Monsieur Julian at Caveu Puligny.

I did fear Walker's book would have a Peter Mayle effect on Cote d'Or.

Aug 07, 2014
BlueOx in France

Olivier Laflaive, Pugliny Montrachet tasting dinner

It could be just difference between a man or a women's touch in the cellar. However, watching the scene at an Olivier meal is almost worth the price of admission. We saw a fellow walk in clutching a Robert Parker guide as thought it was a bible and his last meal, last time there.

Much rather eat at Le Montrachet and have the wonderful Lady sommelier or Thierry help us chose the wines.

Aug 07, 2014
BlueOx in France

August Beaune/Paris draft at last!

Le Vendangerot in Rully, just south of Chagny might be a possibility. Checkout their website and opinions on other boards.
http://www.vendangerot.fr/ElementsSou...

Aug 01, 2014
BlueOx in France

How do the French get their food?

Sandiasingh. this is really weird, asking on a French Board how do I find the processor you get meat from in Colorado? Getting Colorado Lamb in CO is a real challenge.

BlueOx

Jul 27, 2014
BlueOx in France

Denver Airport, where would you eat?

Do you mean the Mangy Moose in Jackson Hole?

Jul 23, 2014
BlueOx in Mountain States