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Action up and down the Côte...

It’s been pretty much non-stop action since the Paulée at Huber-Verdereau. Between settling in to a new rhythm of life here in Beaune, all of my normal work activity, work on our movie, running every morning (Beaune Half-Marathon coming up in November), and some exploring in Dijon, there have not been a lot of dull moments.

  Thiébault Huber - rockin' the 6-liter at his Paulée

Thiébault Huber - rockin' the 6-liter at his Paulée

Oh, and I had Musigny for breakfast on Saturday. Doesn’t everyone? François Millet at Domaine de Vogüé in Chambolle invited me in for a quick taste of the newly fermented ‘17 Musigny just out of the press, and then a taste of the ’15 Musigny which had just been bottled in May. The ’15 is an astonishingly great wine - a 97-98-pointer in my book. Destined to be one of the great de Vogüé Moose bottlings of all time. I hope I’m around in 20 years to see it get really interesting. It was fascinating to taste two different tanks of the ’17 - one from 25 year-old vines, one from 40-50 year-olds - there was indeed a clear difference. More concentration, more subtle power from the older vines. The length is amazing, younger and older vines alike. The length is there from day one in the truly great wines. Un grand merci, François…

  Just-fermented Musigny straight from the vat. Your intrepid importer, hard at work...

Just-fermented Musigny straight from the vat. Your intrepid importer, hard at work...

I’ve been doing a lot of research to try and pull together the final pieces we need for Three Days of Glory, our documentary feature that we should be releasing in early 2018. I’ve been able to get access to the archives of the city of Beaune - they have everything, including the original city charter, on parchment, from the year 1203. Whoa. I’m hopeful we’ll have the film close enough to finished to have a pre-release screening here in Beaune over the Trois Glorieuses weekend in November…

  Wine list from the 1924 Hospices de Beaune auction banquet. They were drinking fairly well...

Wine list from the 1924 Hospices de Beaune auction banquet. They were drinking fairly well...

Spent a fun day in Dijon en famille, and then Pirrie and I went to see the Dijon v. St. Étienne soccer match. I was underwhelmed by the energy level of the crowd. Most of the European matches I’ve been too have been in loud, boisterous stadiums - but the Dijonnais crowd basically sat there silently for the entire game. Maybe I’m spoiled by the great spirit of the crowds in Portland at the Timbers games. The Timbers Army needs to come teach these Burgundians a thing or two!

  At the stadium in Dijon. Fun match, dull crowd...

At the stadium in Dijon. Fun match, dull crowd...

Season 6 of one of my favorite TV shows ever - Engrenages - started this week. I got hooked on it on Netflix back home (it’s called "Spiral" in English, and the first four seasons are available for streaming in the US. I highly recommend it if you like well-written, well-acted police/murder mystery stuff…)

  Audrey Fleurot - one of the stars of Engrenages

Audrey Fleurot - one of the stars of Engrenages

Eating and drinking well in France doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Sometimes there’s truly nothing better than a classic “Sandwiche Mixte”….

  Jambon, fromage, beurre. Paradis.

Jambon, fromage, beurre. Paradis.

And finally - you know you’re in a small town when the lead story in the newspaper is about dog poop…

  Dog-poop - is it out of control in Beaune? (Not that I've seen - this is really clean city...)

Dog-poop - is it out of control in Beaune? (Not that I've seen - this is really clean city...)