1936 Shaking in the 60's by Eddie Clarke

Cote de Nuits. Generally, a perfectly true statement, but gone are the days when one could afford to lay down stocks of fine Burgundy or Claret for that matter, for drinking in say fifteen years time. Asany wine imported from Burgundy, however regional, will stand up in bottle for at least five years (a period that comes under the heading of "early drinking") it seems a pity to have a"down"on some ofthe wines from the Cote de Beaune simply because they are milers and not bred to stay the Derby distance. Back to Beaune. Its vineyards are large by Burgundy standards, but the yield per acre is small. Among the best reds are Clos de Mouches, Les Greves, Les Feves, Les Theurons and Les Marconnets. Wines labelled Cotes de Beaune and Cotes de Beaune Villages are popular for every day drinking. They do not pretend to compare with the first growths in quality and tend to be lighter. There arc dry white wines here, too. We cannot leave Beaune \vithout a mention of the magnificent Gothic Hospices, supported in the main from the proceeds ofthe annual auction ofthe winesfrom its own vineyards. When in bottle, the wines are entitled to bear a special label stating the source. There is a ready market for them and prices generally are very high; its for charity, so who cares! At Pommard, we find red wines which are a paradox to the "no keeping" brigade. They have plenty of body, highly coloured and enough bouquet for anyone. Its first growths are fine wines indeed, Les Grands Epenots, Les Rugiens and Pezerolles should not be missed. Volnay is next door; the wines have, perhaps, more finesse than those ofPommard and appear definitely lighter, but they have an air ofdistinction. Let us not miss Monthelie—its wines are not well known by Beaune and Pommard standards, but they hold a per-


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