Is this why they say 'langue de bois' in French?

>> Thursday, 14 January 2010

Bung hole with stopper. Oak barrel aging and fermentation cellar. Domaine Philippe Livera, Gevrey Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, d'Or, Burgundy, France

['Langue de bois', or wooden tongue, is a French expression for having a rather heavy head in the morning. Or perhaps they mean that you have wooden splinters in your tongue.]

[UPDATE: Apparently, according to some of my informers, 'langue de bois' actually means something more akin to politicians filibuster language. Perhaps that is so.]


Domaine Philippe Livera, Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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The Domaine Philippe Livera winery is on the outskirts of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin in Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. It is run by winemaker Philippe Livera and his son Damien. It is a small(ish) family estate in the northern part of the Côte d'Or. Winemaking is traditional and the wine spends varying time, depending on the appellation and on the vintage, in barrel to age and mature slowly.

Just outside the Livera house, across the street, they have a small vineyard, a 'clos', that is surrounded by a wall, almost in the centre of the village of Gevrey. (And it produces the wine that they call "Clos Village".)

They make several different wines, including village appellations as well as grands crus from chambertin or chapelle-chambertin. All, of course, made from pinot noir grapes.

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