The Grands Echezeaux 2012 is a step up in concentration from the Echezeaux. In the nose layers of deep red and dark fruit, notes of cherries, plum and discrete Vosne spices. On the palate rich, silky and airy fruit – very balanced, pure, very long and intense. In many ways a classic Grands Echezeaux – with the effortless display of refined fruit and terroir. Not as tense and nervy as the Echezeaux – but a gorgeous wine – with both weight and refinement.
The vineyards in Burgundy are numerous, and some are not even included in detailed maps over Burgundy. One of these vineyards is Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Demoiselles.
I tried to find the location on my trusted standard map – the Atlas Vins app for iPad – made by the Sylvain Pitiot and Pierre Poupon – but no luck on these otherwise outstanding maps.
The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichot is the relatively unknown neighbourg of the great La Tache vineyard. Collectors are however beginning to appreciate the Gaudichot terroir – and the demand for the few bottles made is rising year after year.
The history of Les Gaudichots is very interesting and to a great extend also the history of La Tâche, as a very large part of the current La Tâche vineyard was a part of Les Gaudichots before 1934.
My September tastings in Burgundy confirmed the very positive initial impressions of the 2012 vintage. This is going to be a very exiting vintage to follow – stay tuned!
The wines from Cote de Nuits are truly outstanding and could be quite close to the 2005 and 2010 vintages quality wise. I do however doubt if they will rival the 2010s – but it’s a gorgeous vintage.
In Cote de Beaune – red and white – the quality could be more mixed due to the very difficult weather in some appellations, but the limited number of wines tasted indicate a very high quality here – and sadly also very low quantities in some cases. The difficult weather conditions in Cote de Beaune in 2012 – with terrible hail-storms – could however give more variation in quality – but this remains to bee seen.
The Chambertin 2012 from Frantin is a very refined and seductive wine. In the nose very elegant and cool offering airy red fruit, wet stones in a otherwise quite earthy minerality. On the palate very airy and intense red and dark fruit – dancing like a ballerina on a intense yet very refined and finely grained minerality. It’s long and very intense but still lightfooted and very filigree – a truly beautiful and refined Chambertin.
The top of the Frantin line is the Richebourg – from a plot located at the very top of Les Verroilles ou Richebourg. The 2012 edition of this wine offer a classic and refined expression of this fantastic terroir. The bouquet is slightly reduced but offering complex layers of red and dark fruit, asian spices and a intense finely grained stony minerality. On the palate broad, muscular and intense with a with layers of red and dark fruit on the midpalate – the finish is very focused and very long. Really admire the delicate balance between power and refinement in this wine – a great and airy Richebourg in the making.