Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne La Colombiere 2012

The 2012s from Liger-Belair looks like they will live up to the great promise they showed from cask … and then some. La Colombiere 2012 is currently showing layers of juicy red fruit – notes of  sweet cherries, raspberries and strawberries – spiced with violets, gooseberries, asian spices and a discrete well integrated touch of oak. On the palate rich and velvet for this level … layers of silky fruit, focused by a nice crisp acidity and a fine underlying minerality. The fruit is organic, free and airy- impressive length. A gorgeous Vosne village in the making .. La Colombiere improves each year and this is perhaps the finest effort so far … rivaling the magnificent 2010.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 28/07/2014


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Pinot Noir in Puligny-Montrachet – a red Les Caillerets!!

Pinot Noir from Chassagne-Montrachet is well known and often provide great pleasure – but red Puligny-Montrachet is virtually unknown today.

Today the village Puligny-Montrachet is associated with gorgeous white Burgundies … and some of the best white wines in the world.

This was however not the case when Lavalle wrote his book in 1855 – quite a few of the famous vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet were producing reds – and these vineyards were therefore not included in Lavalles classification of the white terroirs.

Photo: Les Caillerets, Les Pucelles and Le Clavoillon see from north

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin 2012

The Gevrey-Chambertin is showing beautifully and is even better than expected. The nose is bursting with layers of sweet airy red fruit – very charming with nice hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate very forward and delightful … quite openly knit with a lovely weightless feel. Not the most concentrated of the village wines in 2012 … but it’s simply gorgeous.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ (89p) – Tasted 08/05/2014


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Domaine Lafouge, Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers 2010

The Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers 2010 from Lafouge is a very good effort for this level. The nose is slightly closed but still display a lovely selection of white and more exotic orchard fruits – supported by a nice discrete minerality. On the palate lovely effortless balance – very fine weight for this level. Not a big wine … but it’s very well made and offer delightful drinking. Will keep .. but why wait?

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Good – (87p) – Tasted 23/07/2014.


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