The Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes is one of the “lesser” 1er crus but still a both gorgeous and vibrant wine. The nose is slightly restained and more chalky and offer discrete white orchard fruits with more density and minerality than the village. On the palate lovely balance and weight … beautifully balanced and refined. A lovely energetic effort.
Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard holds a special place in the Winehog history, as this was the first Domaine I visited as a official blogger – about two years ago. And what can I say ?… good to be back!.
The Puligny-Montrachet is made on the village terroir “Les Tremblots” from very old vines – planted in 1946 and 1970. The terroir is located below Les Ensignieres on the Chassagne side of Puligny. In the nose pear and acacia blossom .. quite rich, ripe and expressive with a gorgeous display of Puligny terroir. On the palate very fine nerve and weight for a village Puligny … beautifully balanced. Really impressed by this wine … a top end Puligny village in my view.
The Derriere Chez Edouard 2012 is slightly more weighty and forward than Les Frionnes. The nose offering pure fruit .. notes of pear, white flowers and some delicate hints of peach … spiced with some citrus notes and a delicate minerality. On the palate nice weight and midpalate fruit – very delicate and harmonious with a nice focusing minerality and zappy acidity. A delightful wine.
The Saint-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere 2012 is in my view a step up in quality and mineralic complexity from Chez Edouard. In the nose delicate and pure fruit .. notes of pear, citrus with hints of exotic orchard fruits and white flowers … and spiced with a powerful yet quite filigree minerality. On the palate intense and powerful with a lovely nerve and mineralic tension. It’s focused with a long mineralic finish. Love the purity, energy and nerve … very impressive.
The Bourgogne Blanc 1999 from Vogue is approaching full maturity. The nose is complex with notes of matured yellow fruit – hints of acacia, citrus, hazelnuts and apple – lifted by a chalky and stony minerality. On the palate still quite crisp with a medium weight midpalate fruit … matured but still vibrant and fresh. The finish is well defined and focused with a lovely display of minerality. A harmonious and mature white Cote de Nuits …. love the minerality … a both lovely and interesting wine.
The 2011 Meursault Les Tesson Clos de Mon Plaisir is showing very well. In the nose pure white and yellow fruit … quite rich for the vintage with a lovely citrus and hazelnut infused minerality. On the palate fresh and refined fruit – very balanced and harmonious with a focused and very persistent finish for this level. The acidity is quite powerful but filigree and the underlying minerality in the finish is very energetic. Offers a beautiful balance between refinement and power that is rarely seen in a village wine … gorgeous glass of Meursault.
The En Remilly is quite a step up in quality from the lesser 1er crus with it’s crystaline purity and powerful minerality. The bouquet is bursting with citrus infused minerality and delicate white fruit- notes of pear and hints of some more exotic orchard fruits. On the palate intense fruit delivered by a vibrant acidity and a powerful minerality … pure and crystal clear with great length and almost grand cru like mineralic power. A truly impressive and gorgeous mineral driven wine with a delightful purity. Really like this wine.
The 2007 Roulots are starting to show more complexity with some maturing notes. The Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir 2007 offer a approachble bouquet with quite expressive notes of white peach, hazelnuts, allmonds and citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely midpalate fruit focused by the impressive 07 acidity … superbly balanced with a fine energy and nerve. Love the balance in this 07 as the fruit is a finely tuned match for the powerful acidity.
The 2008 Saint-Aubin En Remilly from Hubert Lamy is a gorgeous mineralic effort. The nose is bursting with citrus infused stony minerality – white orchard fruits spiced with acacia and a very slight hint of hazelnuts. On the palate very energetic with pure and focused fruit. The finish is long and persistant driven by the powerful minerality of this fine terroir. A typical 2008 … love the energy and nerve .. adore the purity and minerality … a fine effort indeed.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles 2010 from Jean-Claude Bachelet is a delightful effort. In the bouquet lively and ripe yellow fruit – presented by a citrus infused Chassagne minerality and a decent touch of oak. On the palate quite weighty fruit – pure and crisp – focused by a powerful acidity and a lovely minerality from this relatively unknown terroir located under Les Vergers. This is a classic, pure and transparent Chassagne – love the energy and 2010 power … gorgeous.
The 2011 Meursault from Benjamin Leroux is a quite impressive effort. The nose offer fresh and pure notes of citrus, pear with hints of apple and some more exotic orchard fruits. On the palate quite rich and rounded with a lovely balance and depth. The minerality offer a nice support in the finish adding to the complexity … according to my sources it’s made 100% from the delightful Crotots terroir (located just below Porusot). A very good Meursault from Leroux.
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Sadly quite premoxed … however not totally undrinkable.
Need to mention that Etienne de Montille is one of the few producers who has been quite open and forward about the premox problems. He really deserves some credit for his open approach … others could learn a great deal from this … no need to mention names!
I really enjoy a good Aligote … and the 2012 vintage seem to be a fine year for these slightly overlooked wines. The transparent and slightly rich fruit of the vintage seem to be a perfect match for the spicy acidity in the Aligote. The Pacalet Aligote 2012 has a crisp and zappy nose with lovely citrus and a nice spicy note from the aligote grape infused with minerality. On the palate fresh and vibrant with a lively airy fruit … love the energy and the focusing acidity. A crisp and fresh aligote … just the way I like it.
The Chablis Les Clos from Samuel Billaud is a big and quite dense effort. The nose is quite interesting with very expressive yellow orchard fruits … slightly exotic and spiced by a very delicate and vibrant minerality. On the palate rich and intense with a quite dense feel … some aspargus notes … and a slightly monolithic expression .. just like quite many 04 white Burgundies. It’s a big and good wine .. but lacking a bit of nerve in my view.
The “R” Meursault village 2010 from Jean-Marc Roulot is a truly gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with crisp orchard fruits and a beautiful citrus driven minerality. It’s perhaps a bit more openly knit than the domaine Meursaults from Roulot … but very charming and forward. On the palate lovely quite openly knit fruit … very good weight and length for this level … and very focused by the excellent acidity and a fine minerality. A very impressive and lovely village Meursault.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Terrasses Blanc is a very interesting wine. It’s made from the village part of the climate Les Crots – on terraces above the Chateau Gris estate. The soil is limestone and this gives the wine a quite unique style compared to other whites from Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the nose fresh notes of citrus, white orchard fruits and a chalky minerality. On the palate quite rich and broad with a lovely fruit and a intense but very harmonious minerality. The acidity is crisp and with a good energy. It’s very balanced with a good inner harmony, and without the slightly edgy minerality found in some whites from this appellation. Check this out!
The 2011 Savigny Les vergelesses from Dublere is a nice effort. Lovely expressive bouquet with notes of ripe yellow orchard fruits, citrus and a crunchy minerality. On the palate quite rich with a lovely midpalate weight for this level. It’s very harmonious and expressive for what it is … with a nice focus and energy. Quite impressed by the complexity and intensity …. for this level.
The Aligote 2012 from Pacalet is a lovely vibrant effort. Crisp and zappy nose with lovely citrus and a nice spicy note from the aligote grape and the minerality. On the palate fresh and vibrant with a lively focused fruit … love the energy and focusing acidity. A crisp and fresh aligote … very enjoyable.
The Chablis Montmains 1er cru from Maison Romane is in my view not a fine effort. In the nose slightly reduced, with yellow orchard fruits and hints of pineapple and peach .. somewhat oxidative and yeasty. On the palate rich and very aromatic, with a quite powerful acidic framework … also here slightly oxidative. Is lacking some vibrant freshness and energy with its rich and dense flavors … not really my kind of Chablis.