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?
The Meursault Les Perrieres 2007 from Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet is quite forward and developed .. but showing well. The nose is crammed with yellow fruit – notes of apples and hazelnuts spiced with a discrete citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich, quite intense and weighty with a nice vibrant acidity … good energy and balance. A very good wine … but quite developed … and somehow a bit disappointing for the terroir and the vintage..
The Chassagne Clos St. Jean 2006 from Amiot Guy is a good but typical effort for the vintage. The nose is very expressive with weighty yellow fruit .. rich with what seems to be more than a hint of botrytis. On the palate same story … rich and quite developed with a significant impression of botrytis. Its a quite balanced wine with a nice freshness but also a quite high alcohol level. On the rich side for my palate … not really happy about the white 06s … but this is nevertheless quite enjoyable now.
The 2007 Puligny Les Combettes from Domaine Leflaive is quite forward and rather developed. The nose is displaying layers of yellow fruit, notes of apple, melon – rich, slightly buttery – but supported by a lovely minerality. On the palate quite rich and developed with some buttery notes – beautifully focused and balanced by the linear 2007 acidity. Should a Les Combettes 2007 show this degree of maturity at this stage .. not really – in my view. Nevertheless a lovely glass of Puligny now – but would not try 5 years of additional cellaring for this example.
The Blanchots-Dessus is among the most powerful of the Chassagne vineyards. The 2012 edition of the Blanchots-Dessus is nevertheless a quite refined effort from this intense vineyard. In the bouquet rich and slightly dense yellow orchard fruit – balanced by a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich almost silky but with a strong minerality boosting the wine. Its quite refined and light-footed for a Blanchots-Dessus and offer a rich and powerful side of the Chassagene wines. Normally a bit on the rich side for my palate – but with the purity and refinement of the 2012 vintage – this wine somehow is spot on for a rich and powerful Chassagne.
The Bourgogne Blanc 2002 from Domaine Comte de Vogüé is showing very well now. The nose is bursting with layers of tightly knit yellow fruit – hints of apple, hazelnuts and refreshed by a citrus infused filigree minerality. On the palate surprisingly weighty and intense with a lovely nerve and focus. This bottle could improve with 5 years more in the cellar … but is showing beautifully now. Love the fruit intensity and the focusing minerality from the great Musigny terroir.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Masures (village) is a step up from Les Chaumes – although its slightly closed at the moment. The nose is showing signs of reduction – but one can still appreciate the lovely white orchard fruits and the quite delicate minerality. On the palate more refined and focused with a quite delicate fruit and structure for this level. Really loved this effort for its delicate display of Chassagne terroir – needs time to unfold though.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumes (village) is a classic wine from the appellation. In the nose rich orchard fruits … forward and charming … focused by a citrus driven minerality. On the palate good weight for this level – focused by a quite crisp acidity and a nice minerality for this level. Love the freshness in this wine … a honest and quite vibrant Chassagne village.
The Chevalier-Montrachet 2008 from Bouchard is a gorgeous effort. In the bouquet layers of lovely yellow fruit spiced with a very fine citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and vibrant yellow fruit .. airy but intense .. focused by a powerful minerality and the energetic 08 acidity. A beautifully balanced Chevalier with a wonderful expression of terroir.
The Chenevottes is quite a step up from the village level – very expressive and quite rich. In the nose rich and intense orchard fruits – with hints of some more tropical fruits – all brought forward by a citrusy and flinty minerality. On the palate rich, quite openly knit with a lovely fresh acidity and a playful minerality. Love the extrovert fruit and display of flinty minerality – always a treat to taste the Chenevottes from this house.
The Morgeot Les Petits Clos is a more masculine wine than many of the other Chassagne 1er crus – but the 2012 edition of this wine is surprisingly refined and delicate. In the nose very pure white and yellow orchard fruits – notes of pear, apricots – hints of white flowers … infused with a quite powerful citrusy minerality. On the palate very harmonious and refined for a Morgeot – the fruit is very pure and delicate and somehow the minerality seem more refined and filigree than seen in earlier vintages of this wine. A very elegant and delicate Morgeot – impressive.
I have a soft spot for the Chaumees vineyard – with it’s limestone minerality and balance. In the nose its very extrovert with a bit more sweetness in the fruit than the Chenevottes – notes of yellow fruit with hints of peach, pineapple and hazelnuts. On the palate very harmonious and delicate with a rich but airy fruit – effortless and quite refined for this level – displaying the fine qualities of this vintage. Just love this vineyard!
There are many fine vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet – but Les Caillerets is in my view in a league of its own. The 2012 Caillerets from Jean-Nöel Gagnard confirms this status. The nose is delicately refined with airy white orchard fruit and a filigree citrus infused minerality. On the palate very refined pure fruit – airy and delicate – with an almost creamy texture. The acidity is fresh and crisp and offer a perfect balance to the rich cool fruit and the filigree minerality. Effortless refinement – adore this terroir and this wine.
The Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 2004 from Jean Marc Boillot has entered a matured and delightful stage. In the nose fresh yellow fryuit .. citrus infused with a nice minerality and some lovely matured notes of almonds and acacia. On the palate fresh and harmonious fruit … vibrant and energetic for the vintage .. good weight … with some mature buttery notes. Is in a very nice stage now … love the freshness and the nice complexity a quite beautiful effort.
The 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny from Hubert Chavy is a lovely effort. The nose is fresh and crisp with citrus and mineral infused yellow fruit – notes of pear, apples and more exotic orchard fruits. There is a “healthy” dose of SO2 in the nose … with a quite powerful hint of matchsticks. On the palate very fresh with a fine quite weighty fruit and a powerful deep minerality. Its a slightly rustic wine .. but is nevertheless a lovely glass from a very interesting terroir.
The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with white and yellow fruits – fresh but also some more exotic rich notes of acacia – all is infused with a gorgeous detailed minerality … crushed wet stones. On the palate quite intense fruit … aromatically rich for this level … balanced by a lovely freshness and minerality. Really like the purity and balance in this wine – one of the best white villages I have tasted from Pacalet.
The Genevrieres 2012 from Bouchard is a rather expressive wine. On the nose rich and quite forward yellow fruits … notes of acacia, pear … infused with a citrus driven minerality. On the palate rich and intense .. slightly on the dense side lacking a bit of vibrancy and refinement to equel the best on this gorgeous terroir. Its nevertheless a fine effort with a lovely minerality and weight.
The Corton Charlie 2012 from Bouchard is a delightful effort. On the nose fine citrus infused minerality and a lovely fresh and refined fruit – white orchard fruits with notes of pear and apple. On the palate quite some weight and richness but with a effortless freshness and verve. Really like the combination of the rich 2012 fruit and the powerful structure from the Charlie terroir. Bouchard did a fine job on the Corton hill in this vintage.
The Puligny Les Pucelles 2010 from Domaine Leflaive is a magnificent wine. The nose is very pure and expressive with wet stones and a lovely deep citrus infused yellow fruit .. notes of pear with a hint of pineapple and honeysucle. On the palate slightly closed – linear with impressive mindpalate intensity and weight .. all beautifully focused by the energetic minerality and the quite powerful acidity. Its vibrant and with a considerable power .. but still refined and effortless. A bit closed now … but will no doubt be an outstanding Pucelles after 10 to 20 years in the cellar – a brilliant effort.
The Meursault Les Luchets 2012 – located on the slope above Meix Chaveaux is showing more mineral character and refinement. In the nose airy white orchard fruit with hints of acacia and a lovely citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely midpalate fruit – good weight – firmly structured by a lovely crunchy minerality and a crisp acidity. Really love the airy transparency of this wine … and the fresh and mineralic finish is gorgeous. A truly beautiful village.