The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses from Domaine Comte de Vogüé is exuberantly delightful . The bouquet is bursting with refined redberry fruit – delicate notes of strawberries, raspberries and pomegranate – brought forward by an expressive minerality. On the palate layers of almost silky red fruit – so delicate and transparent – with a gorgeous focusing minerality and acidity. Love the balance, tension and energy in this wine, with it’s vibrant pomegranate notes. Very refined indeed… what a beautiful wine.
The 2011 Chambolle village from Domaine Comte de Vogüé is a delicate effort. In the bouquet fine red and dark berry fruit – loads of cherries, pomegranate, elderberries, blueberries … fruit driven with a nice filigree minerality. On the palate fruity, transparent – good intensity but still quite lightfooted. A charming effort with a nice transparancy and expression of terroir.
The Carillon Puligny Les Perrieres 2004 is really showing well. The nose is offering matured fruit .. still fresh … with a delightful flinty minerality infused with some spicy citrus notes. On the palate beautifully balanced between structure and richness … very nicely focused by the fine minerality. A gorgeously balanced effort.
The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Domaine Prieure-Roch is a gorgeous effort and a impressive Clos de Vougeot. The bouquet offer expressive red and dark berry fruit spiced with cinnamon, violets and all spice. On the palate quite weighty midpalate fruit … seems quite lightfooted .. but still power through a set of 2011 top end Bonnes Mares. Love the nerve and the energy in the long and intensely vibrant finish – 2010 is indeed a legendary vintage.
Yes! … this bottle of Lafon Meursault Clos de Barre 2004 is really singing. In the nose fresh matured fruit, citrus driven minerality … with lovely complex notes of hazelnuts on the top. On the palate fresh and vibrant fruit … quite weighty with fine energy and focus. No sign of the 04 dense flavours .. just pure, crisp and delightful matured fruit – lovely juice.
The Criots-Batard-Montrachet 1989 from Hubert Lamy is a delightfully fresh effort. The nose is still crisp and vibrant with cool yellow fruit, hazelnuts and a slightly salty minerality. On the palate medium bodied with focused and refined fruit supported by a lovely mineralic backbone. It’s pure vibrant with a almost riesling like acidity in the finish. Very fresh and cool for a 1989 .. a lovely matured white Burgundy.
The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Roumier is a big and intense effort. In the nose red and dark fruits, blueberries, red currant, boysenberries spiced with hints of plum and a deep earthy minerality. On the palate big and muscular for the vintage with a relatively dark and dense layered fruit. A big and quite masculine Bonnes Mares – really like the perfumed floral nuances and the intensity – but this will require many years in the cellar before it unfolds completely. If you have the time …
The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Bertheau is very charming and forward – much more so than the Vogue and Roumier versions of the same wine. The nose is brimming with seductive red fruit – intense and spiced with a nice earthy minerality. On the palate quite rich and velvet fruit, less weight than both the Vogue and the Roumier .. airy and quite lightfooted .. but still intense and long. Love the balance and the extrovert drinkability – a gorgeous effort from Bertheau.
The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Vogüé is showing beautifully – matched in a set with the Roumier and Bertheau efforts from the same vineyard and vintage. The nose offer lovely transparent cool red and dark fruit. On the palate very pure and transparent fruit … airy and juicy with a effortless power. Very fine concentration here .. but still very refined for the vineyard. A genuinely delightful Bonnes Mares from Vogüé.
The La Tâche 2011 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a magnificent wine .. and quite a step up from the otherwise outstanding Richebourg from DRC. The bouquet is slightly closed compared to the more flamboyant Richebourg 2011 – but still bursting with layered red and dark fruits, Vosne spices and a tremendous minerality. The palate offer layers of intense and complex fruit .. clearly more depth and weight in the midpalate fruit than the Richebourg. It’s long, superbly balanced, delightful … quite mind-blowing quality in a vintage like 2011.
The Musigny 1995 from Dominique Laurent is not a poor wine .. but by most standards a dissappointting Musigny. The bouquet offer red fruit, some matured notes of sous-bois, and lastly some oak elements with a rather strange touch of marcipan. On the palate quite fine concentration and minerality … a bit hollow in the middle within the powerful framework of oak and tannins. A quite nice wine now … but really think the oak and the tannins will get the upper hand in the long run.
The 2008 Echezeaux from Liger-Belair is really singing. The nose is bursting with intense acidity infused red berry fruit – spiced by a delicate fragrance of of peony rose, violets, oak and all spice. On the palate fresh and very energetic red fruit – envigorating acidity. It’s long and vibrant with an almost silky feel to the fruit – finely focused by the filigree minerality and magnificent acidity of the 2008 vintage. A truly gorgeous Echezeaux … the 2009 might well be bigger .. but somehow I prefer this energetic delight.
The Richebourg 2006 from Meo-Camuzet is a big and expressive wine. The nose offer rich red and dark berry fruit spiced with sous-bois, tar, mint, game and violets. On the palate rich and quite opulent, with a focusing core of minerality and tannins. It’s long, rich and openly knit … with a delightful airy fruit infused with a intense minerality. Is showing surprising well … would have expected a more backward wine at this stage. Nevertheless need 10 years more to unfold full complexity.
The Richebourg 2011 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is fulfilling the promise it showed from cask – its an expressive firework of Vosne spices and minerality. The bouquet is still very extrovert with refined cool red and black fruits – bursting with Vosne spices, minerality and currently a sligthly flamboyant hint of toasted oak. The palate offer powerful and energetic juicy fruit – focused by a framework of quite vibrant acidity and a almost mind-blowing display of minerality. The finish is long and very persistent – expressive is in this case an understatement. A magnificent effort for the vintage .. love the energy and extrovert exuberantness.
The Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2002 from Vogüé is one of my favorite wines from this legendary estate. The bouquet offer vibrant red and darkberry fruit focused by crisp acidity and a gorgeous playful minerality … slightly closed but nevertheless showing well. On the palate excellent concentation for the vintage, very vibrant with a very energetic fruit and minerality .. quite lightfooted but with a quite intense and weighty backbone of mineral infused fruit. Not a dense and mighty wine … just so effortless, invigorating and delightful … love this wine.
The Amoureuses 1990 from Vogüé has entered a matured stage .. but still have some rustic edges left. The bouquet is showing red and dark fruits, with hints of tar, prune, coffee and sous-bois. On the palate quite rich and weighty for a Amoureuses with a gorgeous minerality. Still some edgy tannins, oak and tarryness .. indicating further cellaring would be optimal.
A lovely mineral driven and slightly rustic Amoureuses from Vogue.
The Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne 1993 is one of the best and most refined white Burgundies I have ever tasted. The nose is offering a fantastic and almost elusive complexity – white and yellow fruit, delicate nuances of hazelnuts, gunpowder, flint and a very filigree minerality. Matured but still fresh and vibrant. On the palate intense airy fruit – very focused and long with a almost zen like balance – effortless and yet so complex and layered with myriads of filigree details and aromas. The powerful focusing acidity is crisp and fresh. Not a blockbuster – but a extremely refined and intense wine – in a sense somewhat surprising when the expressive style of the domaine meets a terroir like Corton-Charlemagne. A absolutely gorgeous and magnificent wine … love it … and I lack words to describe the delicacy of this delightful Corton Charlie!
The Meursault Perrieres 2004 was sadly somewhat premoxed. In the nose clear signs of oxidation, but also quite rich fruit – showing a bit of what could have been a very fine wine. On the palate quite rich and mellow – but with signs of oxidation – and a sharp acidity kick in the finish. Lacking both freshness and display of terroir.
The Musigny 1990 from Roumier is a mind-blowing wine … at age 25 it still needs 5 to 10 years more in the cellar to unfold completely. The bouquet is however quite open at this stage … revealing more and more glimps of the tremendous complexity hiding underneath the intense and quite tightly knit fruit. The nose offers layers of gorgeous redberry fruit, prunes, tar, oriental spices, hints of sous-bois and a beautiful filigree minerality from the mighty Musigny terroir. On the palate very cool and refined for a 1990, with a core of airy yet very intense fruit … its long, powerful, focused and very refined. Love the cool almost regal touch the Musigny terroir adds to the Roumier style. A truly magnificent wine – by quite some margin the best and most refined Roumier I have ever tasted.
The Amoureuses 2000 from Vogüé is entering a lovely matured stage with quite expressive red fruit and a lovely balance and delicacy. The bouquet is showing cool red fruits and a delightful sous-bois with hints of truffle and a delicate minerality. On the palate just starting to show … medium weight, balanced .. fine length for the vintage .. offering a pure and transparant red fruits. Still some tannins in the finish – but well on its way towards maturity. Not a big wine though … but I do love the delicate and almost fragrant expression – a gorgeous “little” Amoureuses.