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 2008 La Combe D’Orveaux is a gorgeous and very mineralic Chambolle 1er cru. The bouquet is bursting with acidity driven red and dark berry fruit – notes of elderberries, raspberries – boosted by a energetic crisp minerality. On the palate beautiful acidity driven fruit – medium weight – focused by a dramatic and very powerful minerality. Quite close to grand cru level … love the energy and transparency.
The Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011 from Sirugue is a quite lovely glass of Vosne. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit discretely spiced with violets and a hint of elderberries. On the palate quite intense and fresh fruit – good midpalate weight og length. It’s pure and well balanced, typical for both the vintage and the terroir. The oak is finely integrated and the tannins are firm but ripe and harmonius. A quite attractive and enjoyable wine – and quite a bargain.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a very nice village effort – but needs time to resolve. In the nose crisp red and dark berry fruit with a quite strong impression of new oak. On the palate quite openly knit with a nice fresh fruit – nicely balanced and quite harmonious. The weight and intensity increases after some time in the glass. Not the most focused Vosne village – a very good wine – but somehow slightly disappointing.
The 2008 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair is open and really rocking with loads of youthful energy. In the bouquet transparent and crisp red fruit with hints of graphe, peony rose, cinnamon and a touch of oak. On the palate acidity driven red fruit … crisp and lightfooted … focused by a acidity infused Vosne minerality. Loads of energy here – with the oak well integrated. Really love the transparency and the crystal clear fruit …. refined but still quite a beast with its dramatic vibrant acidity. Not a wine for the average wine solicitor fan.
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 Vosne Romanee 2010 village from Sylvain Cathiard is a truly delightful wine … and still quite accessible. The bouquet is crammed with layers of refined fruit – notes of red berries, violets, peony rose and a discrete minerality. The palate is offering a rich, pure and silky display of cool pinot fruit. It’s very refined and harmonious with it’s finely grained tannins and sophisticated fruit – but not quite as focused as some of the single vineyard village wines. A beautiful and refined village – just love the delicate Vosne expression in this wine. Very impressive indeed.
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.
I have followed Burgundy wines quite closely the last 20 to 25 years – tasting a lot of lovely wines from many different domaines.
One domaine does however hold a special place in my passion for Burgundy wines – the name is Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a domaine with history, great vineyards, passion and first and foremost beautiful aristocratic wines.
The 2008 Nuits Marechale is darker and more earthy than the Chambolle village 2008 … but still quite forward and fresh. In the nose cherries, blue berries .. spiced with a deep earthy minerality and a floral energetic note. On the palate layers of quite dark openly knit fruit … quite vibrant due to the acidity driven characteristics of the 2008 vintage. A lovely wine … with more weight and less refinement than the village Chambolle.
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 2005 Meursault Perrieres from Roulot is a brilliant effort for this vintage. The bouquet is open and quite expressive with notes of orchard fruits – pear, apricot .. spiced with hints of citrus, almonds, hazelnuts and a quite intense minerality. On the palate very harmonious and focused with a lovely midpalate fruit …. effortless and airy … with a intense underlying minerality. The finish is long, intense but also very refined. A great Perrieres … what a gorgeous wine … very focused for the vintage.
Domaine Hubert Lamy is one of the … if not the most prominent estates in Saint-Aubin. I was therefore thrilled when I had the chance to visit Olivier Lamy at the Domaine during this years Grands Jours de Bourgogne.
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 2008 Chambolle village from J.-F. Mugnier is starting to show a few maturing notes. The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit – raspberries, forest strawberries – spiced with sous-bois and a delicate minerality. On the palate airy and transparent fruit – cool delicate and balanced. It’s not a dense and powerful wine – but a refined acidity driven wine … really adore the good 2008s.
The Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru 2011 from Mugneret-Gibourg is made from the young vines on Ruchottes Chambertin – please note in 2012 all the production will be bottled as Ruchottes. The 2011 version is very harmonious and quite forward with layers of fruit and a lovely complex expession of terroir. The nose is bursting with delicate red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries, red and dark cherries … spiced with a complex earthy minerality. On the palate lovely airy fruit with good midpalete weight supported by finely grained tannins. It’s very balanced and transparent – showing the lovely complexity of the Ruchottes terroir. A very harmonious effort … really like this producer and I adore the Ruchottes terroir.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2010 from Henri Roch is showing well like the other fine 2010s from this fine Domaine. In the bouquet forward, crisp and bold – notes of raspberries, cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a nice earthy minerality. On the palate a fresh and quite transparent fruit. It offers nice midpalate weight and a lovely organic fruit – nicely focused by the fine acidity. Not in the same league as the gorgeous Argillieres .. but nevertheless a beautiful glass of pinot.
The Vosne-Romanee 1985 from Robert Arnoux is fully mature but still in fine form. The nose is very expressive with sous-bois, red berry fruit with orange hints and Vosne spices. On the palate still very good fruit, quite intense and weighty for this level. Slightly high on the volatile acidity … but the acidity seem to integrate better after some time in the glass. A lovely glass of mature Vosne … flawless aside from the slightly volatile note … really enjoyed this wine.