The Lavaux Saint Jacques 2007 from Rousseau is a lovely slightly understated effort. The nose is offering fine cool red berry fruit – notes of raspberries, sous-bois and a discrete underlying earthy minerality. On the palate lovely openly knit fruit … finely focused by the quite delicate minerality. A lovely harmonious effort .. and not trying too hard.
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 Lavaux Saint Jacques 2012 from Pacalet is showing beautifully. The nose is crammed with layers of vibrant red fruit … very juicy with notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with allspice and pepper and a deep earthy mineralty. The palate offer a focusing core of ripe and pure coulis fruit – adding depth to the mulitible layers of energetic red fruit. The finish is long – with a refined display of terroir – giving a zen-like balance to the wine. A truly beautiful wine!
The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The nose is bursting with fruit … red juicy fruit with a quite intense mineralty and spiced with violets, all spice and cinnamon. On the palate even more weighty than expected with a very fine midpalate concentration. The fruit is vibrant with a lovely nerve and energy. The minerality from the terroir is quite powerful .. this will be a very exiting wine to follow .. with its well constituted fruit and balance. Very impressive .. need more time to unfold … just like the two Vosne wines from Pacalet.
I rarely taste poor wines … but my luck just ran out today … with the generic Bourgogne 2012 from Julien Altaber. This is frankly an awful wine … presumably made in the oftherwise lovely Saint Aubin appellation. One look at the color is really enough .. quite dark and without transparency or sparkle … the nose is flat and unclean for a Pinot … with notes that remind me more of Cabernet Franc or Rhone … dark fruit spiced with black and white pepper and some unpleasent green notes. On the palate dark and dense fruit despite the low level of SO2 … seems in some way extracted … with no nerve and transparency what so ever. A sad day for Burgundy.
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cherbaudes is a new terroir for me … but hopefully this is not the last time I taste a Fourrier from this vineyard. This relatively unknown terroir is located in a sweetspot just below Mazis-Chambertin and Fourrier has a 0.67 ha plot planted in 1940. The nose is bursting with layers of red and dark berry fruit … pure, organic and juicy with a lovely earthy mineralty. On the palate rich and vibrant with a lovely energy and tension. Love the fruit expression and the terroir offer depth and complexity … a lovely wine.
The 2010 Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes from Lamarche is a quite nice effort. The nose is offering a lovely selection of red and dark berry aromas … spiced with a suitable level of oak and a discrete minerality. On the palate pure and quite transparent rather dark fruit. Its well balanced and structured … I do however feel a slight lack of midpalate fruit and weight. Nevertheless … one of the most impressive wines I have tasted from Lamarche given the terroir.
The Clos du Tart 2004 is approaching maturity. The nose is quite forward with notes of tar, matured red fruit, prune, asparagus and a eathy mineral hint. On the palate quite powerful with layers of matured fruit – a bit rustic and quite developed. A quite lovely and rather complex wine .. slight green note but not disturbingly “ladybuggy”!!. A nice matured wine.
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 Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue is a gorgeously juicy and transparent wine for the vintage. In the bouquet sweet and crisp jellied fruit – notes of pomegranate and red forest berries – supported by a intense filligree minerality. On the palate layers of vibrant red fruit – very transparent and intense with a long mineralic finish. Love the purity, transparency, nerve and tension in the fruit – a very charming wine. Vogüé really nailed the 2011s.
The Malconsorts 2011 from Cathiard is a magnificent wine for the vintage. The nose is crammed with expressive red and darkberry fruit – notes of dark cherries, plum and red currant – spiced with violets and a touch of oak. On the palate rich openly knit fruit … airy with a lovely midpalate weight. It’s beautifully balanced and focused by the fine minerality and quite energetic acidity. Adorable and gorgeous … what a lovely wine.
The Vosne Malconsorts cuvee Christiane from de Montille is a refined and delicate wine. The nose is quite expressive with notes of red fruit, spiced with notes of rose petals, soy, asian spices and a filigree earthy minerality. On the palate medium weight with layers of red fruit … its not a big and dense wine … but has a refined persistence and intensity. The acidity is crisp adding a fine energy to the organic fruit. Need time to unfold but is not a wine for 20 years of cellaring. A delicate almost fragile Vosne Malconsorts.
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 1995 edition of the Chambolle Musigny 1er cru has entered a quite lovely mature stage. The bouquet is expressive and forward offering fine red fruit, with notes of sous-bois, hints of truffle and a nice classic Chambolle minerality. On the palate mature red fruit – medium weight – with a nice mineralic backbone. Forward and quite lovely .. but somehow lacking a bit of focus and definition. Its however balanced and pure offering excellent drinkability now. Will most likely keep .. but why wait.
Note: This is the first vintage of the Chambolle 1er cru made from the younger vines on the grand cru Musigny vineyard.
The 2004 Aux Reignots from Grivot is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The nose is currentlybslightly closed showing lovely cool red berry fruit supported by hints of oak and a spicy minerality .. some matured notes. on the palate lovely cool and weighty fruit … not fully resolved yet .. with a solid core of darker fruits. It’s very balanced and beautifully focused by the lovely minerality … refined and impressive. A lovely effort – need time to resolve the last core of dark and youthful fruit …
The Amoureuses 2004 from Vogüé has entered a lovely matured stage with expressive red fruit, with a lovely balance and delicacy. The bouquet starts out discretely but the red fruits quite rapidly takes over in the glass – with notes of cherries, forest strawberries and raspberries … spiced with a hint of cinnamon and a ample Chambolle minerality. On the palate lovely resolved red fruit … almost suave with a initial rich mouthcoating feel … then perfectly balanced by the fine acidity and the strong mineralic framework. A gorgeous 2004 … adore this terroir.