Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2013

The Echezeaux 2013 from Pacalet is a impressively intense effort – the grand cru terroirs really suits this powerfully stuctured vintage. The bouquet is offering intense red and dark fruit … Vosne spices… tight and serious with a powerful underlying minerality. On the palate tightly knit and powerful, with a intense midpalate fruit and a focusing slightly edgy minerality. A big quite muscular wine with more power than one normally find in wines from Pacalet. Will require quite some time to unfold completely.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 19/03/2014

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Gros Frere et Soeur, Richebourg 2012

The Richebourg 2012 from Gros Frere et Soeur is very fine effort but lacking a bit of weight and intensity compared to the big boys and girls on the Richebourg vineyard. The nose is currently slightly reduced with ample oak and underlaying layers of red and dark berry fruit. On the palate finely focused fruit … nice concentration and transparency with a lovely powerful minerality from the mighty Richebourg terroir. Im missing a bit of intensity here – but I’m sure time will ad some weight to match the mineralic backbone.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2025) – Very Fine – (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, Echezeaux 2012

The 2012 Echezeaux from Mugneret-Gibourg is a beauty. In the nose forward, pure and relatively dark pinot fruit with delicate berry aromas – notes of cinnamon and elderberries – very nicely focused. On the palate rich and pure with a very fine midpalate weigth. Its long an transparent with a lovely effortless intensity. A both refined and intense Echezeaux … beautiful effort.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2025) – Very Fine – (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Porusot 2012

The Porusot is a step up in mineralic intensity from the village wines … in its own slightly edgy way. The nose offers an equal balance between white and yellow orchard fruits infused by a citrusy deep minerality. On the palate quite ample deep fruit supported by a quite powerful slightly rustic minerality. This is a forward and powerful Meursault .. forward with a slightly rustic charm … refinement is just not the strong point of this terroir. Nevertheless a lovely wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2024) – Fine+ – (91 -93p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne-Romanee 2012

The 2012 Vosne village from Cathiard is a delightful pinot … built for pleasure. The nose is crammed with red and dark berry fruit, Vosne spices and a suitable touch of oak. On the palate lovely subtle fruit … juicy with a very nice energy. It’s pure and vibrant with a lovely understated balance … perhaps not as focused as the very best single terroir villages … but still with a very clear and transparent expression of the Vosne appellation. Summing up … just love this enjoyable wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good+ – (90 – 91p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Photo: Sebastian Cathiard at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne-Romanee Aux Reignots 2012

The 2012 Aux Reignots from Cathiard is in my view one of his very best efforts from this fine 1er cru so far. The nose is crammed with red and darkberry fruit – notes of blackberries, dark cherries and red forrest berries – spiced with violets and a touch of oak. On the palate rich and silky fruit … but with a more stony and energetic minerality than the Malconsort. Its quite weigthy, long and powerful – love the mineralic intensity and the tension between the almost silky fruit and the stony minerality underneath. Have a soft spot for Reignots … and this is a very fine example.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2024) – Very Fine – (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Photo: Sebastian Cathiard at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Cecile Tremblay, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Cecile Tremblay is a gorgeous effort … her wines seems to get more focused and refined each year. The nose is crammed with asian spices, raspberries, red currant and elderberries … supported by a deep earthy minerality. On the palate rich and forward fruit … juicy with a lovely energy and intensity. The fruit is weighty and vibrant – offering a lovely transparent view to the fine terroir. Very impressive … but first and foremost juicy and delightful. Really like the style

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Very Fine (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne Aux Malconsorts 2012

The 2012s from Cathiard are gorgeous … and the Malconsort 2012 is a magnificent effort from this fine domaine. The nose is crammed with red and darkberry fruit – notes of dark cherries, plum and red forrest berries – spiced with violets and peony rose. On the palate rich and silky fruit … very fine midpalate weight but still delightfully effortless and airy. The focusing minerality is intense and vibrant …. offering a perfect framwork for the decadently silky fruit. The finish is very long and coated with silky fruit – a quite powerful wine – but nevertheless very refined and filigree. A masterpiece by Cathiard.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2027) – Outstanding – (94 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Photo: Sebastian Cathiard at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Tesson 2012

The Meursault Tesson 2012 is a step up in concentration and intensity from the Les Luchets. In the bouquet deeper and more intense fruit .. balanced more toward the intense yellow fruit … with a deep more powerful minerality underneath the ample fruit. On the palate … same story layers of deep and quite powerful fruit on the midpalate .. brought forward by a deeply constituted minerality and a crisp and focusing acidity. A truly fine Meursault in the making … this is clearly in 1er cru territory?

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ – (91 – 93p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask

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Thibault Liger-Belair, Richebourg 2012

The Richebourg 2012 from Thibault Liger-Belair is a big and intense wine. In the bouquet – slightly closed – but with layers of red and dark berry fruit with a lovely floral element underneath the oak impression. On the palate intense fruit and minerality … a powerful Les Richebourg with more stuffing and extraction than the more delicate Anne Gros Richebourg. The fruit is however quite delicate offering fine energy and a contrast to the slightly dense weighty fruit. The finish is classic for the terroir … long with a very powerful minerality. The level of extraction here is debatable … but the obvious quality is not … this is a very fine or perhaps even an outstanding Richebourg .. well done Thibault.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2030) – Very Fine+ – (94 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Photo: Thibault Liger-Belair at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Anne Gros, Richebourg 2012

Anne Gros makes a lovely Richebourg and the 2012 edtion is certainly no exception. The bouquet is intensely crammed with red and darkberry fruit – notes of raspberries, red and black currant spized with violets, a earthy minerality and a moderate impression of oak. The nose is quite intense yet it has a lovely airy feel. On the palate rich almost velvet fruit … concentrated but still lightfooted and refined. The finish is long and coated with silky fruit … until the minerality of the mighty Richebourg terroir kicks in at the end. Love the delicate balance between the velvet refinement of the fruit and the muscular minerality of the terroir. A gorgeous Richebourg from Anne Gros

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2030) – Outstanding – (95 – 96p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Photo: Anne Gros at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Les Meix Chaveaux 2012

The Miex Chaveaux 2012 is a step up in weight and concentration. On the palate pure and rather intense white and yellow fruit … quite extrovert and openly knit. On the palate very good midpalate weight for this level …. lovely pure fruit … with a nice focusing .. slightly salty minerality. A lovely … somewhat voluptuous Meursault .. a charming effort.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2021) – Very Good+ – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Vosne Les Chaumes 2012

The Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes 2012 is a step up from the village wine. In the nose red and dark berry fruit – ripe and pure – spiced with Vosne minerality and a quite discrete impression of oak. On the palate silky transparent fruit – lightfooted but more weight that the village – with a lovely charming expression of fruit and terroir. Not a big 1er cru … but its delicate and refined. A lovely and charming little 1er Vosne ..

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good+ – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault 2012

The “generic” Meursault 2012 from Roulot is showing all the qualities of the vintage. The bouquet is quite forward offering a quite intense aromatic profile of white and yellow fruits spiced with a quite intense citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely fruit – intense and finely focused by the fine acidity … quite weighty but fresh and crisp. A quite powerful village in the making.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Very Good – (88 – 89p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, La Romanee 2012

La Romanee 2012 is slightly closed compared to the initial cask samples – but still a gorgeous and very intense wine. In the bouquet layers of juicy fruit – notes of raspberries, cherries, violets and peony rose – accentuated and infused by a very refined and powerful minerality. On the palate layers of juicy, rich and intense red fruit. The fruit is vibrant and airy with a lot of energy – supported by ample ripe tannins and by the multidimensional minerality of this great terroir. The finish is very long and persistant with a fantastic display of minerality. Its a intense wine but still effortlessly refined and delicate. An extraordinary and gorgeous wine in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2032) – Extraordinary – (97 – 98p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Roulot, Bourgogne Blanc 2012

The Bourgogne Blanc 2012 from Roulot is a lovely expressive wine for its level. In the nose white and yellow fruits with a nice citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely weighty fruit … well-structured by a crisp acidity .. quite powerful for a generic Burgundy. The aromatic profile is intense and relatively dark with a nice complexity … very impressive for this level.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Good – (85 – 86p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Vosne-Romanee 2012

The Vosne-Romanee 2012 from Georges Noellat is a pretty little village wine. In the nose red and dark berry fruit – ripe and pure – spiced with elderberries, Vosne minerality and a healthy impression of oak. On the palate silky transparent fruit – quite light – with a lovely charming expression of fruit and terroir. Not a big village … but its delicate and quite refined. A bit more concentration would elevate the quality … but I would rather have this lightfooted style than weight gained via extraction.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good – (87 – 88p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Vosne Les Beaux Monts 2012

The Vosne-Romane Les Beaux Monts 2012 from Georges Noellat is slightly more backward than the delicate Les Petits Monts. The nose is offering juicy red and dark berry fruit, a discretely perfumed Vosne spicyness and touch of oak. On the palate fine intensity with a delightful silky and pure fruit. Love the rich and refined expression of the 2012 fruit … juicy and silky. In my view quite evenly matched with the Petits Monts – with a little edge to the Petits Monts at the moment – a delightful glass of Vosne … well done Maxime Cheurlin.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Grands Echezeaux 2012

The Grands Echezeaux 2012 from Georges Noellat is a magnificently refined effort – very typical for both the terroir and vintage. The bouquet is displaying layers of pure juicy red and dark berry fruit – adding significant depth compared to the lovely Echezeaux. The expression of terroir is precise and understated in the delicately perfumed nose … discretely supported by a touch of oak. On the palate rich with layers of pure and ripe fruit … very typical for the terroir. It offers fine weight without being dense or extracted … just effortless elegant terroir driven power. Love the silky textures and the expression terroir – a wine of balance and hedonistic pleasure.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ – (94 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Georges Noellat is a beautifully balanced and refined effort from the climate les Cruots. The nose is offering lovely juicy red and dark berry fruit – charmingly perfeumed with a lovely floral spicyness with the oak beautifully integrated. On the palate airy and rich almost silky fruit – refined and very balanced – with a charming suave character. A gorgeous glass … delightfully lightfooted with a effortless display of pure silky fruit. Not a big and dense Echezeaux … but make no mistake the finish is both vibrant and very persistant … lovely juice.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine – (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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