The Laveaux St. Jacques is a further notch up in quality. The nose is quite expressive with layers of energetic red and dark fruit – notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with white pepper and allspice. The palate offer a lovely core of ripe and pure fruit – lovely nerve and energy – supported by a solid framework of tannins and minerality. The finish is long with a refined display of terroir – offering a feeling of effortless balance to the wine. A beautiful wine in the making!
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air is a step up in intensity from the NSG 1er cru and the Chambolle 1er cru. In the bouquet layers of sweet red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries, cherries and white peppar. On the palete intense and juicy fruit – quite tightly structured by the impressive minerality of the Bel Air terroir. It’s powerful, focused, long and gorgeous.
The Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes is quite new in the Pacalet collection – and is made from a plot located in the top part of the vineyard – just below La Tache/Malconsort. The bouquet offer complex layers of red and dark berry fruit – spiced with violets, pepper and allspice. The palate is crammed with layers of juicy fruit and a playful quite intense minerality. A more introvert and dark wine than the Laveaux – but the elements are there to rival the more forward and charming Gevrey.
The Chambolle 1er cru is one of my old favorites from Pacalet – have followed this wine with great pleasure since the 2002 vintage. The 2013 version of this wine seem to be another succes – although its a bit darker than usually. In the bouquet layers of juicy red and dark berry – notes of raspberries, dark cherries spiced with a classic Chambolle minerality and hints of allspice. On the palate layers of juicy fruit – quite intense and well structured. Love the expression of terroir and the effortless delivery of pinot fruit.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru is a lovely wine although not quite in the same league as the 2012. In the nose – slightly reduced – but with layers of pure red and dark berry fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with a quite intense earthy minerality, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate quite intense with a pure quite dark fruit – but also a quite classic muscular expression of NSG terroir. Love the combination of NSG power and the delicate and forward fruit.
The Clos de Vougeot 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a fine effort. The nose is showing nice intense and quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a lovely earthy minerality and quite a dose of oak. On the palate layers of juicy fruit … fine concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a good terroir expression. Its well balanced but lacking a bit of the weight and depth of the Vieilles Vignes version. Nevertheless a quite lovely Clos de Vougeot.
The Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a very impressive effort – made from very old wines. The nose is crammed with intense quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a deep earthy minerality and a healthy dose of oak. On the palate layers of weighty fruit … excellent concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a lovely terroir impression. Very well balanced .. with an old school expression .. will need plenty of time in the cellar. A very impressive Clos de Vougeot … one of the best wines I have tasted from this vineyard.
The Vosne-Romanee 2012 is a quite delicate and honest village . The bouquet is offering pure juicy red fruit … with a quite lovely Vosne minerality. On the palate good midpalate fruit … forward and pure. It is a step in the right direction from the 2011 … but is in my view still lacking a bit of weight and concentration to match the big boys and girls. Nevertheless … its very enjoyable with a good expression of terroir – whats not to like!
The Vosne-Romanee Les Petits-Monts 2012 from Sirugue represent another step up in quality for Domaine Sirugue. The bouquet is offering pure juicy red fruit … intense with lovely Vosne minerality and spices – notes of violets, peony rose and a hint of oak. On the palate layers of rich fruit – medium weight – focused by a lovely minerality. A very charming effort with a lovely expression of Vosne terroir – a delightful 1er cru.
The Pommard village is more expressive and charming than the quite serious Gevrey village. In the bouquet rather delicate red and dark fruit – quite floral – with lovely notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with hints of cinnamon and white peppar. On the palate quite expressive fruit, well structured with a fine depth for this level. Lovely Pommard village ….
The Nuits-Saint-Georges village is a step up in concentration from the Gevrey village. In the nose lovely ripe pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries and raspberries – spiced up with cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate rich and sturdy, showing true Nuits-Saint-Georges character. Quite impressed by the layers of intense vibrant fruit – and the matching framework of tannins and minerality.
The Chambolle village is as always a step up in delicacy and refinement. The bouquet is slightly closed – but still showing fine notes of raspberries and cherries – spiced with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate quite rubust fruit – intense with a playful Chambolle minerality. More tannins than usual – but still quite juicy with a good energy and nerve. A lovely expressive Chambolle village … cant rival the gorgeous 2010 and the 2012 though.
The Grands Echezeaux 2012 from Sirugue represent another step up in quality for Domaine Sirugue. The bouquet is offering layers of juicy red fruit … intense with lovely Vosne minerality and spices. On the palate layers of rich and velvet fruit – a sumptuous and quite openly knit wine – very typical for the terroir. It has charm, poise and the concentration is there .. a quite gorgeous Grands Echezeaux in the making. Keep an eye on Domaine Robert Sirugue … they are improving each year … the 2012 are delightful.
The Vosne-Romanee village is a notch up in quality. The bouquet is slightly reduced but crammed with layers of red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries and cassis – discretely spiced with violets, cinnamon and white peppar.The fruit is somewhat more compact than the ofther village wines, and show additional depth, focus and nuances – impressive for this level. A lovely intense village with a nice terroir expression.
The Gevrey Chambertin show fine quite delicate red and dark berry fruit – good depth with notes of cherries and raspberries – hints of allspice and a earthy minerality. On the palate aromatic red and dark fruits, a fine power for this level with a good nerve from the strudy acidity. Its surprisingly dark in the fruit and will require some time to unfold.
The Charmes-Chambertin 2013 from Pacalet is a fine effort … allthough not quite at the same level as the gorgeous Ruchottes-Chambertin. The bouquet is offering quite intense red and dark fruit … rich and vibrant with a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate rich and weighty red berry fruit … powerful and intense with a lovely balance and focus. Lacking a bit of refinement compared to the Ruchottes … but nevertheless a lovely glass of pinot.
The Ruchottes-Chambertin 2013 from Pacalet is very impressive and gorgeous wine in the making – the grand cru terroirs really show well in this intense and highly structured vintage,. The bouquet is showing layers of intense red and dark fruit … complex and vibrant with a lovely minerality. On the palate layers of ripe and juicy red berry fruit … lovely nerve and glow in the fruit … more forward than the Echezeaux and even more refined. Really have a soft spot for this terroir. A beauty with its core of vibrant fruit.
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.
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.
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.