Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot 2012

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.

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

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Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Very Fine+ – (95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Domaine Robert Sirugue, Vosne-Romanee 2012

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!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Good+ (87 – 88p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Domaine Robert Sirugue, Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine+ (91 – 92p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Philippe Pacalet, Pommard 2013

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 ….

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Very Good (87 – 88p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – - (88 – 89p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2013

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Very Good (87 – 88p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Domaine Robert Sirugue, Grands Echezeaux 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Philippe Pacalet, Vosne-Romanee 2013

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good+ – (88 – 90p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin 2013

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Good – (86 – 87p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Charmes Chambertin 2013

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 – from cask

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Ruchottes-Chambertin 2013

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Very Fine (93 – 94p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 – from cask

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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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 – from cask

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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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