The Ruchotte Chambertin 2012 is a true beauty. The bouquet is currently slightly closed but still offer layers of lovely organic red berry fruit and a quite stunning display of minerality and terroir. On the palete very intense red berry fruit – multible layers of juicy fruit. The minerality and complexity is very inmpressive adding a wonderful energy and nerve to this wine. It’s rich, refined and charming – love this terroir.
The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is another succes in this vintage. The bouquet offer lovely quite expressive organic red berry fruit – with lovely spicy notes of violets, white peppar and peony rose. On the palate layers of quite dense and focused red fruit – with a slightly darker expression than the two Gevrey grand crus. It’s balanced, focused and quite tightly knit – with a fine freshness and minerality. A fine Echezeaux in the making – is it matching the beautiful 2010?… Read the full article →
The Pacalet Charmes 2012 is both a intense and charming wine in the making. The bouquet is bursting with nuances of energetic red berry fruit – spiced with allspice and cinnamon. On the palate layers of delicate and intense red berry fruit with elements of sweet red coulis fruit. It’s balanced and refined – it’s quite dense for a Pacalet wine – but still fresh and vibrant. The fine display of terroir in the long finish offer adds focus and nerve.… Read the full article →
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, peony rose pepper and all spice. The palate is offering layers of red juicy fruit and a playful minerality. It’s offering a lovely energy and display of terroir – very impressive for a wine from Les Chaumes.… Read the full article →
The Laveaux St. Jacques 2012 is a further notch up in quality. The nose is very expressive with layers of energetic red fruit – notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with allspice and pepper. The palate offer a lovely core of ripe and pure coulis fruit – adding another dimension 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 beauty!
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air is a step up in intensity from the NSG and Chambolle 1er crus. In the bouquet layers of sweet red berry fruit – organic style – notes of raspberries, cherries and white peppar. On the palete layers of juicy red fruit – quite tightly structured by the impressive minerality of the Bel Air vineyard. It’s powerful, focused and long – very impressive.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru is a step up in intensity. In the nose lovely sweet pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with a beutiful minerality, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate layers of lovely organic fruit – but also a classic muscular NSG terroir expression. The minerality is powerful and vibrant adding energy and nerve. A very beautiful Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru – classic – but with the organic charm of the Pacalet style.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle 1er cru is one of my old favorites from Pacalet – have followed this wine since the 2002 vintage. The 2012 version of this wine is another succes – what a delightful wine. In the bouquet layers of juicy red fruit – notes of raspberries, strawberries spiced with a lovely minerality and hints of violets and allspice. On the palate layers of intense juicy red fruit – with a almost coulis like core of sweet vibrant fruit. It’s beautifully balanced and pure, with a very ine transparancy.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Les Perrieres is somewhat overlooked in the Pacalet collection – but the 2012 version certainly deserves your attention. The bouquet is slightly reduced currently but is nevertheless showing layers of ripe red fruits – notes of raspberries and cherries – spiced with allspice and violets. The palate is offering quite powerful aromatics – with a more intense and tightly knit structure than the very charming Chambolle 1er cru. A beautiful Gevrey 1er in the making.
The Pommard 1er cru confirm the high quality of the Pommard village. The nose is slightly reduced but showing notes of red and black cherries – spiced with cinnamon and white pepper. On the palate intense and quite rich red fruit – matched well by the muscular Pommard terroir. It’s refined and quite charming for a Pommard – and very well balanced – lovely effort despite the quite horrible weather conditions in the southern Burgundy.
The Vosne-Romanee village is really showing well. The bouquet is very forward with a layers of lovely red fruit – notes of strawberries, raspberries and cassis – spiced with violets, cinnamon and white peppar.The fruit is somewhat darker than the ofther village wines, and show additional depth, focus and nuances – very impressive for this level. A lovely intense village with a nice terroir expression.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges village 2012 is a step up in concentration. In the nose lovely sweet pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries and raspberries – spiced up with cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate more muscular and rustic than the Chambolle village, 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 2012 is as always a step up in delicacy and refinement. The bouquet is slightly closed – but still showing notes of forest strawberries, cherries and pommegranate – spiced with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate delicate but quite rubust fruit – intense with a lovely playful Chambolle minerality. More tannins than usual – but still juicy with a good energy and nerve. The transparancy is fine – love the terroir expression in this wine. More weighty than both the 2011 and 2010 – could perhaps rival the lovely 2010.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2011 from Liger-Belair is a lovely effort. Made from old vines in the very good climates Cruots and Champs Traversin.The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit with a lovely Vosne spicyness – notes of peppar, violets and peony rose. On the palate layers of fruit and mineralic aromas, powerful and yet refined. The core of sweet red fruit on the midpalate is quite seductive and the length is quite impressive – true grand cru poise.
(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ (93 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2013 – In Vosne – Barrel sample.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2011 from Meo-Camuzet is a rich and quite impressive Echezeaux. The bouquet is bursting with dark berry fruit – notes of cassis, razzberries, liquorice and a quite intense earthy minerality. On the palate layers of dark pinot fruit – intense and quite cool. It’s powerful and with a very good weight for the vintage. The finish is long and focused with a fine expression of the Les Rouges du Bas terroir. Meo’s Echezeaux seems to get better and better – a fine effort.… Read the full article →
Aux Brulees 2011 from Domaine Meo-Camuzet is a very intense Vosne in the making. The bouquet is crammed with red and dark berry fruit – notes of cassis, razzberries, liquorice and intense Vosne spices. On the palate layers of dark pinot fruit and delicate minerality. It’s quite powerful and muscular for the vintage, with a long an firmly focused finish. A big and quite backward wine – will need at least 10 – 15 years in the cellar to show the full potential.… Read the full article →
La Romanee 2011 is a very impressive and gorgeous expression of Vosne terroir. The bouquet is intense and refined with cool red berry fruit – complex spicy aromas with notes of violets, pomegranate and rose petals – and last but least layers of filligree mineralty. On the palate intense medium-bodied vibrant fruit focused by the powerful and very refined minerality and the finely grained delicate tannins. The energy and tension in this wine is impressive, as is the long intensely mineralic finish.… Read the full article →
The Richebourg 2011 from Gros Frere et Soeur is a strong display of Vosne terroir. The bouquet offer a lovely spicy minerality with notes of violets, all spice, liquorice, coffee and red berry fruit. On the palate quite rich fruit with a powerful backbone of minerality. It’s a quite complex despite the quite heavy oak notes, and the long and intense mineralic finish is textbook Richebourg. A very fine Richebourg in the making.
(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine 93 – 94p – Tasted 18/03/2013 at the Trilogie in Vosne – Barrel sample.… Read the full article →