The Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2000 is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The bouquet is very expressive with notes of red berry fruit, sous-bois and a fine Chambolle minerality. On the palate rich and quite lush red fruit – matured but still very fresh and vibrant. Quite intense and weighty for the vintage – with a good nerve and mineralic energy. The minerality is delicate but powerful – a classic Amoureuses. Lovely complexity now – but will improve with further cellaring – a truly beautiful 2000.… Read the full article →
Fine+ (92 – 93)
The Clos de Vougeot 2011 from Bouchard is really showing well. In the bouquet layers of red berry fruit with a lovely spicyness – hints of violets, horseradish and chocolate. On the palate very harmonious with layers of quite intense fruit – a lovely mineralic tension – and a very nice acidity. It’s long and intense with very good midpalate weight. The oak is offering good support in the long and docused finish. A big wine but still quite lightfooted and refined for a Clos de Vougeot.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Romanee Gaudichots is fulfilling the fine promise it showed from cask. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to the mighty La Tache. In the bouquet very intense Vosne spices – notes of peony rose and violets, a lovely deep red berry fruit and a quite intense minerality . On the palate layers of lovely pinot fruit – pure and with fine depth. The mineralic backbone of this wine is impressive – and the finish is very foxused and persistent.… 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 →
The Volnay Taillepieds 2010 from Dublere is a magnificent Volnay. The bouquet is slightly closed but still offering pure crystalline red berry fruit with notes of cherries and raspberries. On the palate intense red fruit – airy and very transparent – with a perfect view to the wonderfully mineralic Taillepeids terroir. Has a lovely core of airy fruit on the midpalate and the finish is very long and focused with a truly impressive minerality. This is a gorgeous textbook Volnay.
The Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees 2010 from Domaine Dublere is a delightfully mineralic wine. In the bouquet crystal clear yellow fruit with notes of pear, green apple, melon and a slight hint of acacia – the nose is spiced with a stony minerality and citrus notes. On the palate beautiful pure fruit, a linear focusing acidity with a very fine minerality. It’s very intense, but still refined and filigree – a pure, very focused Chassagne with a fine transparent expression of the terroir.… Read the full article →
The Grands Echezeaux 2011 from Gros Frere et Soeur is a quite attractive wine in the making.
The bouquet offer aromas of dark berries, cherries, liquorice and a lovely Vosne spicyness. On the palate quite rich and lush fruit with a good energy. It offer good complexity and is well focused with the oak offering good support – without being dominant. A fine Grands Echezeaux in the making.
(Drink from 2020) – Fine+ 91 – 93p – Tasted 18/03/2013 at the Trilogie in Vosne – Barrel sample.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Les Beaux Monts is one of my favorite wines from Grivot – and the 2011 version is yet again a delightful glass of Vosne. The bouquet is bursting with stony minerality, Vosne spices and red berry fruit. It’s airy and quite filigree – lovely complexity. On the palate fine red fruit – very well supported and focused by the excellent mineralic drive. The finish is long and refined with a lovely nerve and energy – love the terroir expression in this wine.… Read the full article →
The Meursault Charmes Dessus from Arnaud Tessier is showing beautifully. The nose is quite discrete with notes of melon, acacia flower, citrus and a hint of refined oak . On the palate lovely intensity – quite focused with rich fruit finely balanced by the lovely acidity and a delicate support from the oak. The minerality is very good for a Charmes. This wine is in my view very hamonious and balanced – with a beautiful complexity for a Meursault Charmes. A classic fine Meursault – look out for Tessier!… Read the full article →
The Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau 2010 is a gorgeous wine. The nose is very open and expressive with red berry fruit – spiced with violets, cinnamon, peony rose and a touch of oak. Very organic, forward and wonderfully complex Vosne expression. On the palate intense organic fruit with a lovely mineralic framework from the fine terroir. It’s very transparant and the fruit is pure and juicy – love the 2010 energy. The finish is long for this level with a lovely precise and vibrant minerality.… Read the full article →
The Meursault Les Rougeots 2004 from Coche-Dury is one of the very best white village wines I have ever tasted. The bouquet is lovely balanced with the classic Coche notes – popcorn and gun powder – a lovely ripe and matured yellow fruit with hints of acacia and hazelnuts – and last but not least a lovely minerality for this level. The palate offer a very fine concentration and weight for a village – rich and quite lush fruit – expressive – balanced with the lovely precise 2004 acidity.… Read the full article →
This week I attended the Trilogie en Cote de Nuits in Vosne Romanee where I had the opportunity to taste a great lineup of red 2011s from Vosne, Flagey and Vougeot.
Trilogie en Cote de Nuits is held every second year as a “local” version of the Grand Jours de Bourgogne – and the Vosne tasting this year included more than 100 wines, from someq of the best producers in the area.
For me it’s impossible to taste 100 wines in one session – or even in one day.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel-Air from Pacalet is a beauty. The bouquet offer cool pure and focused fruit – pomegranate, strawberries, raspberries and allspice. On the palate tight and very focused – with a intense midpalate concentration of red fruit … and a long lingering mineralic finish. Perfectly balanced with a lovely expression of both pinot fruit and terroir. The 2010s from Pacalet is clearly a full quality level up from the previous vintages – the focus and especially the transparacy is outstanding.… Read the full article →
The Pommard Clos des Epeneaux from Comte Armand is a classic Pommard – made from a 5 ha clos locaded in the climates Petit Epenots (80%) and Grands Epenots (20%). The bouquet offer dark fruit, with notes of blueberries, dark cherries and raspberries – and a slightly austere eathy minerality – someewhat closed at the moment. The palate offer intense and quite muscular concentration – the fruit is focused and tight with a long mineralic and finely grained finish. A impressive Pommard – no doubt – all the elements are there, but the fruit is somehow lacking the ultimate sparkle and inner energy.… Read the full article →
The Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot 2010 from Ramonet is a beauty. In the nose fine complex notes of orchard fruits, citrus and citrus zest with a rather intense and robust minerality. On the palate very harmonious with a crisp and rich cool fruit – good balance and integration of fruit and the structuring elements. Rather accessible for a young Ramonet, with a lovely midpalate expression and a long mineralic finish. A lovely and quite refined Chassagne – with the typical robustness of the Morgeot terroir.… Read the full article →
The Corton-Charlemagne from Domaine Poisot is a quite forward and charming Charlie . the bouquet is quite open with white orchard fruits, acacia and a lovely chalky mineralic base. On the palate pure yellow fruit with a very fine density and a long quite rich finish. The fruit is deep and quite dense – old vines, average age is 50 years. It’s quite accessible for a Corton-Charlemagne, and with a lovely expression of the terroir and the vintage. This is not a big and tough Charlie, but a charming quite approcable wine – lovely by my standards.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2007 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a lovely ballerina. The bouquet starts out as quite expressive with red berry fruit – quite perfumed notes of strawberries and raspberries – combined with some hints of mint/fennel and a earthy minerality. On the palate quite lightfooted with lovely energetic red organic fruit. It’s transparent with a fine expression of the terroir – love the balance and purity. Gain some weight after some time in the glass – but the qualities in this wine is refinement rather than weight and power.… Read the full article →
The Willian Fevre Chablis Vaulorent 2010 is a brilliant Chablis. The bouquet is showing beautiul pure fruit – ripe notes of orchard fruits – with notes of honey, citrus finished with a stony minerality with elemnts of seashells. On the palate rich but cool fruit – fine midpalate weigth and intensity – lovely balanced with a fine mineralic focus and a hint of lemon zest. A truly fine Chablis, with a lovely complexity and balance – a very impressive effort from Fevre.… Read the full article →
The Clos de Vougeot is a step up in concentration from the more mineral driven Echezeaux. In the bouquet pure red wild berries spiced with hints of oak and chocolate. On the palate quite dense and with a powerful midpalate fruit – juicy and quite fresh – with a good energy and intensity. A bigger wine than the Echezeaux but perhaps lacking a bit of the mineralic refinement found in the Echezeaux and Petits Monts.