The Volnay Caillerets 2005 from Lucien Le Moine is a surprisingly accessible and forward wine. In the nose red and blue berry fruit – notes of raspberries, blueberries and hints of cherries. The bouquet is wonderfully spiced with violets, a nice stony minerality and a touch of oak. On the palate very impressive weight and power for the terroir – quite openly knit for a 2005. Really like the powerful, fruity and openly knit style … a exiting wine with it’s spicy minerality.… Read the full article →
Fine+ (92 – 93)
The 1990 Beaune Clos des Ursules from Jadot is starting to show some matured notes. In the nose red and dark berry fruit – raspberries, rich sous-bois with a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate still quite tight but starting to show some charming notes of red fruit – the alcohol is slightly forward currently. It’s a quite edgy and backward given the level and vintage. Need 5 years more to unfold and will keep for at least a decade. Really like this terroir ..… Read the full article →
The 2004 Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2004 from Domaine Guy Amiot is in a beautiful spot. In the nose lovely complexity with notes of apple, pear, hints of hazelnuts and oak. On the palate crisp and balanced with a lovely delicate fruit and a very fine supporting minerality. The display of terroir is quite impressive in the long mineral driven finish. Very refined for the vintage … with a lovely freshness and balance. Will keep but is delightful now … a gorgeous Puligny 1er cru.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air 2010 from Philippe Pacalet is delightfully transparent but still tightly structured. In the nose red berry fruit …. notes of red currant, strawberries … spiced with hints of cinnamon and a quite powerful earthy minerality. On the palate tightly structured with a lovely intensity and power … love the transparancy and the display of terroir. A quite muscular wine for the producer with a powerful minerality and precise acidity – very impressive and lovely.
The Chambolle 1er cru is a step up in quality (made 100% from young vines on the Musigny vineyard). In the bouquet lovely red and dark candied fruit – infused with a lovely intense minerality. On the palate layers of crisp fruit – a lovely energy and tension – with a strong but refined backbone from the great Musigny terroir. Love the floral expression of the Musigny terroir – the positive energy and the balance – a gorgeous wine.
(Drink from 2024) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 from cask.… Read the full article →
The Chassagne Les Chaumees is a mineralic powerhouse … a beautiful terroi driven wine. In the bouquet rich white orchard fruits, with a quite stony minerality and citrus notes. On the palate a lovely rich and deep fruit – excellent acidity and a very crisp minerality. Love this wine with it’s crystal clear fruit and powerful minerality – this is how Chassagne should be – bravo!
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Bousselots is a step up in minerality and focus from the Morey Blanchards. The bouquet show slightly darker fruit – with notes of raspberries, dark charries and a lovely focusing earthy minerality. On the palate ample and intense fruit – juicy with a almost airy feel – very refined. The fruit is jellied with a sweet core balanced by a crisp acidity – adding a nice nerve and energy to the wine. Love the fruit and display of Nuits-Saint-Georges Terroir – A fine wine indeed.… Read the full article →
The Morey-Saint-Denis Blanchards 1er cru is another of my favorite wines from Domaine Dublere. In the bouquet complex and transparent layers of red fruits with notes of pomegranate, strawberries and raspberries – spiced with a earthy minerality. On the palate a silky but juicy fruit with layers of pure red pinot aromas – focused and quite refined for this appellation. It’s not a great mineralic terroir but it offers a gorgeous drinkability with it’s lovely fruit and crisp acidity. Get plenty … they seem to vanish from the cellar.… Read the full article →
The Volnay Taillipeids 2012 is a step up in minerality and concentration. In the bouquet layers of cool vibrant pinot fruit with notes of red forest berries and jellied fruits. The nose also offer a lovely display of vibrant minerality – charming but razor sharp. On the palate a gorgeous tension between layers of ample sweet fruit and the vibrant backbone of minerality and zappy acidity. The fruit is rich and very refined with a excellent nerve and energy. A gorgeous Volnay – one of my favorite wines from this appellation.… Read the full article →
Domaine Jayer-Gilles is one of the producers on the climate Echezeaux-Dessus – in the core of the original Echezeaux vineyard. The 2002 version of the Echezeaux is still quite youthful and tight but beginning to show. In the nose red and dark fruit, Vosne spices, hints of truffle and sous-bois. On the palate rich and intense fruit quite tight with quite a strong impression of oak. The fruit is quite abundant, and the complexity is increasing in the glass. I big and burly Echezeaux – as expected – need 5 to 10 years more to show the full potential.… Read the full article →
The Nuits Saint Georges Les Cras is a slightly overlooked wine in the Liger-Belair portfolio. Les Cras 2012 is a lovely effort – with loads of pure and energetic fruit. The bouquet is showing beautiful red and darker fruit aromas spiced with gun powder and a salty minerality – lovely tension between the sweet red fruit and the dark berries. On the palate very juicy and focused with a delightful vibrant underlying minerality. It’s focused and with a extrovert and charming personality – a lovely wine in the making.… Read the full article →
The Clos du Chateau is another step up – adding even more minerality and Vosne spicyness. The bouquet offering a juicy fruit, crisp minerality and loads of Vosne spices. On the palate excellent weight for this level – the fruit is deep, organic and complex supported by the gorgeous stony minerality of this lovely village terroir. It offers a beautiful nerve and transparancy – a truly fine village from Liger-Belair – love this wine!
The Chambolle Les Amoureuses 2004 has entered a lovely matured stage. The bouquet offer a lovely complexity with red and dark fruits – notes of raspberries, elderberries and blueberries – spiced with a hint of sous-bois. On the palate quite rich matured fruit – juicy and expressive – with a lovely energy from the filigree minerality of this gorgeous terroir. It’s very refined and fruity for the vintage – no green notes or austerity in this lovely wine. A very graceful wine … love this terroir.… Read the full article →
The 2000 Richebourg from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is surprisingly developed and accessible. The bouquet is very open and floral with notes of red and dark fruit, sous-bois, vosne spices and roasted coffee. On the palate quite intense and robust fruit brought forward by the expressive Richebourg minerality. It’s not a big and dense wine, but offer a lovely expression of the terroir. It still have some youthful aromas but is approching maturity – it can however still develop more complexity as it matures further.… Read the full article →
The Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Cuvee Duvault-Blochet 2008 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a gorgeous and refined effort. It’s made from grapes from DRCs six grand crus and at least some of the 1er crus – Petits Monts and Au Dessus des Malconsort. The bouquet is very expressive … and very Vosne with lovely red berry fruit – raspberries, red currant pomegranate spiced with violets, cinnamon and peony rose. On the palate cool and delicate red fruit … refined with a acidity and mineral driven structure.… Read the full article →
The 2007 Echezeaux from Emmanuel Rouget is still quite youthful but already offering a lot of pinot delights. In the bouquet lovely expressive red fruit with hints of rose petals and violets. On the palate lovely quite openly knit red fruit with a fine expression of terroir. The midpalate fruit is quite juicy and abundant – but perhaps it’s lacking a little depth like many other 2007s. The finish is however long and quite intense with a nice minerality. It’s certainly drinking well – love the balance and fruit expression – a delightful Echezeaux and a fine 2007.… Read the full article →
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 1996 from Domaine de l’Arlot is a lovely but quite contrastful wine. In the nose sweet red fruit – strawberries and raspberries – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and tar. On the palate a lovely sweet and delicate fruit – firmly structured by a powerful acidity and some slightly rustic hints of tannins. It’s quite refined with a lovely contrastful complexity – sweet l’Arlot meets 1996. Not the most concentrated RSV … but this is nevertheless a lovely glass of complex pinot.… Read the full article →
The Bourgogne Blanc 2011 from Comte de Vogue is showing beautifully. In the bouquet lovely pure and crisp white fruit – with notes of acacia flower, pear and a quite intense citrus infused minerality. On the palate quite rich fruit supported by a crisp acidity and the slightly edgy but filigree minerality of the big Musigny terroir. The harmonious and fruity vintage really suits the powerful terroir – producing a lovely crisp mineral driven wine – with a lovely pure fruit supported and balanced perfectly by the discrete oak.… Read the full article →
The Richebourg 2007 from Anne Gros is a quite lightfooted and refined effort. The bouquet is still slightly closed but offering red fruit with notes of raspberries and forest berries – spiced with a hint of sous-bois, all spice and rose petals. On the palate very well balanced and harmonious – quite lightfooted for a Richebourg. The fruit is lovely and refined with the gorgeous Richebourg minerality adding nerve and vibrancy. Not a big Richebourg – but with it’s refinement and expression of the fine terroir it’s still a very beautiful glass of pinot – terroir rules!… Read the full article →
The Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau 2010 is a gorgeous wine. The nose is slightly closed compared to last note – but still expressive with red berry fruit – spiced with violets, cinnamon, peony rose and a touch of oak. Very fruity and organic Vosne expression. On the palate intense 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 →