The 2008 La Combe D’Orveaux is a gorgeous and very mineralic Chambolle 1er cru. The bouquet is bursting with acidity driven red and dark berry fruit – notes of elderberries, raspberries – boosted by a energetic crisp minerality. On the palate beautiful acidity driven fruit – medium weight – focused by a dramatic and very powerful minerality. Quite close to grand cru level … love the energy and transparency.
The En Remilly is quite a step up in quality from the lesser 1er crus with it’s crystaline purity and powerful minerality. The bouquet is bursting with citrus infused minerality and delicate white fruit- notes of pear and hints of some more exotic orchard fruits. On the palate intense fruit delivered by a vibrant acidity and a powerful minerality … pure and crystal clear with great length and almost grand cru like mineralic power. A truly impressive and gorgeous mineral driven wine with a delightful purity. Really like this wine.
The Clos Saint Denis 2011 from Benjamin Leroux is a quite lightfooted and understated grand cru – but nevertheless a lovely effort. The nose offer a lovely complexity with notes of red and dark cherries, red currant and raspberries infused with a delicate earthy minerality. On the palate layers of airy red fruit with a lovely nerve and energy. It’s not a big and dense wine – but I really like the vibrant core of pure and delicate fruit … a truly fine effort.
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The 2006 Romanee Saint-Vivant from Domaine Poisot is a quite dark and serious wine. The bouquet offer a intense display of dark berry fruit, liqourice and a earthy Vosne minerality with hints of violets and all spice. The fruit is appear slightly stewed in the beginning – but after some time in the glass it unfolds purity and more transparency. On the palate it’s quite dark and muscular compared to the 2007 and 2008 editions of this wine, with rich and tightly knit dark fruit and a powerful framework of tannins and minerality. It’s a quite intense and weighty wine – really need time to unfold some more complexity.
The 2011 Pacalet Echezeaux is forward and expressive. The bouquet is bursting with sweet red fruit – raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries with a hint of violets. On the palate rich – almost silky – with sweet ripe red fruit – balanced by finely grained tannins and a crisp acidity. It has put on some wight the last year and is quite intense and weighty compared to most of the other wines from Pacalet. Love the airy fruit and the balance – a delightful Echezeaux.
The Chambolle Les Cras 2006 from Roumier is showing beautifully. In the bouquet lovely expressive quite openly knit fruit … notes of blueberries, strawberries, sous-bois. Still quite primary but nevertheless showing a lovely complexity. On the palate rich and quite forward red and dark fruit … fine midpalate weight … good focusing grip from the tannins in the finish. Very accessible for a young Roumier with a very nice nerve and energy. Really love the expression and the openly knit accessibility … a very beautiful effort for the vintage.
The Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques 2007 from Rousseau is still quite young and forward. The nose is quite refined with fine berry notes of red currant, cherries and raspberries … spiced with a touch of oak and a nice earthy minerality. On the palate harmonious and medium weight fruit – the finish is long and quite intense for the vintage. A delicate and quite feminine Clos Saint Jacques in the making.
The Gevrey Clos Saint Jacques 1990 from Jadot is showing gorgeously. The bouquet is brimming with mature red berry fruit, sous-bois, truffle, orange zest and a lovely earthy mineral note. On the palate layers of mature fruit – rich, seductive and with a long intense mineral driven finish. A very expressive and delightful wine … with all the qualities a mature Burgundy should have. I have tasted several of the Jadot 1990s and while the others are fine – the Clos Saint Jacques is really taking it to another level. What a treat.
The Clos de Vougeot 2011 from Anne Gros is a lovely effort – made from the climate Le Grand Maupertui in the southern part of Clos de Vougeot – just below Grands Echezeaux. In the bouquet layers of red and dark berry fruit – lovely depth and complexity – delicate notes of oak and chocolade. On the palate deep and rich vibrant fruit, beautifully balanced by a crisp acidity, and a lovely deep earthy minerality. Love the fruit expression … a fresh and vibrant Clos de Vougeot in the making.
Montille makes two cuvees of Vosne Aux Malconsort – the cuvee Chistiane made from a plot just outside the original La Tache vineyard, and a more “ordinary” cuvee made from the other plots on Aux Malconsort. The word “ordinary” should however not be used about the Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsort 09 from Montille – it’s a beutiful and quite remarkable effort for the vintage. The nose is quite cool and refined with red and dark fruits with lovely Vosne spices and a nice asian touch of soy and anise. On the palate – very airy and cool for the vintage – with fine depth and concentration. It’s long, focused and quite transparent for a 09. A very resolved and harmonious effort … but first and foremost a true pleasure with it’s balance between elegance and power.
The Vosne Aux Malconsort from Dujac is made from the two climates Aux Malconsort and Les Gaudichots, but labeled Malconsort. It’s my first experience with this wine from Domaine Dujac .. and what a treat. In the nose lovely dark fruit with a beautiful Vosne minerality – deep fruit but still quite floral. On the palate layered and rich fruit – very focused for the vintage and with a lovely expression of the fine terroir. Fine length and weight but perhaps lacking a bit of transparancy and precision in the fruit … like most other wines from this vintage. A beautiful wine for the vintage .. love the forwardness and complexity.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Argillieres is a new 1er cru from Henri Roch. Les Argillieres is a very interesting terroir located between Clos Arlot and Clos de Corvees in the very south of the appelation. This vineyard has a very fine minerality – and Frederic Cossard made some very interesting wines from this plot. The 2009 Les Argillieres is showing even better than first time I tasted it back in 2012. In the nose raspberries, gooseberries with hints of cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a lovely stony minerality. On the palate very fine minerality and a fine acidity for a 2009. Love the terroir and the very refined and airy expression of fruit – very impressive for the vintage.
The Clos de Vougeot is a step up in weight from the Malconsort – but can in my view not quite match the complexity. In the nose rich and quite dense – red and dark cherries – spiced with a touch of oak and a earthy minerality. On the palate rich and balanced with a lovely quite vibrant fruit. It’s very harmonious and pure but perhaps lacking a bit of nerve and tension compared to the Malconsort and the Echezeaux – but nevertheless a lovely wine.
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. A lovely, balanced and enjoyable wine … a nice surprise currently.
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 .. but this example is slightly on the big and burly side.
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.
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.
(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 19/11/2013
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.
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.