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, 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, 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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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 2012

The Lavaux Saint Jacques 2012 from Pacalet is showing beautifully. The nose is crammed with layers of vibrant red fruit … very juicy with notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with allspice and pepper and a deep earthy mineralty. The palate offer a focusing core of ripe and pure coulis fruit – adding depth 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 truly beautiful wine!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Louis Jadot, Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1996

The Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1996 from Jadot has entered a lovely semi-matured stage. The bouquet is expressive offering a nice selection of red and dark berries spiced with tar, truffles and sous-bois. The sweeter red fruit is tanking over – but still some unresolved dark fruit. On the palate excellent fruit .. quite rich and very well stuctured by the powerful 96 acidity .. still a core of unresolved dark fruit. A gorgeous wine with a lovely airy balance .. beautiful complexity .. a classic … need 5 years more to show the full potential.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 29/06/2014

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Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey Les Cherbaudes 2012

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cherbaudes is a new terroir for me … but hopefully this is not the last time I taste a Fourrier from this vineyard. This relatively unknown terroir is located in a sweetspot just below Mazis-Chambertin and Fourrier has a 0.67 ha plot planted in 1940. The nose is bursting with layers of red and dark berry fruit … pure, organic and juicy with a lovely earthy mineralty. On the palate rich and vibrant with a lovely energy and tension. Love the fruit expression and the terroir offer depth and complexity … a lovely wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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Domaine de Montille, Vosne Aux Malconsorts – Christiane 2008

The Vosne Malconsorts cuvee Christiane from de Montille is a refined and delicate wine. The nose is quite expressive with notes of red fruit, spiced with notes of rose petals, soy, asian spices and a filigree earthy minerality. On the palate medium weight with layers of red fruit … its not a big and dense wine … but has a refined persistence and intensity. The acidity is crisp adding a fine energy to the organic fruit. Need time to unfold but is not a wine for 20 years of cellaring. A delicate almost fragile Vosne Malconsorts.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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Domaine Jean Grivot, Vosne-Romanee Aux Reignots 2004

The 2004 Aux Reignots from Grivot is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The nose is currentlybslightly closed showing lovely cool red berry fruit supported by hints of oak and a spicy minerality .. some matured notes. on the palate lovely cool and weighty fruit … not fully resolved yet .. with a solid core of darker fruits. It’s very balanced and beautifully focused by the lovely minerality … refined and impressive. A lovely effort – need time to resolve the last core of dark and youthful fruit …

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 28/06/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle Les Amoureuses 2004

The Amoureuses 2004 from Vogüé has entered a lovely matured stage with expressive red fruit, with a lovely balance and delicacy. The bouquet starts out discretely but the red fruits quite rapidly takes over in the glass – with notes of cherries, forest strawberries and raspberries … spiced with a hint of cinnamon and a ample Chambolle minerality. On the palate lovely resolved red fruit … almost suave with a initial rich mouthcoating feel … then perfectly balanced by the fine acidity and the strong mineralic framework. A gorgeous 2004 … adore this terroir.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 28/06/2014

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Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard, Chassagne Les Petits Clos 2012

The Morgeot Les Petits Clos is a more masculine wine than many of the other Chassagne 1er crus – but the 2012 edition of this wine is surprisingly refined and delicate. In the nose very pure white and yellow orchard fruits – notes of pear, apricots – hints of white flowers … infused with a quite powerful citrusy minerality. On the palate very harmonious and refined for a Morgeot – the fruit is very pure and delicate and somehow the minerality seem more refined and filigree than seen in earlier vintages of this wine. A very elegant and delicate Morgeot – impressive.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2024) – Fine+ – (92p) – Tasted 17/03/2014.

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Bel-Air 2012

The Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air 2012 from Pacalet is showing great form.
The nose is bursting with red coulis fruit – raspberries, strawberrie and pomegranate – spiced white peppar and a slight citrus note. On the palate quite forward with a intense core of fruit and vibrant earthy minerality. The minerality is both powerful and deep … bringing a lovely nerve and focus to the wine. I really love this slightly overlooked terroir … very energetic and juicy.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 28/05/2014

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Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, Echezeaux 2011

The Echezeaux 2011 from Mugneret-Gibourg is a lovely but quite tightly knit effort. In the nose red and dark cherries, hints of elderberries and a nice view of terroir. On the palate focused and tightly knit … fruit is slightly closed already … showing the classic MG cherry notes. Its a lovely Echezeaux … but it need time to unfold its charm.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Corton Charlemagne 2012

The Corton Charlie 2012 from Bouchard is a delightful effort. On the nose fine citrus infused minerality and a lovely fresh and refined fruit – white orchard fruits with notes of pear and apple. On the palate quite some weight and richness but with a effortless freshness and verve. Really like the combination of the rich 2012 fruit and the powerful structure from the Charlie terroir. Bouchard did a fine job on the Corton hill in this vintage.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ – (92p) – Tasted 01/05/2014

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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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Cecile Tremblay, Echezeaux 2011

The Echezeaux 2011 from Cecile Tremblay is a gorgeously vibrant wine. The nose is quite expressive with lovely forward fruit – notes of cherries, raspberries .. hints of plum, earthy minerality and a hint of toasted oak. On the palate silky quite openly knit fruit … forward and juicy with a nice weight and transparancy. Love the juicy fruit and the fine minerality … a delightful Echezeaux.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Fine+ (93p) – Tasted 13/05/2014.

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Tesson 2012

The Meursault Tesson 2012 is a step up in concentration and intensity from the Les Luchets. In the bouquet deeper and more intense fruit .. balanced more toward the intense yellow fruit … with a deep more powerful minerality underneath the ample fruit. On the palate … same story layers of deep and quite powerful fruit on the midpalate .. brought forward by a deeply constituted minerality and a crisp and focusing acidity. A truly fine Meursault in the making … this is clearly in 1er cru territory?

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ – (91 – 93p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Vosne Les Beaux Monts 2012

The Vosne-Romane Les Beaux Monts 2012 from Georges Noellat is slightly more backward than the delicate Les Petits Monts. The nose is offering juicy red and dark berry fruit, a discretely perfumed Vosne spicyness and touch of oak. On the palate fine intensity with a delightful silky and pure fruit. Love the rich and refined expression of the 2012 fruit … juicy and silky. In my view quite evenly matched with the Petits Monts – with a little edge to the Petits Monts at the moment – a delightful glass of Vosne … well done Maxime Cheurlin.

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Bruno Clavelier, Chambolle Musigny La Combe D’Orveaux 2008

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ – (93p) – Tasted 04/04/2014.

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Domaine Hubert Lamy, Saint-Aubin En Remilly 2012

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.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2021) – Fine+ – (93p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 at the domaine.

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Benjamin Leroux, Clos Saint Denis 2011

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 07/03/2014

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Photo by Frederik Kreutzer

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