The Vosne Les Beaux Monts is quite accessible for a young Clavelier. The nose is offering a intense and Vosne spicy expression of red berry fruit with hints of violets and liqourice and the classic Clavelier elderberries. On the palate quite intense and balanced with a good midpalate concentration of juicy pinot fruit. The minerality is refined and focused – providing a solid framework for the fruit. Clavelier have made some lovely 2011s.
The Chambolle-Musigny 2010 from Dujac is a brilliant effort – and most likely the best village I have tasted from this fine estate. In the bouquet juicy airy fruit – raspberries, cherries – spiced with at crunchy Chambolle minerality and a liger-belair like hint of oak. On the palate cool and airy fruit – weighty, silky, rich and focused. The effortless intensity in this wine is truly impressive – and so is the zen like balance – love the cool refined expression of the Chambolle terroir … what a village wine.
The 2012s from Liger-Belair looks like they will live up to the great promise they showed from cask … and then some. La Colombiere 2012 is currently showing layers of juicy red fruit – notes of sweet cherries, raspberries and strawberries – spiced with violets, gooseberries, asian spices and a discrete well integrated touch of oak. On the palate rich and velvet for this level … layers of silky fruit, focused by a nice crisp acidity and a fine underlying minerality. The fruit is organic, free and airy- impressive length. A gorgeous Vosne village in the making .. La Colombiere improves each year and this is perhaps the finest effort so far … rivaling the magnificent 2010.
The 2007 Puligny Les Combettes from Domaine Leflaive is quite forward and rather developed. The nose is displaying layers of yellow fruit, notes of apple, melon – rich, slightly buttery – but supported by a lovely minerality. On the palate quite rich and developed with some buttery notes – beautifully focused and balanced by the linear 2007 acidity. Should a Les Combettes 2007 show this degree of maturity at this stage .. not really – in my view. Nevertheless a lovely glass of Puligny now – but would not try 5 years of additional cellaring for this example.
The Blanchots-Dessus is among the most powerful of the Chassagne vineyards. The 2012 edition of the Blanchots-Dessus is nevertheless a quite refined effort from this intense vineyard. In the bouquet rich and slightly dense yellow orchard fruit – balanced by a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich almost silky but with a strong minerality boosting the wine. Its quite refined and light-footed for a Blanchots-Dessus and offer a rich and powerful side of the Chassagene wines. Normally a bit on the rich side for my palate – but with the purity and refinement of the 2012 vintage – this wine somehow is spot on for a rich and powerful Chassagne.
I have a soft spot for the Chaumees vineyard – with it’s limestone minerality and balance. In the nose its very extrovert with a bit more sweetness in the fruit than the Chenevottes – notes of yellow fruit with hints of peach, pineapple and hazelnuts. On the palate very harmonious and delicate with a rich but airy fruit – effortless and quite refined for this level – displaying the fine qualities of this vintage. Just love this vineyard!
The Chambolle Fuees from Mugnier is in my view one of the most delightful wines in Burgundy … and the 2011 edition is certainly no exception. The bouquet is quite tight initially – but after some time in the glass it starts to unfold with red fruits – spiced with hints of gooseberries, red currant and a whiff of cumin. On the palate surprisingly substantial with layers of ripe fruit … beautifully focused by a lovely minerality. Adorable … and very impressive for the vintage.
The Puligny-Montrachet Champ Canet 2004 from Jean Marc Boillot has entered a matured and delightful stage. In the nose fresh yellow fryuit .. citrus infused with a nice minerality and some lovely matured notes of almonds and acacia. On the palate fresh and harmonious fruit … vibrant and energetic for the vintage .. good weight … with some mature buttery notes. Is in a very nice stage now … love the freshness and the nice complexity a quite beautiful effort.
The 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny from Hubert Chavy is a lovely effort. The nose is fresh and crisp with citrus and mineral infused yellow fruit – notes of pear, apples and more exotic orchard fruits. There is a “healthy” dose of SO2 in the nose … with a quite powerful hint of matchsticks. On the palate very fresh with a fine quite weighty fruit and a powerful deep minerality. Its a slightly rustic wine .. but is nevertheless a lovely glass from a very interesting terroir.
The 2006 Chambolle 1er cru quite forward with its fruit and mineral driven bouquet. The nose is brimming with red and dark berry fruit … a note darker than the 2007 and the 2008. On the palate quite big and powerful with layers of lovely fruit … forward and focused for the vintage. The finish is long and intense with plenty of volume and grip. A fine effort indeed … perhaps lacking a bit of transparency compared to vintages like 2010 – nevertheless very impressive for the vintage.
The Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus 2012 is a lovely effort. On the nose red and dark and darkberry fruit .. forward and quite charming with a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate fine weight and fruit … openly knit and quite forward … with a nice nerve and focus. Recent vintages indicates that this is not a wine build for decades of cellaring. A quite lovely glass of pinot …
The Genevrieres 2012 from Bouchard is a rather expressive wine. On the nose rich and quite forward yellow fruits … notes of acacia, pear … infused with a citrus driven minerality. On the palate rich and intense .. slightly on the dense side lacking a bit of vibrancy and refinement to equel the best on this gorgeous terroir. Its nevertheless a fine effort with a lovely minerality and weight.
The Meursault Les Luchets 2012 – located on the slope above Meix Chaveaux is showing more mineral character and refinement. In the nose airy white orchard fruit with hints of acacia and a lovely citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely midpalate fruit – good weight – firmly structured by a lovely crunchy minerality and a crisp acidity. Really love the airy transparency of this wine … and the fresh and mineralic finish is gorgeous. A truly beautiful village.
The Beaune Clos St. Landry is a very harmanious and quite understated effort. The nose is very delicate and discrete with just a touch of oak, fine notes of exotic white and yellow orchard fruits … apricot, apple and a refreshing citrus note along with a mineralic hint. On the palate fine volume, rich and supple … but first and foremost very harmonious and airy. Not a very expressive wine …. but I really love effortless harmony in this wine .. drinking very well indeed.
The Chambolle 1er cru 2001 from Vogue is really beginning to show. The bouquet is now quite open with red fruits – raspberries – fine Chambolle minerality with hints of sous-bois and a slight orange note. The palate is slightly more closed, with lovely expressive red fruits but with a core of slightly unresolved dark fruit. The finish is almost there with lovely fruit and a nice display of minerality. Need a few years more … a gorgeous 2001 with balance and lovely pinot fruit.
The 2008 Chambolle Musigny 1er cru is really showing off. In the nose sweet and ripe red berry fruit – supported by a filigree and vibrant Chambolle minerality. On the palate lovely sweet and airy red pinot fruit … so pure and transparent. The fruit is supported by an explosion of minerality on the midpalate and a long acidity/mineral driven finish. Love the surprisingly weighty and ripe fruit and the energetic acidity driven style … this is really rocking.
The Puligny-Montrachet is made on the village terroir “Les Tremblots” from very old vines – planted in 1946 and 1970. The terroir is located below Les Ensignieres on the Chassagne side of Puligny. In the nose pear and acacia blossom .. quite rich, ripe and expressive with a gorgeous display of Puligny terroir. On the palate very fine nerve and weight for a village Puligny … beautifully balanced. Really impressed by this wine … a top end Puligny village in my view.
The Saint-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere 2012 is in my view a step up in quality and mineralic complexity from Chez Edouard. In the nose delicate and pure fruit .. notes of pear, citrus with hints of exotic orchard fruits and white flowers … and spiced with a powerful yet quite filigree minerality. On the palate intense and powerful with a lovely nerve and mineralic tension. It’s focused with a long mineralic finish. Love the purity, energy and nerve … very impressive.
The 2011 Meursault Les Tesson Clos de Mon Plaisir is showing very well. In the nose pure white and yellow fruit … quite rich for the vintage with a lovely citrus and hazelnut infused minerality. On the palate fresh and refined fruit – very balanced and harmonious with a focused and very persistent finish for this level. The acidity is quite powerful but filigree and the underlying minerality in the finish is very energetic. Offers a beautiful balance between refinement and power that is rarely seen in a village wine … gorgeous glass of Meursault.
The 2007 Roulots are starting to show more complexity with some maturing notes. The Meursault Les Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir 2007 offer a approachble bouquet with quite expressive notes of white peach, hazelnuts, allmonds and citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely midpalate fruit focused by the impressive 07 acidity … superbly balanced with a fine energy and nerve. Love the balance in this 07 as the fruit is a finely tuned match for the powerful acidity.