The Chassagne Clos St. Jean 2006 from Amiot Guy is a good but typical effort for the vintage. The nose is very expressive with weighty yellow fruit .. rich with what seems to be more than a hint of botrytis. On the palate same story … rich and quite developed with a significant impression of botrytis. Its a quite balanced wine with a nice freshness but also a quite high alcohol level. On the rich side for my palate … not really happy about the white 06s … but this is nevertheless quite enjoyable now.
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumes (village) is a classic wine from the appellation. In the nose rich orchard fruits … forward and charming … focused by a citrus driven minerality. On the palate good weight for this level – focused by a quite crisp acidity and a nice minerality for this level. Love the freshness in this wine … a honest and quite vibrant Chassagne village.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a very nice village effort – but needs time to resolve. In the nose crisp red and dark berry fruit with a quite strong impression of new oak. On the palate quite openly knit with a nice fresh fruit – nicely balanced and quite harmonious. The weight and intensity increases after some time in the glass. Not the most focused Vosne village – a very good wine – but somehow slightly disappointing.
The Clos de Vougeot 1974 from Gros Frere et Soeur is keeping remarkably well. The nose is offering delicate sweet red fruit, sous-bois and a nice expression of earthy minerality. On the palate quite vibrant mature fruit – still relatively fresh and juicy. It’s not a big wine, but it’s harmonious and pure with a nice delicate mature complexity …. very impressive for this vintage … a lovely old Burgundy.
The entry level at Domaine du Clos Frantin is the Gevrey Les Murots village – a lovely pure and quite openly knit Gevrey. In the bouquet lovely pure fruit and a nice earthy minerality with the oak slightly forward. On the palate quite rich and dense fruit – quite weighty for this level – with a good long and balanced finish.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Terre Blanc” is a charming effort. On the nose slightly aloof and reduced, with notes of melon, pear and different citrus aromas. On the palate quite rich and outgoing but framed by the slightly edgy minerality from the Cote de Nuits terroir. The rich 2012 fruit really suits this wine – a good effort.
The Savigny Les Vergeless is a lovely effort from this appellation. In the nose lovely orchard fruits, crisp citrus notes and a nice chalky minerality. On the palate quite rich and opulent fruit – balanced perfectly by the lovely acidity and the interesting minerality. It’s very focused and long for this level. I know … white Savigny!! … but give it a chance – it’s a bargain.
The Savigny Talmettes 2012 is one of the very best wines I have tasted from this appellation. In the nose – slightly reduced – but with a lovely involving display of red fruits – strawberries, pomegranate and cherries. On the palate focused with a lovely display of ample fruit … vibrant with charm and nerve. The display of terroir is indeed impressive for this level … Savigny doesn’t get much better than this!
The Vosne Romanee 2010 from Sirugue is slightly closed but nevertheless showing classic Vosne notes. In the nose red and dark berries with a fine Vosne spicyness – violets with hints of peony rose and gun powder! On the palate quite intense and nicely focused fruit – 2010 is a great vintage – it’s pure, transparent and well structured. Bottom line – like the classic Vosne expression of this wine – it’s a honest and very enjoyable village WYSIWYG!
The Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011 from Sirugue is a lovely glass of Vosne. In the bouquet red berry fruit spiced with violets, horseradish and a hint of toasted oak. On the palate quite intense and refined fruit – very good midpalate weight og length. It’s pure and well balanced, typical for both the vintage and the terroir. The oak is finely integrated and the tannins are firm but ripe and rounded. A full step up in quality from the regular Vosne-Romanee – a both attractive and enjoyable wine.
The Vosne Romanee Les Hautes Maizieres 1996 from Henri Roch is a quite special combination of the powerful structure of the 96 vintage and the quite rich organic fruit in the domaine style. In the nose matured organic red berry fruit – spized with cinnamon, violets and a hint of gunpowder. On the palate quite rich organic fruit balanced by the quite rustic 1996 structure. Is somewhat rustic with tar and the classic 1996 citrus hint in the finish. I enjoyed this wine – but it’s not a wine for Burgundy rookies.
The 2002 Aux Boudots from Meo-Camuzet is somehow slightly disappointing. In the bouquet dark berry fruit, raspberries, liquorice and oak with the alcohol slightly forward in the nose. On the palate layers of quite dense and rather dark fruit – still quite restrained by the oak in this otherwise fruity vintage. It’s quite harmonius but still quite backward – and while the attractive sweet primary fruit has disappeard the oak and tannins are still very much present – was in my view better a few years back. Still – it’s not a bad wine now – but certainly not my style of Burgundy with it’s slightly austere and extracted expression.
The Meursault Sous la Velle 2010 from Anne Boisson is a quite lovely Meursault. The bouquet is open with aromas of apple and pear – notes of acacia flower and citrus. Quite intense on the palate with good crisp fruit, and a nice minerality. It’s a harmonious wine offering good drinkability and pleasure – but not a match for the 2010 village wines from the top producers. A lovely and quite elegant Meursault with no complications.
Lets face it … I’m not a big admirer of the Pernand Vergelesses terroir – but this effort from Mongeard is actually a quite lovely wine. The Pernand Vergelesses Les Vergelesses 1er cru 2010 from Mongeard-Mugneret is a very expressive and straight forward pinot. In the bouquet cool red fruit – raspberries and forest strawberries – with a clear hint of both the domaine style and origin. On the palate juicy red fruit – a quite good concentration – lovely balance with a firmness from the terroir. The fruit expression is perhaps more Mongeard-Mugneret than Pernand, and the Vosne origin of the producer is also detectable …. and thats in my view not a bad thing in a Pernand. Summing up – a lovely and quite joyful wine.
The Gevrey Chambertin 2010 village from Dujac Fils et Père is indeed a little beauty. The bouquet offer red berry fruit – pure and crystal clear red fruit – with notes of cherris and forrest berries. On the palate pure cool pinot fruit with a impressive transparancy and a quite vibrant energy. It’s medium bodied with a good focus and length. The finish is focused with a good display of terroir. Does not have the weight of the domaine wines from Dujac, but the crystal clear transparancy of this wine is impressive – a lovely wine … perfect for a light lunch.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 is a really beautiful village wine. In the bouquet lovely Vosne spices and a fine expression of forest berries. On the palate lovely pinot fruit with a core quite sweet and lush red fruit – good energy and nerve. It’s well balanced with a good backbone from the fresh acidity and a good minerality. A lovely Vosne village in the making.
The Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru 2006 from Domaine Dujac is not showing well at the moment. The bouquet is rather closed with dark somewhat stewed fruit notes. On the palate quite tight dark fruit, again with slightly stewed notes. The volatile acidity seems slightly high – like in quite a lot of other 2006 wines – but is at a acceptable level. Need time unfold some red fruit and complexity .. good/very good rather than fine.