The Bourgogne Blanc 2012 is a very charming wine for this level. The nose is offering quite expressive notes of ripe orchard fruits balanced by a lovely citrus notes and hints of minerality. On the palate rich fruit for this level finely balanced by the crisp acidity. A truly lovely Bourgogne Blanc.
Good (85 – 87)
The Savigny Les Planchots du Nord is a beautiful effort for this appellation. In the nose lovely crisp red and dark fruits spiced with a nice display of minerality. On the palate quite rich and weighty fruit for this level – it’s transparent and pure with a nice expression of terroir. The ample fruit in the 2012 vintage really suits this wine … will offer a lot of pinot pleasure – Enjoy!
(Drink from 2016) – Good (86 – 87p) – Tasted 12/09/2013 from cask.… Read the full article →
The 2002 Meursault Clos des Ambres is slightly introvert and reserved. It’s made from the village terroir En l’Ormeau – old vines with a average age of more than 50 years. The nose is offering notes of apple, gunpowder … slightly backward and austere. On the palate very focused with a quite powerful acidity for the vintage – it’s tight and slightly lean. Is not really in decline … but think it had more charm and nerve three years ago.
The Philippe Pacalet Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012 is a gorgeous glass of pinot. In the bouquet rich, pure and ripe red and dark berry fruit … notes of pomegranate, strawberries and blueberries … more depth and slightly darker than the entry level pinot. On the palate rich and opulent fruit for this level – nice core of sweet red berry fruit – it’s transparent, refined and finely focused. A charming and quite adorable glass of pinot .. enjoy and be happy.… Read the full article →
The Philippe Pacalet Pinot Noir 2012 is a gorgeous Bourgogne Rouge. In the bouquet rich, pure and ripe red and dark berry fruit … notes of pomegranate, strawberries and blueberries. On the palate very and quite intense fruit for this level – still it’s transparent, refined and finely focused. A charming and delightful glass of pinot – amazing drinkability and quality for this level. Not a great wine … but it’s just gorgeous.
The Bourgogne Blanc 2011 from Antoine Jobard is a very balanced and harmonious wine – made from the three village climates Sous la Velle, En l’Ormeau and La Monatine. The bouquet is fresh and youthful with pear and some more exotic elements of peach and mango – spiced with a discrete minerality. On the palate very harmonious with a fine and delicate fruit and a very nice minerality for this level. Is lacking some weight compared to the 2010 – but a lovely glass of Meursault ..… Read the full article →
The Chambolle 2008 from Bertheau is open and charming. The bouquet offer a lovely complexity with red fruits, a slight hint of sous-bois and a nice minerality. On the palate quite delicate fruit – vibrant with a good backbone of acidity. A quite lighfooted wine – elegant and quite developed. And yes yields might be a bit on the high side – but nevertheless a very enjoyable wine. Classic but light Chambolle – a lovely wine for a light lunch.
The Pernand Caradeux is really enjoying the quite abundant fruit of the 2012 vintage. It’s offering fine red and dark berry fruit in the nose. On the palate it’s firmly structured – but also blessed with a lovely rich fruit – well balanced and quite refined for the terroir. Normally not a great fan of Pernand, but this is working well.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Sirugue is a nice little village wine. The nose is slightly closed but showing crisp fruit, hints of Vosne spices, liquorice and oak. On the palate quite fresh and crisp fruit – well balanced and forward. It’s offering Vosne-Romanee character at a quite reasonable price, but is lacking some concentration to match the better village wines from this appelation. I quite like the style and the drinkability … but the yield is in the high end – a Vosne village for pleasure only.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Musigny Les Mombies 2011 from Sirugue is very forward and outgoing. In the nose red and dark berries with a fine Chambolle minerality and a quite toasted note of oak. On the palate sweet and quite rich openly knit fruit with a good expression of terroir for a village wine. The oak is slightly forward at the moment – but it still show true Chambolle character. It’s extrovert, accessible and quite charming …. but not a purist wine with it’s slightly flamboyant style.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes 1996 from Meo-Camuzet is a big rather rustic wine. In the nose red and dark fruit – slightly stewed and alcoholic. On the palate dense and rich with liquorice infused dark berry fruit. It’s quite intense but still somewhat backward and austere. In my view too extracted – lacking nerve and refinement. Will it improve with further cellaring – ?. Bottom line – A quite good wine – but not really desirable or charming.
(Drink from now) – Good (86p) – Tasted 03/03/2013.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin village 09 from Faiveley is very open and polished. In the nose slightly toasted oak – hint of sous-bois with a rather dense note of red and dark berry fruit. On the palate rich and velvet … well balanced …. but slightly dense. Like the drinkability … but the style and the vintage is perhaps not the recipe for freshness. Faiveley has something going ..would love to taste the 2010.
The Savigny Les Lavieres 2011 from Bouchard is a nice terroir driven “entry” level Burgundy. The nose is quite complex with nice red berry fruit, hints of minerality and a touch of oak. On the palate good cool fruit, finely balanced by the quite crisp acidity and the nice minerality from the lovely Lavieres terroir. I like this Savigny with it’s terroir driven expression – it offers a good complexity and it’s long and quite powerful for this level.
(Drink from 2018) – Good 85p – Tasted 01/05/2013.… Read the full article →
The Meursault 2010 from Pierre Boisson is made from the lieu dits of Criots and Perchots – vines are 30-50 years old. The bouquet is quite open with melon, pear – infused with citrus and quite a lot of oak. On the palate it’s quite rich and ripe for this level, the fruit is pure but also quite dense with a strong oak impression. For my taste the oak is slightly too dominant currently, but with the rich fruit the oak could well be absorbed.… Read the full article →
The Puligny-Montrachet 2010 from Benjamin Leroux is a mixed bag of goodies. In the bouquet quite a stony minerality with white orchard fruits and a hint of citrus. On the palate quite finely balanced with a good focus. Very good medium weight fruit on the midpalate – and a nice quite long mineralic finish. On the positive side it’s pure and harmonious, on the slightly negative side the fruit is lacking some depth and vibrancy. A good wine … but in my view lacking some nerve and brilliance.… Read the full article →
I rarely drink red Chassagne – why? – I love a good red Chassagne-Montrachet but still they tend to get somewhat overlooked. The red Chassagnes often offers a lot of pinot pleasure – with a lovely expressive and charming fruit and a fine minerality. The generic Chassagne village 2010 from Ramonet is certainly no exception. The bouquet offers lovely crisp fruit with red cherries and strawberries – interlinked with a quite filigree stony minerality. It’s very forward and expressive. On the palate good concentration with a delightful balance.… Read the full article →
The 2011 Saint Romain Sous Roche from Domaine des Chassorney is a good little wine. In the bouquet nice red fruit with notes of cherries and hints of sweeter red fruits – strawberries and pomegranate. On the palate nicely focused organic fruit with a fresh acidity – a good midpalate concentation and length for this level. A good wine but the fruit is somehow lacking a bit of sparkle and depth. Nevertheless quite enjoyable!
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011 village is quite approacable and is showing dark berries in the nose. On the palate lovely balanced with a good fresh acidity. It has a lovely fruit on the palate – pure and quite juicy – but is lacking some of the depth found in the Vosne Romanee village. A good and likeable effort.
The Meursault Les Narvaux 2007 from Michel Couteaux is a good honest white burgundy. In the bouquet yellow fruit with slightly matured notes, citrus and a steely acidity. On the palate it’s quite focused and enjoyable with a good midpalate fruit and a fresh linear acidity. The oak seems quite powerful but not excessive due to the very nice balance between the rich fruit and the powerful acidity. Normally this style is not a favorite for my palate, but the wonderful 2007 acidity really compensates for the somewhat opulent style.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Musigny 2007 from Pacalet is very open and ready to rock. The nose is bursting with red organic fruit and sous-bois – notes of sweet strawberries and forrest berries with a light hint of red current and violets. On the palate a very extrovert fruit expression of sweet red strawberries. Has good balance but is somewhat short, and lacking a bit of depth and true weight on the midpalate like quite a lot 2007 wines. Bottom line – is lacking some oomph and focus – but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed this bottle – cheers!… Read the full article →