The Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011 from Sirugue is a quite lovely glass of Vosne. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit discretely spiced with violets and a hint of elderberries. On the palate quite intense and fresh fruit – 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 harmonius. A quite attractive and enjoyable wine – and quite a bargain.
The 2011 Chassagene-Montrachet from Domaine Ramonet is a beauty but not quite as extrovert sexy as the 1er cru Clos St. Jean. The nose is delightfully bursting with red berry fruit – cherries, raspberries and cherry stones – crisp and openly knit with a discrete hint of minerality. On the palate vibrant and forward … quite lightfooted … with a nice focusing minerality. A lovely fresh and forward pinot … delightful juice.
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The Gevrey Chambertin V.V. 2011 is a classic Dugat-Py. In the nose tight and quite compact red and dark berry fruit – mainly notes of raspberries .. spiced with hints of oak and gun powder. On the palate equally tight with a good structure, pure raspberry fruit … quite muscular and weighty for a village. Will need plenty of time to unfold.
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The Clos de Vougeot 2004 from Drouhin-Laroze is a rustic and quite powerful wine. The nose is offering red and dark berry fruit, sous-bois and a slightly misplaced note of smoked raw meat. On the palate good weight and fruit – it’s powerful and rustic. The finish is quite long with some rather dry unresolved tannins. The tannins seem slightly excessive … and the wine is in my view lacking some refinement and complexity. Not a bad wine though … just not my kind of Burgundy.
The Mazoyeres Chambertin 1978 from Domaine Camus is holding up pretty well! In the nose expressive sweet mature red pinot fruit spiced with orange/orange zest and a heavy dose of earthy sous bois – fully mature, complex and a bit fragile. On the palate light/medium body with a certain rich feel on the midpalate. It’s harmonious with the sweet orange infused fruit as the dominant element .. the finish has good weight and a fresh kick from the acidity. Quite lovely and delicate balance … slightly fragile … but alive and kicking. Not a big wine and perhaps fading a bit … nevertheless a quite lovely old mature Burgundy. So back in the days Camus actually produced drinkable wines!!
The 2011 Savigny Les vergelesses from Dublere is a nice effort. Lovely expressive bouquet with notes of ripe yellow orchard fruits, citrus and a crunchy minerality. On the palate quite rich with a lovely midpalate weight for this level. It’s very harmonious and expressive for what it is … with a nice focus and energy. Quite impressed by the complexity and intensity …. for this level.
The Philippe Pacalet Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012 has developed quite a lot during the last few month. The red fruit is more present in the nose – notes of red cherries, pomegranate, strawberries … more resolved and more depth than three month ago. On the palate rich and quite opulent fruit for this level – nice core of sweet red berry fruit – quite transparent, with more sweetness and focus now. A charming and quite adorable glass of pinot .. nothing big … just enjoy and be happy – consistent notes.
The Morey Clos Solon 2011 from Domaine Fourrier is a pretty little wine. The nose is offering fresh and pure red berry fruit, with notes of red and darker cherries. The palate offer quite delicate fruit – it’s rather light but balanced, crisp and harmonious with a nice length. Not a big wine … but nevertheless quite lovely and enjoyable.
The Bonnes Mares 2004 from Roumier is a somewhat mysterious wine. The last bottle I tasted earlier this year was austere and backward, this bottle more forward but sadly also with some slightly disturbing green notes. The bouquet is quite expressive with dark berry fruit – cassis, dark cherries – a earthy minerality and some less charming green notes. On the palate it’s powerful with fine midpalate fruit and a very fine weight for the vintage – slightly dusty and green in the finish. A big wine for the vintage – but the green notes are – although they fade after some time in the glass – somewhat problematic.
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.
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!
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.
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 .. sold as Bourgogne Blanc.
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.
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.
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.