Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012

The Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a very impressive effort – made from very old wines. The nose is crammed with intense quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a deep earthy minerality and a healthy dose of oak. On the palate layers of weighty fruit … excellent concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a lovely terroir impression. Very well balanced .. with an old school expression .. will need plenty of time in the cellar. A very impressive Clos de Vougeot … one of the best wines I have tasted from this vineyard.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Very Fine+ – (95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Thibault Liger-Belair, Richebourg 2012

The Richebourg 2012 from Thibault Liger-Belair is a big and intense wine. In the bouquet – slightly closed – but with layers of red and dark berry fruit with a lovely floral element underneath the oak impression. On the palate intense fruit and minerality … a powerful Les Richebourg with more stuffing and extraction than the more delicate Anne Gros Richebourg. The fruit is however quite delicate offering fine energy and a contrast to the slightly dense weighty fruit. The finish is classic for the terroir … long with a very powerful minerality. The level of extraction here is debatable … but the obvious quality is not … this is a very fine or perhaps even an outstanding Richebourg .. well done Thibault.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2030) – Very Fine+ – (94 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Photo: Thibault Liger-Belair at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Grands Echezeaux 2012

The Grands Echezeaux 2012 from Georges Noellat is a magnificently refined effort – very typical for both the terroir and vintage. The bouquet is displaying layers of pure juicy red and dark berry fruit – adding significant depth compared to the lovely Echezeaux. The expression of terroir is precise and understated in the delicately perfumed nose … discretely supported by a touch of oak. On the palate rich with layers of pure and ripe fruit … very typical for the terroir. It offers fine weight without being dense or extracted … just effortless elegant terroir driven power. Love the silky textures and the expression terroir – a wine of balance and hedonistic pleasure.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ – (94 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Perrieres 2012

Les Perrieres is the missing grand cru of Meursault with its sheer weight and underlying mineralic power. Roulot’s Perrieres is made from a perfectly located plot on the northern part of Perrieres Dessous … and it’s a quite big step up in quality and especially weight from the other lovely Meursault’s in the Roulot line-up. In the nose gorgeously pure white and yellow orchard fruits – notes of pear and more exotic fruit – brought forward and focused by a powerful yet refined minerality. On the palate crystal clear weighty and powerful – with ample and very pure fruit – focused and energized by a very intense minerality. The finish is long and very persistent … these are the qualities of a grand cru. A both impressive and gorgeous Meursault Perrieres … salute!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2026) – Very Fine+ –  (94 – 95p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Dujac is a gorgeous wine … and is showing fine form. The nose is expressive with crisp and quite floral red berry fruit supported by a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate delightful and vibrant red fruit … lovely energy and balance. This wine is more forward and floral than a bottle tasted a year ago … but is somehow also missing a bit of weight compared to the previous bottle. It’s nevertheless a both impressive and very delightful wine …. quite adorable for a 1999.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Fine+ (95p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Comte de Vogue, Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2012

The Amoureuses is truly gorgeous with a fantastic vibrant energy and tension. In the bouquet layers of red and dark fruit – blackberries, pomegranate and red forest berries, spiced with white peppar and a lovely crunchy minerality. It’s cool, pure and transparent with a vibrant energy and a very refined expression of the terroir. One of the best Les Amoureuses I have tasted from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a truly delightful wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2026) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 from cask.

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Domaine J.-F. Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 2012

I love this terroir – so I might be a bit biased here. The 2012 Amoureuses offer a truly lovely floral and mineralic nose – with layers of crisp red fruit – and a delicate and complex expression of terroir. On the palate very filigree and refined, with a juicy fruit on the midpalate and a beautiful underlying minerality and fresh acidity. Adore the energy and vibrancy of this wine – eureka!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 12/09/2013 from cask.

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Domaine J.-F. Mugnier, Bonnes Mares 2012

The Bonnes Mares is quite a big step up in weight from the Amoureuses. In the nose layers of dark and red fruit with a deep partly earthy minerality – is a combination of terres blanc and terres rouges terroir. On the palate rich and quite weighty fruit – effortless power – with a magnificent balance and very fine length. A textbook Bonnes Mares … and then some!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 12/09/2013 from cask.

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots 2012

The Aux Reignots is gorgeous in 2012 – as the rich fruit is a perfect match for this very mineralic terroir – the 2012 vintage really adds new dimensions to the Aux Reignot. In the bouquet very refined with juicy red fruit – strawberries, pomegranate and forrest berries – combined with smoky and salty notes from the wonderfully stony minerality. On the palate layers of energetic and rich fruit, very fine balance and structure from the strong mineralic backbone. A very charming and rich Aux Reignot – Very Fine and perhaps even Outstanding.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 – from CASK

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Domaine Poisot, Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2012

The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2012 is slightly reduced but showing fine nuances of red berry fruit and Vosne spices. On the palate layers of intense and refined pinot fruit, quite transparent with a lovely expression of the fine terroir. The fruit is pure and vibrant, offering very fine length and complexity. A beautiful RSV in the making – the best wine I have tasted from this domaine so far.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 19/03/2013 from CASK

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Philippe Pacalet, Ruchotte Chambertin 2012

The Ruchotte Chambertin 2012 is a true beauty. The bouquet is currently slightly closed but still offer layers of lovely organic red berry fruit and a quite stunning display of minerality and terroir. On the palete very intense red berry fruit – multible layers of juicy fruit. The minerality and complexity is very inmpressive adding a wonderful energy and nerve to this wine. It’s rich, refined and charming – love this terroir.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 19/03/2013 from CASK

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Domaine Prieure Roch, Chambertin Clos de Béze 2008

The Chambertin Clos de Beze 2008 from Henri Roch is a organic beauty. The nose is exploding with red berry fruit and spices – notes of raspbarries, strawberries, cinnamon, gooseberries and all spice. On the palate rich organic red fruit – intense and foucused by the quite impressive expression of the Clos de Beze terroir and the lovely crisp 2008 acidity. Really love the combination of the acidity driven vintage and the rich organic style of Prieure-Roch. If you like the style then the Clos de Beze from Roch is most likely one of the very best low SO2 wines made in Burgundy.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Fine+ (94p) – Tasted 19/03/2013 in Beaune.

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2011

The Echezeaux 2011 from Liger-Belair is a lovely effort. Made from old vines in the very good climates Cruots and Champs Traversin.The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit with a lovely Vosne spicyness – notes of peppar, violets and peony rose. On the palate layers of fruit and mineralic aromas, powerful and yet refined. The core of sweet red fruit on the midpalate is quite seductive and the length is quite impressive – true grand cru poise.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ (93 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2013 – In Vosne – Barrel sample.

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Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot, Mazis Chambertin 2010

The Mazis-Chambertin 2010 from Dupont-Tisserandot is a truly beautiful and great wine. It’s beginning to close down – but the bouquet is still bursting with intense cool red fruit – razzberries, pomegranate – spiced with white peppar, liqourice and layers of deep earthy minerality. On the palate rich and very intense fruit – quite muscular – with a strong framework of acidity, finely grained tannins and a quite intense minerality. It’s big but still transparent and quite lightfooted – the finish is long, intense and firmly focused – true grand cru stuff. A great wine – need at least 10 to 15 years in the cellar to show the full potential – Bravo! – Didier Chevillion.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 23/04/2013 – at Restaurant Pluto.

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Corton Charlemagne 2011

The Corton-Charlemagne 2011 from Bouchard is a gorgeous and classic Charlie. The bouquet is crystaline in it’s purity … with pure ripe and fresh orchard fruits, citrus notes and a powerful but filligree minerality. On the palate very fresh and crisp fruit, a very vibrant acidity and a powerful mineralic backbone. There is real power and poise here – very intense with great length and mineralic weight. A very balanced and harmonious Chalie – refined with a lovely mineralic tension. Truly impressive effort from Bouchard – really enjoyed this wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2023) – Very Fine 94 – Tasted 01/05/2013

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Domaine Antoine Jobard, Meursault Genevrieres 2010

The Genevrieres 2010 from Antoine Jobard is a great and lovely Meursault. The nose is quite expressive with notes of melon, acacia, anis and a wonderful citrus infused minerality. On the palate quite outstanding intensity – a truly big Meursault – very focused and delicate with the powerful mineralic backbone. It’s a very hamonious and long – with a beautiful complexity from the great Genevriere minerality. A classic and very fine Meursault – a beautiful effort. I love this terroir!

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 06/04/2013

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Domaine Jean Grivot, Echezeaux 2009

The Echezeaux 2009 from Jean Grivot is a gorgeous wine. The bouquet is crammed with minerality, red fruit – cherries, raspberries – and spiced with peony rose, allspice and liquorice. On the palate rich and harmonious red fruit – focused by the beautiful minerality from the Cruots climate – and finely balanced by the nice acidity. The fruit is very fresh and vibrant for a 2009. One of the best wines made on Echezeaux in 2009 – very impressive indeed.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 28/03/2013

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2010

The Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2010 from Domaine Ponsot is a sleeping beauty. The bouquet is quite closed revealing little of all the beautiful fruit that is crammed into this wine. The nose nevertheless offer some fine notes of strawberries, blue berries and pomegranate. The palate is more accessible with a beautiful fruity midpalate – the fruit is deep, cool and complex – offering rich layers of pure pinot flavors. It’s intense with a considerable weight and concentration – but still very refined. The tannins a finely grained but quite abundant – this wine will require at least 15 years of cellaring. A big and truly beautiful Clos de Vougeot in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Very Fine+ 95p – Tasted 20/02/2013

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Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2008

The Romanee-Saint-Vivant from Arnoux-Lachaux is made from a 0.375 ha plot in the southern part of the vineyard – just above the garden of Bernard Gros and just north of La Grande Rue. The 2008 edition of this lovely wine offers a quite expressive nose, with dark and red fruits – cherries, raspberries and blueberries – spiced with coffee, oak and a refined floral element. On the palate very lovely refined fruit … with a very fine depth and complexity. It’s intense and well balanced – quite forward after some time in the glass – offering a delicate midpalate and a long complex finish. The 2008 vintage and this refined vineyard really suits the somewhat dense style of the domaine. Seductive and refined – big but still quite lightfooted – Impressive!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Fine+ 94p – Tasted 13/02/2013

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Echezeaux 2009

The Echezeaux 2009 from Domine du Comte Liger-Belair is a magnificent wine, and even better than first expected. In the bouquet still quite young and tight, but starting to show some red fruit notes – raspberries, red forrest berries and cassis. On the palate quite accessible with multible layers of rich pinot fruit. The oak is already quite well integrated and offering good support to the abundant fruit. It’s very seductive and rich – but also focused with a quite firm backbone of minerality. A outstanding Echezeaux in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Outstanding 95p – Tasted 01/11/2012

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