Bruno Clavelier, Chambolle Musigny La Combe d’Orveaux 2012

The Chambolle La Combe d’Orveaux 2012 is a magnificent effort from Bruno Clavelier … one of the very best wines I have tasted from this fine domaine. The bouquet is bursting with layers of juicy red berry fruit … very forward, airy and expressive … all intensified by the powerful minerality from the vineyard located just south of and above Petits Musigny. On the palate layers of open, rich and velvet fruit – very expressive and charming … with the very powerful minerality as a focusing element. Its long, powerful and intense – a stony fist in velvet fruit. In my view very close to grand cru level … very accessible for a young Clavelier.

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The nose is bursting with fruit … red juicy fruit with a quite intense mineralty and spiced with violets, all spice and cinnamon. On the palate even more weighty than expected with a very fine midpalate concentration. The fruit is vibrant with a lovely nerve and energy. The minerality from the terroir is quite powerful .. this will be a very exiting wine to follow .. with its well constituted fruit and balance. Very impressive .. need more time to unfold … just like the two Vosne wines from Pacalet.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle Les Amoureuses 2011

The Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue is a gorgeously juicy and transparent wine for the vintage. In the bouquet sweet and crisp jellied fruit – notes of pomegranate and red forest berries – supported by a intense filligree minerality. On the palate layers of vibrant red fruit – very transparent and intense with a long mineralic finish. Love the purity, transparency, nerve and tension in the fruit – a very charming wine. Vogüé really nailed the 2011s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne Aux Malconsorts 2011

The Malconsorts 2011 from Cathiard is a magnificent wine for the vintage. The nose is crammed with expressive red and darkberry fruit – notes of dark cherries, plum and red currant – spiced with violets and a touch of oak. On the palate rich openly knit fruit … airy with a lovely midpalate weight. It’s beautifully balanced and focused by the fine minerality and quite energetic acidity. Adorable and gorgeous … what a lovely wine.

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Photo: Sebastian Cathiard at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard, Chassagne Les Caillerets 2012

There are many fine vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet – but Les Caillerets is in my view in a league of its own. The 2012 Caillerets from Jean-Nöel Gagnard confirms this status. The nose is delicately refined with airy white orchard fruit and a filigree citrus infused minerality. On the palate very refined pure fruit – airy and delicate – with an almost creamy texture. The acidity is fresh and crisp and offer a perfect balance to the rich cool fruit and the filigree minerality. Effortless refinement – adore this terroir and this wine.

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Gros Frere et Soeur, Richebourg 2012

The Richebourg 2012 from Gros Frere et Soeur is very fine effort but lacking a bit of weight and intensity compared to the big boys and girls on the Richebourg vineyard. The nose is currently slightly reduced with ample oak and underlaying layers of red and dark berry fruit. On the palate finely focused fruit … nice concentration and transparency with a lovely powerful minerality from the mighty Richebourg terroir. Im missing a bit of intensity here – but I’m sure time will ad some weight to match the mineralic backbone.

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Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, Echezeaux 2012

The 2012 Echezeaux from Mugneret-Gibourg is a beauty. In the nose forward, pure and relatively dark pinot fruit with delicate berry aromas – notes of cinnamon and elderberries – very nicely focused. On the palate rich and pure with a very fine midpalate weigth. Its long an transparent with a lovely effortless intensity. A both refined and intense Echezeaux … beautiful effort.

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Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne-Romanee Aux Reignots 2012

The 2012 Aux Reignots from Cathiard is in my view one of his very best efforts from this fine 1er cru so far. The nose is crammed with red and darkberry fruit – notes of blackberries, dark cherries and red forrest berries – spiced with violets and a touch of oak. On the palate rich and silky fruit … but with a more stony and energetic minerality than the Malconsort. Its quite weigthy, long and powerful – love the mineralic intensity and the tension between the almost silky fruit and the stony minerality underneath. Have a soft spot for Reignots … and this is a very fine example.

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Photo: Sebastian Cathiard at Grands Jours de Bourgogne

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Cecile Tremblay, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Cecile Tremblay is a gorgeous effort … her wines seems to get more focused and refined each year. The nose is crammed with asian spices, raspberries, red currant and elderberries … supported by a deep earthy minerality. On the palate rich and forward fruit … juicy with a lovely energy and intensity. The fruit is weighty and vibrant – offering a lovely transparent view to the fine terroir. Very impressive … but first and foremost juicy and delightful. Really like the style

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2010

The Chambolle Musigny 1er cru 2010 from Vogue is a truly lovely wine with tremendous nerve and energy. In the bouquet lovely cool and crystal clear red fruit – forest strawberries, raspberries with perfumed tones of grape fruit and a lovely intense minerality. On the palate beautiful lively red fruit with delicate balance and refined minerality. It’s very vibrant with an energetic, focused and long mineralic finish. The fruit is cool and crystal clear with a gorgeous nerve – light-footed but also intense. Will be very interesting to follow this wine … great juice.

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Bouchard Pere et Fils, Le Corton 2012

The “Le Corton” 2012 from Bouchard is one of the most impressive reds I have tasted from this producer. In the nose lovely red berry fruit – raspberries -red currant – supported by a earthy minerality and a healthy dose of new oak. The crisp acidity infuses freshness in the nose and creates a lovely vibrant play with the fruit. On the palate a vibrant punch of minerality and red fruit … lovely nerve in the playful acidity. It has very fine midpalate weight and is very crisp and lightfooted due to the delightful acidity. The finish is long and vibrant … a classic Corton in the making. Really enjoyed this Corton.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2002

I really adore the 2002s from de Vogüé … they are vibrant and expressive with a delightful expression of Chambolle terroir. The 1er cru 2002 is showing beautifully. In the bouquet framboise, red cherries and hints of strawberries and sous-bois. Quite open and charming with delicate fruit notes, a lovely Chambolle minerality is oozing from the glass – a really fine expression of the terroir. On the palate layers of red lush fruit, sweet vibrant notes but with a fine and firm structure from the terroir. The energetic expression of minerality is gorgeous … adding nerve and true class to this lovely wine … great pleasure.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 1999

The 1999 edition of the Chambolle 1er cru from Vogüé is showing beautifully after three hours of decanting. The fruit is still relatively dark but offering sweet red notes and a nice sous-bois infused minerality. On the palate quite weighty with red and dark berry fruit … not fully resolved … but showing well. It feels a bit old school the 1999 when compared to the other more recent vintages … but it is a very lovely wine. Need 5 years more to unfold … always a treat.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2005

The 2005 version of the Chambolle 1er cru is a powerful but surprisingly refined effort after 3 hours of decanting. The nose is crammed with red berry fruit … ripe, sweet and intense … but also fresh and quite transparent offering a nice view to the Musigny terroir. On the palate layers of intense red berry fruit … again surprisingly elegant and airy for the vintage, with a lovely and powerful underlying minerality. Is perhaps lacking the ultimate energy and transparency found in the 2010 … but this is a very fine effort indeed.

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Georges Noellat is a beautifully balanced and refined effort from the climate les Cruots. The nose is offering lovely juicy red and dark berry fruit – charmingly perfeumed with a lovely floral spicyness with the oak beautifully integrated. On the palate airy and rich almost silky fruit – refined and very balanced – with a charming suave character. A gorgeous glass … delightfully lightfooted with a effortless display of pure silky fruit. Not a big and dense Echezeaux … but make no mistake the finish is both vibrant and very persistant … lovely juice.

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Vosne Les Petits Monts 2012

The Vosne-Romane Les Petits Monts 2012 from Georges Noellat is a gorgeous expression of the terroir and the vintage. The nose is offering lovely juicy red and dark berry fruit, a lovely Vosne spicyness and a well integrated touch of oak. On the palate fine concentration with a delightful silky and pure fruit. Love the energy and refined expression of the 2012 fruit … juicy and silky. Not a big a dense 1er cru … its delicate and effortless … just the way I like it.

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Clos des Boucheres 2012

The Meursault Clos des Boucheres is a quite new wine in the Roulot impressive line-up of Meursault wines – the first vintage was 2011. This gorgeous vineyard located above the northern part of Porusot and just south of Goutte d’Or. This vineyard combines refinement with some of the mineralic power found in the Porusot – the result is delightful and delicate. In the nose gorgeous airy white fruit with a lovely almost filigree citrus infused minerality. On the palate airy and refined fruit … just so effortless with a lovely transparency and mineralic lift. This is a remarkably refined and elegant Meursault … an adorable wine.

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault Perrieres 2005

The 2005 Meursault Perrieres from Roulot is a brilliant effort for this vintage. The bouquet is open and quite expressive with notes of orchard fruits – pear, apricot .. spiced with hints of citrus, almonds, hazelnuts and a quite intense minerality. On the palate very harmonious and focused with a lovely midpalate fruit …. effortless and airy … with a intense underlying minerality. The finish is long, intense but also very refined. A great Perrieres … what a gorgeous wine … very focused for the vintage.

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Domaine Prieure-Roch, Clos de Vougeot 2010

The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Domaine Prieure-Roch is a lovely effort from this in my view somewhat overrated terroir. The bouquet offer expressive red and dark berry fruit spiced with cinnamon, violets and all spice. On the palate quite weighty midpalate fruit … darker and bigger than the Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres – but still with a lovely nerve and energy in the long and intense finish. Very vibrant, fresh and focused for a Clos de Vougeot … lovely juice.

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Domaine Prieure-Roch, Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Argillieres 2010

The Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres is a very interesting terroir located between Clos Arlot and Clos de Corvees in the very south of the appelation. The 2010 Argillieres is showing beautifully – it’s forward, crisp and bold. In the nose raspberries, gooseberries with hints of cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a lovely intense minerality. On the palate a delightfully fresh and transparent fruit – the midpalate is rich but very well focused by the firm and crisp 2010 acidity and the vibrant minerality from this wonderful terroir. I really adore this terroir – and the 2010 vintage seem to be the perfect match for the style of Domaine Prieure-Roch … very enjoyable.

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