The 2011 Pacalet Echezeaux is very forward and expressive. The bouquet is crammed with sweet organic red fruit – raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries with a hint of violets and horseradish. On the palate rich – almost opulent – sweet red fruit – balaced by surprisingly abundant tannins. It’s really extrovert … but also quite firmly structured by the tannins and the crisp aciity. More muscular than most other wines from Pacalet – will be very interesting to follow.
Very Fine (93 – 94)
The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries, cherries, pomegranate and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine concentration of cool ripe quite opulent fruit. It’s rich and charming on the midplate with a lovely balance. A very impressive and complex Corton … lovely pinot juice.
The Richebourg 2011 from Gros Frere et Soeur is a strong display of Vosne terroir. The bouquet offer a lovely spicy minerality with notes of violets, all spice, liquorice, coffee and red berry fruit. On the palate quite rich fruit with a powerful backbone of minerality. It’s a quite complex despite the quite heavy oak notes, and the long and intense mineralic finish is textbook Richebourg. A very fine Richebourg in the making.
(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine 93 – 94p – Tasted 18/03/2013 at the Trilogie in Vosne – Barrel sample.… Read the full article →
The Clos de Vougeot 2011 is a very fine effort for the vintage. The bouquet is darker than the Echezeaux with intense red berry fruit, liquorice, a fair bit of oak and a hint of chocolate. On the palate quite impressive concentration and depth. The minerality is earthy and not as vibrant and highly strung as the Echezeaux – but the weight and length of this wine is excellent. I do however miss some of the mineralic tension in the Echezeaux – nevertheless this is a lovely wine and a quite classic Clos de Vougeot.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsort 2011 from Cathiard is a really seductive wine. The nose is showing lovely red and dark berry fruit, discrete oak and delicate Vosne spices – violets and hints of rose petals. The palate is offering rich and quite lush fruit, with a very powerful underlying minerality – the tannins are quite powerful but ripe and very refined. A beautiful wine in the making – Cathiard is really all about seductive refinement these days – what a treat to taste this wine.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2011 from Grivot is another succes from his plot in the climate Les Cruots. The bouquet is open and ready to rock with a lovely stony minerality, crisp red berry fruit and some lovely spicy notes. On the palate lovely juicy fruit with a intense and quite muscular mineralic framework. Impressive midpalate intensity – and a long mineral infused finish. This is a true terroir wine – and one of the best wines made from Echezeaux in 2011.
The Richebourg 2004 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is quite extrovert and matured wine. In the bouquet lovely red fruit with notes of sous-bois, violets and peony rose – hints of orange and tar. On the palate quite intense openly knit fruit and minerality – expressive with a good power and balance. The finish is long and quite muscular – so typical for the terroir. The fruit is slightly rustic in the finish – indicating it’s not a top vintage. Nevertheless – love the energy and nerve in this wine – a very fine effort in this vintage.… Read the full article →
The Chassagne Les Caillerets 2010 from Ramonet is a truly gorgeous wine. In the bouquet lovely ripe yellow fruit with notes of pear, melon and a hint of anis. The finely grained stony minerality is adding to the complexity of the nose – very refined and a bit understated. On the palate very fine pure fruit, very good energy, finely focused and refined with a almost silky texture. The finish is long and refined with a delicate minerality and a playful acidity.… Read the full article →
The Richebourg 2000 from Anne Gros is now wonderfully matured and showing the virtues of both the Richebourg vineyard and the 2000 vintage. The bouquet is crammed with Vosne spices and stony minerality – very expressive with a lovely sweet and charming fruit. The palate offer intense midpalate fruit, a lovely minerality and a long quite powerful finish – so typical for this fine vneyard. The fruit is charming, matured and pure – typical 2000 – but is like most other wines from this vintage lacking a bith of depth and nerve compared with the best vintages.… Read the full article →
The 1990 Bonnes Mares from Vogue I finally coming around after more than a decade in deep sleep. The bouqet starts out with some slightly cheasy notes, but soon fall in to place with pure rather dark fruit – raspberries, sous bois, liquorice and tar – combined with the eathy minerality of the dark Bonnes Mares terroir. On the palate very pure red and dark berry fruit – it’s tight and linear, with a impressive intensity, length and focus. This is a serious quite old school Burgundy … with a somewhat austere expression currently.… Read the full article →
The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2002 from Domaine Leflaive has entered a matured stage .. and presently showing all it’s glory. The bouquet is very expressive and complex offering a ripe intense yellow fruit with notes of melon, fallen apples, hazelnuts, acacia and a twist of fresh grape – supportet by a intense mineralic scent. The palate offer big and creamy fruit aromas – quite fat and dense for a Pucelles – with a excellent support from the fine acidity, the citrus notes and the strong mineralic expression of the terroir.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2007 is a beautiful almost decadent wine. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit wit a some lovely perfumed spices – liquorice, violets and peony rose. On the palate rich pinot fruit, almost silky tannins balanced by a fine mineralic backbone. Love the balance between power and refinement in this wine – and it’s display of terroir. Very impressive for the vintage … and showing more complexity than the previous bottle tasted in November 2012. This is a very fine and seductive wine – delightful juice!… Read the full article →
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2009 from Domaine Poisot is a refined and lovely wine. The bouquet is currently slightly closed (perhaps due to recent transport) but gradually showing more and more red fruit – cherries, raspberries – with hints of oak, coffee, liquorice and plum. On the palate beautiful refined red fruit – pure, deep and quite cool for the vintage – with a very fine and transparent expression of terroir. The midpalate concentration is fine with a tight and very pure expression of pinot fruit.… Read the full article →
The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine midpalate concentration of cool ripe fruit. It’s rich, powerful but also very refined for a young Corton. The oak is supporting the wine beautifully in the long and intense finish. A very impressive and complex Corton … one of the most promising young Cortons I have tasted – great effort by David Croix.… Read the full article →
The 2001 Echezeaux from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The bouquet is now entering a matured stage showing lovely red and dark berry notes, a hint of sous-bois with some asian spices. Very expressive and organic nose … lovely especially considering the vintage. On the palate juicy and quite vibrant organic red fruit – perfectly balanced and with a quite muscular finish for a DRC Echezeaux. Still some unresolved dark and edgy fruit in the finish, but approaching a matured stage.… Read the full article →
The Clos de la Roche 2002 from Hubert Lignier is still quite young and undeveloped. It’s made from 35 to 45 year old vines located in the parcel Monts Luisants – and the 2002 vintage is one of the very last made by Romain Lignier who sadly passed away in 2004. In the bouquet cherries and dark berries – but starting to show a few sweet red notes. On the palate quite tight with a fine concentration and length. The fruit is still young, dark and quite backward for a 2002 – with a strong backbone of tannins and acidity.… Read the full article →
The Bonnes Mares 1998 from Domaine Dujac is a big but somewhat monolithic wine. In the bouquet tightly knit red fruit – with notes of red forrest berries, plum and vanilla. On the palate quite intense tight fruit with a big and muscular structure. It’s still seems unevolved and a bit one dimensional. Compared to the 1999 Clos de la Roche in the same set, it’s lacking true depth, transparancy and first and foremost delicacy and complexity. A very fine effort but – somehow lacking the X-factor!… Read the full article →
The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Regis Forey is a big and somewhat aloof wine. The bouquet offers dark berry fruit with notes of dark cherries, raspberries and hints of chocolate and violets. On the palate quite dense with a supple quite expressive fruit on the midpalate. It’s long and intense with a lovely balance … it’s focused with a good grip from the slightly dusty finely grained tannins. The acidity is fresh and vibrant – and i in some sence compensating for the somewhat dense teroir.… Read the full article →
The Mazis-Chambertin 2011 from Dupont-Tisserandot is a truly beautiful wine. In the bouquet layers of red and berry fruit – notes of raspberries, forest strawberries rose petal and a earthy hint of wet stones. On the palate layers of very juicy red and dark fruit, very good energy and balance with a vibrant acidity and minerality. A beautiful wine.
The Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue shows very delicate red jellied fruits and intense minerality. In the nose strawberries, pomegranate, raspberries with a lovely minerality – hints of peppar and rose petals. On the palate quite delicate red fruits and a fine nervy acidity and minerality – love the energy in this wine. Very fine transparancy and expression of the terroir. A beautiful wine in the making!