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.
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.
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.
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Domaine Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is quite long and focused with the weight of the lovely terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … a delightful effort.
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Remi Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is nevertheless long and focused with the weight from the lovely grand cru terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … perhaps a bit on the light side.
The 2011 Echezaux from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is a gorgeous wine in the making. In the nose quite abundant red berry fruit – raspberries and pomegranate – spiced with violets, peony rose, all spice and a touch of oak. On the palate rich, intense and silky – with a delicate almost opulent fruit – focused by a quite powerful framework of acidity and minerality. A outstanding effort for the vintage … what a gorgeous Echezeaux.
The 2007 Echezaux is really starting to show the finesse and refinement. The nose is bursting with intense red berry fruit and a delicate fragrance of Vosne spices – with notes of peony rose, violets and all spice. On the palate gorgeous quite linear fruit with a lovely mineral complexity in the finish. It’s medium weight, focused but quite silky … with a very fine tension and energy in the vibrant finish. The oak is perfectly integrated and the complexity is really starting to unfold. When I tasted this wine for the first time back in 2009 … my initial thought was Jayer – I found the same effortless charm and refinement in this bottle … a gorgeous bottle on a fruit day.
The Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2000 from Domaine Leflaive is approaching maturity. In the nose expressive yellow fruit with notes of hazelnuts and almonds … spiced with a lovely citrus infused minerality. On the palate fine power and weight for the vintage – intense and balanced with a delicate support from the terroir. The acidity is good rather than impressive … but sufficient to give the wine a vibrant freshness. A lovely harmonious effort – a slight bottle variation though.
I really love Ponsot wines when they are open and accessible … sadly it’s somehow difficult to find the drinking window on the Ponsot wines. Quite a lot of 1999 reds are starting to show beautifully – but this is not the case with Clos de la Roche from Ponsot. The nose is quite dark and slightly introvert with raspberries, plum, tar, dark cherries and some exotic asian spices … curry! On the palate it’s quite dense and intense, but not very powerful for the vintage. It needs 5 to 10 years more in the cellar to unfold. A very fine glass of pinot … but at the moment its lacking the Ponsot magic. Drink the 2000 and keep the 2002 and the 1999 in the cellar.
The 1996 wines from Domaine Leflaive are showing great at the moment – and the Combette is no exception. The nose is very complex with lovely mature notes of yellow fruits, almonds and hazelnuts, spiced with coffee and a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and intense fruit supported by the fantastically vibrant and crisp 1996 acidity. The finish is long and very powerful for this level … very impressive. Can’t quite match Les Pucelles 96 though – but the rich and somewhat openly knit style of Combettes is a perfect match for the vintage. A gorgeous mature white Burgundy …. the 1996 Leflaives are just great.
The Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2000 from Vogue has entered a semimatured stage and is showing well. In the nose red and dark berry fruit, sous-bois and a quite intense Chambolle minerality. On the palate very muscular and intense for the vintage – with a lovely midpalate weight and a nice vibrancy. It’s lovely balanced and with a long and powerful mineral driven finish. A very fine wine for the vintage – a beautiful expression of the great Musigny terroir.
The Amoureuses 2010 from Francois Bertheau gorgeous and enjoyable wine in the making. I tasted this from cask in the summer of 2011 where it showed a very fine promise … and I’m certainly not disappointed. In the nose layers of lovely sweet red fruit – strawberries, red currant and pomegranate – spiced with a refined minerality. On the palate airy red fruit delicately balanced and graced with the lovely minerality from the fantastic Amoureuses terroir. Not a big and dense wine, but the length and the underlying power is newertheless quite impressive in a refined and understated way. A beautiful wine … lightfooted, airy, filigree and a true pleasure.
The Vosne Romanee Malconsort 2012 is a gorgeous wine in the making. The nose is quite reduced but still very expressive and floral (50% whole cluster) with a lovely vibrant red and dark fruit – hints violets and peony rose. On the palate very refined and quite silky cool fruit – long, focused and intense. Love the energy and mineralic tension – and the airy and lightfooted intensity. A very impressive wine – a beautiful expression of Vosne.
The Echezeaux is from a 0.99 ha plot located in the climate Champs Traversin in the top part of the vineyard. The nose show some reduction but also a beautiful floral and spicy fruit – backed up by a finely grained stony minerality. On the palate quite intense fruit interlinked with a gorgeous minerality – love the energy and mineralic tension. Is lighter than the clos de Vougeot – but also more focused and refined. A beautiful Echezeaux
The Grands Echezeaux 2012 is a step up in concentration from the Echezeaux. In the nose layers of deep red and dark fruit, notes of cherries, plum and discrete Vosne spices. On the palate rich, silky and airy fruit – very balanced, pure, very long and intense. In many ways a classic Grands Echezeaux – with the effortless display of refined fruit and terroir. Not as tense and nervy as the Echezeaux – but a gorgeous wine – with both weight and refinement.
The 2011 Corton Charlie from Boillot is both gorgeous and impressive. The nose is open and expressive with lovely orchard fruits – notes of apple, pear, citrus – spiced with gun powder, a intense minerality and quite ample oak. On the palate very fine concentration and weight … it’s focused, pure and refined. Love the balance and the rewardingly rich fruit – it’s big and quite powerful but still delicate and focused with a long mineral infused finish. This seems to be a very fine vintage for Charlies … and Boillot certainly nailed this one – a beautiful wine.
The Corton Charlemagne 2012 from Domaine Dublere is a gorgeous effort. In the bouquet rich orchard fruits with notes of pear, pineapple and citrus – supported by a crisp and focused minerality. On the palate rich and almost opulent fruit – beautifully balanced by the powerful minerality and the very crisp acidity. Love the balance and the expressive fruit – it’s a quite charming and forward Charlie – but still very precise and focused with impressive length and intensity. A very fine wine in the making.
The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Hubert Lignier is still very youthful and a real powerhouse. In the bouquet intense dark fruits, cherries, liquorice, oriental spices and a hint of sous-bois. On the palate quite dense and dark fruit, it’s rich but also quite rustic with abundant tannins … really need time to unfold. Love the weight and minerality … but it is a very muscular wine currently. A big but classic Clos de la Roche … old school Hubert Lignier at it’s best .
The Chambolle 1er cru 1999 from Vogue is starting to show the full potential. Lovely complex nose, red and darker berries, sous-bois, mushrooms and a quite intense display of Chambolle terroir. On the palate approchable with a refined and quite rich fruit – very harmonius with a intense and firm mineralic backbone. Starting out slightly edgy in the finish … but after one hour in the glass it starts to resolve and show even more refinement and complexity. A very fine and gorgeous “junior” Musigny … need 5 to 8 years to unfold completely.
The Vosne Les Petit Monts is always a very charming wine – and the 2012 is certainly no exception. In the floral bouquet – loads of refined sweet fruit with notes of forest berries, pomegranate, allspice and peony rose. On the palate lovely lush fruit – balanced by the refined minarality and a fresh acidity – very fine energy and nerve. I adore the expression of this wine … it’s sexy and charming with a lightfooted and refined complexity.