The Meursault Charmes 2010 from Antoine Jobard is a truly delightful effort. The nose is classic with quite expressive notes of melon, white peach, acacia, spiced with a discrete citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and generous – with amble fruit focused by a fine acidity and a fine minerality for this terroir. Very harmonious and forward – a beautiful Meursault Charmes – from one of my favorite producers of white Burgundy.
The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichots 2012 from Regis Forey is a serious wine for the vintage. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to and above the mighty La Tache. The bouquet display layers of deep red fruit and a powerful minerality with intense Vosne spices – notes of peony rose and violets. On the palate layers of rich relatively dark pinot fruit – pure and with fine depth and quite ample tannins for a 2012. The mineralic backbone of this wine is impressive – and the finish is very focused and persistent. Slightly closed due to recent bottling.
The Grands Echezeaux 2012 from Sirugue represent another step up in quality for Domaine Sirugue. The bouquet is offering layers of juicy red fruit … intense with lovely Vosne minerality and spices. On the palate layers of rich and velvet fruit – a sumptuous and quite openly knit wine – very typical for the terroir. It has charm, poise and the concentration is there .. a quite gorgeous Grands Echezeaux in the making. Keep an eye on Domaine Robert Sirugue … they are improving each year … the 2012 are delightful.
The Ruchottes-Chambertin 2013 from Pacalet is very impressive and gorgeous wine in the making – the grand cru terroirs really show well in this intense and highly structured vintage,. The bouquet is showing layers of intense red and dark fruit … complex and vibrant with a lovely minerality. On the palate layers of ripe and juicy red berry fruit … lovely nerve and glow in the fruit … more forward than the Echezeaux and even more refined. Really have a soft spot for this terroir. A beauty with its core of vibrant fruit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.