The Derriere Chez Edouard 2012 is slightly more weighty and forward than Les Frionnes. The nose offering pure fruit .. notes of pear, white flowers and some delicate hints of peach … spiced with some citrus notes and a delicate minerality. On the palate nice weight and midpalate fruit – very delicate and harmonious with a nice focusing minerality and zappy acidity. A delightful wine.
The Vosne Romanee 2010 village from Sylvain Cathiard is a truly delightful wine … and still quite accessible. The bouquet is crammed with layers of refined fruit – notes of red berries, violets, peony rose and a discrete minerality. The palate is offering a rich, pure and silky display of cool pinot fruit. It’s very refined and harmonious with it’s finely grained tannins and sophisticated fruit – but not quite as focused as some of the single vineyard village wines. A beautiful and refined village – just love the delicate Vosne expression in this wine. Very impressive indeed.
The Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 1999 is starting to show some matured notes. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit … raspberries with hints of sweeter red fruits, sous-bois, spiced with hints of gun powder and oak. On the palate quite muscular with a core of raspberry fruit, it’s still quite tight but starting to show some complexity. The finish is long with a quite strong impression of earthy minerality and oak. Perhaps a bit to extracted … and it certainly needs time to unfold … but will most likely never be a real charmer.
The 2011 Vosne Village from Cathiard is a very delightful wine. The nose is forward and charming with layers of red and dark berry fruit spiced with violets and hints of liqourice. On the palate rich and silky with discrete support from the finely grained tannins. Not focused like the best single terroir village wines, but I really love the delicate pure fruit, the delightful balance and effortless charm – Build for pleasure!
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The 2011 Columbiere is quite forward offering a lovely fruity bouquet with red and dark berry fruit. It’s showing a nice complexity with Vosne spices and a nice minerality followed by a quite discrete impression of oak. On the palate lovely fruit – quite expressive and airy – nicely focused by the minerality and the new oak. Quite rich for the level but with a nice transparancy and a crisp acidity in the finish. A beautifully balanced Vosne village.
The Clos de la Bussiere 2011 from Roumier is showing very well. In the nose crisp and quite delicate red and dark berry fruit, with a earthy minerality, a slight floral tone and a initial touch of oak. On the palate focused, crisp and harmanious – the tannins are finely grained and refined and offer fine support. It’s a very elegant and delicate Bussiere … but still a quite substantial wine with very good weight and power. Very impressive for the vintage.
The “R” Meursault village 2010 from Jean-Marc Roulot is a truly gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with crisp orchard fruits and a beautiful citrus driven minerality. It’s perhaps a bit more openly knit than the domaine Meursaults from Roulot … but very charming and forward. On the palate lovely quite openly knit fruit … very good weight and length for this level … and very focused by the excellent acidity and a fine minerality. A very impressive and lovely village Meursault.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges premier cru “Chateau Gris” has a interesting minerality. It’s made from a monopole vineyard located just south of the village – at the top of the slope. The Chateau Gris monopole is a part of the climate Les Crots – and the Chateau Gris estate itself is located in this vineyard. In the nose raspberries and red currant spiced with a nice slightly chalky minerality. On the palate quite rich and broad with a lovely energy and minerality from the limestone soil. It’s quite long and intense with a lovely cool airy style and an interesting minerality. Very interesting terroir – should not be overlooked.
The Laveaux Saint Jacques 2011 from Rousseau is energetic and still very tightly knit. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit quite floral with a nice earthy minerality. On the palate medium weight and quite tight – with good energy and length. It’s pure and balanced but not showing much depth at the moment. Need at least 5 years to unfold and preferebly 10 years to show the full potential.
The Vosne-Romanee 2002 from Emmanuel Rouget has entered a semimatured stage and is showing beautifully. In the nose finely focused with a combination of dark berry fruit and some sweeter matured red fruit notes – infused with some lovely Vosne spices. On the palate intense and focused for this level – with layers of pure ripe fruit. It offers fine weight and is holding its ground very well – tasted with the 2002 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair. A very impressive and enjoyable village from Rouget – with more focus and poise than one usually find in his excellent village wines .
The Chambolle village is a lovely effort. Slightly reduced on the nose, but still bursting with pure red and dark fruit – crisp with a lovely minerality. On the palate intense for this level with a transparent and vibrant fruit and a lovely energy. A very charming village Chambolle in the making.
The Clos de la Marechale 2011 is slightly closed at the moment. In the nose red and dark berry fruit, a hint of oak and nice earthy minerality. On the palate quite tight fruit – lovely tension and energy – very good length and weight. The potential is very good but it needs time to unfold the fruit and complexity. It’s drinkable now but would love to enjoy this wine after 5 to 10 years – I’m sure it will be very delightful.
The Beaune Blanches Fleur 1er cru is a quite rare bird coming from a relatively unknown terroir neighbouring Beaune Clos du Roi. This wine is produced from the upper and sandy part of this triangular vineyard. This terroir makes a quite interesting wine with a lovely full pinot expression. In the bouquet pure vibrant fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries – hints of strawberries and pomegranate. On the palate quite rich and refined fruit – finely balanced by a firm and crisp acidity backbone. Love the juicyness and terroir expression of this wine – should not be overlooked.
The Laveaux Saint Jacques 1999 from Dugat-Py is a dense and youthful wine. In the bouquet loads of primary fruit … slightly monolithic .. with powerful notes of raspberries – quite dark fruit but still expressive and forward. On the palate rich and muscular yet quite silky fruit … a powerhouse with more balance than refinement. On the positive side .. a big and quite harmonious wine. On the negative side .. somewhat extracted and with almost no sign of maturity at age 15. Will this ever develop full complexity … or will the extraction continue to dominate the wine? In this case the fruit is abundant – so will give a chance – and therefore a very good+ rating.
The Clos de la Marechale is a step up in concentration from Les Fuees – and a darker styled wine. In the nose pure red and darker fruits and quite earthy minerality. On the palate quite weighty fruit, with a fine tension and energy – the fruit of the vintage really suits the terroir with it’s energy and tension between red and dark fruits. Bottom line – It’s a refined NSG – offering a lovely balance between weight and complexity.
The Colombiere is a step up from the very good generic village – as it offers a more focused and refined expression of terroir. The nose offers deeper fruit – showing lovely juicy red berries – and it’s popping with Vosne spicyness – violets, peony rose – combined with a nice minerality. The palate is showing juicy vibrant fruit with the support of the fine minerality and a crisp acidity. It’s quite weighty for this level – but still maintain a lovely mineralic tension and nerve. A very beautiful Colombiere in the making.
The 2000 Meursault Clos de la barre from Comte Lafon is now reaching maturity. In the bouquet mature yellow fruit with notes of pear, almonds and a citrus infused minerality – discrete hints of belle de boskoop and coffee, On the palate zappy acidity and a lovely mature fruit – focused with a lovely minerality. It’s complex and harmonious with a impressive length and focus for this level. A perfect bottle of a very good wine – immensely delightful.
The Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanee village 2010 has entered a somewhat closed stage. In the nose red and dark cherries, liqourice with hints of minerality and Vosne spices. On the palate quite tight and closed with good weight and finely grained but powerful tannins – quite prominent notes of dark cherries. A lovely village – very typical for the producer – but should rest in the cellar for 5 to 10 years – not a bright idea to open this bottle.
The Vosne Romanee Les Petits Monts 2011 from Sirugue is showing very well. In the bouquet a playful mixture of red and dark fruits – spiced with a lovely filigree minerality, hints of cinnamon, horseradish and toasted oak. On the palate quite lightfooted and refined with a good midpalate fruit and a lovely display of terroir. Is lacking a bit of concentration and weight compared to the very best wines from this appelation – but it’s pure, transparent and offer a very nice drinkability. Bottom line – a charming Petits Monts in the making – enjoy!
The 2011 Clos du Chateau is slightly closed at the moment. In the nose red berry fruit and vosne spices with a hints of gooseberries and oak. On the palate airy red fruit with a quite refined impression of oak. The fruit is sweet and ripe, with a good focus – the tannins are finely grained and well integrated with the oak. Love the vibrant acidity and the stony minerality from the delicate terroir. A beautiful Vosne village in the making.