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.
Very Good+ (89 – 91p)
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.
(Drink from 2022) – Very Good+ (89 – 91p) – Tasted 12/09/2013 from cask.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
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.… Read the full article →
The Meursault En la Barre 2010 from Antoine Jobard is getting more focused as it matures. In the nose good complexity – notes of apple, pear, hazelnuts with hints of more exotic fruits and a nice citrus infused minerality. On the palate very nice energy and concentration for this level. The fruit is pure and crisp, structured by the vibrant and racy 2010 acidity. Love the pure expression of terroir and chardonney – the 2010s from Jobard are truly lovely – as are most vintages from this fine producer.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin Les Corbeaux 2009 from Bruno Clavelier is a quite surprising wine. The nose is classic Clavelier with red fruit, and a quite distingt note of elderberries spiced with hints of violets and asian spices. On the palate very focused with a cool and crisp red fruit – structured by a very impressive acidity for the vintage. Surprisingly fresh and crisp for the vintage, and almost Vosne like in it’s spicyness …. a lovely focused wine.
Meursault Tillets is one of my favorite village terroirs in Meursault – and few makes a better Tillet than Antoine Jobard. The nose in the 2008 Meursault Tillets is expressive and crisp with notes of melon, acacia and a wonderful citrus infused minerality. On the palate vibrant and pure fruit with the lovely nervy 2008 acidity as a life-giving backbone. Not a big and fat wine – but a delicate and terroir driven Meursault – just the way I like it.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Muigny 2007 village from Roumier is still youthful – but also unexpectedly open and ready to please. In the bouquet fresh and playful red berry fruit with some darker notes of blue berries and cassis. On the palate juicy red berry fruit – quite vibrant, rich and airy – with a slight candied note. It’s quite accessible and red fruited for the age – has lovely balance and length for this level. Really adore the nerve and juicyness in this wine ….… Read the full article →
First white from Louis-Michel – from the newly acquired vineyard Clos des Grandes Vignes in the southern Nuits-Saint-Georges. The wines were re-grafted with Chardonney in 2010 – so this is a fairly new vineyard for the whites. The bouquet is quite expressive with notes of pear, melon and citrus – the oak is present but delicate and the minerality is showing quite finely grained. On the palate crisp and pure fruit, a good framework of minerality and acidity. The minerality seems quite smooth and refined for a Cote de Nuits white.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Les Corbeaux 2011 is a step up in weight and fruit intensity from the village wines. The nose offer lovely deep red and dark berriy fruit-’ with more earthy notes than the very mineralic Vosne villages. The palate show more weight, with a rich and pure pinot fruit – has a quite earthy and powerful style. A lovely wine with a more weighty expression of pinot.
The Meursault Clos des Ambres 2007 from Arnaud Ente is a quite intense and interesting village. In the nose a fine display of pure orchard fruits … melon, pear, slightly roasted hazelnuts, citrus – with a delicate minerality vibrating in the background. On the palate medium fruit intensity … focused and with a delicate nervy acidity. The finish is long and impressive for this level with a fine citrus infused minerality. Very vibrant and filigree for the vintage – I’m impressed and delighted.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle 1er cru 2007 from Pacalet is ready to rumble. In the nose extrovert sweet red fruit organic style .. strawberries, cinnamon and all spice. On the palate sweet lush fruit with pure red berry notes with a spicy citrus hint from the acidity. Classic chambolle notes … but quite organic stylewise …. very charming with it’s low SO2 fruit. Perhaps lacking a bit of focus compared to the latest vintages of this wine. Nevertheless quite adorable … if you like the style.… Read the full article →
The Lafon 2002 Meursault clos de la Barre has entered a matured stage. In the nose rich yellow fruit with developed notes of hazelnuts, almonds, ripe pear and apple – spized with some fine mineral notes. On the palate intense and quite refined fruit – with a delicate nervy acidity. It’s fresh with a long quite powerful finish for this level. Love the refined aromatic profile of this wine – will keep – but in my view it’s perfect now. A lovely matured Meursault village ..… Read the full article →
The last wine at this very early tasting from cask is Les Chaumes – one of the lesser 1er cru In Vosne Romanee. This wine contain 18% whole cluster grapes. The bouquet offer rich and quite dense red berry fruit – notes of raspberries, forest strawberries and discrete Vosne spices. The minerality is there – but not as forward and crisp as in Clos du Chateau. On the palate quite weigthy fruit – it’s rich and almost creamy – but with a lovely acidity.… Read the full article →