The Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2011 from Cecile Tremblay is a delightful wine. The nose is quite expressive with lovely forward fruit – notes of cherries, raspberries .. hints of plum and slightly toasted oak. On the palate lovely quite openly knit fruit … forward and juicy with a nice weight. It’s offering great pleasure and held it’s ground well served after a Mortet Laveaux Chambertin 1999. This is however not a big terroir wine … but it’s a gorgeous glass of pinot … happy juice!
The 2011 Meursault from Benjamin Leroux is a quite impressive effort. The nose offer fresh and pure notes of citrus, pear with hints of apple and some more exotic orchard fruits. On the palate quite rich and rounded with a lovely balance and depth. The minerality offer a nice support in the finish adding to the complexity … according to my sources it’s made 100% from the delightful Crotots terroir (located just below Porusot). A very good Meursault from Leroux.
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The 2011 Chassagene-Montrachet 1er cru Clos St. Jean from Domaine Ramonet is a absolutely adorable wine. The nose is gorgeously expressive bursting with airy red berry fruit – cherries, cherry stones, some slight hints of strawberries infused with a crisp minerality. On the palate very vibrant and forward – harmonious with a nice weight for the appellation and vintage. Absolutely love the forward and charming fruit expression … this is indeed a happy wine.
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The Chablis Les Clos from Samuel Billaud is a big and quite dense effort. The nose is quite interesting with very expressive yellow orchard fruits … slightly exotic and spiced by a very delicate and vibrant minerality. On the palate rich and intense with a quite dense feel … some aspargus notes … and a slightly monolithic expression .. just like quite many 04 white Burgundies. It’s a big and good wine .. but lacking a bit of nerve in my view.
The Aux Beaux Bruns is a quite muscular Chambolle. This relatively unknown 1er cru is located below Les Groseilles and Les Gruenchers . The nose is quite expressive with notes of red berry fruit … cherries, plum … spiced with a earthy minerality. On the palate rich medium weight with plenty of fruit on the midpalate. Not the most focused or complex wine … but with it’s abundant fruit and forward style it’s nevertheless quite charming. Drinking well!
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Terrasses Blanc is a very interesting wine. It’s made from the village part of the climate Les Crots – on terraces above the Chateau Gris estate. The soil is limestone and this gives the wine a quite unique style compared to other whites from Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the nose fresh notes of citrus, white orchard fruits and a chalky minerality. On the palate quite rich and broad with a lovely fruit and a intense but very harmonious minerality. The acidity is crisp and with a good energy. It’s very balanced with a good inner harmony, and without the slightly edgy minerality found in some whites from this appellation. Check this out!
The Puligny village 1999 from Domaine Leflaive is still crisp and delightful. In the bouquet lovely matured complexity with notes of yellow orchard fruits, hazelnuts and a fresh citrus infused minerality. On the palate pure and matured with a nice weight for this level – focused and fresh with a nice backbone of acidity. A lovely expressive Puligny village … very crisp and a true delight!
The Chambolle village 2005 from Domaine Dujac is still quite youthful. The bouquet is accessible and quite forward with red and blue berry fruit – quite floral spiced with oak and violets. On the palate muscular for this level with a serious midpalate weight … quite abundant fruit and a matching and powerful tannic structure. Need time to unfold the fruit – but is quite openly knit for the vintage.
The Pommard Clos des Epeneaux 02 from Armand is still quite backward. In the nose layers of dark berry fruit … quite introvert … with notes of plums and tar. On the palate quite intense and dark – with a muscular and powerful midpalate and a long earthy mineral driven finish. It’s not austere but certainly not showing any resolved complexity and is strangely distant and introvert. Would try to keep it 10 years more .. and hope for more complexity. A good wine … but I’m not a fan!
The Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau 2002 from Liger-Belair has entered a matured stage. The nose is crammed with redberry fruit spiced with notes of gooseberries, peony rose, all spice and a touch of oak. On the palate lovely pure and quite airy fruit – quite long with a nice mineral infused finish. It’s not fully mature … but on the approach and is offering great drinkability. A lovely Vosne village – very good – but nevertheless show how much Louis-Michel have improved quality since these first vintages.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges is a step up in focus and concentration. The nose is lightly reduced but still displaying a lovely nervy fruit. On the palate very balanced and vibrant offering a interesting tension between crisp fruit and the quite muscular minerality. A quite classic and lovely NSG in the making.
The 2012 Vosne Romanee from Frantin is a lovely effort – coming from the two terroirs Damaudes and Maizières. In the nose classic Vosne spices, black cherries, red fruit and a touch of oak. On the palate rich and quite intense fruit with a lovely nerve and energy. It’s quite focused for a two terroir wine – a classic and attractive Vosne village.
The 2007 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair is a very good and quite typical for the vintage. In the bouquet spicy red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries, cherries and cinnamon – still with quite a impression of oak. On the palate sweet and slightly candied fruit, intense this level with a quite fresh and spicy acidity. It’s focused with a lovely minerality for a village. A very good effort – still need some time to unfold – but it’s not a wine for decades of cellaring.
Les Hauts de Beaux Monts is a very interesting terroir located high on the slope above Vosne Beaux-Monts. The nose offer crisp red and dark berry fruit, with notes of raspberries and blueberries – quite floral – but with the oak more present than in the other three Vosne villages from Clavelier. On the palate quite rich for this terroir, with a lovely weight and a nice focusing minerality – again the oak seem slightly more present here. Need a bit of time to resolve … a lovely village in the making.
Have a soft spot for the terroir Hautes Mauzieres with it’s combination of Vosne spices, minerality and weight. The 2011 edition of the Hautes Maizieres from Bruno Clavelier is a beauty and is currently showing even better than the other village Vosnes from Clavelier. The nose offer crisp red berry fruit, with notes of cherries, raspberris and hints of elderberries – forward with lovely Vosne spices. On the palate quite rich for the level, with a nice weight and a focusing minerality. A lovely village with a impressive display of terroir.
My first wine from the minuscule village terroir La Montagne located in the top end of La Combe Brulee. The 2011 edition of La Montagne from Bruno Clavelier currently show a bit more depth than the Combe Brulee village 2011. The bouquet offer crisp red berry fruit, with notes of cherries, blueberries and elderberries – quite intense with some lovely Vosne spices. On the palate quite intense for the level, with a fine mineralic backbone – very good length and focus. Really like the display of terroir and Vosne spicyness. Quite evenly matched with the other three Vosne lieux-dits from Clavelier … but with it’s own terroir expression.
The Gevrey village 2010 from Philippe Pacalet is a delightfully transparent and delicate effort. In the nose crisp and airy red fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and a nice earthy minerality. On the palate a lightfooted and delicate expression of pinot fruit – transparent and very airy with a lovely display of terroir. Not a big wine … but delightful with a tremendous drinkability .. the 2010s from Pacalet are magnificent
The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees 2011 from Domaine Dublere is a quite expressive wine. In the nose rich and quite exotic yellow fruit with a lovely crisp minerality – notes of grape, almonds, orhchards fruits with a hint of oak. On the palate rich and quite dense fruit with very good weight and length. The fruit is ripe and rich with a slight opulence … finely matched by a nice vibrant acidity. Not quite matching energy and transparancy of the magnificent 2010 … but nevertheless a delightful glass of Chassagne.
The Les Crotots is still quite difficult to evaluate – but shows a lovely potential. The nose is still closed and slightly yeasty. The palate show rich and pure fruit – transparent with a perfect view to the lovely village terroir. Will it match the beautiful 2010 … hard to say at this stage – but the components are certainly there – lovely rich fruit and a crisp vibrant acidity. I’m really looking forward to taste this from bottle.
he Volnay Les Pitures 2012 from Dublere is a lovely pinot in the making. The nose is bursting with red fruits – strawberries, cherries and pomegranate – displayed with a nice crisp minerality. On the palate quite ample fruit – very good transparancy and display of terroir. A lovely Volnay.