Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin 2012

The Gevrey-Chambertin is showing beautifully and is even better than expected. The nose is bursting with layers of sweet airy red fruit – very charming with nice hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate very forward and delightful … quite openly knit with a lovely weightless feel. Not the most concentrated of the village wines in 2012 … but it’s simply gorgeous.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ (89p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Chateau de Puligny Montrachet, Meursault Les Perrieres 2007

The Meursault Les Perrieres 2007 from Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet is quite forward and developed .. but showing well. The nose is crammed with yellow fruit – notes of apples and hazelnuts spiced with a discrete citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich, quite intense and weighty with a nice vibrant acidity … good energy and balance. A very good wine … but quite developed … and somehow a bit disappointing for the terroir and the vintage..

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 10/07/2014.

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Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard, Chassagne Les Masures 2012

The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Masures (village) is a step up from Les Chaumes – although its slightly closed at the moment. The nose is showing signs of reduction – but one can still appreciate the lovely white orchard fruits and the quite delicate minerality. On the palate more refined and focused with a quite delicate fruit and structure for this level. Really loved this effort for its delicate display of Chassagne terroir – needs time to unfold though.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2019) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 17/03/2014.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 1995

The 1995 edition of the Chambolle Musigny 1er cru has entered a quite lovely mature stage. The bouquet is expressive and forward offering fine red fruit, with notes of sous-bois, hints of truffle and a nice classic Chambolle minerality. On the palate mature red fruit – medium weight – with a nice mineralic backbone. Forward and quite lovely .. but somehow lacking a bit of focus and definition. Its however balanced and pure offering excellent drinkability now. Will most likely keep .. but why wait.

Note: This is the first vintage of the Chambolle 1er cru made from the younger vines on the grand cru Musigny vineyard.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from now) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 28/06/2014

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne La Colombiere 2011

The Vosne Romanee La Colombiere from Comte Liger-Belair is showing very well. The nose is displaying lovely red and dark berry fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and a touch of well integrated oak. On the palate quite organic but focused fruit – lovely balance and weight for this level. Love the juicy expression of fruit and the discrete impression of oak.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard, Chassagne Les Chenevottes 2012

The Chenevottes is quite a step up from the village level – very expressive and quite rich. In the nose rich and intense orchard fruits – with hints of some more tropical fruits – all brought forward by a citrusy and flinty minerality. On the palate rich, quite openly knit with a lovely fresh acidity and a playful minerality. Love the extrovert fruit and display of flinty minerality – always a treat to taste the Chenevottes from this house.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good – (90p) – Tasted 17/03/2014.

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Domaine Bizot, Vosne-Romanee 2011

The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Bizot is showing well … driven by a tight but organic red fruit. The nose is quite floral with lovely notes of red and darker berries … spiced by a nice earthy minerality. One the palate fine weight and intensity … really like the organic fruit. Not the most focused village wines from Vosne … but a quite delightful glass of pinot. A quite lovely wine for medium term drinking.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanee 2011

The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a lovely village effort – but needs time to resolve. In the nose crisp red and dark berry fruit with a quite strong impression of new oak. On the palate quite openly knit with a nice fresh fruit – nicely balanced and quite harmonious. The weight and intensity increases after some time in the glass – and the oak starts to integrate better with the fruit. Will no doubt be lovely when the oak integrates – and I’m not worried there are plenty of fruit here.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2003

The Chambolle 1er cru 2003 from Vogue is quite open with some maturing notes. In the nose red fruit, prunes, liquorice with hints of oriental spices. The fruit notes are somewhat sweet and dense. On the palate somewhat dense and sweet – but quite fresh for a 2003 Burgundy. It’s lush and openly knit but also quite well structured with good grip from the ripe tannins – the very slight hint of sharp acidity in the finish is slightly disturbing. Nevertheless a very nice and enjoyable 2003.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from Now) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Puligny-Montrachet 2012

The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with white and yellow fruits – fresh but also some more exotic rich notes of acacia – all is infused with a gorgeous detailed minerality … crushed wet stones. On the palate quite intense fruit … aromatically rich for this level … balanced by a lovely freshness and minerality. Really like the purity and balance in this wine – one of the best white villages I have tasted from Pacalet.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 01/05/2014

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2004

The 2004 Chambolle 1er cru is showing very well for the vintage. In the nose relatively dark fruit with notes of sous-bois. On the palate quite weighty ripe fruit .. a bit sturdy and rustic .. still with some slightly edgy tannins. It’s a bit floral with a slight herbal note .. but not green like quite many 04s. A surprisingly lovely 04 … offer a lot of good drinking especially with food.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from Now) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 01/04/2014

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Domaine Robert Groffier, Bonnes Mares 2011

The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Groffier is a disappointing effort in my view. The bouquet is currently dominated by some hints of reduction and a rather dense note of oak – underneath layers of dense rich and dark fruit. On the palate big and burly with a quite dense and meaty fruit – “spized” with a quite heavy expression of oak. Its somewhat openly knit and not very well focused. I’m sure the oak will integrate as time matures the wine … but this is nevertheless far from the style of Burgundy I prefer to enjoy. I think its hard to find a red thread in the wines from Groffier stylewise … the Amoureuses 2010 was just gorgeous, transparent and vibrant … and then this dense and meaty wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2024) – Very Good – (88 – 90p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Domaine Roulot, Meursault 2012

The “generic” Meursault 2012 from Roulot is showing all the qualities of the vintage. The bouquet is quite forward offering a quite intense aromatic profile of white and yellow fruits spiced with a quite intense citrus infused minerality. On the palate lovely fruit – intense and finely focused by the fine acidity … quite weighty but fresh and crisp. A quite powerful village in the making.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Very Good – (88 – 89p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Domaine Georges Noellat, Vosne-Romanee 2012

The Vosne-Romanee 2012 from Georges Noellat is a pretty little village wine. In the nose red and dark berry fruit – ripe and pure – spiced with elderberries, Vosne minerality and a healthy impression of oak. On the palate silky transparent fruit – quite light – with a lovely charming expression of fruit and terroir. Not a big village … but its delicate and quite refined. A bit more concentration would elevate the quality … but I would rather have this lightfooted style than weight gained via extraction.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good – (87 – 88p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample

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Domaine Hubert Lamy, Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes 2012

The Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes is one of the “lesser” 1er crus but still a both gorgeous and vibrant wine. The nose is slightly restained and more chalky and offer discrete white orchard fruits with more density and minerality than the village. On the palate lovely balance and weight … beautifully balanced and refined. A lovely energetic effort.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2019) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 17/03/2014 at the domaine.

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne Clos du Chateau 2008

The 2008 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair is open and really rocking with loads of youthful energy. In the bouquet transparent and crisp red fruit with hints of graphe, peony rose, cinnamon and a touch of oak. On the palate acidity driven red fruit … crisp and lightfooted … focused by a acidity infused Vosne minerality. Loads of energy here – with the oak well integrated. Really love the transparency and the crystal clear fruit …. refined but still quite a beast with its dramatic vibrant acidity. Not a wine for the average wine solicitor fan.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good- (90p) – Tasted 09/04/2014

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Comte de Vogue, Bourgogne Blanc 1999

The Bourgogne Blanc 1999 from Vogue is approaching full maturity. The nose is complex with notes of matured yellow fruit – hints of acacia, citrus, hazelnuts and apple – lifted by a chalky and stony minerality. On the palate still quite crisp with a medium weight midpalate fruit … matured but still vibrant and fresh. The finish is well defined and focused with a lovely display of minerality. A harmonious and mature white Cote de Nuits  …. love the minerality … a both lovely and interesting wine.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from Now) – Very Good – (90p) – Tasted 09/04/2014

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J.-F. Mugnier, Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de la Marechale 2008

The 2008 Nuits Marechale is darker and more earthy than the Chambolle village 2008 … but still quite forward and fresh. In the nose cherries, blue berries .. spiced with a deep earthy minerality and a floral energetic note. On the palate layers of quite dark openly knit fruit … quite vibrant due to the acidity driven characteristics of the 2008 vintage. A lovely wine … with more weight and less refinement than the village Chambolle.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 16/03/2014

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J.-F. Mugnier, Chambolle Musigny 2008

The 2008 Chambolle village from J.-F. Mugnier is starting to show a few maturing notes. The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit – raspberries, forest strawberries – spiced with sous-bois and a delicate minerality. On the palate airy and transparent fruit – cool delicate and balanced. It’s not a dense and powerful wine – but a refined acidity driven wine … really adore the good 2008s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 16/03/2014

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Robert Arnoux, Vosne Romanee Les Maizieres 1985

The Vosne-Romanee 1985 from Robert Arnoux is fully mature but still in fine form. The nose is very expressive with sous-bois, red berry fruit with orange hints and Vosne spices. On the palate still very good fruit, quite intense and weighty for this level. Slightly high on the volatile acidity … but the acidity seem to integrate better after some time in the glass. A lovely glass of mature Vosne … flawless aside from the slightly volatile note … really enjoyed this wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink Now) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 17/03/2014

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