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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2008 Chambolle-Musigny village from Domaine Dujac is a delightful wine … just love the 08s. The bouquet is open and transparent with a lovely red berry fruit … red currant, raspberries and red cherries with a hint of liquorice. On the palate crisp and airy fruit … acidity driven rather than structured by tannins. A Delightfully transparent wine with the lovely 2008 verve and energy …. love the crystal clear fruit and the focusing acidity.
Les Bousselots 2011 from Domaine Robert Chevillon is a classic and pure Nuits-Saint-Georges. The nose offer pure quite tightly knit fruit with notes of mixed cherries and plum … backed by a quite substantial earthy minerality. On the palate focused with a lovely core of lively fruit … without any disturbing rustic elements. A quite refined NSG … lovely effort.
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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.