The Corton Le Rognet 2010 from Camille Giroud is a truly beautiful Corton. In the bouquet fine red berry fruit with notes of sweet strawberries, cherries, pomegranate and wild raspberries. The oak is present in the nose, but well integrated in the lovely cool red fruit. On the palate very fine concentration of cool ripe quite opulent fruit. It’s rich and charming on the midplate with a lovely balance. A very impressive and complex Corton … lovely pinot juice.
The Chambertin Clos de Beze 2008 from Henri Roch is a organic beauty. The nose is exploding with red berry fruit and spices – notes of raspbarries, strawberries, cinnamon, gooseberries and all spice. On the palate rich organic red fruit – intense and foucused by the quite impressive expression of the Clos de Beze terroir and the lovely crisp 2008 acidity. Really love the combination of the acidity driven vintage and the rich organic style of Prieure-Roch. If you like the style then the Clos de Beze from Roch is most likely one of the very best low SO2 wines made in Burgundy.… Read the full article →
The 2002 Aux Boudots from Meo-Camuzet is somehow slightly disappointing. In the bouquet dark berry fruit, raspberries, liquorice and oak with the alcohol slightly forward in the nose. On the palate layers of quite dense and rather dark fruit – still quite restrained by the oak in this otherwise fruity vintage. It’s quite harmonius but still quite backward – and while the attractive sweet primary fruit has disappeard the oak and tannins are still very much present – was in my view better a few years back.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2011 from Liger-Belair is a lovely effort. Made from old vines in the very good climates Cruots and Champs Traversin.The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit with a lovely Vosne spicyness – notes of peppar, violets and peony rose. On the palate layers of fruit and mineralic aromas, powerful and yet refined. The core of sweet red fruit on the midpalate is quite seductive and the length is quite impressive – true grand cru poise.
(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine+ (93 – 95p) – Tasted 18/03/2013 – In Vosne – Barrel sample.… Read the full article →
The Clos de Vougeot 2011 from Bouchard is really showing well. In the bouquet layers of red berry fruit with a lovely spicyness – hints of violets, horseradish and chocolate. On the palate very harmonious with layers of quite intense fruit – a lovely mineralic tension – and a very nice acidity. It’s long and intense with very good midpalate weight. The oak is offering good support in the long and docused finish. A big wine but still quite lightfooted and refined for a Clos de Vougeot.… Read the full article →
The Savigny Les Lavieres 2011 from Bouchard is a nice terroir driven “entry” level Burgundy. The nose is quite complex with nice red berry fruit, hints of minerality and a touch of oak. On the palate good cool fruit, finely balanced by the quite crisp acidity and the nice minerality from the lovely Lavieres terroir. I like this Savigny with it’s terroir driven expression – it offers a good complexity and it’s long and quite powerful for this level.
(Drink from 2018) – Good 85p – Tasted 01/05/2013.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Romanee Gaudichots is fulfilling the fine promise it showed from cask. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to the mighty La Tache. In the bouquet very intense Vosne spices – notes of peony rose and violets, a lovely deep red berry fruit and a quite intense minerality . On the palate layers of lovely pinot fruit – pure and with fine depth. The mineralic backbone of this wine is impressive – and the finish is very foxused and persistent.… Read the full article →
The Echezeaux 2011 from Meo-Camuzet is a rich and quite impressive Echezeaux. The bouquet is bursting with dark berry fruit – notes of cassis, razzberries, liquorice and a quite intense earthy minerality. On the palate layers of dark pinot fruit – intense and quite cool. It’s powerful and with a very good weight for the vintage. The finish is long and focused with a fine expression of the Les Rouges du Bas terroir. Meo’s Echezeaux seems to get better and better – a fine effort.… Read the full article →
Aux Brulees 2011 from Domaine Meo-Camuzet is a very intense Vosne in the making. The bouquet is crammed with red and dark berry fruit – notes of cassis, razzberries, liquorice and intense Vosne spices. On the palate layers of dark pinot fruit and delicate minerality. It’s quite powerful and muscular for the vintage, with a long an firmly focused finish. A big and quite backward wine – will need at least 10 – 15 years in the cellar to show the full potential.… Read the full article →
The Meursault Genevrieres 2011 from Bouchard is a very rich and quite exotic wine. In the bouquet exotic orchard fruits with notes of apricot, white peach, acacia and a fine citrus infused stony minerality. On the palate very rich and intense with a quite abundant fruit and a strong mineralic backbone from the fine terroir. It’s very long with a good balance between the rich fruit and the acidity in the mineral driven finish. The fruit is very ripe but matched quite well by the fresh and vibrant acidity.… Read the full article →
The Chevalier-Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is very refined and showing beautifully. The bouquet offer pure and cool orchard fruits – with notes of white peach, melon and pear – hints of acacia flower, petrolium, citrus and a filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – the fruit is crystal clear and supported very well by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is vibrant and the tension and nerve is indeed impressive. A very elegant Chevalier-Montrachet in the making.… Read the full article →
The Mazis-Chambertin 2010 from Dupont-Tisserandot is a truly beautiful and great wine. It’s beginning to close down – but the bouquet is still bursting with intense cool red fruit – razzberries, pomegranate – spiced with white peppar, liqourice and layers of deep earthy minerality. On the palate rich and very intense fruit – quite muscular – with a strong framework of acidity, finely grained tannins and a quite intense minerality. It’s big but still transparent and quite lightfooted – the finish is long, intense and firmly focused – true grand cru stuff.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru from Mugneret-Gibourg is made from the young vines in Ruchottes Chambertin. It’s slightly closed now – but still offering a charming display of terroir and cool 2010 fruit. In the bouquet dark berry fruit with notes of red and dark cherries and liquorice. On the palate lovely intense fruit with good midpalete weight supported by finely grained tannins. It’s very balanced and transparent offering a good look at the charming minerality of the Ruchottes terroir. It’s a lovely 1er cru but is lacking the depth and minerality of the Ruchottes made from old vines.… Read the full article →
The Montrachet 2011 from Bouchard is a refined and very balanced masterpiece. The bouquet is offering pure crystaline cool orchard fruits – intense but airy … with discrete citrus notes and a powerful but very filligree stony minerality. On the palate very intense with a very long mineralic finish – but still it’s a incredibly balanced and lightfooted wine. The fruit is crystal clear and supported perfectly by the multible layers of complex minerality. The acidity is very vibrant and the tension and nerve in this refined wine is extraordinary.… Read the full article →
The Corton-Charlemagne 2011 from Bouchard is a gorgeous and classic Charlie. The bouquet is crystaline in it’s purity … with pure ripe and fresh orchard fruits, citrus notes and a powerful but filligree minerality. On the palate very fresh and crisp fruit, a very vibrant acidity and a powerful mineralic backbone. There is real power and poise here – very intense with great length and mineralic weight. A very balanced and harmonious Chalie – refined with a lovely mineralic tension. Truly impressive effort from Bouchard – really enjoyed this wine.… Read the full article →
The Clos du Chateau 2011 is a quite adorable Vosne village. The nose is offering delicate red berry fruit with loads of stony minerality and Vosne spices – hints of violets and peony rose. On the palate lovely harmonious fruit – refined and focused for this level – and all is focused by the excellent minerality from this fine lieu-dit terroir. It’s not a dense wine like the 2009, but more a wine of finesse and poise. Need some time to integrate the oak fully – a lovely terroir driven Vosne village.… Read the full article →
La Romanee 2011 is a very impressive and gorgeous expression of Vosne terroir. The bouquet is intense and refined with cool red berry fruit – complex spicy aromas with notes of violets, pomegranate and rose petals – and last but least layers of filligree mineralty. On the palate intense medium-bodied vibrant fruit focused by the powerful and very refined minerality and the finely grained delicate tannins. The energy and tension in this wine is impressive, as is the long intensely mineralic finish.… Read the full article →
The Volnay Taillepieds 2010 from Dublere is a magnificent Volnay. The bouquet is slightly closed but still offering pure crystalline red berry fruit with notes of cherries and raspberries. On the palate intense red fruit – airy and very transparent – with a perfect view to the wonderfully mineralic Taillepeids terroir. Has a lovely core of airy fruit on the midpalate and the finish is very long and focused with a truly impressive minerality. This is a gorgeous textbook Volnay.