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

The Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau 2008 from Liger-Belair is showing extrovert youthful charm. The nose is rich and expressive with notes of red and dark fruits spiced with cinnamon, gun powder and a notch of oak. On the palate intensely weighty for the level and vintage … quite openly knit but with a lovely focusing minerality. Love the cool transparent fruit and the expression of terroir. A very good Vosne village … but not quite as refined as the recent vintages of this wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good+ – (90p) – Tasted 12/09/2014

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Cros Parantoux – the sweet spot of Richebourg

Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux is a mythical vineyard … with a reputation created by the legendary Henri Jayer. With a location just above and next to Richebourg this 1er cru is regarded as something very special.

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But the story of Cros Parantoux doesn’t start with Henri Jayer, the vineyard was known much earlier. So lets take a closer look at Cros Parantoux.

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin, Laveaux St. Jacques 2013

The Laveaux St. Jacques is a further notch up in quality. The nose is quite expressive with layers of energetic red and dark fruit – notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with white pepper and allspice. The palate offer a lovely core of ripe and pure fruit – lovely nerve and energy – supported by a solid framework of tannins and minerality. The finish is long with a refined display of terroir – offering a feeling of effortless balance to the wine. A beautiful wine in the making!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine+ – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin, Bel Air 2013

The Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air is a step up in intensity from the NSG 1er cru and the Chambolle 1er cru. In the bouquet layers of sweet red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries, cherries and white peppar. On the palete intense and juicy fruit – quite tightly structured by the impressive minerality of the Bel Air terroir. It’s powerful, focused, long and gorgeous.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Fine – (90 – 92p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Domaine Antoine Jobard, Meursault Charmes 2010

The Meursault Charmes 2010 from Antoine Jobard is a truly delightful effort. The nose is classic with quite expressive notes of melon, white peach, acacia, spiced with a discrete citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich and generous – with amble fruit focused by a fine acidity and a fine minerality for this terroir. Very harmonious and forward – a beautiful Meursault Charmes – from one of my favorite producers of white Burgundy.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine- (93 – 94) – Tasted 09/09/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Vosne Romanee, Les Chaumes 2013

The Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes is quite new in the Pacalet collection – and is made from a plot located in the top part of the vineyard – just below La Tache/Malconsort. The bouquet offer complex layers of red and dark berry fruit – spiced with violets, pepper and allspice. The palate is crammed with layers of juicy fruit and a playful quite intense minerality. A more introvert and dark wine than the Laveaux – but the elements are there to rival the more forward and charming Gevrey.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 19/03/2013 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Domaine Dublére, Volnay Les Pitures 2010

The Volney Les Pitures from Dublére is a lovely delicate and transparent effort.The nose is showing lovely detailed red berry fruit – red cherries, hints of strawberries and raspberries – spiced with a stony minerality. On the palate airy and medium weight – very precise and defined – with a lovely pure and transparent red fruit. Love the energy and purity of this wine … showing well – love this style.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ – (90 – 91p) – Tasted 05/09/2014

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Terroir Insight: Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair is in my view producing one of the very best wines from the large and very diverse Echezeaux vineyard.

First vintage was 2006 and quality improving year after year arriving at a truly outstanding level from 2010 and onwards.

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A very interesting wine in many ways … so lets take a closer look at the terroir.

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 1er cru 2013

The Chambolle 1er cru is one of my old favorites from Pacalet – have followed this wine with great pleasure since the 2002 vintage. The 2013 version of this wine seem to be another succes – although its a bit darker than usually. In the bouquet layers of juicy red and dark berry – notes of raspberries, dark cherries spiced with a classic Chambolle minerality and hints of allspice. On the palate layers of juicy fruit – quite intense and well structured. Love the expression of terroir and the effortless delivery of pinot fruit.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine – (90 – 91p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-George 1er cru 2013

The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru is a lovely wine although not quite in the same league as the 2012. In the nose – slightly reduced – but with layers of pure red and dark berry fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with a quite intense earthy minerality, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate quite intense with a pure quite dark fruit – but also a quite classic muscular expression of NSG terroir. Love the combination of NSG power and the delicate and forward fruit.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Very Good+ – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Georges Roumier, Morey Clos de la Bussiere 2009

The Clos de la Bussiere 09 from Roumier is a very balanced effort for the vintage – and surprisingly forward. In the nose dark berry fruit – notes of cassis, blueberries, boysenberries and liquorice … intense yet not overtly sweet. On the palate rich and quite dense fruit .. but not too sweet or alcoholic like some other 09s. Will require at least 15 years to unfold completely … but is nevertheless quite accessible for a Roumier wine at this stage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Very Good+Fine – (90p) – Tasted 04/08/2014

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Echézeaux du Dessus – the heart of Echézeaux

One of the first articles I made for this blog was an article about Echézeaux. While the article have been very popular with the readers, it really needs an update … so I have planned a series of articles about the Echézeaux vineyard.

The first article is about the very the core of the Echézeaux vineyard – the climate called Echézeaux du Dessus.

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Photo: Echézeaux du Dessus seen from north – with Les Poulailleres in the foreground.

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Discovering Echézeaux in detail – the project!

One of the first articles I made for this blog was an article about Echézeaux. While the article have been very popular with the readers, it really needs an update … so here we go.

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Echézeaux is a very large and complex vineyard, and its therefore impossible to make one article, that covers all the topics around this extensive grand cru.

I’m therefore planning a series of articles covering different Echézeaux topics … and these will in the end be merged in some way to form the complete Echézeaux guide.

This is indeed a daunting task … as the Echézeaux vineyard is fragmented into more than 250 plots, and there are in total more than 50 owners on this large grand cru.

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Domaine Forey Père et Fils, Vosne-Romanee 2012

The Vosne Romanee Village 2012 from Regis Forey is a very nice effort. The nose is offering pure red and dark berry fruit … nice Vosne spicyness and a quite earthy minerality … coming from vineyards located around Clos de Vougeot. On the palate quite rich and velvet for this level … good weight. The finish is quite persistant with a slight dryness of tannins in the finish. Need time to unfold – perhaps slightly closed due to recent bottling – but the vintage with its abundant fruit really suits this wine.

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

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Photo: Regis Forey at Grand Jours de Bourgogne

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Domaine Forey Père et Fils, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Regis Forey is showing more forward accessibility than the serious Gaudichots. The bouquet display layers of juicy red fruit spiced with a nice minerality and notes of violets, cinnamon and allspice. On the palate quite rich relatively dark pinot fruit … lovely core of energetic fruit .. pure and with a very nice depth. Very well balanced with a lovely expression of terroir.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine+ – (92 – 93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Photo: Regis Forey at Grand Jours de Bourgogne

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Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot 2012

The Clos de Vougeot 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a fine effort. The nose is showing nice intense and quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a lovely earthy minerality and quite a dose of oak. On the palate layers of juicy fruit … fine concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a good terroir expression. Its well balanced but lacking a bit of the weight and depth of the Vieilles Vignes version. Nevertheless a quite lovely Clos de Vougeot.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine+ – (93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012

The Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012 from Chateau de la Tour is a very impressive effort – made from very old wines. The nose is crammed with intense quite serious red and dark fruit … spiced with a deep earthy minerality and a healthy dose of oak. On the palate layers of weighty fruit … excellent concentration .. with a nice vibrancy and a long intense finish with a lovely terroir impression. Very well balanced .. with an old school expression .. will need plenty of time in the cellar. A very impressive Clos de Vougeot … one of the best wines I have tasted from this vineyard.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Very Fine+ – (95p) – Tasted 18/03/2014 – cask sample.

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Terroir insight – DRC Grands-Echezeaux

The Grands-Echezeaux is somehow the slightly overlooked wine in the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti lineup. It is however a magnificent wine in its own right, but is of course somewhat overshadowed by the four top reds – Richebourg, Romanee Saint-Vivant, La Tâche and Romanee-Conti.

In this article I will take a closer look at the DRC Grands-Echezeaux, with focus on the location of the plots its produced from.

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Domaine Forey Père et Fils, Vosne Les Gaudichots 2012

The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichots 2012 from Regis Forey is a serious wine for the vintage. Made from very old wines – planted in 1930 – on the vineyard located just next to and above the mighty La Tache. The bouquet display layers of deep red fruit and a powerful minerality with intense Vosne spices – notes of peony rose and violets. On the palate layers of rich relatively dark pinot fruit – pure and with fine depth and quite ample tannins for a 2012. The mineralic backbone of this wine is impressive – and the finish is very focused and persistent. Slightly closed due to recent bottling.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Fine – (93p) – Tasted 18/03/2014.

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Photo: Regis Forey at Grand Jours de Bourgogne

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