Bruno Clavelier, Chambolle Musigny La Combe d’Orveaux 2012

The Chambolle La Combe d’Orveaux 2012 is a magnificent effort from Bruno Clavelier … one of the very best wines I have tasted from this fine domaine. The bouquet is bursting with layers of juicy red berry fruit … very forward, airy and expressive … all intensified by the powerful minerality from the vineyard located just south of and above Petits Musigny. On the palate layers of open, rich and velvet fruit – very expressive and charming … with the very powerful minerality as a focusing element. Its long, powerful and intense – a stony fist in velvet fruit. In my view very close to grand cru level … very accessible for a young Clavelier.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Fine – (93 – 94p) – Tasted 18/07/2014

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne La Colombiere 2012

The 2012s from Liger-Belair looks like they will live up to the great promise they showed from cask … and then some. La Colombiere 2012 is currently showing layers of juicy red fruit – notes of  sweet cherries, raspberries and strawberries – spiced with violets, gooseberries, asian spices and a discrete well integrated touch of oak. On the palate rich and velvet for this level … layers of silky fruit, focused by a nice crisp acidity and a fine underlying minerality. The fruit is organic, free and airy- impressive length. A gorgeous Vosne village in the making .. La Colombiere improves each year and this is perhaps the finest effort so far … rivaling the magnificent 2010.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Fine – (91p) – Tasted 28/07/2014

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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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Domaine Lafouge, Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers 2010

The Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers 2010 from Lafouge is a very good effort for this level. The nose is slightly closed but still display a lovely selection of white and more exotic orchard fruits – supported by a nice discrete minerality. On the palate lovely effortless balance – very fine weight for this level. Not a big wine … but it’s very well made and offer delightful drinking. Will keep .. but why wait?

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Good – (87p) – Tasted 23/07/2014.

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Domaine Armand Rousseau, Gevrey Lavaux St. Jacques 2007

The Lavaux Saint Jacques 2007 from Rousseau is a lovely slightly understated effort. The nose is offering fine cool red berry fruit – notes of raspberries, sous-bois and a discrete underlying earthy minerality. On the palate lovely openly knit fruit … finely focused by the quite delicate minerality. A lovely harmonious effort .. and not trying too hard.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 10/07/2014

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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 Amiot Guy, Chassagne Clos St. Jean 2006

The Chassagne Clos St. Jean 2006 from Amiot Guy is a good but typical effort for the vintage. The nose is very expressive with weighty yellow fruit .. rich with what seems to be more than a hint of botrytis. On the palate same story … rich and quite developed with a significant impression of botrytis. Its a quite balanced wine with a nice freshness but also a quite high alcohol level. On the rich side for my palate … not really happy about the white 06s … but this is nevertheless quite enjoyable now.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink Now) – Good – (87p) – Tasted 10/07/2014.

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 2012

The Lavaux Saint Jacques 2012 from Pacalet is showing beautifully. The nose is crammed with layers of vibrant red fruit … very juicy with notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with allspice and pepper and a deep earthy mineralty. The palate offer a focusing core of ripe and pure coulis fruit – adding depth to the mulitible layers of energetic red fruit. The finish is long – with a refined display of terroir – giving a zen-like balance to the wine. A truly beautiful wine!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The nose is bursting with fruit … red juicy fruit with a quite intense mineralty and spiced with violets, all spice and cinnamon. On the palate even more weighty than expected with a very fine midpalate concentration. The fruit is vibrant with a lovely nerve and energy. The minerality from the terroir is quite powerful .. this will be a very exiting wine to follow .. with its well constituted fruit and balance. Very impressive .. need more time to unfold … just like the two Vosne wines from Pacalet.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Julien Altaber, Bourgogne 2012

I rarely taste poor wines … but my luck just ran out today … with the generic Bourgogne 2012 from Julien Altaber. This is frankly an awful wine … presumably made in the oftherwise lovely Saint Aubin appellation. One look at the color is really enough .. quite dark and without transparency or sparkle … the nose is flat and unclean for a Pinot … with notes that remind me more of Cabernet Franc or Rhone … dark fruit spiced with black and white pepper and some unpleasent green notes. On the palate dark and dense fruit despite the low level of SO2 … seems in some way extracted … with no nerve and transparency what so ever. A sad day for Burgundy.

20120309-125513.jpg(Avoid) – Poor (60 – 69p) – Tasted 18/07/2014

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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 2007

The 2007 Puligny Les Combettes from Domaine Leflaive is quite forward and rather developed. The nose is displaying layers of yellow fruit, notes of apple, melon – rich, slightly buttery – but supported by a lovely minerality. On the palate quite rich and developed with some buttery notes – beautifully focused and balanced by the linear 2007 acidity. Should a Les Combettes 2007 show this degree of maturity at this stage .. not really – in my view. Nevertheless a lovely glass of Puligny now – but would not try 5 years of additional cellaring for this example.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Fine – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 10/07/2014.

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Louis Jadot, Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1996

The Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1996 from Jadot has entered a lovely semi-matured stage. The bouquet is expressive offering a nice selection of red and dark berries spiced with tar, truffles and sous-bois. The sweeter red fruit is tanking over – but still some unresolved dark fruit. On the palate excellent fruit .. quite rich and very well stuctured by the powerful 96 acidity .. still a core of unresolved dark fruit. A gorgeous wine with a lovely airy balance .. beautiful complexity .. a classic … need 5 years more to show the full potential.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 29/06/2014

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Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey Les Cherbaudes 2012

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cherbaudes is a new terroir for me … but hopefully this is not the last time I taste a Fourrier from this vineyard. This relatively unknown terroir is located in a sweetspot just below Mazis-Chambertin and Fourrier has a 0.67 ha plot planted in 1940. The nose is bursting with layers of red and dark berry fruit … pure, organic and juicy with a lovely earthy mineralty. On the palate rich and vibrant with a lovely energy and tension. Love the fruit expression and the terroir offer depth and complexity … a lovely wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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Domaine Francois Lamarche, Vosne Les Chaumes 2010

The 2010 Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes from Lamarche is a quite nice effort. The nose is offering a lovely selection of red and dark berry aromas … spiced with a suitable level of oak and a discrete minerality. On the palate pure and quite transparent rather dark fruit. Its well balanced and structured … I do however feel a slight lack of midpalate fruit and weight. Nevertheless … one of the most impressive wines I have tasted from Lamarche given the terroir.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Very Good (88p) – Tasted 10/07/2014

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Mommesin, Clos du Tart 2004

The Clos du Tart 2004 is approaching maturity. The nose is quite forward with notes of tar, matured red fruit, prune, asparagus and a eathy mineral hint. On the palate quite powerful with layers of matured fruit – a bit rustic and quite developed. A quite lovely and rather complex wine .. slight green note but not disturbingly “ladybuggy”!!. A nice matured wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good+ (91p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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Domaine Jean-Nöel Gagnard, Chassagne Blanchots-Dessus 2012

The Blanchots-Dessus is among the most powerful of the Chassagne vineyards. The 2012 edition of the Blanchots-Dessus is nevertheless a quite refined effort from this intense vineyard. In the bouquet rich and slightly dense yellow orchard fruit – balanced by a citrus infused minerality. On the palate rich almost silky but with a strong minerality boosting the wine. Its quite refined and light-footed for a Blanchots-Dessus and offer a rich and powerful side of the Chassagene wines. Normally a bit on the rich side for my palate – but with the purity and refinement of the 2012 vintage – this wine somehow is spot on for a rich and powerful Chassagne.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine – (92p) – Tasted 17/03/2014.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Bourgogne Blanc 2002

The Bourgogne Blanc 2002 from Domaine Comte de Vogüé is showing very well now. The nose is bursting with layers of tightly knit yellow fruit – hints of apple, hazelnuts and refreshed by a citrus infused filigree minerality. On the palate surprisingly weighty and intense with a lovely nerve and focus. This bottle could improve with 5 years more in the cellar … but is showing beautifully now. Love the fruit intensity and the focusing minerality from the great Musigny terroir.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good+ – (88p) – Tasted 11/07/2014

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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 Jean-Nöel Gagnard, Chassagne Les Chaumes 2012

The Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumes (village) is a classic wine from the appellation. In the nose rich orchard fruits … forward and charming … focused by a citrus driven minerality. On the palate good weight for this level – focused by a quite crisp acidity and a nice minerality for this level. Love the freshness in this wine … a honest and quite vibrant Chassagne village.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Good+ – (87p) – Tasted 17/03/2014.

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Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle Les Amoureuses 2011

The Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue is a gorgeously juicy and transparent wine for the vintage. In the bouquet sweet and crisp jellied fruit – notes of pomegranate and red forest berries – supported by a intense filligree minerality. On the palate layers of vibrant red fruit – very transparent and intense with a long mineralic finish. Love the purity, transparency, nerve and tension in the fruit – a very charming wine. Vogüé really nailed the 2011s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/07/2014

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