The Volnay Caillerets 2005 from Lucien Le Moine is a surprisingly accessible and forward wine. In the nose red and blue berry fruit – notes of raspberries, blueberries and hints of cherries. The bouquet is wonderfully spiced with violets, a nice stony minerality and a touch of oak. On the palate very impressive weight and power for the terroir – quite openly knit for a 2005. Really like the powerful, fruity and openly knit style … a exiting wine with it’s spicy minerality.… Read the full article →
Meursault Blagny is quite well known among Burgundy drinkers and collectors, but have you ever heard about Le Blagny-Blanc?
The appellations of Burgundy are numerous and the system is not always logical and straightforward, so I often turn to Lavalle, when I want to get a historic view on the Burgundy appellations.
When I was making my article about Puligny Les Demoiselles I stumbled on a unknown vineyard in the Puligny classification made by Lavalle in 1855 … the vineyard Le Blagny-Blanc.… Read the full article →
The vineyards in Burgundy are numerous, and some are not even included in detailed maps over Burgundy. One of these vineyards is Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Demoiselles.
I tried to find the location on my trusted standard map – the Atlas Vins app for iPad – made by the Sylvain Pitiot and Pierre Poupon – but no luck on these otherwise outstanding maps.
I then did some more research, and found a quite interesting story about the Les Demoiselles, Puligny Les Caillerets and Chevalier Montrachet.… Read the full article →
The Meursault Poruzots 2008 from Mikulski is a focused and bone dry effort with all the extrovert charm of the 2008 vintage. In the nose citrus infused yellow fruits .. notes of apple, pear, grape … spiced with a tremendous mineral note from the lovely terroir. On the palate very focused with a fine midpalate weight and a long mineralic finish. Love this terroir with it’s crunchy minerality, love the extrovert drama of the vintage and the purity of Mikulskis vinification.… Read the full article →
The 2011 Corton Charlie from Boillot is both gorgeous and impressive. The nose is open and expressive with lovely orchard fruits – notes of apple, pear, citrus – spiced with gun powder, a intense minerality and quite ample oak. On the palate very fine concentration and weight … it’s focused, pure and refined. Love the balance and the rewardingly rich fruit – it’s big and quite powerful but still delicate and focused with a long mineral infused finish. This seems to be a very fine vintage for Charlies … and Boillot certainly nailed this one – a beautiful wine.… Read the full article →
The 1990 Beaune Clos des Ursules from Jadot is starting to show some matured notes. In the nose red and dark berry fruit – raspberries, rich sous-bois with a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate still quite tight but starting to show some charming notes of red fruit – the alcohol is slightly forward currently. It’s a quite edgy and backward given the level and vintage. Need 5 years more to unfold and will keep for at least a decade. Really like this terroir ..… Read the full article →
The 2004 Puligny-Montrachet Les Demoiselles 2004 from Domaine Guy Amiot is in a beautiful spot. In the nose lovely complexity with notes of apple, pear, hints of hazelnuts and oak. On the palate crisp and balanced with a lovely delicate fruit and a very fine supporting minerality. The display of terroir is quite impressive in the long mineral driven finish. Very refined for the vintage … with a lovely freshness and balance. Will keep but is delightful now … a gorgeous Puligny 1er cru.… Read the full article →
The 02 Hautes Maizieres from Prieure Roch is a gorgeous effort. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit .. airy sous-bois, discrete vosne spices with hints of violets and rose petals. On the palate quite intense fruit … lush but still slightly unresolved with a focusing core of darker fruit. Less developed than the last bottle I tasted … need 3 to 5 years to reach a sufficient level of maturity. After one hour the red sweeter fruit becomes more dominant … and the complexity increases … the 02s from Henri Roch are magnificent.… Read the full article →
The Clos des Corvees 1999 has entered a quite matured stage and is showing good form. In the nose organic red and dark berry fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and hints of tar. On the palate quite intense fruit … fine length with a very nice mineral backbone. Love the terriors in the southern part of Nuits-Saint-Georges. A lovely wine … but these wine should not be enjoyed after transport … they need to settle down … in this case the sediments was stirred up, adding a slight volatile note to the wine.… Read the full article →
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2008 from Pacalet is extrovert and very accessible. In the nose cinnamon, all spice, red berry fruit with notes of strawberries and rhubarbs. On the palate quite rich opulent organic fruit .. openly knit .. with a crisp and powerful underlying acidity. It’s very forward and expressive with a quite intense display of it’s organic low SO2 styled fruit. A lovely wine .. enjoyable now .. but will be even better after 5 years in the cellar.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air 2010 from Philippe Pacalet is delightfully transparent but still tightly structured. In the nose red berry fruit …. notes of red currant, strawberries … spiced with hints of cinnamon and a quite powerful earthy minerality. On the palate tightly structured with a lovely intensity and power … love the transparancy and the display of terroir. A quite muscular wine for the producer with a powerful minerality and precise acidity – very impressive and lovely.
The Chambolle village is a lovely effort. Slightly reduced on the nose, but still bursting with pure red and dark fruit – crisp with a lovely minerality. On the palate intense for this level with a transparent and vibrant fruit and a lovely energy. A very charming village Chambolle in the making.
The Chambolle 1er cru is a step up in quality (made 100% from young vines on the Musigny vineyard). In the bouquet lovely red and dark candied fruit – infused with a lovely intense minerality. On the palate layers of crisp fruit – a lovely energy and tension – with a strong but refined backbone from the great Musigny terroir. Love the floral expression of the Musigny terroir – the positive energy and the balance – a gorgeous wine.
(Drink from 2024) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 from cask.… Read the full article →
The Bonnes Mares is darker as usual – but with a surprisingly vibrant energy. In the bouquet layers of red and dark fruit – blackberries, pomegranate and red forest berries, spiced with a lovely earthy minerality. It’s intense, pure and transparent with a vibrant energy. The fruit is weighty but still expressive with a lovely tension between the red fruit and the quite firm tannins and the fine acidity. One of the best Bonnes Mares I have tasted from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a gorgeous wine.… Read the full article →
The Amoureuses is truly gorgeous with a fantastic vibrant energy and tension. In the bouquet layers of red and dark fruit – blackberries, pomegranate and red forest berries, spiced with white peppar and a lovely crunchy minerality. It’s cool, pure and transparent with a vibrant energy and a very refined expression of the terroir. One of the best Les Amoureuses I have tasted from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé – a truly delightful wine.
(Drink from 2026) – Very Fine+ (94 – 95p) – Tasted 13/09/2013 from cask.… Read the full article →