The 2004 Pacalet Chambolle 1er cru is fully mature and ready to rock. In the bouquet expressive and expansive organic red fruit – notes of forest strawberries and sous-bois – spiced with cinnamon and allspice. On the palate juicy red fruit – organic style – with a lovely balance and focus from the fine acidity. The 2004s from Pacalet are impressive for the vintage – and in my view at their peak now – so enjoy!
The Bonnes Mares 2004 from Bertheau is quite mature and almost ready to rock. The bouquet starts out with a hint of iodine – but after a few minutes the nose reveals openly knit red berry fruit, sous bois and a finely grained minerality. The palate show more expressive fruit – openly knit red fruit with a strong backbone of quite vibrant acidity and playful minerality. Compared to the 04 Bonnes Mares from Roumier this is slightly lighter, and it does not quite match the purity of the Roumier.… Read the full article →
The 1990 Bonnes Mares from Vogue I finally coming around after more than a decade in deep sleep. The bouqet starts out with some slightly cheasy notes, but soon fall in to place with pure rather dark fruit – raspberries, sous bois, liquorice and tar – combined with the eathy minerality of the dark Bonnes Mares terroir. On the palate very pure red and dark berry fruit – it’s tight and linear, with a impressive intensity, length and focus. This is a serious quite old school Burgundy … with a somewhat austere expression currently.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Les Cras 2009 is still very very youthful, but starting to show more Chambolle character and minerality. The bouquet is still very much primary aromas, with red berry fruit – but is starting to show a nice spicy Chambolle minerality. The fruit in the nose is finely balanced with some fresh elements of forest berries, and some more hot liquorice notes. The palate is shaping up beautifully like many other 09s … it’s quite focused and the cooler red notes in the fruit is taking over.… Read the full article →
The Bonnes Mares 2004 from Roumier is quite impressive for the vintage .. but still need time to unfold fully. The bouquet offer crystal clear dark red and black fruits, it’s linear, very pure and only showing few mature red notes. On the palate it’s quite tight and focused with a very pure cool pinot fruit – no greenness here. It’s not a big and dense wine, but it offers purity and focus. Currently it’s a bit on the austere side – so I would give it 5 years more in the cellar to release some more expressive mature fruit.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle-Musigny village 1999 from Vogue is slowly but surely starting to show more expressive matured notes. In the bouquet more and more red fruits – raspberries with hints of sweet strawberries and gooseberries – still some tar and dark notes in the nose. On the palate fresh and quite crisp red fruit – juicy and with a remarkable good acidity for the vintage. Love the fine expression of Chambolle minerality – and the midpalate concentration is quite impressive for this level.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Musigny Combottes 2010 from Georges Roumier is a lovely effort. In the bouquet raspberries, dark cherries and red forest berries – spiced with a distinct Chambolle minerality. On the palate very good concentration for this level – loads of juicy pinot fruit – balanced by a fine acidity and the quite strong mineralic backbone. Is quite dense and dark now and not showing the ultimate transparancy – a fine, quite complex and beautiful 2010 from Roumier – but really needs time.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle-Muigny 1999 from Domaine Dujac is slowly but surely starting to show matured notes. The bouquet is still somewhat closed with dark and red fruit and a slightly austere hint of tar. After some time in the glass the red fruit starts to take over with notes of strawberries and sous-bois. On the palate very good weight and concentration for a village wine – but still need time to resolve the slightly rustic notes in the finish. Give it 5 years more in the cellar … this very good village wine is really worth waiting for.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Musigny Les Combottes 2005 from Georges Roumier is still very young and backward. In the bouquet dark fruits – notes of prune, cassis and raspberries. On the palate it’s very dense, fleshy and powerful. The fruit expression is currently muscular and slightly stewed – lacking some Burgundian charm and refinement. Need at least 10 years more in the cellar, and will keep for more than two decades. The 05s are big and very powerful wines .. they really need a lot of time before they will be truly enjoyable.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle Musigny 2007 from Pacalet is very open and ready to rock. The nose is bursting with red organic fruit and sous-bois – notes of sweet strawberries and forrest berries with a light hint of red current and violets. On the palate a very extrovert fruit expression of sweet red strawberries. Has good balance but is somewhat short, and lacking a bit of depth and true weight on the midpalate like quite a lot 2007 wines. Bottom line – is lacking some oomph and focus – but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed this bottle – cheers!… Read the full article →
The Bonnes Mares 1998 from Domaine Dujac is a big but somewhat monolithic wine. In the bouquet tightly knit red fruit – with notes of red forrest berries, plum and vanilla. On the palate quite intense tight fruit with a big and muscular structure. It’s still seems unevolved and a bit one dimensional. Compared to the 1999 Clos de la Roche in the same set, it’s lacking true depth, transparancy and first and foremost delicacy and complexity. A very fine effort but – somehow lacking the X-factor!… Read the full article →
The 2006 Musigny Vieilles Vignes from Comte de Vogue is surprisingly open and accessible. In the bouquet cherries, raspberries with hints of red current, violets and rose petals. Offering lovely complexity and is beautifully focused by the fine minerality. On the palate very airy and openly knit fruit – fine midpalate concentration – elegant rather than dense. The lovely red pint fruit has a very good energy and is very harmonious – with a long, precise mineral driven finish. Is open – but still young – need at least 8 to 10 years of cellaring to show matured notes.… Read the full article →
The Musigny 2011 from Vogue is now showing it’s true colors. In the bouquet fine red fruit, with notes of strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate – spiced with hints of peony rose and cinnamon. On the palate more power and weigth than the Bonnes Mares with layers of fruit and minerality. The fruit is juicy and possess a fine zappy energy. Impressive length and balance. A elegant Musigny in the making!
The Amoureuses 2011 from Vogue shows very delicate red jellied fruits and intense minerality. In the nose strawberries, pomegranate, raspberries with a lovely minerality – hints of peppar and rose petals. On the palate quite delicate red fruits and a fine nervy acidity and minerality – love the energy in this wine. Very fine transparancy and expression of the terroir. A beautiful wine in the making!
The Chambolle 1er cru 2002 from Philippe Pacalet has entered a quite mature state. The bouquet is showing lovely complexity with red fruits – strawberries, raspberries and red currant – spiced with sous-bois and fresh white truffles. On the palate juicy, rich and quite mature organic fruit. It’s silky and quite focused with a zappy and somewhat spicy acidity. Compared to recent vintages of Pacalet this wine is lacking a bit of focus and refinement – but it’s still a very delightful glass of pinot.… Read the full article →
The Bonnes Mares 2011 from Vogue show a darker but quite juicy expression of pinot. In the bouquet loads of blueberries, black cherries and hints of peony rose, peppar and violets. On the palate darker and more dense jelied fruits, with a quite fine minerality – good lenght and balance.