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 Laveaux Saint Jacques 1999 from Dugat-Py is a dense and youthful wine. In the bouquet loads of primary fruit … slightly monolithic .. with powerful notes of raspberries – quite dark fruit but still expressive and forward. On the palate rich and muscular yet quite silky fruit … a powerhouse with more balance than refinement. On the positive side .. a big and quite harmonious wine. On the negative side .. somewhat extracted and with almost no sign of maturity at age 15.… Read the full article →
The 2000 Ruchottes Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau is a quite delightful effort for the vintage. In the bouquet quite airy red berry fruit with hints of sous-bois, truffle and cinnamon. On the palate expressive and quite juicy fruit with a nice intensity for the vintage. Not a big and dense wine – but harmonious and quite refined with a lovely eathy minerality. Love the energy from the terroir – a lovely 2000 approaching maturity.
The 2002 Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau is a delightful and refined effort. In the bouquet layers of airy red berry fruit with hints of sous-bois – still quite youthful but very refined and subtle. On the palate rich, crisp and cool fruit – refined and elegant with a very fine midpalate intensity – good weight and concentration but still very airy and delicate for a Chambertin. Love the effortless refinement and admire the intensity – a gorgeous Chambertin in the making.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin village 09 from Faiveley is very open and polished. In the nose slightly toasted oak – hint of sous-bois with a rather dense note of red and dark berry fruit. On the palate rich and velvet … well balanced …. but slightly dense. Like the drinkability … but the style and the vintage is perhaps not the recipe for freshness. Faiveley has something going ..would love to taste the 2010.
The 2002 Aux Combottes from Domaine Dujac is entering a matured window. In the nose fresh and crisp red berry fruit … but it’s beginning to show matured notes with hints of sous-bois, slight orange peel and tar. On the palate focused red fruit – delicate and airy – with a good midpalate lushness. It’s harmonious and quite lightfooted – but still with very good intensity, length and expression of terroir. A truly beautiful 02 – lovely juice.
The Chambertin Clos de Beze 2006 from Pascal Lachaux is a big and burly wine. In the bouquet quite rustic dark and red berry fruit with som animalistic elements and a earthy minerlity. On the palate rustic and dense fruit – fine length and minerality. It’s a big wine … but in my view lacking some focus and refinement. Need time to unfold – only fine.
The Chambertin 2009 from Rossignol-Trapet is a mixed bag of goodies. The bouquet is very open, with toasted oak, fine almost airy red berry fruit and a beautiful stony minerality from the mighty Chambertin terroir. On the palate quite lightfooted for a 2009 Grand Cru with a quite cool fruit and a long refined mineralic finish. On the positive side it’s quite nimble and delicate for a 2009 – but it’s also somewhat lighter than one would expect from a Chambertin in a fine vintage.… Read the full article →
Domaine Serafin made some very fine Gevreys in 1999 – and the Cazetiers is one of the very best in the lineup – most likely only surpassed by the great Charmes Chambertin. The Cazetiers 1999 is still quite youthful but starting to show some matured notes. In the bouquet rich red berry fruit with a quite intense earthy minearlity, sous-bois and some very slight hints of truffles. On the plate quite tight and focused for a Serafin wine – but also with the characteristic Serafin richness.… Read the full article →
The Mazis Chambertin 2000 from Dugat-Py is still surprisingly youthful and fresh. In the bouquet ripe and deep red berry fruit with fresh notes of raspberries – spiced with truffles and a lovely earthy minerlity. On the palate layers of deep and intense red fruit – complex, rich and quite dense. It’s long, harmonious and perfectly balanced – very impressive for the vintage. It’s drinking quite well now … but will improve with further cellaring. Bottom line – a great effort for the 2000 vintage – but lacking the depth and nerve of a great vintage.… Read the full article →
The 2002 Gevrey Chambertin Petite Chapelle from Dugat-P is still young and quite vibrant. In the nose fresh raspberry notes … beginning to have more complex hints of truffle and sous-bois. On the palate fresh and juicy raspberry fruit … fine length with a quite intense earthy minerality in the finish. It’s quite undeveloped and slightly austere with it’s slightly monolitich fruit and tar notes. Nevertheless a quite refined effort … but need time to unfold. I have quite high expectations for the 02 Dugat-Py wines … and really hope they will get some complex mature notes before the lovely fruit declines …
(Drink From 2016) – Fine (91p) – Tasted 15/06/2013.… Read the full article →
The Ruchotte Chambertin 2012 is a true beauty. The bouquet is currently slightly closed but still offer layers of lovely organic red berry fruit and a quite stunning display of minerality and terroir. On the palete very intense red berry fruit – multible layers of juicy fruit. The minerality and complexity is very inmpressive adding a wonderful energy and nerve to this wine. It’s rich, refined and charming – love this terroir.
The Pacalet Charmes 2012 is both a intense and charming wine in the making. The bouquet is bursting with nuances of energetic red berry fruit – spiced with allspice and cinnamon. On the palate layers of delicate and intense red berry fruit with elements of sweet red coulis fruit. It’s balanced and refined – it’s quite dense for a Pacalet wine – but still fresh and vibrant. The fine display of terroir in the long finish offer adds focus and nerve.… Read the full article →