The Chambertin Clos de Beze 2008 from Henri Roch is a organic beauty. The nose is exploding with red berry fruit and spices – notes of raspbarries, strawberries, cinnamon, gooseberries and all spice. On the palate rich organic red fruit – intense and foucused by the quite impressive expression of the Clos de Beze terroir and the lovely crisp 2008 acidity. Really love the combination of the acidity driven vintage and the rich organic style of Prieure-Roch. If you like the style then the Clos de Beze from Roch is most likely one of the very best low SO2 wines made in Burgundy.… Read the full article →
The Mazis-Chambertin 2010 from Dupont-Tisserandot is a truly beautiful and great wine. It’s beginning to close down – but the bouquet is still bursting with intense cool red fruit – razzberries, pomegranate – spiced with white peppar, liqourice and layers of deep earthy minerality. On the palate rich and very intense fruit – quite muscular – with a strong framework of acidity, finely grained tannins and a quite intense minerality. It’s big but still transparent and quite lightfooted – the finish is long, intense and firmly focused – true grand cru stuff.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru from Mugneret-Gibourg is made from the young vines in Ruchottes Chambertin. It’s slightly closed now – but still offering a charming display of terroir and cool 2010 fruit. In the bouquet dark berry fruit with notes of red and dark cherries and liquorice. On the palate lovely intense fruit with good midpalete weight supported by finely grained tannins. It’s very balanced and transparent offering a good look at the charming minerality of the Ruchottes terroir. It’s a lovely 1er cru but is lacking the depth and minerality of the Ruchottes made from old vines.… Read the full article →
Philippe Pacalet is, as mentioned before, one of my favorite winemakers in Burgundy. I love the style of the wines, the drinkability, the lightness, the purity, the delicate expression of pinot fruit and the terroir.
The 2010 vintage was a big succes for Pacalet, the quality was very high, and the transparancy of some of the reds were almost second to none. The 2011s were also very fine for the vintage, and I was therefore eager to visit Philippe and taste his 2012s.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel-Air from Pacalet is a beauty. The bouquet offer cool pure and focused fruit – pomegranate, strawberries, raspberries and allspice. On the palate tight and very focused – with a intense midpalate concentration of red fruit … and a long lingering mineralic finish. Perfectly balanced with a lovely expression of both pinot fruit and terroir. The 2010s from Pacalet is clearly a full quality level up from the previous vintages – the focus and especially the transparacy is outstanding.… Read the full article →
The Dugat-Py Coeur du Roy 2010 is a big dense village wine. The bouquet is quite expressive with loads of lush red and dark fruit spiced with oak and a quite strong floral note. The palate offer a incredible concentration for a village wine – it’s big, quite openly knit and with a weight of a 1er cru. The terroir expression does however not quite match the abundant concentration, and this does leave you with a somewhat rustic feel. Would have loved a stronger expression of Gevrey Chambertin terroir to match the amazing concentration – and a little less producer impression.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin 2010 village from Dujac Fils et Père is indeed a little beauty. The bouquet offer red berry fruit – pure and crystal clear red fruit – with notes of cherris and forrest berries. On the palate pure cool pinot fruit with a impressive transparancy and a quite vibrant energy. It’s medium bodied with a good focus and length. The finish is focused with a good display of terroir. Does not have the weight of the domaine wines from Dujac, but the crystal clear transparancy of this wine is impressive – a lovely wine … perfect for a light lunch.… Read the full article →
The 2010 Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers from Armand Rousseau is a beatifully focused wine. Slightly closed but after a quick decanting the bouquet is offering fine red berry fruit … with a wonderful sweet core of crystal clear pinot fruit – notes of cherries raspberries and pomegranate. On the palate quite tight and focused with a lovely core of pure transparent fruit. The mineralic structure is powerful and typical for this vineyard. Enjoyable now but teally needs at least a decade of cellaring before the full potential is unleached.… Read the full article →
The Mazis-Chambertin 1995 from Domenique Laurent is approaching maturity. In the bouquet sous-bois, red fruits with notes of forest berries and a hint of tar. On the palate fine red fruit with. good complexity and focus – medium body and fine length. The tannins are quite fine, but the oak is still holding the finish in a quite firm grib. It’s not oaked to death, but the ok is still quite present in the wine, and a more moderate use of oak would most likely have produced a more free and refined wine.… Read the full article →
The 2002 Charmes Chambertin from Joseph Roty is not showing well at the moment. In the bouquet rich polished dark and red berry aromas with some very ripe notes of plum and prune. On the palate quite open and accessible, with a dense and sweet fruit for the vintage. It’s a quite big wine, with good midpalate concentration and a long quite intense finish. There are however two problems, firstly it’s very polished with only little charm and terroir expression, secondly some of the fruit notes seem very ripe – almost 2003 like.… Read the full article →
The Charmes Chambertin 1996 from Domaine Dujac is a lovely wine – but somewhat atypical for the vintage. The bouquet offer matured almost organic red fruits – strawberries, raspberries and red current – with a serious dose of sous-bois. On the palate quite rich red fruit with a good midpalate concentration and length – quite soft and bit fragile for the vintage – i.e. none of the rustic and slighly austere notes found in many 1996 red Burgundies. A fine and lovely wine – but be aware of deposits in the bottle – need proper handling and decanting.… Read the full article →
The Charmes Chambertin 2002 from Domaine Dujac is quite open but still need some years in the cellar to unfold fully. In the bouquet lovely red fruits – with notes of sweet red berries and forest undergrowth. On the palate fine red fruits, with good midpalate weight and blalace. The finish is still showing more unevolved darker fruit notes. It’s a fine effort – but not really grand cru level in a year like 2002. Fine but not that impressive.
The Charmes Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes 2001 from Joseph Roty is a muscular and somewhat rustic wine. Quite forward and open in the bouquet with notes of red berries, undergrowth and a pinch of red current. On the palate powerful and well balanced with a very good midpalate concentration and a long slightly rustic finish. The mineralic backbone is firm and supported by a quite powerfull spicy acidity. Still need some time to unfold the fruit completely – but drinking well.… Read the full article →
The Laveaux St. Jacques from Dugat-Py is starting to show some matured complexity. In the bouquet sweet red fruits – strawberries and raspberries – with notes of sous Bois, orange peel and tar. Powerful and muscular on the palate with a quite strong tannic grip in the finish … but not that far from being open. Starting to show some juicy red fruit on the midpalate – has good energy and fine length with a quite spicy acidity. Needs a few more years in the cellar to show more complexity on the palate.… Read the full article →
The Mazis-Chambertin 2011 from Dupont-Tisserandot is a truly beautiful wine. In the bouquet layers of red and berry fruit – notes of raspberries, forest strawberries rose petal and a earthy hint of wet stones. On the palate layers of very juicy red and dark fruit, very good energy and balance with a vibrant acidity and minerality. A beautiful wine.
The Laveaux St. Jacques from Dupont-Tisserandot is a true charmeur. In the bouquet delicate jelly fruit aromas, with raspberries and sweeter notes of strawberries, rose petals and cherries. On the palate more openly knit and forward than the Cazetiers, with a beautiful almost sexy mid-palate juicyness. The fruit is ripe and complex offering a quite juicy pleasure. Quite seductive – recommended.
The Charmes-Chambertin 2011 from Dupont-Tisserandot is quite a step up in concentration and focus from the fine Laveaux. In the bouquet lovely confiture styled fruit with sweet berry aromas – quite rich and ripe. On the palate open and quite rich, with a fine mid-palate concentration – lovely balanced with a good acidity and minerality from the fine terroir. A typical Charmes Chambertin – a very fine effort.
The Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers is a step up in concentration but also a slightly more backward wine than the Petit Chapelle. In the bouquet fine fruit notes with raspberries, cherries and black cherries. On the palate a lovely minerality, very focused with a good fruit concentration on the mid-palate.The finish is quite long and offer a quite powerful minerality.