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.
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.
The Malconsorts 2011 from Cathiard is a magnificent wine for the vintage. The nose is crammed with expressive red and darkberry fruit – notes of dark cherries, plum and red currant – spiced with violets and a touch of oak. On the palate rich openly knit fruit … airy with a lovely midpalate weight. It’s beautifully balanced and focused by the fine minerality and quite energetic acidity. Adorable and gorgeous … what a lovely wine.
The Vosne Malconsorts cuvee Christiane from de Montille is a refined and delicate wine. The nose is quite expressive with notes of red fruit, spiced with notes of rose petals, soy, asian spices and a filigree earthy minerality. On the palate medium weight with layers of red fruit … its not a big and dense wine … but has a refined persistence and intensity. The acidity is crisp adding a fine energy to the organic fruit. Need time to unfold but is not a wine for 20 years of cellaring. A delicate almost fragile Vosne Malconsorts.
I was very impressed and delighted when I tasted the 2012 reds from cask, and recent tastings of the first 2012s from bottle more than confirm the very positive first impressions.
The Vosne Romanee Les Gaudichot is the relatively unknown neighbourg of the great La Tache vineyard. Collectors are however beginning to appreciate the Gaudichot terroir – and the demand for the few bottles made is rising year after year.
The history of Les Gaudichots is very interesting and to a great extend also the history of La Tâche, as a very large part of the current La Tâche vineyard was a part of Les Gaudichots before 1934.
Update 01/07/2014 -new bottlings from Roche de Bellene and Domaine du Palais added
Vosne Romanee Malconsorts is the fast rising star of the 1er crus in the appellation. The regained fame and glory is due to a large change of ownership and a impressive rise in quality among the other existing owners.
Malconsorts is now back to form and has taken its rightful place among the top 1er crus in Vosne-Romanee. So lets take a closer look at the history and the ownership history of this fine 1er cru.
Update 01/07/2014 … Cathiard plot previous owner update
The 2004 Aux Reignots from Grivot is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The nose is currentlybslightly closed showing lovely cool red berry fruit supported by hints of oak and a spicy minerality .. some matured notes. on the palate lovely cool and weighty fruit … not fully resolved yet .. with a solid core of darker fruits. It’s very balanced and beautifully focused by the lovely minerality … refined and impressive. A lovely effort – need time to resolve the last core of dark and youthful fruit …
The Vosne Romanee La Colombiere from Comte Liger-Belair is showing very well. The nose is displaying lovely red and dark berry fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and a touch of well integrated oak. On the palate quite organic but focused fruit – lovely balance and weight for this level. Love the juicy expression of fruit and the discrete impression of oak.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Bizot is showing well … driven by a tight but organic red fruit. The nose is quite floral with lovely notes of red and darker berries … spiced by a nice earthy minerality. One the palate fine weight and intensity … really like the organic fruit. Not the most focused village wines from Vosne … but a quite delightful glass of pinot. A quite lovely wine for medium term drinking.
La Grande Rue is located north of La Tache and just south of La Romanee, Romanee-Conti and Romanee-Saint-Vivant – indeed a sweetspot just next to the very best vineyards in Burgundy – or if you like in the world.
Whereas the four other vineyards are famous and most wines from them achieve high prices .. La Grande Rue is less hyped and relatively unknown despite its very prominent location.
So what is the story of La Grande Rue?
The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a lovely village effort – but needs time to resolve. In the nose crisp red and dark berry fruit with a quite strong impression of new oak. On the palate quite openly knit with a nice fresh fruit – nicely balanced and quite harmonious. The weight and intensity increases after some time in the glass – and the oak starts to integrate better with the fruit. Will no doubt be lovely when the oak integrates – and I’m not worried there are plenty of fruit here.
One of the new vineyard names in Burgundy is Vosne-Romanee Clos d’Eugenie – a small village monopole clos located just below La Tache and squeezed in between La Tache and Le Clos Goillotte.
The vineyard has an interesting history … and was for many years known as Clos Frantin. We have to go back to the French revolution to find the beginning of the Frantin era in Burgundy wines.
La Croix Rameau is a very small and relatively unknown Vosne-Romanee 1er cru located in the northeast corner of Romanee Saint-Vivant.
The history of this very small climate is somewhat unclear and this also translates into some quite blurry areas in the history of Romanee-Saint-Vivant. The main question is: Was La Croix Rameau once a part of Romanee Saint-Vivant?
The Richebourg 2012 from Gros Frere et Soeur is very fine effort but lacking a bit of weight and intensity compared to the big boys and girls on the Richebourg vineyard. The nose is currently slightly reduced with ample oak and underlaying layers of red and dark berry fruit. On the palate finely focused fruit … nice concentration and transparency with a lovely powerful minerality from the mighty Richebourg terroir. Im missing a bit of intensity here – but I’m sure time will ad some weight to match the mineralic backbone.
Vosne-Romanee Clos de la Goillotte is a hidden gem… and in my view one of the very best village terroirs in Burgundy.
The Goillotte vineyard is located inside Vosne-Romanee just south of the La Goillotte estate, and below La Tache … with the Clos d’Eugenie separating Goillotte and La Tache.
The 2012 Vosne village from Cathiard is a delightful pinot … built for pleasure. The nose is crammed with red and dark berry fruit, Vosne spices and a suitable touch of oak. On the palate lovely subtle fruit … juicy with a very nice energy. It’s pure and vibrant with a lovely understated balance … perhaps not as focused as the very best single terroir villages … but still with a very clear and transparent expression of the Vosne appellation. Summing up … just love this enjoyable wine.
The 2012 Aux Reignots from Cathiard is in my view one of his very best efforts from this fine 1er cru so far. The nose is crammed with red and darkberry fruit – notes of blackberries, dark cherries and red forrest berries – spiced with violets and a touch of oak. On the palate rich and silky fruit … but with a more stony and energetic minerality than the Malconsort. Its quite weigthy, long and powerful – love the mineralic intensity and the tension between the almost silky fruit and the stony minerality underneath. Have a soft spot for Reignots … and this is a very fine example.
The 2012s from Cathiard are gorgeous … and the Malconsort 2012 is a magnificent effort from this fine domaine. The nose is crammed with red and darkberry fruit – notes of dark cherries, plum and red forrest berries – spiced with violets and peony rose. On the palate rich and silky fruit … very fine midpalate weight but still delightfully effortless and airy. The focusing minerality is intense and vibrant …. offering a perfect framwork for the decadently silky fruit. The finish is very long and coated with silky fruit – a quite powerful wine – but nevertheless very refined and filigree. A masterpiece by Cathiard.
The Richebourg 2012 from Thibault Liger-Belair is a big and intense wine. In the bouquet – slightly closed – but with layers of red and dark berry fruit with a lovely floral element underneath the oak impression. On the palate intense fruit and minerality … a powerful Les Richebourg with more stuffing and extraction than the more delicate Anne Gros Richebourg. The fruit is however quite delicate offering fine energy and a contrast to the slightly dense weighty fruit. The finish is classic for the terroir … long with a very powerful minerality. The level of extraction here is debatable … but the obvious quality is not … this is a very fine or perhaps even an outstanding Richebourg .. well done Thibault.