The Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2011 from Sirugue is a quite lovely glass of Vosne. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit discretely spiced with violets and a hint of elderberries. On the palate quite intense and fresh fruit – good midpalate weight og length. It’s pure and well balanced, typical for both the vintage and the terroir. The oak is finely integrated and the tannins are firm but ripe and harmonius. A quite attractive and enjoyable wine – and quite a bargain.
The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a very nice 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. Not the most focused Vosne village – a very good wine – but somehow slightly disappointing.
The 2008 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair is open and really rocking with loads of youthful energy. In the bouquet transparent and crisp red fruit with hints of graphe, peony rose, cinnamon and a touch of oak. On the palate acidity driven red fruit … crisp and lightfooted … focused by a acidity infused Vosne minerality. Loads of energy here – with the oak well integrated. Really love the transparency and the crystal clear fruit …. refined but still quite a beast with its dramatic vibrant acidity. Not a wine for the average wine solicitor fan.
The Vosne Romanee 2010 village from Sylvain Cathiard is a truly delightful wine … and still quite accessible. The bouquet is crammed with layers of refined fruit – notes of red berries, violets, peony rose and a discrete minerality. The palate is offering a rich, pure and silky display of cool pinot fruit. It’s very refined and harmonious with it’s finely grained tannins and sophisticated fruit – but not quite as focused as some of the single vineyard village wines. A beautiful and refined village – just love the delicate Vosne expression in this wine. Very impressive indeed.
The Vosne-Romanee 1985 from Robert Arnoux is fully mature but still in fine form. The nose is very expressive with sous-bois, red berry fruit with orange hints and Vosne spices. On the palate still very good fruit, quite intense and weighty for this level. Slightly high on the volatile acidity … but the acidity seem to integrate better after some time in the glass. A lovely glass of mature Vosne … flawless aside from the slightly volatile note … really enjoyed this wine.
The 2011 Vosne Village from Cathiard is a very delightful wine. The nose is forward and charming with layers of red and dark berry fruit spiced with violets and hints of liqourice. On the palate rich and silky with discrete support from the finely grained tannins. Not focused like the best single terroir village wines, but I really love the delicate pure fruit, the delightful balance and effortless charm – Build for pleasure!
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The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2007 from Domaine Poisot is not really showing the full potential at the moment. In the nose quite perfumed and dense red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries, elderberries … spiced with a quite discrete minerality and some hints of toasted oak. On the palate quite rich and dense for the vintage … a bit unfocused currently. The finish is long and quite powerful but also a bit unresolved and edgy. It’s a big wine for the vintage, but it really need time to resolve … and lacking a bit of transparancy compared directly with the 2008. Nevertheless a fine wine in the making,
The 2011 Columbiere is quite forward offering a lovely fruity bouquet with red and dark berry fruit. It’s showing a nice complexity with Vosne spices and a nice minerality followed by a quite discrete impression of oak. On the palate lovely fruit – quite expressive and airy – nicely focused by the minerality and the new oak. Quite rich for the level but with a nice transparancy and a crisp acidity in the finish. A beautifully balanced Vosne village.
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Domaine Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is quite long and focused with the weight of the lovely terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … a delightful effort.
The 2006 Romanee Saint-Vivant from Domaine Poisot is a quite dark and serious wine. The bouquet offer a intense display of dark berry fruit, liqourice and a earthy Vosne minerality with hints of violets and all spice. The fruit is appear slightly stewed in the beginning – but after some time in the glass it unfolds purity and more transparency. On the palate it’s quite dark and muscular compared to the 2007 and 2008 editions of this wine, with rich and tightly knit dark fruit and a powerful framework of tannins and minerality. It’s a quite intense and weighty wine – really need time to unfold some more complexity.
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Remi Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is nevertheless long and focused with the weight from the lovely grand cru terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … perhaps a bit on the light side.
Henri Jayer (1922 – 2006) is one of the most legendary producers in Burgundy … the prices are therefore very high and there are a lot of fake bottles on the market. Buying Jayer is therefore a game of trust, knowledge and a lot of money.
I have done a bit of research on Jayer recently and found some interesting information about the Jayer labels used in the 1960s and early 1970s … the story about the forgotten label.
The Les Reignots from Dominique Laurent is surprisingly forward and quite charming. The nose is quite floral with a crisp raspberry fruit, lovely Vosne spices and a moderate touch of slightly toasted oak. On the palate crisp and pure red berry fruit, good energy and balance. Medium weight with a nice airy expression. Not a big Reignots but a quite delightful wine with a lovely expression of terroir and vibrant energy …. quite a pleasure although not a match for the big boys on this gorgeously mineralic terroir.
I have seen an almost endless number of pristine Henri Jayer wines being tasted and consumed over the past few years. A rough count show more than 25 bottles of Richebourg from Jayer have been tasted by a few people, including numerous bottles of 1959 and 1962.
To be honest I found this quite unusual, as Jayer wines are now more or less gone from the restaurants that used to serve Jayer wines, back in the days where there were mainly genuine Jayer wines on the market.
I’m working on several articles about the vineyards in Vosne Romanee, and discovered some new historic details about the Romanee Saint-Vivant vineyard.
The Vosne-Romanee 2002 from Emmanuel Rouget has entered a semimatured stage and is showing beautifully. In the nose finely focused with a combination of dark berry fruit and some sweeter matured red fruit notes – infused with some lovely Vosne spices. On the palate intense and focused for this level – with layers of pure ripe fruit. It offers fine weight and is holding its ground very well – tasted with the 2002 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair. A very impressive and enjoyable village from Rouget – with more focus and poise than one usually find in his excellent village wines .
The Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau 2002 from Liger-Belair has entered a matured stage. The nose is crammed with redberry fruit spiced with notes of gooseberries, peony rose, all spice and a touch of oak. On the palate lovely pure and quite airy fruit – quite long with a nice mineral infused finish. It’s not fully mature … but on the approach and is offering great drinkability. A lovely Vosne village – very good – but nevertheless show how much Louis-Michel have improved quality since these first vintages.
Have you ever heard about the vineyard Vosne-Romanee Derriére le Four – most likely not. The vineyard is nevertheless mentioned by both Danguy & Aubertin (1892) and Rodier (1920) as one of the better vineyards in Vosne-Romanee.
Montille makes two cuvees of Vosne Aux Malconsort – the cuvee Chistiane made from a plot just outside the original La Tache vineyard, and a more “ordinary” cuvee made from the other plots on Aux Malconsort. The word “ordinary” should however not be used about the Vosne Romanee Aux Malconsort 09 from Montille – it’s a beutiful and quite remarkable effort for the vintage. The nose is quite cool and refined with red and dark fruits with lovely Vosne spices and a nice asian touch of soy and anise. On the palate – very airy and cool for the vintage – with fine depth and concentration. It’s long, focused and quite transparent for a 09. A very resolved and harmonious effort … but first and foremost a true pleasure with it’s balance between elegance and power.
The Vosne Aux Malconsort from Dujac is made from the two climates Aux Malconsort and Les Gaudichots, but labeled Malconsort. It’s my first experience with this wine from Domaine Dujac .. and what a treat. In the nose lovely dark fruit with a beautiful Vosne minerality – deep fruit but still quite floral. On the palate layered and rich fruit – very focused for the vintage and with a lovely expression of the fine terroir. Fine length and weight but perhaps lacking a bit of transparancy and precision in the fruit … like most other wines from this vintage. A beautiful wine for the vintage .. love the forwardness and complexity.