Les Hauts de Beaux Monts is a very interesting terroir located high on the slope above Vosne Beaux-Monts. The nose offer crisp red and dark berry fruit, with notes of raspberries and blueberries – quite floral – but with the oak more present than in the other three Vosne villages from Clavelier. On the palate quite rich for this terroir, with a lovely weight and a nice focusing minerality – again the oak seem slightly more present here. Need a bit of time to resolve … a lovely village in the making.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Romanee Aux Brulee 2009 from Clavelier is quite forward but still very young. The bouquet offer rich red berry fruit, with notes of raspberries, blueberries and elderberries – quite dense aromas with some lovely Vosne spices. On the palate rich and quite opulent fruit – as one would expect from this vintage – but with a superb acidity and minerality as a stong backbone. Still need to shed some of the baby fat …. but will be a delightful wine with it’s crisp acidity and lovely Vosne minerality.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Chambertin Les Corbeaux 2009 from Bruno Clavelier is a quite surprising wine. The nose is classic Clavelier with red fruit, and a quite distingt note of elderberries spiced with hints of violets and asian spices. On the palate very focused with a cool and crisp red fruit – structured by a very impressive acidity for the vintage. Surprisingly fresh and crisp for the vintage, and almost Vosne like in it’s spicyness …. a lovely focused wine.
The bourgogne rouge offer a lovely crisp and pure red berry fruit. It’s harmonious with a good nerve and energy in the fruit. It offer a quite good concentration for this level and beautiful pure expression of pinot fruit. Not a big wine – but nevertheless lovely.
The Chambolle Les Corbeaux 2011 is a step up in weight and fruit intensity from the village wines. The nose offer lovely deep red and dark berriy fruit-’ with more earthy notes than the very mineralic Vosne villages. The palate show more weight, with a rich and pure pinot fruit – has a quite earthy and powerful style. A lovely wine with a more weighty expression of pinot.
The Vosne Les Beaux Monts is another beautiful effort. The nose is offering a intense and spicy expression of red berry fruit with hints of violets and liqourice. On the palate intense and balanced with a good midpalate concentration of vibrant pinot fruit. The minerality is powerful, refined and focused – providing a solid framework for the quite rich fruit. Love the harmony and intensity in this wine – a wine for the cellar.
The Corton Rognets is the only Grand Cru in the Clavelier range. In the bouquet it offers dark and intense quite earthy pinot aromas – notes of blue berries, raspberries with some floral notes. On the palate quite muscular with dark and quite weighty fruit – the tannins are finely grained and quite powerful. A pure, powerful and harmonious Corton – but I nevertheless tend to prefer some of the beautiful 1er cru’s from Clavelier.
I have a soft spot for the Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Cras – and the Clavelier 2011 confirm my passion for this terroir. In the bouquet lovely red and dark fruit – black currant and raspberries with some hints of red currant and rose petals. The palate offer good weight and concentration with more creamy textures than the Vosne wines – the minerality is quite intense and focused – giving the wine a powerful and energetic expression. A lovely balanced and intense 1er cru in the making.… Read the full article →
The Vosne Aux Brulee is one of my favorites from Clavelier. The bouquet is crammed with red fruit and minerality – violets and rose petals – a classic Vosne nose. On the palate intense red fruit – fresh with a lovely tension and nerve from the fine minerality of this great terroir. It’s perfectly balanced with a long mineralic finish. Love the energy and nerve in this wine – beautiful pinot juice.
The Chambolle La Combe d’Orveaux is from a small vineyard just above the Musigny vineyard. This may be a 1er cru but one sense the intense power and depth of the neighbouring grand cru. The bouquet offer red berry fruit – Chambolle style – with a stony but very refined minerality. On the palate rich and complex pinot fruit supported by the very intense minerality of this fine terroir. The finish is long and persistant with a vibrant almost grand cru like intensity.… Read the full article →
The Bourgogne Chadonney offer a lovely crisp and harmonious fruit – so typical for the 2011 whites. It’s made from old wines – 65 years – and this is showing. The bouquet offer fine yellow fruit with notes melon, pear and citrus. On the palate good quite rich fruit – old wines – and a lovely balance and complexity for this level. A quite beautiful Bourgogne Blanc – would be happy to have a case of this wine.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Cras 2002 is now showing matured notes. In the bouquet red berry fruit with notes of sous-bois, orange and liqourice. On the palate lovely pure and ripe red fruits – good freshness and nerve – with a lovely transparancy. It’s medium bodied with a lovely mineralic intensity, energy and length. A gorgous 2002 – not fully matured but is fresh and drinking beautifully.