The 2008 La Combe D’Orveaux is a gorgeous and very mineralic Chambolle 1er cru. The bouquet is bursting with acidity driven red and dark berry fruit – notes of elderberries, raspberries – boosted by a energetic crisp minerality. On the palate beautiful acidity driven fruit – medium weight – focused by a dramatic and very powerful minerality. Quite close to grand cru level … love the energy and transparency.
The Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau is one of the hidden gems of Cote de Nuits. Only a few producers make wine from this slightly overlooked terroir and a part of of the climate is now a part of a “rather” well known grand cru. The grand cru is of course Musigny and the story about the expansion of Musigny is also the story about La Combe d’Orveau a terroir with at least partly grand cru potential.
Chambolle Musigny La Combe d’Orveau is devided in two sections – the 1er cru and grand cru climates located just above Clos de Vougeot on the slope just south of Les Petits Musigny and the village section located further west on the border between Flagey-Echezeaux and Chambolle-Musigny – see map below.
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.
Have a soft spot for the terroir Hautes Mauzieres with it’s combination of Vosne spices, minerality and weight. The 2011 edition of the Hautes Maizieres from Bruno Clavelier is a beauty and is currently showing even better than the other village Vosnes from Clavelier. The nose offer crisp red berry fruit, with notes of cherries, raspberris and hints of elderberries – forward with lovely Vosne spices. On the palate quite rich for the level, with a nice weight and a focusing minerality. A lovely village with a impressive display of terroir.
My first wine from the minuscule village terroir La Montagne located in the top end of La Combe Brulee. The 2011 edition of La Montagne from Bruno Clavelier currently show a bit more depth than the Combe Brulee village 2011. The bouquet offer crisp red berry fruit, with notes of cherries, blueberries and elderberries – quite intense with some lovely Vosne spices. On the palate quite intense for the level, with a fine mineralic backbone – very good length and focus. Really like the display of terroir and Vosne spicyness. Quite evenly matched with the other three Vosne lieux-dits from Clavelier … but with it’s own terroir expression.
The Vosne Romanee Les Hautes Maizieres 2010 from Clavelier is a lovely effort. The bouquet offer red and dark berry fruit, with notes of raspberries, cassis and elderberries – crisp with a gorgeous display of Vosne spices. On the palate quite weigthy fruit focused by a impressive acidity and minerality for this level. Love the transparancy and the fine display of terroir – really like the delicate balance between body and minerality offered by his terroir.
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.
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.
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 Vosne-Romanee La Combe Brulee 2011 is a beauty … crammed with fruit and minerality. The nose offer lovely playful red fruit – raspberries, red currant with hints of rose petals. The palate display a – for the level – quite intense juicy fruit with a beautiful focusing minerality. All is beautifully balanced – building up to the long and mineralic finish. A truly beautiful village in the making.
The Chambolle Les Noirots is located below Bonnes Mares, and shares the terroir expression of the red part of this grand cru vineyard. In the bouquet rich and ripe pinot fruit – with red and dark berries. On the palate a rich and more dense expression from the powerful terroir – the fruit is fresh and vibrant but the terroir is slightly on the dense and austere side. A very good wine – but I’m somehow missing the highly strung minerality of some of the Vosne wines.
The Vosne-Romanee Les Hautes Maizieres 2011 offer a bit more body and weight than the other village wines from Clavelier. The nose is very expressive with red berry fruit spiced with violets and rose petals. The palate offer lovely rich fruit structured by the fine minerality and quiite vibrant acidity. Have a soft spot for this terroir – with it’s delicate balance between minerality and density – a lovely wine .
The Hautes de Beaux Monts 2011 offer a lovely expression of Vosne terroir. In the bouquet red and dark pinot fruit with a lovely spicy minerality. On the palate lovely vibrant fruit focused by the fine minerality and the crisp acidity. A impressive village offering a fine and precise expression of terroir.
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. This is a great 1er cru – and a very lovely wine.
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.