The Vosne Romanee village 2010 from d’Eugenie is a lovely and quite refined wine. Made from the vineyards Les Communes and Les Vigneux. In the bouquet sweet red fruit with notes of strawberries and raspberries spiced with hints of rose petals and violets. The impression of oak is quite refined offering a hint of vanilla to the bouquet. On the palate very elegant juicy red fruit – harmonious with a good energy and nerve. The fine minerality and acidity is offering good focus and length. A very elegant and airy village wine – I really enjoyed this bottle.
Domaine d’Eugenie is one of the rising stars in Burgundy … or if you like a new regime at the old wellknown domaine – Rene Engel. The Vosne Romanee 2008 is very open with sweet red and dark fruit in the bouquet … dark cherries and some notes of raspberry and gooseberries. The nose is quite refined with some nice Vosne spices. On the palate good, quite firm fruit, with a nice acidity structure from the 08 vintage. Well balanced but slightly closed on the palate – with the oak quite present in the finish. The style is gradually improving but is still slightly impersonal in my view. Perhaps not the most complex of village wine – but still a very good effort.
I use my own rating system here at Winehog.org.
I don’t use the 100 point scale anymore – but changed to a quite simple scale inspired by some of the British wine journalists.
Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!
The end of points
I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more aparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.
I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale … enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!
The potential is defined by the terroir
The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth comes from the terroir. It’s important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the grand cru wines produced, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that merrits an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.
Here is our the winehog.org scale:
- Legendary – (99 – 100p)
- Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
- Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
- Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
- Fine – (91 – 92p)
- Very Good – (88 – 90p)
- Good – (85 – 87p)
- Above Average – (80 – 84p)
- Average – (75 – 79p)
- Below Average – (70 – 74p)
- Poor – (50 – 69p)