Frederic Cossard, Puligny Montrachet 2010

The Puligny Montrachet village 2010 from Frederic Cossard is a very good wine and is now starting to settle down. In the nose white and yellow orchard fruits with a hint of citrus and acacia. On the palate a quite rich aromatic profile with rather dense fruit – balanced by a quite powerful acidity and a good but not impressive minerality. A quite lovely and drinkable white Burgundy – would however prefer a little less Cossard and a bit more Puligny terroir in the expression – nevertheless – a very good effort.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good 88p – Tasted 14/02/2013

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Frederic Cossard, Puligny Montrachet 2010

The Puligny Montrachet village from Frederic Cossard is a very good wine … but still very young.
In the nose white and yellow orchard fruits with a hint of citrus. On the palate a quite rich aromatic profile with rather dense yellow fruit – balanced with a quite powerful acidity and a good but not impressive minerality. Seems a bit confused at the moment, with a yin/yang effect between the rich aromatic fruit and the quite powerfull citrus/acidity in the finish. Need some time to integrate – but a very good effort.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good 88p – Tasted 24/11/2012

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Frederic Cossard, Morey Saint Denis Les Mont Luisants 2010

The Morey Les Mont Luisants from Cossard is a beautiful wine. The nose is very young with a slight reduction. Otherwise very clean and crisp, wonderful minerality, very focused red fruits – cherries, raspberries and a note of gooseberries. On the palate very precise and focused red fruits – crisp with a wonderful acidity and freshness. The wine is very pure and transparent on the palate, displaying the terroir and delicate fruit aromas – this what I love about the 2010s. Not a big wine, but my goodness the 2010 wines are wonderful.

(Drink from 2018) Very Good – 90p

Tasted 15/02/2012

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Frederic Cossard, Beaune 1er cru 2008

The 2008 vintage is providing a lot of pleasure, but they are slowly closing down. The Cossard Beaune 1er cru is however still quite open in the bouquet, with red fruits and a quite fine minerality. On the palate slightly closed with a core of red fruits around the strong structure of fresh acidity. Not a big terroir driven wine, but a pleasure to drink and enjoy. Will close down and need to mature for 5 to 7 years before it’s showing the full potential. Really like Cossards wines when he gets it right, sadly that’s not always the case.

(Drink from 2018) Fine – 89p

Tasted 12/12/2011 at Restaurant Retour

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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

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)