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.
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.
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
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
Very nice mineral style and a good balance – certainly not a typical 2009. A pleasure to drink, with some complexity and length. Very good length and balance for a village wine .. a very good effort from Cossard!
89p (2012 – 2018)
A lovely drinkable wine, with some length and complexity. Typical Cossard style, very nice and fresh, really a wine for drinking.
86p (Now – 2018)
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!
I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.
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 apparent 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.
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 in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.
It’s very 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 lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit 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 the winehog.org rating system:
- Very Fine
- Very Good
- Above Average
- Below Average
The winehog rating system – converted to points
As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.
Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:
- 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)
… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!