J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 2011

The Coche-Dury Meursault 2011 is a lovely energetic and vibrant wine. In the bouquet hay, pear, melon with beautiful citrus infused minerality and a suitable impression of oak – classic Coche!. On the palate fine and harmonious fruit with a vibrant minerality for this level and a crisp acidity. Very good length and focus for a village. A gorgeous wine from the king of Meursault – impressive.

This wine is most likely produced on the vineyard Les Narvaux, one of the 4 or 5 single vineyard Meursault sold as Coche Dury Meursault.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2019) – Fine (91p) – Tasted 16/11/2013

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault Les Rougeots 2004

The Meursault Les Rougeots 2004 from Coche-Dury is one of the very best white village wines I have ever tasted. The bouquet is lovely balanced with the classic Coche notes – popcorn and gun powder – a lovely ripe and matured yellow fruit with hints of acacia and hazelnuts – and last but not least a lovely minerality for this level. The palate offer a very fine concentration and weight for a village – rich and quite lush fruit – expressive – balanced with the lovely precise 2004 acidity. It’s harmonious and extrovert … with a vibrant and intense finish. A village masterpiece.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink from Now) – Fine+ 92p – Tasted 18/03/2013

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 2008

This Coche-Dury Meursault 2008 is a lovely energetic wine. In the bouquet hay, pear and melon with notes of hazelnuts, oak and some vanilla from the oak. On the palate fine fruit and a very vibrant minerality and acidity. Really a powerhouse with a impressive structure for this level. The finish is very long and fucused for a village wine. Seems somewhat more focused than the bottles tasted in Denmark, and it could be another cuvee of the village wine. Love the 2008 Coche-Dury’s.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Fine – 91p – Tasted 25/10/2012 in Beaune

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 2000

This Coche-Dury Meursault 2000 is showing quite matured notes. In the bouquet matured chardonny aromas with apple, almonds and nuts – a hint of coffee and the usual elements of gun powder. On the palate quite oaky but with a lovely refined fruit and minerality. In total a quite elegant and lovely wine. It’s perhaps lacking a little vibrant acidity to rival the fine wines made in 2004, 2007 and 2008. But nevertheless a fine effort from Coche – good now but could perhaps improve further with a few years of cellaring.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2013) Fine – 91p

Tasted 06/07/2012

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Auxey Duresses 2008

Always loved the red Coche-Dury wines – the 2008 Auxey-Duresses is certainly no exception. I the nose lovely fresh and cool pinot notes, red cherries, cherry stones, with a nice mineral note. On the palate quite light but with a good fresh fruit intensity. It’s not a very complex wine, but it has good pure pinot flavors, a fine balance and good cool freshness ao typical for the vintage. Lovely glass of pinot.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2015) Good – 86p

Tasted 04/07/2012

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 2009

This Coche-Dury Meursault 2009 is showing much better than the bottle tasted in October 2011. In the bouquet yellow fruit, acacia, grape fruit, with elements of gun powder and popcorn. A more exotic and discrete expression than normally found in young Coche wines. On the palate quite dense and lush fruit – still it’s quite crisp and fresh for a 2009 white. While good for the vintage, it’s lacking some vibrant acidity and minerality to rival the fine wines made in 2004, 2007 and 2008. A very good effort from Coche … in a difficult year. Not a wine for long term cellaring.

The bottle tasted in October 2011 was a cuvee Les Narvaux from the Danish importer, but this wine is sourced from a French dealer – so could be a different cuvee?

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2013) Very Good – 88p

Tasted 12/06/2012

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 2007

The Coche-Dury Meursault 2007, is starting to show a litte age. The nose is showing yellow fruit, apple, grape fruit, with elements of toast, gun powder and popcorn. On the palate good quite lush fruit, but with a strong backbone of acidity. It’s medium bodied, with good length and concentration. Not as charming and dramatic as the extrovert 2008 – needs time to develop more fatness around the rather sharp structure. Not quite at the same level as the fine 2004.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) Fine – 91p

Tasted 20/04/2012

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 1999

The 1999 Meursault from Coche-Dury is now entering a semi mature stage. Somewhat closed bouquet, with notes of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and hints of fresh almonds. On the palate quite rich with aromas of almond, honeysuckle and hints of citrus. Good acidity, balance and length. A very nice effort from Coche, while very good not quite on the same level as 2004 and 2008 – they are better focused.

(Drink from 2013) Very Good – 90p

Tasted 12/2010

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault Perrieres 2008

I really adore the 2008 white Burgundies – they are crisp, vibrant and bold – with a wonderfull playfull acidity. The 2008 Coche-Dury Meursault Perrieres is no exception, it’s a truly great Meursault. In fact it bring forward memories of the great 1996 Perrieres … one of my all time favorits. The bouquet is bursting with minerality, fruit and citrus notes like many 2008 wines. On the palate very good length and focus, but also a rich, with layers of ripe fruit. Really crisp acidity and offering great complexity. Compared to the 96 it seems more compelling and lush, lacking the ultimate focus and depth of the great 96. Nevertheless a magnificent wine.

(Drink from 2025) Outstanding – 95p

Tasted 12/2010

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault Perrieres 1996

The 1996 Coche-Dury Meursault Perrieres is the best Meursault I have tasted, and among the very best dry whites on my list of great bottles. It was fantastic when served back in 2002 at a memorable dinner at Restaurant Emerils in New Orleans. The bouquet was bursting with minerality and the caracteristic lemon aromas of the 1996 vintage. On the palate great length and focus, but also with a quite full and rich core of fruit. Really crisp acidity and offering great complexity. Summing up it had all the qualities I value in a great white Burgundy, and with a length and minerality normally only found in the Grand crus of Puligny – a truly memorable wine.

(Drink from 2015) Outstanding – 96p

Tasted 05/03/2002 at Restaurant Emerils in New Orleans

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J.-F. Coche-Dury, Meursault 2008

The 2008 white burgundies are very extrovert and charming, but it seems they are closing slightly down now. The 2008 Meursault from Coche Dury is a really flamboyant and bold wine. On the nose a fine minerality, fresh vibrant acidity, hay, and a slight note of popcorn and gun powder. On the palate quite luch and juicy fruit, wonderfully balanced by the playful 2008 acidity. Not the most refined and complex wine, but my god it’s charming and joyful. Need at least 8 to 10 years to show the full pontential.

This wine is most likely produced on the vineyard Les Narvaux, one of the 5 or 6 single vineyard Meursault sold as Coche Dury Meursault.

(Drink from 2020) Fine – 91p

Tasted 13/01/2012 at Restaurant Sletten

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J.-F. Coche Dury, Meursault 2009

The Coche Meursault 2009 has a lot of exotic fruit at the moment. In the bouquet sweet notes of pear is dominating even the oak. On the palate a lot of quite dense and heavy exotic fruit. Lacking backbone and acidity, but could improve when the exotic fruit matures. But judged now, this is not an impressive effort from Coche – disappointing.

This wine is most likely produced on the vineyard Les Narvaux, one of the 5 or 6 single vineyard Meursault sold as Coche Dury Meursault.

(Drink from 2017) Above Average – 84p

Tasted 06/10/2011

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J.-F. Coche Dury, Meursault 2004

The 2004 white burgundies can be very good, but a lot of them are currently in a rather closed stage. The 2004 Meursault from Coche Dury is no exception. On the nose the oak is still quite dominant, and only few mature notes – but is beginning to show. On the palate quite tight with a fine acidity and very nice core of fruit. Very balanced and refined. Fine now, but with a very bright future ahead.

This wine is most likely produced on the vineyard Les Narvaux, one of the 5 or 6 single vineyard Meursault sold as Coche Dury Meursault.

(Drink from 2017) Fine – 91p

Tasted 06/10/2011

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Village wines blended or single vineyard

It seems like a growing number of producers in Burgundy are producing single vineyard village wines, thus changing the tradition of blending the village wines in to one cuvee.

For some producers it’s an old tradition, but for others it’s a new approach. But is single vineyard village wines a good idea, or just another marketing stunt?

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Coche-Dury – King of Meursault

Domaine J.-F. Coche-Dury is one of the very best white wine producers in the world, thus also in Burgundy. The Domaine is located in Meursault, and most of the wines comes from the appelation.

Coche-Dury’s a bit of a myth among wine connoisseurs, and I have therefore tried to get behind the scene, and analyzed the great success and popularity Coche has achieved.

Domaine was founded in 1920 by Jean-Francois Coche grandfather. Jean-Francois took over the domaine in the mid-1970s from his father, Georges. Jean-Francois Coche was in 1975 married Odile Dury and this led to the formation of Coche-Dury domaine. Today he runs the domaine with his son Raphael, who has been involved in work at the domaine since 1999.

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