Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The nose is bursting with fruit … red juicy fruit with a quite intense mineralty and spiced with violets, all spice and cinnamon. On the palate even more weighty than expected with a very fine midpalate concentration. The fruit is vibrant with a lovely nerve and energy. The minerality from the terroir is quite powerful .. this will be a very exiting wine to follow .. with its well constituted fruit and balance. Very impressive .. need more time to unfold … just like the two Vosne wines from Pacalet.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 08/05/2014


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Julien Altaber, Bourgogne 2012

I rarely taste poor wines … but my luck just ran out today … with the generic Bourgogne 2012 from Julien Altaber. This is frankly an awful wine … presumably made in the oftherwise lovely Saint Aubin appellation. One look at the color is really enough .. quite dark and without transparency or sparkle … the nose is flat and unclean for a Pinot … with notes that remind me more of Cabernet Franc or Rhone … dark fruit spiced with black and white pepper and some unpleasent green notes. On the palate dark and dense fruit despite the low level of SO2 … seems in some way extracted … with no nerve and transparency what so ever. A sad day for Burgundy.

20120309-125513.jpg(Avoid) – Poor (60 – 69p) – Tasted 18/07/2014


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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 2007

The 2007 Puligny Les Combettes from Domaine Leflaive is quite forward and rather developed. The nose is displaying layers of yellow fruit, notes of apple, melon – rich, slightly buttery – but supported by a lovely minerality. On the palate quite rich and developed with some buttery notes – beautifully focused and balanced by the linear 2007 acidity. Should a Les Combettes 2007 show this degree of maturity at this stage .. not really – in my view. Nevertheless a lovely glass of Puligny now – but would not try 5 years of additional cellaring for this example.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Fine – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 10/07/2014.


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Louis Jadot, Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1996

The Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1996 from Jadot has entered a lovely semi-matured stage. The bouquet is expressive offering a nice selection of red and dark berries spiced with tar, truffles and sous-bois. The sweeter red fruit is tanking over – but still some unresolved dark fruit. On the palate excellent fruit .. quite rich and very well stuctured by the powerful 96 acidity .. still a core of unresolved dark fruit. A gorgeous wine with a lovely airy balance .. beautiful complexity .. a classic … need 5 years more to show the full potential.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 29/06/2014


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