We all have favourites, wines that always – or very often – bring us something special. It is easy to have expensive favourites (aside from the pain of paying for the bottle), but finding moderately priced treats can be more difficult.
One of my favourite wines is the Nicolas Faure Aligoté La Corvee de Bully, an aligoté made from very old vines on the backside of the Corton hill.
Read the story about the vineyard here; safe to say it’s not a very well-trodden area.
While this is always a favourite, I still find it interesting to benchmark the different vintages and compare them.
This summer I tasted the 2019 three times, the 2017 twice, and the 2014 once. Honestly, this sets up quite a competition – or should I say friendly struggle.
And please note: These are not d’Auvenay treasures; they are wines that even the Winehog can afford off a restaurant list in Burgundy.
Tasting notes from this summer
Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aligoté La Corvee de Bully 2019
The 2019 is currently somewhat on the generous side and does not quite have the magnitude of the 2014, or even the 2017. It has the yellow fruit of cloudberries giving it a lush, sensual feel, and while delicate, it is still lively, and becoming more and more charming. Perhaps more of an aperitif than usual, but still vivid and lively. We’ll see how it develops.
(Drink from 2027) – Very Good – (89-90p) – Tasted 28/09/2021 from cask –
Domaine Nicolas Faure Bourgogne Aligoté La Corvee de Bully 2017
The 2017 Corvee de Bully is a more classical aligoté, and is a beautiful wine with quite some depth and detail. The nose is pure and vivid, with delicate white orchard fruits, notes of grass, and a slight hint of fennel. On the palate, it’s intense and saline – intense, yes, but somehow the 2017 lacks the greatness of the 2014. Clearly not as intense as the ’14, but I adore it nonetheless.
(Drink from 2030) – Very Good – (90-91p) – Tasted 06/10/2021 –