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berthaut 2005 fixin arvelets

berthaut 2005 fixin arvelets

Probably my last 05 for a while, but a good one – note that the wax is a little brittle, so extract your cork over the sink or the bin! 2005 Vincent et Denis Berthaut, Fixin 1er Les Arvelets Like most 05s, this is impressively deep coloured. The aroma is deep, relatively dark fruit mixes with faint herbs – eventually there’s a cracking high-toned acid-cherry note. Mouth-filling, with growing intensity – indeed it’s hard to keep it in your mouth – either spit or swallow – I was happy with the latter! There is a strong undertow of well-textured, ripe tannin that underpins the long finishing flavours with a little bitterness – that’s an observation of style, not criticism. Because of this style, this should [....]

camille-giroud 2005 gevrey en champs

camille-giroud 2005 gevrey en champs

2005 Camille-Giroud, Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs Medium, medium-plus rather young looking colour. Gorgeous detail of sweet, dark red berries with some rounder depth. Transparent, detailed, beautifully balanced, fine intensity with just a hint of distracting vanilla make-up as you head into the finish – just a beautiful drink. A little less concentrated (though less oak too) when compared to yesterday’s Lignier-Michelot, but just as fabulously drinkable. Is it from Gevrey? I really can’t tell, but it’s certainly from 2005 and it’s certainly a winner. Rebuy – Yes

lignier-michelot 2005 chambolle vv…

lignier-michelot 2005 chambolle vv…

At the outset, I would have been one of the first to underline the need to bury these wines in your cellar, and there was much anecdotal evidence (perhaps a hint of urban myth too) of wines that closed up tight. But I have to say that the 05s that have passed my lips this year, have been nothing short of stellar – clearly not mature drinking, but fabulously delicious drinking… 2005 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes Very deep colour – yet transparent – just! What a nose: a depth of wonderfully creamy dark fruit, with a faintly candied aspect that slowly becomes violet flowers. Fine, very ripe tannin. Beautifully balancing acidity is delivered for showcasing the concentration on offer, perhaps still with a hint of [....]

mugneret-gibourg 2001 vosne-romanée

2001 Georges Mugneret-Gibourg, Vosne-Romanée Medium, medium-plus colour. A nose of soft, sweet fruit and flowers – a hint of herbs too. Acidity, then the fresh flavour wells up into the mid-palate than very slowly fades into the finish – very nice flavour too. There’s still a reasonable slug of tannic texture too, but this wine is schlank. Thin, wiry, perfectly sculptured – but not an ounce of padding. In its youth, this wine was wonderfully generous, rich and textured – over-achieving villages – today it is very different, like Madonna age 20 and 50, very, very different in shape and style. I loved it, but my wife said ‘tastes like vinegar’ – harsh, but beware… Rebuy – Yes

biblical rain & time to taste 40 vintages of montrachet?

biblical rain & time to taste 40 vintages of montrachet?

Don’t you just love those phone calls? – Here. And, happily, this comes before we get to flowering: Picture from Caroline l’Estimé in Chassagne this afternoon Many roads around Beaune are flooded as we had heavy rain all night: 40 liters/m2 so far..& it’s not the end. twitter.com/cparentgros/st… — Caroline PARENT GROS (@cparentgros) 3. Mai 2013 Expecting to be cut off soon. Road to Savigny has washed away and not sure we can access the roads over the hills anymore. — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) 3. Mai 2013 This is meant to be my dry stone wall twitter.com/justjasper/sta… — Jasper Morris (@justjasper) 3. Mai 2013

bouchard père 2002 volnay cuvée carnot

bouchard père 2002 volnay cuvée carnot

2002 Bouchard Père et Fils, Volnay 1er Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Medium-plus colour. The nose has some savoury notes and dried flowers too – it starts mainly in deeper registers – let’s see if it opens out. After an hour there is a little spirit, but also some oak-spiced red fruit. The texture is still velvety, and the acidity is in good shape too – a higher level of balance than the Potel of a few days ago. Nice high-toned fruit in the mid-palate, though, no mistake, this is still a rather masculine wine, tasty though it is. Still a seriously young wine… Rebuy – Yes

stuart george on his 1937 romanée-conti…

Following on from the post of ‘nine decades of domaine de la romanée-conti‘ there is this follow-up from Stuart George MW referring to the ‘too good to be true‘. It’s missing lots of info, like ‘when was the case bought from the domaine?’, ‘how many owners since then?’ etcetera, etcetera. But interesting nonetheless – I’d have liked to see a pic or two, also… Actually, I expect this 1937 was genuine from the perspective that it’s (probably) easy to make something young-looking, but to make something that experienced tasters think worthy of 101 points – well, that’s something else again, and rare enough from genuine bottles…! EDIT: A nice pic from Stuart: @billnanson Here’s a photo of the 1937. twitter.com/sdgeorge1974/s… — Stuart George (@sdgeorge1974) 1. [....]

my first vintage 2012 purchases

my first vintage 2012 purchases

6-Pack prices in Swiss Francs, delivered to my cellar. You know, I finally realised it was time to get my credit card dirty. The Jadot Chardonnay from yesterday apart (and I suppose a couple of bottles of Kiwi when I was over there in February), I haven’t bought any wine this year – none! Of-course there will be ‘standing-order’ cases to pick-up and pay for from the usually suspects in Burgundy, but this is my first in 2013. Despite all the hullabaloo, 2012 (as you can see) is not particularly more expensive than previous vintages – unless you only want Griotte or Cros Parantoux etcetera, in which case you will most certainly be fleeced…

2011 jadot bourgogne chardonnay

2011 jadot bourgogne chardonnay

Well, what a bargain! My local COOP is selling this at 33% discount – this week only – so that’s only 9.95 Swiss Francs. Hmmm, but let’s hold on a second though – 2006, and 2009 were a bit too flabby – the 08 was brilliant but I think I may have missed 07 and 10. Let’s try it first, before reversing the car up to the loading-bay…. 2011 Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Chardonnay The aromas are forward and seem to be of Burgundy – a whiff of oak and ripe but not awkward fruit – quite good I’d say. They say good white Burgundy shouldn’t be served cold, well I’d recommend that you keep this chilled! Direct from the fridge this has the acidity to [....]

nine decades of domaine de la romanée-conti…

I was (very kindly!) invited to this event, but unfortunately couldn’t make the date, which saved me from the nitty-gritty conversation of what constitutes ‘an invite’ – a seat, or a seat I had pay for? Regardless; what a treat! Nine decades of Domaine Romanée-Conti in London, Part 1 and Part 2.

bourée

Quite a big plug (not by me!) for Pierre Bourée…

nicolas potel 2002 vosne 1er les petits monts

nicolas potel 2002 vosne 1er les petits monts

2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Petits Monts Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose, whilst initially modest, is deep, dark and moderately coffee-inflected and relatively moderately Vosne-spiced too – I can do without an occasional reference to bacon-fat though. The acidity is just a little more forward now that the flesh has withered – so it has become a little gawky – though it’s hardly going to stop you drinking! Time in the glass and perhaps a little extra warmth brings more balance to the experience – the wine is fine enough. There remains fine flavour dimension in the mid-palate and a reasonable finish too. Rebuy – Yes

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