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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

a nine bottle evening

a nine bottle evening

With beouf bourguignone, a really interesting set of wines – the Thomas Frères wines coming from an undisturbed Zürich cellar. Wines were served blind… 1966 Thomas Frères, Tastevinage Cote de Nuits Villages Pronounced, wild aromatics – you have the impression that this could be a young ‘natural’ wine. The palate is all-over the place: decently concentrated and each sip seems differently balanced to the the previous one – clean flavours though. Frankly brilliant for the age/label but sadly it was rather ignored given how good some of the others were… 1967 Thomas Frères, Fixin 1er Cos de la Perrière This was, quite simply, the wine of the night. Beautiful aromas of fine fruit with a graphite note in the background. The palate was mineral and [....]

are we sitting comfortably?

Ah, it’s a while since we had a video! Faiveley are producing a series of 4, and here is their first…

budburst!

budburst!

Not sure what Dominique Lafon was focusing on, but here’s his evidence of the first budbursts in Meursault today! Pic courtesy D.Lafon

jean-marc & hughes pavelot’s 1997 savigny dominode

jean-marc & hughes pavelot’s 1997 savigny dominode

1997 Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Dominode Impressively deep coloured wine. Whilst not particularly forward, the aromas offer depth and warm blood – hardly any of those distracting herbal tones that are common with 97s, though it does grow with open-time. Good concentration. The acidity winds up the intensity into the mid-palate where the flavours have more than a hint of bitter-chocolate. What Meadows calls ‘inner-mouth-perfume’ does betray a little herbaceousness, but this remains quite a slick package – smoothly textured with a fine level of acidity. Excellent balance; now this wine is beginning to forget about fruit and look to more tertiary flavours, while still with adequate sweetness to buffer the rest, it’s clearly less tasty than 3-4 years ago – it’s [....]

news du jour…

Just a few things to have caught my eye: Unaffordable wine And rather emphasising that point! Add a dash of said, unaffordable whites. I thought this guy (Brian Moore’s brother?) was freestyle rapping at first – sadly not – but could anyway be interesting… Enjoy…

comte liger-belair 2007 vosne clos du chateau

comte liger-belair 2007 vosne clos du chateau

2007 Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château Just about medium colour – and not all that young looking. Here is such a heady perfume; redolent of stems (even though Louis-Michel insists he de-stems) a very subtle vanilla and just a suggestion of toasted bread too, perhaps faintly reductive… Wow! – just a beautiful freshness of fruit/flavour/acidity – get below 15° this wine actually flirts with ‘tart’, but only then. Very silky texture, though you can drag out a little grain if you chew. Excellence in the finish too – lingering subtlety. Very yum indeed – simply excellent! Rebuy – Yes I know they are a different kettle of fish, but the mid-palate and finish here, remind me of the most wonderful 1982 Engel Brûlées…

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