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vougeraie 2000 clos de vougeot

vougeraie 2000 clos de vougeot

Such a beautiful long cork – really a thing of beauty(!) – I hope the wine is okay! 2000 Vougeraie, Clos de Vougeot Medium, medium-plus colour. The aromas are deep, including baked dark red fruit framed with a faint leafy note. There is heft in the mouth to match the impact of the aroma; good acidity whisks you into the mid-palate and there’s clearly the dimension of a grand cru here, there’s also a bitter-chocolate flavour and slight astringency that comes from the oak tannins. If the tannins are a little astringent, the fruit has ample sweetness. Never a great Clos de Vougeot, but a tasty and worthy Clos de Vougeot. Rebuy – Yes

camille-giroud 2006 gevrey en champ

camille-giroud 2006 gevrey en champ

2006 Camille-Giroud, Gevrey-Chambertin En Champ Only medium colour. Round, with sweet, high-toned rather red fruit. Across your tongue this is a lithe wine of energy and slightly (only slightly…) forward acidity that holds onto the acid-cherry flavour in the finish – but there’s a ripe sweetness to the core of this wine too, so the balance is undisturbed. A little grainy tannin hides in the depths of this wine. Overall a very elegant style – whilst there is energy there isn’t outright power – very moreish and very pretty. Rebuy – Yes

castagnier 1999 clos de la roche

castagnier 1999 clos de la roche

It’s 3 or 4 years since I paid this a visit, so… 1999 Guy Castagnier, Clos de la Roche Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is assertive, offering a depth of graphite mineral, very faint pyrazine and a lovely acid-cherry top note – creep up on the glass (don’t swirl!) and you have a heavier creamy note to add to the fruit and a subtle violet floral note too. Last time out, I thought this a very middle-weight wine, but the concentration and intensity seem quite obvious today; there’s dark red, quite fresh, fruit in the mid-palate and a slowly lingering finish. The lovely acid balance of the vintage is here, and still plenty of ripe tannin too – should you wish to search it out. [....]

lech…

lech…

Once more I find a reason not to write much in my diary. There was a little Zweigelt last night though…

dujac 1995 clos de la roche

dujac 1995 clos de la roche

It’s fair to say that the market has moved on significantly since I bought these bottles; they were expensive even back then, but now they’ve reached a level where I’ve no interest whatsoever to chase them – but that doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in those that still I own I feel pretty proud of myself that these have rested, undisturbed, for ten years; being buried deep in the cellar always helps of-course! 1995 Dujac, Clos de la Roche My last bottle was opened about 10 years ago, and that was a little cloudy – but this isn’t – maybe it was a very fine tannin which has since flocculated and sunk. A very spongy cork breaks into many pieces – it doesn’t smell [....]

david clark 2010 côte de nuits villages

I’m sure I’ve opened and enjoyed one of these already, but yesterday’s CdN Villages was so good, I thought it would be a good counter-point… 2010 David Clark, Côte de Nuits Villages Medium, medium-pale colour. The nose has more impact and intensity than the wine from Livera, a relatively heavy perfume with some strawberry references but quite engaging. Silky, slightly padded, the flavours reflect the perfume of the nose with some higher toned fruit flavours in the mid-palate. Just a little harder, punchier flavour as you enter the impressive finish. Another super wine, but today, I have to say, just a little less moreish and dynamic than the wine from Livera. Both are benchmarks! Rebuy – Yes

domaine des tilleuls (philippe livera) côte de nuits villages

I’ve worked my way through a number of Livera’s 2010s, and frankly, they have all been outstanding – here’s another one for the pile. 2010 Philippe Livera (Domaine des Tilleuls), Côte de Nuits Villages Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has understated depth and a faint but fine red fruited top note. There’s no padding or any other extraneous make-up, just a frankly beguiling vivacity and a faintly, sweetly leaching acidity that delivers a wine with fine energy. Decently lingering flavour too. A wine that doesn’t crave your attention but makes its mark. Brilliant Côte de Nuits Villages. Rebuy – Yes I think I have a good idea what wine to compare this with tomorrow!

diana goodman with anne-claude leflaive…

A nice piece on winesearcher…

gevrey 2002 1er clos des varoilles

gevrey 2002 1er clos des varoilles

2002 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a hint of herb, a little leafy development, soil and some high-tones above – it leaves me with the expectation that the wine could be a little mouth-puckering. Actually, far from it; there is decent density and still good weight to the texture despite being in its ‘middle years’. The red fruit is ripe enough to offer a soothing sweet element that balances fine-grained tannins with a faint edge of bitterness. After 20 minutes the nose is rounding-out and augmented with a decent red fruit note, which now better reflects the flavours. This was very tasty as a baby and is still more than fit for purpose now – it [....]

too much knowledge!

Jurors were rigorously vetted by both teams of lawyers. One juror, Decanter.com understands, was dismissed because she said she was a librarian who had read books on wine, particularly a book about corks. Here.

2005 ghislaine barthod bourgone rouge

2005 ghislaine barthod bourgone rouge

2005 Barthod, Bourgogne Rouge Deeply coloured – and still young colour too. The nose shows a depth of very dark red fruit with a hint of musk – open, primary and rather attractive. Take a sip and you are met with much more power than any regional wine should offer; young fruit, almost liqueur in style, fine acidity and clearly plenty of submerged tannin. Chambolle in 2005 was for me a village where the basic communal wines were easily of 1er cru (also communal!) status – it seems their bourgognes also leaped a level. Painfully young, but totally exceptional for what it is… Rebuy – Yes

mos – masters of spitting

I laughed, and note, this Nicolas Rossignol is not actually anything to do with Rossignol-Trapet

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