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benjamin leroux 2010 auxey-duresses

benjamin leroux 2010 auxey-duresses

2010 Benjamin Leroux, Auxey-Duresses Drank over two nights, this wine was lovely – a bit plumper if allowed to get too warm, but I only allowed that once! Medium-pale yellow. The nose has some depth of ripe lemon and even a few spice accents that might have me thinking of Meursault. Smooth and concentrated. The acidity wells up from the core of the wine and almost, but not quite, takes over. Fresh it is, but not mouth-puckeringly so. Good depth of ripe fruit in the mid-palate that has a sherbet edge to it the first hour it’s open. The texture gets smoother and smoother too, so there’s probably a bit of CO2 sitting below the surface. Tasty, good value wine. Rebuy – Yes

2010 morey-coffinet chassagne-montrachet

2010 morey-coffinet chassagne-montrachet

2010 Morey-Coffinet, Chassagne-Montrachet This has the aroma of a patisserie shop bursting out of the glass, musky creme anglaise and some depth – I can’t really pick anything fruit-related. Textured, cushioned and with perfectly understated acidity but very efficient acidity. The flavours are also largely of creme patissiere – only at the end of the mid-palate did I think I’d spotted some deep fruit extract – but it was fleeting as the creme is the main note in the finish too. With aeration I can almost convince myself there is some minerality in the finish – almost. I quite like a bit of this in my 1er crus where the extra concentration of fruit/minerality acts as a foil – that level of buffer isn’t found [....]

what a difference a day makes…

what a difference a day makes…

Snow!

a beautiful day (montrachet, lameloise and three crosses…)

a beautiful day (montrachet, lameloise and three crosses…)

The sky was blue this morning – it was going to be a good day: breakfast at Le Montrachet with ‘la friend’ then a long walk in the hills above the vines of Santenay. We rolled up at Le Montrachet about 9:30am and – oops! – closed until 11th January – shock! It was already getting late, where should we go? La friend had a cracking idea: ‘What about Lameloise?’ Why not I thought! Then came the quote that I will remember for a while: ‘I can’t find Lameloise in my phonebook!’ Like you call Lameloise every day…! Eventually the google found the number (not easy in Puligny as reception is rubbish) and the call was placed: ‘We’d love to offer you hot drinks, but [....]

Finally…

A new Burgundy Report! The Nuits Report…

digioia-royer 2010 chambolle-musigny

A strong wine from ‘dee-joy-er roy-er’… 2010 Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny Deep colour. The nose starts with a little cola from the CO2, but as it fades dark fruit comes to the fore with a delightful aroma of black cherries and violets too. Despite the nose cleaning-up, the palate needs longer for the rasp of gas to leave. Dark flavours that hint towards reduction – though it’s far from obvious – with an extra depth of fruit flavour in the mid-palate, just accented with a little cream – seemingly from fruit not barrel, plenty of extract in the finish too. That said there’s a espresso-like bitterness in the finish, perhaps a hint of salt too – it is very well-judged oak after-all! An hour after opening, this [....]

it’s a bit wet…

it’s a bit wet…

Most of Europe is experiencing plenty of rain. With already water-logged ground, just look what a difference 30 minutes of rain can make – vine-feet that need wellies: Picture courtesy of Caroline Lestime of Domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard in Chassagne.

bourgogne pinot noir – 2010 – buisson-charles

bourgogne pinot noir – 2010 – buisson-charles

2010 Buisson-Charles, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is quite dark red cherry with perhaps a raspberry acompanyment too. A ripe entry with more succulent sweet fruit than you have right to expect in all but the warmest vintages. Succulent is the perfect word, I think. Like the nose, the fruit is a deep red cherry with a furry, slightly grainy hook of tannin. Outstanding Bourgogne. Rebuy – Yes

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay vv

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay vv

The Poulleau from a couple of days ago was really good, but how good? Let’s contrast it to the wine of Thomas Bouley… 2010 Jean-Marc, Volnay Vieilles Vignes Deeper colour than the Poulleau. The nose is a little spritzy/cola – CO2. I give the bottle a few shakes to release the gas and leave it to rest for an hour. The fragrance improves to a deep, dark cherry-skin but never the cliché of floral delicacy that the Poulleau offers. Here is depth, density and concentration wrapped up in a super-smooth, beautifully mouth-watering package – just very lovely – though shaded to the dark-red/black spectrum versus the pure red of the Poulleau. Just very fine wine. Rebuy – Yes Overall, I prefered the aromatics and colour [....]

bottle angst…

Here. EDIT: Published today (24th) – perhaps it’s the Carla effect

poulleau père 2010 volnay vv

poulleau père 2010 volnay vv

My first Poulleau – the label is a little for your Grandmother, but she will surely enjoy the contents! 2010 Poulleau Père et Fils, Volnay Vieilles Vignes Bright, medium, medium-plus colour. High tones, with a growing floral note – quite nice. This is quite fine; lovely acidity and tannin with a little drag but little grain – the fruit is red shaded and grows in intensity through the mid-palate – give it time, and there’s a clear strawberry note. Good finishing flavour with a well of acidity, and decent focus too – a good Volnay. Rebuy – Yes

françois raveneau 2010 chablis valmur

françois raveneau 2010 chablis valmur

There is a frisson of excitement when you see the yellow wax top – silly I know! This wine was cheaper (in a great restaurant) than I could buy it retail in Switzerland – clearly I had no choice… 2010 François Raveneau, Chablis Valmur Medium lemon yellow colour. The nose pulls you in with fine minerals, a little lemon fruit, green herb and the impression of a waxy silkiness. In the mouth this is super-smooth, with a very fine, though not amazing, intensity. The flavour is long, majoring on mineral elements rather than fruit – as you would hope – and holds beautifully. The acidity, despite the wine’s intensity, is just a hint understated – though far from lacking. Just a super-competent wine, rather than [....]

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