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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 [....]

meursault 2010 vv – buisson-charles

An exceedingly good match with the domestic goddess’s fish pie… 2010 Buisson-Charles, Meursault Vieilles Vignes Medium yellow. The nose has a lovely depth of sweet peaches and fruit-loaf that pull your nose in deeper. If anything the nose makes you think this might be a little fat and sweet – but no – the balance is lovely: beautiful acidity counterbalances a wine with depth and richness yet minerality too. Lovely mouth-watering flavours in the finish. Benchmark! Rebuy – Yes

diy vineyards – but only vin de table?

diy vineyards – but only vin de table?

I’d seen the construction work since at least July 2012 – it could have been June – but what exactly was going on with those earth-movers up the Chemin des Argillières above the Clos l’Arlot in Nuits St.Georges? This week I managed to quiz a few locals and an interesting, indeed amazing story was relayed – though let’s be clear, it’s just their ‘story': This is a vineyard that has been ‘constructed’ – it simply wasn’t there last year – but this is construction on an industrial scale. Apparently some old building(s?) at the foot of the ancient (1500-1700s or probably older(?)) stone quarry had been bought by a resident of Dijon – who came originally from Premeaux. With hundreds of tonnes of materials he [....]

results from the hospices de beaune sale…

results from the hospices de beaune sale…

Picture from the organisers. The official statement from the organisers. For what it is worth, I think the prices underline the expected quality of what was harvested, but more-so the quantity that was actually harvested, given that 2012’s lowest yields were seen in the Côte de Beaune. Whilst I personally felt Anthony Hanson’s pre-sale hyperbole about 2005 levels of quality too much, here is his post-sale assessment: “Many records were broken at the 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction. Star cuvées among the red wines included (with average price per barrel and percentage increase compared with 2011): Clos de la Roche, Cuvée Georges Kritter €55,667 (without premium +94.2%) and Mazis-Chambertin, Cuvée Madeleine Collignon at €38,318 (without premium +57.7%). Thanks to a recent generous donation, a new [....]

philippe livera (tilleuls) 2010 fixin

2010 Philippe Livera (Domaine Tilleuls), Fixin Quite deeply coloured. The nose is deep with dark cherry fruit and subtle oak spice. Lithe, growing in intensity with a fine acidity which is tempered with a ripely grained tannin. So a wine with intensity, rather than concentration of flavour – yet at it’s level, this is well-made, clean and tasty but with no lack of character. A very good buy. Rebuy – Yes

was something happening in beaune this weekend?

was something happening in beaune this weekend?

bart 2010 marsannay champs salomon

bart 2010 marsannay champs salomon

2010 Bart, Marsannay Les Champs Salomon Medium, medium-plus colour. The aromas deliver a big punch of sweet, toasty oak – the dark elements behind seem a little more cola-like than fruit. After 1 hour the toast has faded a little but not the sweetness or the cola, even the last drops in the glass are broad and indistinct. Nice balance, decent acidity and understated tannins. It is the flavours that are largely unsatisfying – reflecting the nose they are sweet and broad with almost something tasty and interestingly focused in the mouth-watering mid-palate – almost. No obvious faults here but it’s not really to my taste – I think you guessed that! This is not an expensive bottle – but no excuses – I expect [....]

rossignol-trapet 2010 gevrey vv

rossignol-trapet 2010 gevrey vv

I met a couple of RTs at the Gevrey Syndicat 2010 tasting, this time last year (Hmm, must be time for 2011s!). And I was so happy to see that they’d left behind their overwhelming 1990’s ‘wall of toasty oak’ era and you could actually taste and smell the wines – good they were too. Of-course, I’m completely glossing over the wonderful 1990 RT Latricières we had with dinner last month! Anyway, last year I tasted their villages Etelios, rather than this VV, and have the impression that the former should be better than this wine – but bottled and side-by-side, who knows…(?) 2010 Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a faint whiff of toasty oak with some higher tones. [....]

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