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roty’s 2008 gevrey la brunelle

roty’s 2008 gevrey la brunelle

After the (frankly!) bizarre 2009, confidence is restored by this 2008. I remain committed to that 2009, even if that committment is largely the 5 remaining bottles in the cellar! 2008 Joseph Roty, Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée La Brunelle Medium, medium-plus colour. As anticipated there’s a dark undertow to the nose, an oaky undertow, but it is relatively subtle. The fruit smells sweet, a litle high-toned, and is coupled to an interesting peppery note, plus, if you wait long enough there’s a beautiful, almost haunting, redcurrant note too. In the mouth this has nice freshness – it’s also a universe away from the tart acidity of some 08s. There is a little tannin which feels predominantly oak tannin rather than grape-derived; that tannin brings a bitter-chocolate quality [....]

roty’s mocha-cola a-go-go…

I finally got out from storage a few vintages of this wine, and what better than to start with the 09 before moving onto older ones(?) What a mistake! I’ve been following the development of this wine over the last two nights – the main reason being that I couldn’t drink a whole glass on the first night! 2009 Joseph Roty, Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée La Brunelle Medium, medium-plus colour. What can I say about the nose? Coffee/mocha, cola, a hint of spritz – I’m not sure that I dare put it in my mouth. I did – mistake! Round, a little fat, no definition, more mocha and cola flavours – where’s the acidity? – omg! Glass not finished. Day two (in the fridge overnight): less perverse [....]

prince florent de merode 2007 corton clos du roi

prince florent de merode 2007 corton clos du roi

2007 Prince Florent de Merode, Corton Clos du Roi Medium colour. The nose is a little estery though smooth and red too. In the mouth the fruit is not bad, but it’s quite high-toned to match the estery nose – nice ripeness though and understated tannin too for a Corton. The acidity is fine enough – understated but silky. A wine that is a bit of a curate’s egg; a little estery but it has a comfy texture and decent balance too. Perhaps not a bottle for the long-term(?) but it’s tasty enough today – that said, I’ve the impression that this is more of a good premier cru level wine. Rebuy – Maybe

mugneret-gibourg 2007 bourgogne

mugneret-gibourg 2007 bourgogne

2007 Mugneret-Gibourg, Bourgogne Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts a little disappointing with a note that has me recalling paint – it takes a while to fade, leaving quite an understated and slightly nonedescript red cherry – a long wait brings a little more focus. The flavour has the focus with decent acid cherry flavour, limited depth but the balance and overall impression is quite positive. Rebuy – Maybe

mugnier 2007 nuits clos de la maréchale

mugnier 2007 nuits clos de la maréchale

The Fourrier from the other night was excellent, so I can see myself looking at a few more 07s over the next days… 2007 JF Mugnier, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de la Marechale Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is of punchy red fruit and a hint of kirsch. Smooth, good concentration and with understated but balancing acidity. The tannins of Nuits are largely tamed, there’s just a little stickiness to them, but you really couldn’t say ‘rustic’. The finishing flavours have a hint of cherry-stone bitterness to them. This is a good wine but clearly a wine that needs more time than the Fourrier of the other night – so leave it in the cellar for a while! Rebuy – Yes

Hosanna!!!

I don’t do this very often, but what about a bit of blind Bordeaux tasting? We have twelve wines; multiple vintages of the Pomerol Château Hosanna before us, arranged into four flights of three – but each flight containing a ringer, or as they say in Switzerland, ‘a Pirate’! We know the identities of each wine in the flight but don’t know which is which, scoring is mandatory and out of 20. Let’s see… Flight 1: Containing 1999 and 2007 Hosanna plus 2002 L’Eglise Clinet Wine 1. Medium-plus colour. Oldest colour of the three wines. The nose is top-to-bottom interesting, with a hint of cream though also a powdery fruit that borders on ‘musty’. Time in the glass clears the must and adds dark plum [....]

fwob…

Not the worst ‘critique‘ (good thing!) but one I’d been waiting a while for…

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

Clos des Mouches L’Ouvrée des Dames

…symbolic of femininity and also the transmission of know-how from woman to woman, to design a unique jeroboam wine label as well as a custom made piece of furniture… Beauty will be in the eye of the beholder!

fourrier 2007 morey st.denis clos solon

fourrier 2007 morey st.denis clos solon

To be honest, I’ve pretty much given-up buying the wines from this domaine – such is the market demand that prices have skyrocketed in the last 10 years. The Clos Solon was traditionally something of a bargain, and whilst it might not have increased in price by the same number of multiples as the domaine’s Clos St.Jacques or Griotte-Chambertin, this is the last vintage I bought. But it’s still a great wine… 2007 Fourrier, Morey St.Denis Clos Solon VV There’s plenty of CO2 to purge from the bottle, you can even ‘smell’ it, so the bottle is shaken 3 or 4 times to release some of it, then rested a couple of hours. The colour is just a little more than ‘medium’ in depth, the [....]

a good dinner…

a good dinner…

Yesterday evening we had the good fortune that some ‘wine friends’ were in town for dinner. Just to give an impression of the wines, we started with an apero of 1979 Thevenot Meursault-Goutte d’Or, I’ve had better bottles as there was a bit of persistent (but faint) musty oxidative note, but overal good sucrosite and tasty enough. With dinner we started with a 1999 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet, this was in great shape – a quite powerful wine but balanced and tasty, even if the finish was not particularly long. The 2010 Ramonet, Chassagne 1er Les Ruchottes that came next was really a beauty; balanced, intense, complex and with a beautiful lingering flavour. Our first red was a (decanted) 1990 Comte Armand, Pommard 1er Clos des Epeneaux [....]

birthday bottles…

birthday bottles…

Not a dud amongst them – lovely…

1961 corton-andré clos de bèze

1961 corton-andré clos de bèze

This wine had very little going for it. Corton-André – hardly a name to search out. A large ullage – the angels certainly helped themselves to a large glass. A corroded capsule, and then to add insult to injury, the cork with only the lightest of touches, falls into the bottle. UPDATED: 1961 Corton-André, Chambertin Clos de Bèze An impressively deep colour – amber at the rim, but certainly no brown – looks rather glossy in the glass too. The aromas are almost overpoweringly of saddle leather, perhaps polished wood and a faint undertow of mushroom. Those notes largely influence the flavours too, yet this wine has silk and weight plus a beautiful acidity. I can only be sure about this wine with extended aeration [....]

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