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pierre amiot 2010 morey st.denis

pierre amiot 2010 morey st.denis

As far as I can remember, this is my first wine from ‘Pierre Amiot’. Actually the label says it is bottled by Jean-Louis and Didier Amiot – next generation? I’m sure there’s a story therein, and given how nice this wine was, I think it’s a story worth following… 2010 Pierre Amiot, Morey St.Denis Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a powdery dark fruit, not quite musty, but it anyway gets cleaner and glossier in the glass. Hmmm – this is lovely! – Smooth entry, beautiful acidity and showing an intensity of fresh, darkly-fruited flavour. The tannin’s not particularly grainy though shows a little stickiness. Just a little creamier flavour in the finish. ‘Yum’ certainly covers it… Rebuy – Yes

confrérie des chevalieres du tastevin – a bad career move…

Bet you can get plenty of wine in a C37 though

prince florent de merode 2008 ladoix chaillots

prince florent de merode 2008 ladoix chaillots

Actually, on checking, I’m astounded to see that this cost only £60 for 6 IB when purchased en-primeur (check Howard Ripley on the blue  below). Cheaper, but magnificently better wine, than probably all Bourgognes… 2008 Prince Florent de Merode, Ladoix Les Chaillots Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is very shy, just faint red cherry and occasional slightly lactic notes. In the mouth there’s a smooth entry and a quite impressive, acid-led, intensity yet there is concentration to balance. High-toned fruit almost tends to esters, but remains tasty. The tannin is slidy/sticky rather than grainy. Even before you see the price this is very moreish. Exceptional quality for the price. Rebuy – Yes I was also very happy when I got home yesterday – two mixed [....]

chenu 2010 savigny 1er aux clous

chenu 2010 savigny 1er aux clous

Yes, I know, they aren’t going to last very long are they…(?) 2010 Louis Chenu Père et Filles, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Aux Clous Just as good as the last one. Rebuy – Yes I have the impression that this is exactly the sort of unpretentious but tasty wine of which Frank J. Prial would have approved…

fourrier’s 2004 chambolle-musigny vv

Here’s a wine I’ve tried on-and-off since it was released – last time was mid-2010. I’ve previously noted a faint pyrazine so it’s good to revist to see what’s happening. Actually, forgetting (for a moment) the vintage, I often consider this to be JMF’s goto ‘value-cuvée’ – despite him living in Gevrey! Perhaps it’s now too late for this particular vintage as this wine was much more palatable last time… 2004 Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny VV I really do think that there’s sometimes a little pyrazine here – auto-suggestion or real? I don’t know, it’s anyway not consistently there – but fortunately (if/when I spot it) it is on a subtle ‘additive’ level (say 1 from 10, maximum), and nothing to ‘sniff’ at! There’s mainly a darker [....]

Authentic Wine, Goode & Harrop (2011)

Authentic Wine, Goode & Harrop (2011)

Published by UCP. Buy from Amazon (eBook also available). I’ve read the 250 pages of ‘Authentic Wine’ on and off, for about the last couple of months – and I’m so happy I did. NB, that’s 250 pages in a relatively small font – so it could easily have been 400 pages in a different format – this is, after-all, no pocket-sized book, weighing-in at somewhere between A4 and A5 size. I assume that writing a book such as this is far from straight-forward, not from a content perspective, but rather because there were two authors – Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop – and I’m really left wondering how they put together such a seamless piece of work. I have to assume that they have [....]

prince florent de merode 2008 corton clos du roi

prince florent de merode 2008 corton clos du roi

2008 Prince Florent de Merode, Corton Clos du Roi Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a little rhubarb and a faint orange character – not exactly ‘comely’ though I suppose it reflects quite a few from the vintage. Eventually there is a dense red fruit aroma. Intense, very decent concentration – even for a GC – very good but far from over-done acidity. Understated tannin and the flavour is rather good, certainly considering the expectations set by the first aromas. Actually this is a wine I’d happily drink again – I’m not sure I’d buy a lot more at the price of many Grand Crus, but this wine was always something of a bargain…! Rebuy – Yes Talking of value…

roty’s 2006 gevrey brunelle

roty’s 2006 gevrey brunelle

Okay (I hear you cheer) the last Brunelle for a bit… 2006 Joseph Roty, Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée La Brunelle Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is interesting; dark and hinting at the leafiness that may eventually come, slowly softening to show a fainter red fruit – acid cherry is the last note. The wine starts with a slightly brusque Gevrey impression before softening with air, there’s fine acidity that peaks in the mid-palate with (again) a nice creamy aspect to the fruit. I have the impression that it has lost its fat, but the concentration is quite enough to offset. Nice, the oak is but a memory at this age… Rebuy – Yes

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

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