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michel noëllat 2010 savigny les lavières

michel noëllat 2010 savigny les lavières

2010 Michel Noëllat, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Lavières Medium, medium-plus colour. The very shy nose has a hint of savoury to it, perhaps vaguely reductive – either that or oaky! In the mouth this is very well balanced, there’s a nice intensity and good acidity too. The fruit is a little dark shaded and perhaps shows a little Lavières earth. The tannin is quite polished and far from grainy, though seems to speak a little more of barrel than grape, likewise, the flavour in the finish is quite creamily barrel inflected (as opposed to old-vine cream). I like many aspects of this wine, and the bits I’m less fond of will probably fade as the oak influence subsides – perhaps 6-12 months should be enough. On [....]

wine drones…

No, not people who go on and on and on and on about Bachelet and Rousseau and, and, and… I can just see a crusty-fingered vigneron getting to grips with this on his iPhone! [Archived]

maratray-dubreuil 2010 ladoix les nagets

maratray-dubreuil 2010 ladoix les nagets

Perhaps another domaine worth visiting. This is a monopole of the domaine (of which I hadn’t heard) planted to both red and white. 2010 Maratray-Dubreuil, Ladoix 1er Les Nagets Medium yellow colour. The nose offers faint patissière with ripe lemons and seems quite concentrated. In the mouth this has quite some richness – the acidity plays understudy to that ripe concentration, and as the primary fruit shrinks with age this may well enjoy better and better balance – but for now, keep it cold or it is ponderous. Just a little creamy padding to the fruit in the finish, maybe with a hint of salt too. More-ish, very, very tasty wine which I’d drink again, but maybe wouldn’t buy again. Rebuy – Maybe

smugglers all…

“Among men and women who consider themselves Grail-seekers of Pinot Noir, it is understood that smuggling is part of the tradition” A really great article by Rusty Gaffney aka The Prince of Pinot…

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

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