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nico rossignol’s 2010 savigny 1er fourneaux


2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Fourneaux
Medium-plus colour. The nose starts and ends with faintly toasted bread, but in the middle is dark-red fruit with a faint spice element – it begs you to take a sip. Here is an uncommon density and padded texture for a Savigny, but with quite enough freshness. There is tannin, it brings a slightly velvet-texture, but you will have to search it out. Mouth-watering and red-fruited, perhaps faintly plummy flavours. Just a very, very, very tasty wine. Excellent Savigny…
Rebuy – Yes

françois mikulski’s 2010 meursault perrières


Although you (I) might expect this to have been the best wine in the cellar chez Mikulski, it wasn’t quite on the same level as François’ other premier crus when I tasted the 10s at the domaine – afterwards he explained to me why: To complete his range, he actually buys these grapes. Still, as part of a mixed case that I bought, and without other ‘benchmarks’ to compare it to, this tastes damn fine today…

2010 François Mikulski, Meursault 1er Perrières
Medium-pale, lemon-yellow colour. The nose has impressive depth, there’s some minerality for sure, and the fruit that shows itself is yellow and citrusy. In the mouth there’s a faint suggestion of tannin, width and a fine depth of mineral / ripe lemon flavour. A good extra dimension of flavour forms a reprise in the finish too. It perhaps could be improved by a hint more acidity to sharpen its focus, but not being picky, this is very tasty indeed. I am savouring it!
Rebuy – Yes

see the ownerships within the vineyards…

I initially thought it would be fun to do something like this, but it was very hard to do with French data protection rules etcetera. Anyway, it seems that Christophe Tupinier at Bourgogne Aujourd’hui has got around all that. There are 3 or 4 vineyards treated in this way in his latest (#116) issue.

Well done them, I’m really looking forward to many more of these…


wines from prince merode – for a bonne (e)chère(?)


Want to stock up on the fore-runner of DRC Corton? – actually not so easy as it sounds, as there’s no Corton for sale! But anyway (details…) potentially some well priced bottles here:


PS – Thanks to Jon Wyand for the tip-off!

douhin’s 2006 red clos des mouches


2006 Drouhin, Beaune 1er Clos des Mouches
The nose starts wide, ripe and welcoming, indeed the red fruit seems just a little baked, but slowly, slowly it becomes finer and more focused. Very pretty indeed. The palate is very silky and fresh though there is a little astringency in the finish. Just a little haughty this wine, the flavours are not quite as welcoming as the nose. But there’s a good, long finish. A wine that would be better left in the cellar for now…
Rebuy – Maybe

jadot’s remarkable 2003 corton-charlemagne…


So, 90 years on since they bought the vineyard – I assume that none of the original vines contributed to this wine ;-)

2003 Louis Jadot, Corton-Charlemagne
Medium-plus yellow. The first sniff shows an obvious note of oxidation – it’s not on a high-level, but it’s obvious all the same. Here’s one of those wines that just gets better the longer it is open, so everything that follows is 90 minutes after opening: Depth, ripe lemons, a little honey in the middle and a mineral, flighty top-note – there’s not a hint of oxidation in the aromas anymore! Wide, concentrated and silky, with a clear mineral centre-line that has a trace of saltiness too. That line of flavour moves slowly through to the finish where there’s even a little smooth tannin and a more mouth-watering finishing flavour! Not super-fresh but certainly with adequate balance. Very good wine indeed, if not great; unless you want to describe it in the context of the vintage, at which point, I thing ‘great’ is fair comment…
Rebuy – Yes and for 2003 white too!

louis jadot’s 2000 corton-pougets


Jadot celebrated the centenary of the purchase of this vineyard last year – they also bought one of their domaine plot of Corton-Charlemagne at the same time. Maybe Corton-Charlemagne tomorrow, but today is Pougets’ time!

2000 Louis Jadot, Corton-Pougets
Medium, medium-plus colour. I very-much like what I’m smelling here; there’s a width of dark, plummy-damson fruit and the added freshness of some leafy development. This nose goes deep, and has a faint spice note too. This has plenty of power, and the fruit flavour is certainly fresher than the nose would suggest. There remains just a little tannin, and that tannin has a faint astringency – but it’s something to note, rather than something to dominate the conversation. An impression of width in the mid-palate and into the lithe, fresh finish. This wine tastes far better on its own than with sweet or strongly flavoured food – interesting. I just had to savour the last half after eating! As a grand cru goes, this wine in 2000 is definitely modest, but it also costs less than many 1er crus of recent vintages!
Rebuy – Yes

pics from out and about in the côtes…


Quite a lot from in Nuits today and Tuesday, but a few others too… ;-)

wet côtes…

Hmmm. It’s all a bit slow and damp here this morning. Partly the after-effects of an evening with Neal and Milly-Martin, but of-course the rain doesn’t help.

Still, appointments, appointments…

mr halliday’s scoring – yes but…

Halliday on (some) Nicolas Potel.

Yes, I liked it too, but 96 points for 2011 Suchots? What space does that leave for really good wines?

Sorry, but ridiculous, or was James scoring in the context of Australian pinot? Not that I’m stirring the pot… ;-)

gevrey 2009 1er clos des varoilles


I guess I’ve been a lone voice reviewing these wines since at least 2003, but here’s yet another wine that offers serious value…

2009 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles
Medium-plus colour. The nose has a lovely depth of red berries but despite that extra twist of 2009 ripeness, there’s fine freshness too. Full, intense and with concentrated sweet fruit – yet, just like the nose there’s tons of freshness too – I suppose that’s the way it should be, given its position on the hillside. There’s a bit of silken fat that slowly becomes more velvet as you hold the wine in your mouth. Very tasty stuff, and at a price to embarrass many famous names in the village…
Rebuy – Yes

catching up on the news…

Just back from skiing and there are few things worth reading:

Victoria Moore on Burgundy 2012
Jancis, also on 2012

And some tweets too!

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