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Vintage 2011 ;-)
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Not sure Bill, maybe you want to discuss the upcoming 2012 vintage?
Even for 2011 it is still early. We only have had an Aligoté (Domaine du Prieuré) which drinks wonderful now (and even better when the sun would start to shine...) and a very colourful and tasteful Marsannay Rosé (Fougeray de Beauclair) - Patrice told us he only needed 10 hours instead of the normal 48 to become the rich salmon pink/orange colour.
I have some bottled 2011 at home - not yet opened though - Domaine Louis Chenu 2011 Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc. They bottled it a little early because they'd sold out of 2010 - the economic realities of a commercial enterprise!
Even for the whites, it is early days of-course, but my current shorthand is wines of good balance and more density than was apparent in the earlier months of elevage - not quite the 'cut' of acidity found in 07, 08, and 10, but better than 06 and 09 and certainly enough for 'balance' - tasty wines.
Last May we visited Chenu - sold out on the white Savigny 2010 indeed, just two weeks before the bottling of 2011. Picked up 6 Aligoté 2010 which are excellent now and a mix of reds. Also visited Marcillet (HCdN) and bought the Savigny white 2011 (only 6 months on barrel). The short tasting note at the Domaine says: soft, round, mouthfilling, balanced, very nice...
At Digioia we bought some bottles 2011 Rosé (saignée from the Rouge) for direct use: soft with lots of fruit, low in acidity, juicy - very tasteful. They were finished quickly in the sunny garden of the gîte of Thibault Liger-Belair. The 1er Cru's 2011 from barrel also were very agreeable, elegant and tasteful.
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