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You are right Emile, I like the context of the original article - http://www.drvino.com/2011/08/04/marcassin-pinot-parker-turley/ though. I was going to do a bit of Friday Parker-bashing in the diary (cartoonish was a good description), but you beat me too it - I guess everyone can make up their own minds here instead ;-)
She spells as well as she vinifies...
I'm tempted to reorder those characters more, but in an attempt at preserving M. Nanson's elegant site, I won't.
Nathan is, I'll grant, a bit over the top. But really folks, must the digs be so clumsy?
This should be linked to the New Wold Pinots with Old World style thread.
I confess I never did "get" the Marcassins I've had. Guess I'm a clod too.
Hum ! Very 'interesting', if not humble, from the Marcassin folks.
A real pity I've never (yet) had the chance to taste their wines. The link doesn't really make me want to search them out though with, for me, so many 'inferior' Burgundies I've yet to taste.
As bmcq says maybe should be 'linked to the New Wold Pinots with Old World style thread' which was just what I was thinking before I read bmcq's comments.
On a more prosaic note I think I'd rather take my chance, with thanks for the Marcassin gang awareness, with the Leflaive & DRC.
Well have a look at the newest Burghound Issue 44. Allen Meadows' ratings are "slightly" lower than those from Mr. Parker, about 20 Points or so. It seems the old world is striking back! Parker and Pinot Noir? Better he stays with his beloved Bordeaux and Chateauneuf.
Helen(Marcassin) should stick to what she knows best: making "high octane","big fruit" Pinots, that can pass for Syrah. They represent what can be called the "Cabernet-zation" of Pinot. They are the biggest, richest,deeply colored wines which give instant accessibility and taste. They always score higher!This is what Parker likes. They taste of "brand not land". They reflect what the winemaker wants them to reflect. Where is the terrior? As Matt Kramer (wine writer) says "where is the somewhere". Great Pinot is not made it is found and nowhere is this more evident than in Burgundy. Sure, in Gevrey and Vosne Romanee there are mediocre commune wines that are overcropped and poorly made, but someone once said "when it's good,it's very good, but when it's bad it's horrid". No doubt he was talking about Pinot. Nowhere is this better expressed than in Burgundy. To be fair there are great Pinots made in Oregon and California by winemakers who reduce yields and take no shortcut in winemaking. They are beautiful, handcrafted wines which can equal the best in Burgundy. They are difficult to get here let alone "across the pond". The bottom line is great Pinot is made in America and Burgundy by dedicated winemakers who spare no expense in making great wine. This makes tasting wine so enjoyable.
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