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Round-up of wines tasted

This is basically a round-up of all the wines drunk over the last 6 months. Typically no slurping and spitting; these wines are drunk at home with food and friends but I’ll also place all wines tasted from bottle here.

REGIONAL WINES

1999 Nicolas Potel, Côte de Nuits Villages Vieilles Vignes
Medium-plus ruby colur, still showing a little cherry at the rim. The nose shows deep notes with coffee and cherry tart, higher up redcurrants and raspberry. Excellent acidity coupled with mainly red fruit. The tannins are still a little grainy but this is already a lovely drink, the concentration shows that there is no rush though.
2001 Domaine Didier Fornerol, Cote de Nuits Villages
Slightly deeper cherry colour. Nose is sweet and slightly minty. Similar volume to the basic, but silkier tannins. Good

VILLAGE WINES

1997 Nicolas Potel, Volnay
Medium ruby colour. Nose of raspberry and red cherry. Furry tannin and reasonable acidity coupled with lovely depth of red fruits. The finish lasts well. Very good.
2001 Domaine Simon Bize, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Bourgeots
Medium ruby red. Nose is high toned. Very furry tannins and good acidity. Perhaps the fruit is struggling with the structure. The finish is persistent – so there’s still hope.
2001 Domaine Simon Bize, Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Grands Liards
Again medium ruby red with a high toned nose. Tannins are have just a little less grip on the tongue and teeth compared to the ‘Les Bougeots’ but finish a little bitter. Good fruit though.
2001 Domaine Paul Pernot, Pommard Les Noizons
Medium+ cherry colour. The nose is high toned with sweet oak. More tannic than the ‘Les Teurons’ but with nicer acidity and more interesting fruit.
2001 Domaine Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, Clos-Saint-Jean
Deeper cherry colour. Nose is clean,but in the background a little kerosine(?) Nice fruit with medium tannins and good acidity. Quite persistent. Good.
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée Les Hautes de Beaux-Monts
Pronounced purple colour. Some earthy notes on the nose. Quite a soft wine with lovely fruit. Very good.
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée La Montagne
Not quite as deep purple as the ‘Hautes de Beaux-Monts’. Lovely pure fruity nose. A little more tannin and good acidity. Nice style again.
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée
Medium colour but purple tinged. Earth and sweet wood on the nose.. Furry, velvetty tannin and nice acidity. Persistent fruit. Good-plus.
2001 Domaine René Engel, Vosne-Romanée
Medium cherry colour. High toned fruit on the nose. Sweet lovely high toned (raspberry and redcurrant) fruit on the palate too. Good acidity, though hefty tannins and a little astringent. One to lay down, good.
2001 Domaine des Lambrays, Morey-Saint-Denis
Medium-plus cherry colour. Lovely high toned red fruity nose. Also red fruit on the palate. Furry tannin, good acidity, persistent & structured. Very good.
2001 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur
I found the 2000 vintage of this wine a little dull, but not this time. Medium-plus colour with a purple tinge. Some oak but lovely fruit on the nose. Palate has medium-plus tannins, good acidity coupled with persistent fruit. This is definitely good.
2001 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux
Medium-plus cherry colour with a hint of purple. Nose has integrated sweet oak. Good fruit here, medium tannins and good acidity. A nice wine.
2001 Domaine Géantet-Pansiot, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Jeunes Rois
Medium-plus colour with some purple. Not an obviously pinot nose, perhaps a little reduced. Pronounced but velvetty tannin, soft centred. Could perhaps benefit from a little more acidity. Not bad though.
2001 Domaine Géantet-Pansiot, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
Deep cherry colour with purple rim. Nicer cherry nose than the ‘Jeunes Rois’ with some oak. More fruit extract here, but once more soft in the middle. Still a better wine though.
2001 Domaine Géantet-Pansiot, Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs
Deep colour. High toned very forward nose. The best of this trio, but still seems a little soft in the middle. Almost good.
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux, Nuits Saint Georges
Medium-plus cherry colour. Sweet though reticent nose. Good fruit, acidity and tannin. A very nice wine.
2001 Domaine Gérard Chavy, Puligny-Montrachet
Very pale. Nose is a lovely fruit assortment. Palate shows nice acidity with concentrated fruit. Good length too. Very nice.
2001 Domaine Gérard Chavy, Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes
Pale yellow. Deeper nose than the last wine, not obviously oaky. Palate is a little more mineral with good length too. Good.
2001 Domaine Paul Pernot, Puligny-Montrachet
Pale yellow. Deep nose with well done oak. A little buttery, nice acidity – good balance here. Very nice.
2001 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux, Meursault
Pale yellow. High toned, understated nose. Good volume in the mouth and nice acidity – hard to find the fruit though!
2001 Domaine de l’Arlot, Nuits Saint Georges Blanc, Jeunes Vignes du Clos de l’Arlot Blanc
Pale yellow. Yeasty sweet nose. Nice acidity and reasonable fruit. Almost good.

1er CRU WINES

1996 Domaine Jean Germain, Beaune 1er Les Cras Vieilles Vignes
Medium-plus ruby only fading very slightly at the rim. The nose starts with pronounced toasty oak; very quickly blowing off to reveal toasted bread and deep black cherry. In the mouth there’s nice volume, excellent acidity and beautifully controlled smooth tannins. Still a little one-dimensional, but a wine to savour for the next 15 years at least – excellent.
1981 Hospices de Beaune, Beaune 1er Clos des Avaux
From a number of magnums bought at auction for a good price. Colour was an excellent deep ruby moving through brown to amber at the rim. The nose is a lovely mix of chocolate, cooked plums and a faint resinous tone. The palate is broad long and structured with cooked cherry fruit, good acidity and still mildly tannic. Still a big and vigorous wine – very good.
1999 Jean-Claude Belland, Santenay 1er Comme
Deep colour though already showing some development. Nose is intense and less primary compared to the first tasting a year ago. The palate shows good acidity and tannin, coupled with deep fruit just shaded towards black. This is very ripe. Medium-plus length. Still a bit forthright for real enjoyment now, but good wine.
1998 Henri Gouges, Nuit St.Georges 1er Les Pruliers
Medium-full cherry colour, still with purple hints. Nose starts with toasty oak which quickly blows off to reveal faint spice and earthy notes set against a background of high toned black cherry. This wine is quite fat with grainy tannins and long, fresh acidity. The predominantly cherry fruit is also nicely persistent and has good depth, though shows no complexity at this stage. This is a very good wine.
2001 Domaine Simon Bize, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er, Aux Forneaux
Deeper colour, now cherry red. A reticent but pure cherry nose. Palate is much more obviously fruity than the village wines. Good acidity and tannins. Good wine.
2001 Domaine Simon Bize, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Aux Vergelesses
More ruby than cherry colour. Reticent nose again. Very good acidity and tannin which dominate the wine somewhat. Nice fruit though so still good.
2001 Domaine Paul Pernot, Beaune 1er Les Teurons
Medium-plus ruby red. Some oak and plummy fruit on the nose. Smaller scale and smoother tannins. Good acidity with persistent fruit. Good.
2001 Domaine des Lambrays, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er
Medium-plus cherry. High toned flowery nose – nice. Good acidity with quite strong furry tannin. Good length too. A nice wine.
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Brûlées
Medium-plus cherry. Reticent high toned nose. Good fruit and acidity, the tannin creeps up on you. This is very good.
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée 1er, Les Chaumes
Medium-plus ruby colour. Sweet, well integrated oak nose. Furry tannin with good acidity build a wall around the fruit. Seems okay though.
2001 Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Chambolle-Musigny 1er, La Combe d’Orveaux
Medium-plus cherry colour. Pronounced fruity nose coupled with sweet well integrated oak. Good tannin and acidity. Lots of volume. Best wine so far.
2001 Domaine Géantet-Pansiot, Chambolle-Musigny 1er, Vieilles Vignes
Medium-plus cherry.Nice fruity nose with no obvious oak. Good acidity with medium-plus tannins. The fruit is good here, again in a soft style. Good.
2001 omaine Robert Arnoux, Nuits Saint Georges 1er, Les Procès
Medium, bright red colour. Some sweet wood and red cherry. Nice acidity and tannins – the fruit is good here. Nice wine.
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux, Nuits Saint Georges 1er, Les Corvées Pagets
Very reserved nose, but strong fruit on the palate. Good acidity and medium-plus tannins. Very persistent fruit too. Very good.
2001 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Estournelles St.Jacques
Medium cherry red. Reticent nose with a hint of caramel. Good fruit and acidity with pronounced tannin. Very long, this very good.
2001 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Les Goulots
Slightly paler cherry red. Cherry, strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Good fruit and tannin with excellent acidity pushing the finish long. This is very good.
2001 Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Les Combe aux Moines
Medium-plus cherry red. Red fruit nose with well integrated background oak. Stronger tannin than the ‘Les Goulots’ with good acidity and fruit. Very good.
2001 Domaine Géantet-Pansiot, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Les Poissenenots
Medium-plus cherry red. Deeper nose than the ‘Combe aux Moines’ with some oak and baked cherries. Good tannin and acidity. Fruit is almost good here. A good wine.
2001 Domaine de Courcel, Pommard 1er Les Fremiers
Paler cherry. Lovely sweet, high toned nose. Lighter style but still with strong tannin – I like this.
2001 Domaine de Courcel, Pommard 1er, Grand Clos des Epenots
Medium-plus cherry with purple hints. High toned nose has flowers and fruits. Wow, extra strong tannin and high acid, like a top Grand Cru in stature if not quite fineness. The fruit is definitely a match though. This is excellent.
2001 Domaine de Courcel, Pommard 1er Les Rugiens
Medium cherry colour. Lovely nose. Soft entry onto the palate, though full tannins and acid. Again the fruit is up to the battle. Very good.
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux, Vosne-Romanée 1er, Les Suchots
Medium-plus cherry colour. Softer than the last Pommard. Medium tannins the acidity pushes lovely fruit very long into the finish. This is very nice.
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos-Saint-Jacques
Again medium colour. The nose whilst subdued is more interesting than the previous ‘Ruchottes’. Lovely in the mouth – great fruit. Mouth-watering acidity and good tannin. Excellent.
2001 Domaine Gérard Chavy, Puligny-Montrachet 1er, Les Folatières
Pale yellow. Dried, sugared fruits on the nose. Nice mouthfeel, on the follow through I thought the fruit had a ‘dirty’ finish, actually I think this is oak. Still a good wine.
2001 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux, Meursault 1er, La Goutte d’Or
Pale yellow. Reticent nose with background toast. More fruit than the last wine. Acidity is okay. Almost good.
2001 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux, Meursault 1er, Les Perrières
Pale yellow. Subdued nose. Much more mineral and nervous than the ‘Goutte d’Or’. Seems a little one-dimensional though – until you hit the finish which comes with a lovely burst. Very good.
2001 Domaine de l’Arlot, Nuits Saint Georges Blanc 1er, Clos de l’Arlot Blanc
Pale yellow. Nice nose, sweet & sherbet. Deeper grapefruit palate. Very long. Not my personal style favourite, but this is very good.
2001 Domaine Vincent & Francois Jouard, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, La Maltroie
Yellow colour. Sweet melon and grapefruit nose. This has intense fruit, goodish acidity and reasonable length. Good wine.
2001 Domaine Vincent & Francois Jouard, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, Morgeot ‘Les Fairendes’
Pale gold colour. Lovely nose of pineapple and sherbet. Concentrated fruit, good acidity and a lovely finish. Very good.
2001 Domaine Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, Les Macharelles
Pale yellow. More melony nose than the previous ‘Morgeot’. Palate is less full, but good fruit, good acidity and very long. This is good wine.
2001 Domaine Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, Champgains
Pale yellow. Understated nose. The palate is more mineral. Good acidity and reasonable length. Good
2001 Domaine Colin Deléger, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, En Remilly
Pale yellow. Again an understated nose. There’s good acidity and another wine that finishes with a burst. Good
2001 Domaine Colin Deléger, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er, Les Chaumées
Pale yellow. Understated nose with some oak. Sweeter palate than the ‘En Remilly’. Again an interesting finish. Again good wine.

GRAND CRU WINES

1991 Marius Delarche, Corton Renardes
Deep ruby colour showing just a little amber at the rim. The nose has deep, cooked black cherries and much soil and undergrowth. Still tannic with refreshing acidity, there is nicely concentrated fruit which finishes reasonably long, ending on a note of licorice. This is a rough, tough Corton – just how I like them, but is spoiled a little by a consistent astringency. Still pretty good though.
1996 Dominique Gallois, Charmes-Chambertin
Lovely deep ruby, still with hints of purple. The nose is an impressive mix of blackberry, some subtle smokey notes and a hint of undergrowth – just perceptible coffee too. The palate, without being fat shows concentrated dark cherry fruit, good acidity and relatively smooth, medium tannins. The follow through is not bad – medium-plus length. Not as obviously young as many 96’s but still some way from peaking – good now and should become a lovely wine.
1996 Louis Jadot, Clos de Vougeot
Deep colour. Nose is black cherry with soil and fallen leaves. The palate has prominent furry tannins and very good acidity. The fruit is incredibly intense black cherry, in fact almost sour cherries. Very long too, though still very young. This wine is more structured and primary than most 2000’s and I wouldn’t touch another for 4-5 years. Excellent potential.
1991 Joseph Faiveley, Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley
Deep ruby colour almost to the rim. The nose sucks you in with damp soil, marmite, cooked fruits and a ‘top-end’ of kirsch. In the mouth it’s fat and sweet – still with mouth-wrapping tannins. Good acidity too. Medium-plus length. A few more seconds on the finish and I would have said ‘superb’, now I’ll just have to stick with ‘almost superb’. Still years ahead of it.
2001 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, Ruchottes-Chambertin
Medium-full cherry. Understated cherry nose Very lovely fruit with medium tannins and good acidity. Very good.
2001 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, Mazis-Chambertin
Medium-plus cherry. Subdued nose has lovely pure cherry. Another quite soft entry, but strong structure here. Very long and very good.
2001 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, Chambertin Clos de la Bèze
Medium-plus cherry. Subdued nose again, but sweet cherry pies in the background. This has lovely fruit. Good tannins and long acidity. Fine.
2001 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, Chambertin
Medium-plus cherry with some purple. Understated nose but has lovely purity if you swirl enough. Again concentrated fruit here. Good acidity and full tannins, Even more concentrated than the last wine. Also very fine.
2001 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos-des-Lambrays
Medium-plus cherry with some purple. This has deeper more ‘cooked’ fruit than the previous Chambertins. But still excellent structure. Very good.
2001 Domaine Fourrier, Griottes-Chambertin
Medium-plus cherry. Whilst quite reticent, this is still a nose to fall into. Lovely very pure fruit with medium-plus tannins and very good acidity. I liked this a lot – Fine.
2001 Domaine du Clos de Tart, Clos de Tart
Darker cherry. Very lovely high toned nose. Lovely fruit with medium-plus tannins and good acidity. Almost creamy fruit. Another fine effort.
2001 Domaine Jean Grivot, Clos Vougeot
Medium-plus colour. Thick cherry compote nose. Lovely fruit, thick tannins and good acidity. This has an earthy character and is a touch astringent, but is very good indeed.
2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux, Clos Vougeot
Medium-plus cherry. Also a lovely nose, this time high toned fruits and cherry. Great fruit, strong tannin and acidity. Long and lovely.
2001 Domaine René Engel, Grands Echézeaux
Medium cherry. Nose is more reticent than the preceding wines. Lovely fruit lingering with the tannin. Also long and lovely.
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau, Ruchottes-Chambertin
Medium cherry. Very obvious, unsubtle oak on the nose, but there is something sweet and red behind this wall. The oak is a little less obvious on the palate, nice mouthfeel with very good fruit. Still a good wine.
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze
Deep cherry colour. Very subdued nose, faint cherry perhaps. Intense fruit on the palate with good acidity and medium-plus tannins. This is lovely.
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin
Medium-plus cherry colour. This has a fine, high-toned nose. Tannic palate but intense fruit to match. Very good acidity too. Last year at this stage I prefered the ‘Bèze’. This year I prefer this.
2001 Domaine Paul Pernot, Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru
Pale yellow. Another subdued nose. Palate is much wider than the preceding wines. The finish comes with a crescendo of fruit. Spoiled by just a hint of spritz, despite that, a fine wine.

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