maréchal, giroud, cerbaie and ponsot from last week


Drunk at lunch and dinner last week during the harvest in Beaune:
2006 Catherine et Claude Maréchal, Bourgogne Aligotétry to find this wine...
Apparently made in a ‘hyperoxigenated’ way. Medium yellow. The first aromas are high-toned over a base of fruit that reminds me of pinot blanc. In the mouth it starts a little spritzy but slowly became softer in the glass. Blind, I didn’t guess aligoté. Reasonably long, relatively light bodied but with good balance.
Rebuy – Maybe
2006 Camille Giroud, Corton Chaumestry to find this wine...
2 barrels, one new, made with 50% whole clusters from 90 year-old vines – sadly now ripped out and planted with chardonnay which may take the (more commercially attractive) Corton-Charlemagne appellation. Medium, medium-pale colour. The nose starts tight, slowly opening with red and blue-skinned fruit and an undertow of subtle stems – goes from strength to strength in the glass. In the mouth it starts with a little gas. It’s a narrow entry that suddenly widens into a very complex mid-palate and plenty of length – though much of that is still contributed to by the oak. A super ‘sniffer’s’ wine that kept improving in the glass. A super mid-term wine.
Rebuy – Yes
1998 Casanuova delle Cerbaie, Brunello di Montalcinotry to find this wine...
A deep and dark core of fruit on the nose, slowly you also get pretty red fruit and a hint of anise. Mouth-filling, plenty of tannin, but after the tannin hurdle it slides slowly into a nice finish. Very young wine…
Rebuy – Maybe
The bottle of Griotte from last week had some strange taint from the cork, this cork also had a similar smell though on a lower order – fortunately I couldn’t detect it in the wine. That said, I expected this wine to be a little better so maybe it was still influencing(?)
2006 Chézeaux/Ponsot, Clos St.Denis (Tres) Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. A wide nose of delicate red and black berries, some high-toned alcoholic notes and a little dried cranberry. The palate needed time in the glass – a little prickly – becoming ever-smoother and and longer, showing the silkiest of tannins. I have to say that it impressed but didn’t ‘wow’ – normally I am wowed by this cuvée.
Rebuy – Yes

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There is one response to “maréchal, giroud, cerbaie and ponsot from last week”

  1. BR14th October 2008 at 11:33 pmPermalinkReply

    maybe to young to wow

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