The 2009 Bourgogne Chardonnay was frankly terrible, can the pinot be better? Yes, it can. It’s dinkable at least – but this is low-quality stuff if you look at the average quality of Bourgognes from good producers in 2009.
2009 Maison Nicolas Potel, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles-Vignes
A little green mint-leaf twists through the red fruit – it’s not a particularly ripe nose, even before you factor-in the 2009 vintage, but there’s nothing off-putting. In the mouth there is lots that is unripe, sone greenness to the flavours and although there’s not a lot of tannin, it has some astringency attached. Drinkable, but a long way from interesting…
Rebuy – No
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What went wrong? Looking at Potel’s track record one might have thought that making a decent 2009 red would have been easy for him.
You need to read this Simon: