Actually, on checking, I’m astounded to see that this cost only £60 for 6 IB when purchased en-primeur (check Howard Ripley on the blue below). Cheaper, but magnificently better wine, than probably all Bourgognes…
2008 Prince Florent de Merode, Ladoix Les Chaillots
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is very shy, just faint red cherry and occasional slightly lactic notes. In the mouth there’s a smooth entry and a quite impressive, acid-led, intensity yet there is concentration to balance. High-toned fruit almost tends to esters, but remains tasty. The tannin is slidy/sticky rather than grainy. Even before you see the price this is very moreish. Exceptional quality for the price.
Rebuy – Yes
I was also very happy when I got home yesterday – two mixed cases of wine waiting for my attention. I’m test-driving a new Swiss merchant who has an intruiging list of producers that I rarely see ‘in der Schweiz’. Buisson-Charles, Digioia-Royer, Rossignol-Trapet and Jean Pillot are quite well known (around here!) but a little more mystery surrounds Hervé Murat, Morey-Coffinet, Poulleau Père, Noëllat, Bart, Vaudoisey-Creusefond, Pierre Amiot, Maratray-Dubreuil and Philippe Livera. Actually, the Maratray-Dubreuil is another Ladoix – perfect for following the above! Looks fun!