All my early experiences of the wines of David Duband proved that, for me, they were very commercially styled wines, and frankly I didn’t like them. I’m not sure when the change was exactly – 2005? 2006? or maybe 2007? But there has been an extraordinary change of course by this winemaker, not just eliminating the sickly-sweet oak, but also embracing the whole cluster. Because of the latter trait, they may not be to everyone’s taste, but you have to applaud what’s in the glass…
2010 David Duband, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Louis Auguste
Medium, medium-pale colour. The nose is rather stemmy for the first few minutes but becomes ever-more interesting – eventually it is a simply beguiling blend of redcurrant and smoky wild strawberry – a gorgeous thing. The palate is consistently fresh and zingy, such that I’d be opting to drink this over the next 2-3 years just in case it became shrill, but today it is fresh, decently intense, very tasty and, not forgetting, gorgeously perfumed. Bravo!
Rebuy – Yes