2011 Philippe Livera, Côte de Nuits Villages
Pound for pound, the 2010 of this wine was simply magnificent. This is almost equally deep-coloured, amazing for a 2011. The nose starts with hint of reduction, so I double decanted – 30 minutes later the wine is cleaned of that note, unfortunately a P note is starting to take its place – that’s a big shame, as this wine didn’t show the note from barrel – but there’s plenty of innate density about the nose too, mixing oak and a hint of musk. Width in the mouth and really good, balanced, concentration for this label. The P is sufficient to be a flavour component too. For all that, this wine drank very easily today…
Rebuy – No
2011 Digioia-Royer, Nuits St.Georges Les Charmois
Deeply coloured, yet still paler than the Livera. The higher-toned nose also has hints of tobacco, but never develops any P. There’s plenty of structure but it’s not too heavy, rather it’s more apparent by the texture of the wine – still no astringency though. The sweet red fruit’s sucrosité is a good enough foil today. The mid-palate has good dimension, though with a faint bitterness (oak, probably). For all that non-committal sounding note, this was tasty drinking with upside potential. A wine you can enjoy.
Rebuy – Yes
2011 Ramonet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos des Boudriotte
After the wine wines from the Côte de Nuits, this is rather pale – only just medium coloured. There are no stems to blame, just the wine-making choices chez Ramonet. The nose is high-toned with a twist of mint and herb – but sweet. Sweet in the mouth too, but still a shade less ripe in character – overall this has a lovely fresh and interesting character. The flavours are quite long and this remains a very enjoyable wine. No P today, either!
Rebuy – Yes