january weekend bottles, part 2…



Over a year ago when I tasted the 2013s chez Dufouleur Frères, it might well have been a root day; the wines really didn’t show very well, but they certainly did show a strong accent of dark oak – François-Xavier (FX) Dufouleur really wasn’t happy with the overall showing that day. When I tasted the 14s in December, no such problem with those wines, and, when it was time to leave, FX thrust into my hand these two 2013 samples as he was interested how I might find them 1 year on:

2013 Dufouleur Frères, Cote de Nuits Villages Vaucrain
Very faintly accented with reduction, less faint an accent of oak spice but delivered in quite a pretty way. Bright, wide and with a super intensity of layered flavour. I also find plenty of oak here and something of a little salinity too. Overall a bright and perky wine of plenty of appeal despite clear barrel references. The last third of the bottle was even better on day two as most of the oak references had disappeared into the background. Very good!
Rebuy – Yes

2013 Dufouleur Frères, Nuits St.Georges
Unlabelled, so not in the pic!
A little darker colour. The nose starts tighter, but with added depth and less reduction and much less oak spice – this soon delivers a really lovely, indeed striking, fruit – yum! Silkier, and with more concentration and intensity too. There’s a small ripple of tannin and a little ridge of oak texture towards the end of the palate, but really nothing to give much of a second thought to. Simply a very tasty wine today that lingers with a little more mineral note. Very good, tasty wine!
Rebuy – Yes

2007 Dublère, Beaune 1er Blanchefleurs
Hmm – now that’s interesting, the nose has quite a strong accent of vanilla today – I’m most of the way through this case, and I’ve never noted it before! In the mouth this is nicely, smoothly textured with the customary, pretty and fresh red fruit notes, but, here again, there’s a creamy, vanilla oak. More than I would like – but I’ve never seen it before. Maybe I should have checked the cork to make sure that it is the same wine 😉
Rebuy – No – not on this showing anyway. Every other bottle has been a pleasure.

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