2007 Mischief & Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Caillerets
On pouring in the kitchen, the dark colour hard my heart sinking (once more) but outside in the garden, it was clear that this remains yellow not golden – even if dark yellow! The nose actually has a reductive twist and some exotic yellow fruit. In the mouth this is very large-scaled and with much less overt acidity, indeed freshness, than M&M’s 2007 Meursault Charmes. In style, I might have guessed this to be a typical (un-p.oxed) 2005 – i.e. mouth-filling and massively scaled – highly impressive, without being particularly delicious. Quite a good wine. I have another but many other things taste better to me at this stage, so I’ll bite the bullet and wait a while longer – I know I’m not taking my own advice, but why drink it if I don’t enjoy it?!
Rebuy – No
2005 des Croix, Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Still deeply coloured. The nose offers up sweet fruit of decent freshness, and now, for the first time, a vibration of extra age-driven complexity – yum! In the mouth this has plenty of volume and great texture. Without being super-fresh this is very well-balanced and nicely weighted – the fruit is, however, rather sweet and close to cordial-like. I find the fruit just a little distracting – but I can wait 😉 For a Bourgogne, this sits below the Barthod 05 today in terms of pure deliciousness, but overall, it’s really not far behind!
Rebuy – Yes
2008 Prince Florent de Merode, Ladoix Les Chaillots
This wine was always brilliant value, usually cheaper than a whole swathe of Bourgognes – but young, I found a few odd flavours in this wine – but no more! The nose is fresh and really only very modestly herbal – in that 2008 vernacular. In the mouth this has a good dose of complexity – herbs and fruit – and a very endearing freshness that makes it moreish. This wine is really coming into its own now – fresh, herby but with decent fruit and a certain ebullience. Yum!
Rebuy – Yes