weekend corkscrew work – week 13 2018 – part 1


2007 Alex Gambal, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes
The nose starts with a little reduction – the flavour too – but it doesn’t need much time to dislodge that. There’s not the same concentration as the 2006 Marechale from mid-week, but there is a more open, airy, and complex bright flavour/aroma package here. Today this is a much more attractive proposition in the glass – lovely stuff. Day two, the last half is just purring, showing a hint more oak but also a fuller and rounder shape with pure delicious flavour – excellent!
Rebuy – Yes

2015 Nicolas Burguet, Bourgogne Aligoté
Info on this domaine in the next (March) Burgundy Report.
Medium lemon-yellow colour. An attractive width of aroma, not so much depth. Round but still with lots of freshness, directly delicious and with an added creamy complexity in the citrus finish. Just delicious wine – the type that suddenly you find that the bottle is empty – how did that happen?
Rebuy – Yes

1997 Chezeaux/Ponsot, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes
Unlike the 97 Griotte from here (opened a couple of weeks ago) this long cork has no notes of oxidation – likewise the wine, Showing beautifully mature notes, if not the initial dried leaves impact of the Griotte. You could call the wine a little troubled – as it’s cloudy – but it was plucked straight from the case without any time standing, so who knows if it’s the wine or my clumsy handling. Air brings a very attractive sweet and pure red cherry core to the aroma, and an almost smoky minerality. Plenty of mouth-filling volume – sweet and with good drive from the acidity, ending with slow waves of flavour moving into the finish. This is a super drop! Like the cork, nothing oxidative about this particular bottle even 1 hour after opening. Fabulous, ready, Chambolle.
Rebuy – Yes

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There is one response to “weekend corkscrew work – week 13 2018 – part 1”

  1. Marko de Morey2nd April 2018 at 3:54 pmPermalinkReply

    Looking fwd to more info on Nicolas B to come Bill. I am right in thinking is the very pleasant, impressively bearded (hipster ?), young man who was with Alexandrine Roy at Le Roi Chambertin 2017 – nephew of Alain Burguet ? Without wishing to ‘steal’ your article ‘thunder’ recall he may have said 2015 was his first solo vintage ? I thought he just had a hectare of Gevrey Village so will be interested to learn what else he has access to, or might have expectations of in due course, and whether the Aligote is his own, or bought in, fruit. Which reminds me I have serious lack of Aligote at present – needs remedying !

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