a few weekend wines – week 22 2018


2014 Françoise André, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Vergelesses
There’s a little curl of vanilla to what is otherwise a nice line of aromatic freshness with faint lime citrus. A sheen of fresh minerality over the palate – again accented with vanilla – but it’s a much fainter accent than the nose. Lovely incisive minerality. Fresh and clean as a whistle – yum!
Rebuy – Yes

2008 Albert Bichot, Latricières-Chambertin
Hmm, this is rather good – deep, pure dark fruit that slowly shows a purity of wild strawberry, just starting to show a little age-related complexity too. Ooh – this is sleek and very-much acid-driven – there’s a little mouth-puckering here when the wine is cool – a little less-so as it warms in the glass – a little! I’m an acid-lover and so this is okay for me – it avoids crossing my own line – but many of you may disagree!
Rebuy – Maybe

2014 des Chézeaux / Berthaut-Gerbet, Gevrey-Chambertin
Medium, medium-plus colour. Good aromatic depth with a little dark stone fruit, faint Kirsch and a hint of pyrazine. Ooh – this has a super width of flavour good line and though with plenty of herb, almost pyrazine again – but balanced with creamy depth of flavour. The line ingrains into your palate making this exceptionally long for a villages! Complex, kirsch-fruited and herby, but engrossing. I wish all wines would have such character!
Rebuy – Maybe

2000 Thomas-Moillard, Romanée St.Vivant
Ooh – what a great nose – classically spicy, with extra age-related complexity – yes! In the mouth this is a little more rustic, perhaps a little mineral too – it’s relatively young – unlike the nose which could hardly be better. You should never drink a TM less than 20 years old, but this was half great!
Rebuy – Maybe

2015 Louis Max, Rully Les Plantenays
A round and almost textured nose – a little oak too. In the mouth it’s like the nose – a depth fine texture, richness and a little oak too. I like my wine with a little more direction and a little less padding, but this is very tasty all the same.
Rebuy – Maybe

2013 Yvon & Laurent Vocoret, Chablis 1er Fourchaume – Exquise
Hmm, lots of aromatic freshness and minerality here – but attractively so, and none of the vintage’s apricot aromas. Hmm, a lovely line, a wine that vibrates with energy. We drank this quite quickly, enjoying every drop. A super wine, particularly so for the vintage.
Rebuy – Yes

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