weekend wines – weekend 28 2018

Update 15.7.2018(16.7.2018)billn

2013 Olivier Leflaive, Bourgogne Oncle Vincent
Pale lemon yellow. A narrow, fine nose of clean citrus. Plenty of fine zip to the ever-widening palate, little finishing waves of nice intensity flavour. When younger this needed plenty of air to show its best, but now it’s directly open and delicious. Yum!
Rebuy – Yes

2005 Lejeune, Pommard 1er Argillières
Ooh – now that’s a nose! Perfumed, floral, clean red fruit – simply gorgeous. Mouth-filling, mouth-watering, clean pure fruit – like the nose. Super acidity, intense and it lingers long. Relatively primary, brilliant in the glass and oh-so stable – the last glass two days later was lovely – bravo.
Rebuy – Yes

2015 Dampt Frères, Bourgogne Tonnerre Le Clos du Château
This has more than a passing resemblance to last weekend’s Bourgogne Vézelay with an open, attractive, aromatic sweetness. In the mouth also open and sweet, perhaps lacking a little structure and intensity – yet – the flavour always delivers, faintly orange blossom, faintly ginger. Just a very tasty wine. Missing the incisive nature of the 2014 – from what I recollect, the 2016 misses it too – but I’m holding it to higher standards than is typical for an €8 wine – for the price this remains excellent.
Rebuy – Yes

1999 Louis Jadot, Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Hmm – everything about this wine is a little too ‘medium!’ On the positive side, this wine was terribly young when I first first opened one of my 6-pack in 2007 – today I would say it’s almost drinking, if not ‘giving.’ The nose does have some complexity and interest in its medium-weight delivery. Likewise in the mouth, a medium concentration, though a little less tart than the last time. The balance is actually excellent, but the overall performance is very modest. This wine will be twenty years old next year, but I still wouldn’t countenance opening one for a while longer than that – if it performs like this, it will seem like a wasted bottle and certainly a waste of cash relative to the asking price today…
Rebuy – No

2017 Eva Frick, Rheingau Riesling
Simply delicious – grapefruit mouth-puckering but with delicious, refreshing flavour. Yum!
Rebuy – Yes

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