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Le Grappin – 2012

WP_20140322_001Le Grappin, tasted in Beaune with Andrew Nielsen, 20 March, 2014. Right, Andrew also seems proud of his Beaune-market purchases…

Andrew is pleased as punch with his 2012’s and seems to think his 2013 whites will be even better. There’s a bag-in-a-box approach to some ‘Party Bourgogne’ in 2013 – looks very interesting; Andrew tells me that he’s tested them, and a glass of Mâcon or a Rosé will keep well for 6 weeks in the fridge once you ‘open’ them – perfect if you just want one glass when you get home from work each evening! I look forward to giving those a try…

2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune
Only six barrels were the yield, 10 is ‘normal’ from this plot.
Medium-plus colour. It’s a deep nose, with focused dark-red berries and a nice freshness. Silky texture, modest, fine and ripe tannin. The fruit is dark-red here too and is part of a growing intensity of flavour. Rather contemplative wine, despite reasonable acidity.

2012 Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes
Medium-plus colour. Deep, dark-red fruit, maybe with even better delineation than the Savigny. Wide, mouth-filling, totally round. More tannin but the grain is fine, and it’s perfectly ripe. There’s a fine ‘lift’ of fresh fruit in the finish. I find that this flavour lingers beautifully.

2012 Savigny-lès-Beaune Blanc
Light lemon-yellow colour. There’s the faintest whiff of oak together with a fresh citrus impression. Silky with decent freshness, this wine grows a lovely concentration and intensity of fine flavour. I love the length, considering the label, it’s almost a width!

2012 Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves Blanc
Medium-pale lemon-yellow colour. Smells like those squishy, sugar-coated jelly fruits – fresh pineapple – it begs you to take a sip! Round, supple and silky – seriously great texture (despite no battonage or new oak, apparently). The flavour and overall stance of this wine has a growing authority; long and lingering flavour. Simply lovely.

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