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Ardhuy – 2013

DSC05459Tasted in Corgoloin with Carel Voorhuis, 12 November, 2014.

Domaine D’Ardhuy
Clos Langres
21700 Corgoloin
Tel: +33 3 80 62 98 73+33 3 80 62 98 73
www.ardhuy.com

Carel noted that the tasting would be ‘complicated’ because our timing meant that the wines were spread across barrels, tanks and bottles – but we would give it a good try.

Carel on 2013:
“It’s hard for me to rationalise the quality of the wines with what I remember of the vintage. I’m so often surprised by the comments of the tasters – I find it hard to taste my own wines, so comments are often an eye-opener as I still can’t forget how hard the whole year was, including how hard we had to sort at harvest. The wines simply don’t reflect my memories.”

Not many late malos here – most were completed in the Spring.

The wines…

Some can already be bottled says Carel, the others in the Spring.

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets
From tank.
The nose has a slightly padded depth – it’s the same in the mouth too. Nice depth of flavour here. Good wine.

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Aux Clous
In tank.
A faint reduction is probably the reason for a deeper nose. Silkier and a little more intense. A little padded but with a super line of flavour. Yum!

2013 Côte de Nuits Villages Clos des Langres
No sulfur in the elevage, just now once assembled in tank.
A deep, almost textured dark nose. Lithe with fine energy and good burst of mid-palate intensity.The last drops in the glass are redder-shaded and very pretty.

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Rouvrettes
I don’t remember tasting a ‘Rouvrettes’ before – it’s a vineyard split into both villages and 1er Cru (the latter the upper) sections – the last 1er Cru prolongment of Les Jarrons, heading NW into the valley.
Fine red berries on the nose with a little raisined fruit. Good silk, plenty of depth, good texture and lots of mid-palate flavour. Nice bright fruit in the finish too. VVGood.

2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Narbantons
Fresh, dark fruit that is a little diffuse at the start. Also silky but less obviously padded than the Rouvrettes – a little drag to the tannin too. Plenty of intensity – Yum!

2013 Ladoix 1er Basses Murottes
A deep and round nose. Intense and showing muscle but no fat then a lift of fresh mid-palate intensity – lovely fruit. Well structured – but as a baby Corton, so it should be. Yum!

2013 Pommard Les Lambots
Yielded 22 hl/ha.
The nose is fresh and dark with herbs – actually quite an exciting nose. Lithe and direct flavour over plenty of, but not excessive, tannin.

2013 Pommard 1er Fremiers
Wide, muscly, transparent dark fruit – lovely aromatic energy. Here is more intensity and more tannin with a faintly dry leading edge, but no grain. Complex and long – super wine.

2013 Volnay 1er Fremiets
Immediately softer and more floral nose. The flavour is a little reductive though the mid-palate slowly exerts control, delivering complex, high-toned, intense flavour. A super finish too!

2013 Aloxe-Corton
A high-toned nose of dark-red fruit. In the mouth, this is fresh and has quite some intensity – reasonable width of flavour all the way into the finish. Very tasty and nothing heavy about this wine.

2013 Aloxe-Corton 1er Les Chaillots
There’s reduction, but it quickly vacates the glass. Energy, transparency and dark fruit notes. This is rather silky – the tannin grows, changing the texture to velvet. Good width and good power – This really could be Corton!

2013 Corton Pougets
A more airy and complex nose – less powerful than the Chaillots but finer. In the mouth there’s more power though – more muscle too. Still, this is lithe and flexible and opens wider and wider. Really fine finishing width too.

2013 Corton Renardes
The nose is deep but seems fizzy. Less gas than I expect on the palate – but plenty of energy and excitement compared to the Pougets, but that could be the gas. The finish is super!

2013 Corton Les Hautes Murottes
High on the hill, this is usually the last vineyard to be harvested – it seems the extra-long growing season bestowed a little extra to this wine in 2013!
This high-toned nose grows prettier and prettier in the glass. Lithe and energetic, showing really good mid-palate dimension – super energy here. Perhaps the best from this vineyard since 2003?
2013 Corton Clos du Roi
A silkier nose and of quite some width too. A little more padding in the mouth – and overall size too. Round in the middle with a fine, velvety tannin nd perfectly ripe fruit – Lovely!

2013 Nuits St.Georges
Here is a modest but rather pretty nose. Wide in the mouth with very good depth off mid-palate flavour. The finishing length is at the same time discrete and impressive.

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin
From 6 separate parcels.
Wide and a little airy – perhaps gas(?) Again a wine with very good width of flavour, that’s lithe and shows a nice texture to the tannin. Slowly leaching, mouth-watering flavour. A good villages wine.

2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Chaumes
Deep aroma, faintly spiced – not so deep but very inviting. Here is a little gas on the tongue but the freshness and complexity are lovely. Fine length too

2013 Clos de Vougeot
20% whole clusters used in the fermentation.
Ouf! Now this is a very pretty nose. Round and deep – faintly musky notes and maybe even chocolate too – it’s a beautiful aromatic. Full and round with a sweetness to the intense fruit and no obvious whole-cluster notes. Wow – this is simply brilliant!
Maybe one of my top-10 wines of the vintage!

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