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Seguin-Manuel – 2013

DSC05532Tasted in Beaune with Thibaut Marion, 18th November, 2014.

Domaine Seguin Manuel
2 Rue Arquebuse
21200 Beaune
Tel: +33 3 80 21 50 42
www.seguin-manuel.com

Thibaut on 2013:
“Well, due to the recent ‘climate disasters’ I’ve added a few new wines to the range. I had to because 3.5 of my 8.5 hectares wer completely destroyed. I got not just more Côte de Nuits, but Givry too. Luckily the new large parcel I have in Vosne afforded me the opportunity to swap grapes with others to boost the range if not the quantity.

“2013 reminds me a little of 2011 i.e. tender wines, but 2013 is much more terrior-driven. It is probably better to drink earlier which is good given that 12 and probably 14 are for longer keeping.”

The wines…

Now 60% reds here – indeed looking only at the domaine, 80% reds. A very good range of reds, though I found the smaller whites needing more acidity for my palate. The other whites were rather good though.

2013 Givry 1er Crémillons
Elevage in 1-2 year-old barrels. Already racked, will be bottled soon.
Faintly powdery nose. Fine texture. The intensity is good and with plenty of mid-palate concentration too. Fresh with a stony finish. Fresh and punchy wine but it comes down to economics because this is good but not better than a number of 2013 Bourgognes.

2013 Pommard Petits Noizons
First vintage in 2012 – 20% whole clusters.
Deep aromas with a little whole cluster and a little reduction – but seemingly silky too. Lots of energy and flavour dimension and good. narrow intensity. A little reductive flavour too but this should round out very well.

2013 Vosne-Romanée Au Communes
A 1.8 hectare plot – 1st vintage – again vinified with 20% whole clusters.
A very inviting nose with some floral notes and spice. More cushioned and more complex. Still with very good mid-palate intensity. A stony and interesting finish. A super debut for this wine.

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin
100% destemmed.
Fresh and fruity with some faintly reductive depth. Faint gas yet here is a much wider perspective on the palate – very good intensity and mid-palate flavour too. Very, very good!

2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes
A very pretty, perfectly clichéd Chambolle nose of fresh fruit and flowers. A little more direct and intense after the Gevrey, and a clear extra dimension of mid-palate complexity. Lithe, no fat and very tasty indeed!

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cazetiers
100% destemmed.
A muscly depth of aroma with wider higher tones that are not yet full framed. Hmm – very, very nice texture and a little fatness too. Complexity and weight. Just a brilliant wine. Cazetiers seem a little fat or pure muscle in 2013 – nothing in-between – this is fat and rich but just brilliant. One of the wines that sticks in my memory from over 700 tasted in this campaign…

2013 Echézeaux
En Orveaux. 50% new oak, 100% destemmed.
A cushioned width of a nose, depth too with flashes of dark oak. The flavour has a little oak too but plenty of depth and interest of other flavours. A baby but should be a good one…

Les Blancs…
No 2013 Savigny blanc this year – all was lost to the hail.

2013 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Côte de Beaune grapes from near Meursault. Already in bottle.
A fresh nose, with faint green apple. Wide, with nice flavour complexity, only modest acidity though, but with a nice stony finish.

2013 Viré-Clessé
Bottled in May.
A little more ripe fruit on the nose, this time with no apple. Mouth-filling and just a little mineral, with a growing acidity. I’d like a little more ‘cut’ but this is tasty and has a good finish.

2013 Rully Vieilles-Vignes
From 40 year-old vines and was bottled in September before the harvest.
A high-toned, airy nose with some riper depth. Quite inviting and with lovely balance and energy – fine flavour. It’s a rare Chalonnaise that wows me – but here’s one.

2013 Meursault Les Clous (de Dessous)
Second vintage; a wide, almost textured, classic nose. Lithe and with great line and very good balance. There’s growing intensity. A very good wine, that I like.

2013 Puligny-Montrachet Les Reuchaux
From the northern part of the appellation, near the cemetery, close to Meursault.
Lots more weight and aromatic complexity here – some ripe citrus included. Good balance, and a wine that grows wider and wider on the palate – good mid-palate weight. Very good!

2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Vergers
A very nice depth of aroma, just discreetly Chassagne in character. Lots of energy, tension and concentration – and really super, mouth-watering flavour. Simply lovely.

2013 Corton-Charlemagne
A more discreet nose – almost tight – and that certainly doesn’t prepare you for the intensity of flavour, supported by the acidity and an extra level of post, mid-palate flavour. Very, very good!

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