Tasted with Tomoko Kuriyama in Savigny-lès-Beaune, 08 November 2017.
Chemin de la Grande Chaume
Tomoko on 2016:
“Of-course we are mainly Côte de Beaune, so there were some appellations that we couldn’t make – the first time since 2011 that our Volnay and Pommard, also our Chassagne Morgeot and Marsannay Blanc were lost due to the frost – 4 appellations are missing this year. But despite almost 30% lower quantity, our volume is better than it could have been. It’s not easy, but comparing 2015 to 2016, if I have to choose just one, it would be the 16s for their balance and matière.
“The allocations are really not easy, we’re asking everybody and trying to do the best to keep everyone happy – it’s not easy this year, that’s for sure.”
Tomoko on 2017:
“2017 was much easier in terms of quantity but we still had some disappointments as our St.Romain was frosted and quite late in the day we didn’t get the Pommard as we had been planning….”
A much more compact range than usual at this producer, but some small jewels are to be found. Lovely wines – and good as the whites are, this year I prefer their reds.
The only wine that’s bottled, the rest will be done from January.
Ooh that’s an absolutely beautiful nose of allure and inviting fruit. Supple, some tannin but lovely ripples of fresh flavour flowing over the palate – this is delicious – but you should wait a little.
2016 Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune
Normally this is all in the bourgogne, but the best part was kept aside for a new cuvee – vines in Paris l’Hôpital
A deeper, more pungently impressive red fruit – less fine than the Bourgogne I think, but still with a fine purity. The fine fruit on the palate is just a little more plump but as such acts as a little more of a buffer to the tannin. Delicious and with a little more depth of flavour…
A very nice whole cluster on the nose (all the reds are 100%) ‘It was a challenge to commit to wc each year, but it suits how we like the wines to be…’
Vibrant and alluring aroma. More volume, really an executive texture here – plush, silky-smooth, only a modest impression of tannin in the mid-palate. This is really a great wine – not the most energy to start but fine in the middle and the finish. Really a honey – bravo!
2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Grapes From Pierres Dorées…
A big open fresh nose, almost a sherbet impression, very inviting. Supple, nice layers of warmer flavour, a little ripeness of fruit – almost pineapple in style, but stylishly so… a nice kick of finishing intensity too.
Bright, reductive agrumes, nice depth. Wide, mouth-watering, lovely open citrus, not super intense just an easy and delicious wine.
2016 Auxey Duresses Les Hautes
Higher toned, a width of fine freshness here. A little depth of texture and just deliciously mouth-watering flavours that I don’t want to come to an end. Really a wine of length. Lovely stuff