Tasted in Corpeau with Jean-Charles, 23 October 2019.
Jean-Charles on 2019:
“The 2019 whites are not bad, but there’s much less red, due to the non-availability of grapes from my many contracts… All the whites were bottled during September. Of course, I have to mention the Puligny/Corpeau Saint-Vincent. Here I’m making, together with Leflaive, the wines for the Saint-Vincent. Leflaive are making the villages wine, and I’m making the Bourgognes.”
For whites in 2019, the house style of freshness and mouth-watering expression, not a hint of DIAM reduction in any. The reds are mainly clean, fresh, cool-fruited. All very dependable bottles ranging from very good to excellent quality.
All DIAM seals this year except a couple of reds. All bottled in September except for 2 red that were done in October.
2019 Bourgogne Aligoté
‘From old vines of 50 years-old from ‘Corpeau-Montrachet‘ – I think it’s great soil for Bourgogne’
That’s a nicely fresh nose, slightly citrus and inviting. Direct and fresh in the mouth too – faintly saline and beautifully elegantly finishing. A perfect aperitif…
2019 Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Louères
Near Puligny, almost a hectare
A pretty freshness and excellent clarity of aroma. Just a modest cushion to this texture but this is properly structured and has a mouth-watering finish. Not a bit facile – that will be a very good Bourgogne.
2019 Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Champs Huillier
This close to Chassagne
That’s a super citrus nose, a little lime – that’s lovely. More energy, more salinity – that’s an excellent glass – but be patient. Finishing nicely tannic.
A more composed nose, nicely fresh. Extra minerality – fine freshness and shape to this wine – not overtly sweet – none are so far – lovely finishing too. Excellent wine once.
2019 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautées
Normally it’s a different climate (Les Ruchottes) here but was all frosted!
A more timid nose but still with clarity and freshness. Nice volume, lots of minerality at the base of this wine. Super middle intensity, slowly mouthwatering – another well-defined, complex and pure wine – Very good again.
More intensity, that’s a lovely nose. Direct again – the style of the maison in this vintage, cool fruited, well-structured and mineral. So mouth-watering, wide and tasty.
2019 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Pins
A tighter nose again but nicely pure. Vibrant, fresh, mouth-watering. The finishing intensity is gorgeous – that’s a delicious finish!
2019 St.Aubin 1er Cru
From Sur Gamay and Frionnes – both small, so assembled.
Also, a nose that’s a little timid but with a purity of citrus fruit. More depth and density to the flavour here, essentially still the house style of freshness and mouth-watering expression – despite the faint tannin, not a bit phenolic. Chewy concentration in the finish – this is very, very good!
A different nose – a width of aroma and a faint, perhaps, barrel spice. Width and concentration, an extra depth to the flavour complexity. Another lovely wine in this style.
Higher toned, a harder mineral core is the impression. More mouth-filling dimension and energy. Lots of complexity in the finish, faintly saline, also very faintly textured with tannin at the end.
2019 Meursault Les Casse-Têtes
A smaller nose. Wide, intense, that’s a good complexity in the middle too – here in the finish is proper Meursault flavour. Long too. Very tasty!
2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Caillerets
Also, a compact nose to start. Nicely mouth-filling. A pretty complexity here – certainly behind many domaine wines, but the complexity is wide and delicious and the wine is very well balanced.
2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Morgeot
Compact starting. More attack, wider, layered, tons of energy – here is more obvious power today, properly ordered in the tasting. Slowly, faintly spiced in the finish.
2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Les Meix Grapins
Plenty of colour. Plenty of aromatic impact here too – freshness and darker fruit. Direct, dark-fruited, ripe but still fresh, plenty of tannin – this is a wine with structure and for keeping a while.
2019 Auxey-Duresses Sur Melin
Freshness and drive from this nose but generally tight. Extra width and depth of flavour – that’s really a lovely wine – complex with fresh-fruit flavours. I find this excellent.
2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles-Vignes
Deeply coloured. Here’s a nose that’s more open, darkly but freshly fruited. Here is some concentration but not a bit dense – open, airy, structured – beautiful pure fruit at the core. Tannin but not too much – for the more patient among you but the base material in this proper Chassagne-Rouge is super…
2019 Santenay 1er Gravieres
A little more depth and suppleness to this nose – completed by good freshness. Much finer tannin, more saline – wide, mouth-watering. That’s a lovely finish too – slightly spiced.
A deeper, more confiture fruit nose – the first like that. Driving, direct, so silky but with plenty of fruit too. There’s more freshness and red fruit in this flavour profile.
2019 Nuits St.Georges
From a good grower in Nuits, but only one barrel!
Lots of colour. That’s a deep and clean fruit, very attractive indeed. Clean, fresh, cool fruit – all in the style of the domaine – but also so concentrated and driving. Excellent wine and very much in the style of the maison’s other wines this year.