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jm boillot 2009 puligny-montrachet…

jm boillot 2009 puligny-montrachet…

2009 Jean-Marc Boillot, Puligny-Montrachet The nose is relatively tight; very understated high toned flowers, perhaps pear-drops. This is surprisingly fresh and mineral for a 2009 – too much so? – certainly it’s a little austere. The flavour does expand in the mid-palate, and it’s clearly quite fresh but I’m not entirely convinced this is a […]

bj-nv – apparently it never went away…

bj-nv – apparently it never went away…

It’s true – landing in China round about now…

2009 ponsot chambolle 1er les charmes

2009 ponsot chambolle 1er les charmes

Another day, another Charmes. Laurent Ponsot tells me that the market has taken very well to his Ardea seals, and given three corked wines at a recent vertical tasting of his Clos de la Roche VV he remains absolutely sure that this was the only way to go. I still have a lot of problems […]

2009 partice rion chambolle 1er charmes

2009 partice rion chambolle 1er charmes

2009 Michel & Patrice Rion, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows a heavy musky fruit of impressive depth and quite some layers. Lovely texture that has just a hint of fat followed by a growing intensity of flavour – the intensity is turned-up by having understated but rather good acidity – […]

1981 ampeau savigny 1er les lavières

1981 ampeau savigny 1er les lavières

1981 Robert Ampeau, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Lavières Medium colour. The nose has depth and width – there’s still some fruit and sweetness of fruit, turned-over leaves and a hint of meat. There is a slight cushioning to texture and still a little velvet from the tannin – lovely acidity flows through the core of the […]

misty côte d’or…

misty côte d’or…

When I left home on Wednesday, very early on Wednesday, the forecast promised a backdrop of sun and blue sky for the rest of the week – it seems with the same ‘hit-rate’ as we enjoyed over the harvest. Mist, mist and mist – not forgetting the faint rain – hardly that photogenic. On Friday […]

111111…

111111…

Well you don’t see that very often do you… I suppose there’s 22.2.22 to look forward to – maybe some of the 95 and 96s will be drinking by then 😉 Enjoy!

l&a lignier 2008 gevrey les seuvrées

2008 L&A Lignier, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows lovely depth; just a hint of musk and dark red fruits. Fresh, but not overly so this trips over the tongue delivering excellent dark-shaded fruit and impressive complexity – just a hint tart in the finish but compellingly-so. Chew and you can find […]

bonnes-mares 1989 cave dauphin

bonnes-mares 1989 cave dauphin

1989 Cave du Dauphin, Bonnes-Mares Medium colour. There is a hint of roasted to the fruit but generally this is not so bad, rounded with a faint pot-pourri note. The fruit is ripe enough and actually shows a good mineral tension; not the last word in intensity, but not bad either. The acidity is just […]

eugénie 2009 vosne-romanée…

eugénie 2009 vosne-romanée…

An excellent wine I cannot deny and one of character too – but it’s priced as a premier cru – so I would rebuy only at the ‘correct’ price… 2009 Eugénie, Vosne-Romanée Classic spice-bread on the nose. Clearly there is quite some extraction here, evidenced by that modern rarity – real tannin! Good underlying acidity […]

2009 jayer-gilles bourgogne hautes côtes de nuits

2009 jayer-gilles bourgogne hautes côtes de nuits

I have always enjoyed the Jayer-Gilles wines – perhaps it’s time I knuckled-down and investigated further. This is frankly a benchmark Bourgogne that would give many villages wines pause for thought – but for a Bourgogne, it is simply too expensive, at least 50% too expensive; I would personally rather spend 33 Swiss francs on […]

2009 verget puligny 1er champs gains

2009 Verget, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Champs Gains This has a forward nose with a few herbs and decent, high-toned fruit. There’s plenty of flavour and a really good intensity too. I’d just like a little more acidity to provide focus, without this it’s a bit too expensive – both 2008 and 2010 villages will offer more […]

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