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weekend bottles – week 29

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2013 Clothilde Davenne, Saint Bris
A fresh nose and one that is a little more obviously sauvignon blanc than the 2012. Ooh – a lovely line and minerality to this wine – fresh, tasty and very moreish. Yum. Definitely a more varietal wine than the (I remember) more concentrated 2012. I prefer that wine, but this was lovely!
Rebuy – Yes

2012 Domaine Dublère, Beaune 1er Blanches Fleurs
Hmm – this smells rather dreamy-creamy – fine red fruit too – very inviting! In the mouth there is concentration dovetailed with a modest softness of texture. Super waves of strong, sweet and tasty mid-palate and finishing flavour. I find some oak influence here – but the wine remains nothing short of delicious – super!
Rebuy – Yes

2012 JC Boisset, Beaune 1er Les Grèves
Just a little deeper colour than the Blanches Fleurs. A deeper aromatic that has herb and tobacco when first opened – slowly it adds more flowers and has a fine dark-skinned cherry fruit. Big in the mouth with quite some intensity of flavour too – herb-inflected dark fruit – really this is very super, faintly saline wine – certainly there’s a mineral impression in the finish – a super long line of saline fruit notes in this finish. The waves of flavour are a little less obvious vs the last wine but generally there’s more complexity. Really a top, if rather young wine – yet, really yum! Probably better than, though less delicious today than, the Blanches Fleurs.
Rebuy – Yes

2013 Louis Latour Pommard 1er Epenots
Here is a wine that you should, currently, decant. It starts with a mix of modest reduction and slightly less modest oak notes – slowly but surely it gains higher and fresher notes – the fruit behind is never in question. A lovely width of fresh berry-cherry fruit on the palate with a faint halo of dryness, but not to the extent that there’s any tannic grain. A fine fruit note adheres to the tongue – and it’s very persistent. Today the wine is mainly defined by this oaky reduction – but seriously good material waits below. It’s a very different style of oak here vs the Blanches Fleurs – and this weekend, this is my favourite wine, very closely followed by the Grèves.
Rebuy – Yes

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