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week 27 2017 – weekend wines – must try harder…

This weekend was definitely a ‘must try harder‘ weekend…

2015 Dampt Frères, Bourgogne Tonnerre Le Clos du Chateau
The 2014 of this was a match for 95% of Chablis 1er crus – taught, mineral but absolutely deliciously intense wine – and all for about €9. The 2015 isn’t really like that – there is concentration, certainly enough weight of flavour, but rather like the 2015 Vaillons of Long-Depaquit, tasted a couple of weeks ago, this simply lacks a little deliciousness. Perhaps it will improve with time, but today it’s a realtively easy pass…
Rebuy – No

1996 Jean-Claude Belland, Chambertin
Last time out – already 10 years ago – this was young and delicious – today no-longer. Of-course every bottle will be different, but this showed a pretty unpleasantly bretty nose. The palate has weight – indeed poise – fine balance and layers of flavour. The flavours showed a little less of the brett – but a wine with a poor nose is a wine that ultimately you can’t rescue – that was the case here. Given that it was Chambertin, I persevered with a second glass – indeed a third on the next day – but it wasn’t to be…
Rebuy – No

2012 Le Grappin, Savigny-lès-Beaune
Fresh, herby, bright red fruit. The palate is fresh and open with a bright personality. Despite the faint green tinge – like fresh mint on strawberries – this was delicious. Yum!
Rebuy – Yes

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