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Weekend wines – week 34 2017

2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Savigny les Beaune 1er Aux Fourneaux
The last Bourgogne was deep and structured with a little oak – yet drank very quickly. This wine simply ticks all the boxes, and the bottle is empty quicker than you expect. Quite a deep colour. The nose is wide, with a faint accent of spice to fine red fruit – lots of attractive precision here. Red fruited again in the mouth, with very smooth texture, energetic yet with an inner sucrosity and absolute deliciousness that belies a Savigny label. A wide panorama of flavour in the finish. Simply first-class stuff – bravo!
Rebuy – Yes

2007 des Chezeaux/Ponsot, Clos St.Denis Vieilles-Vignes
The cork – and yes it is cork, this was the last vintage before changing to the ‘plastic’ Ardea seals – is branded Clos St.Denis Tres Vieilles Vignes like the labels of Laurent Ponsot. The bottle is simply labelled as Vieilles-Vignes (as always for Chezeaux), the bulk (presumably) of this parcel remains on the vines planted in 1905.
The nose sometimes offers glimpses of excitement, but generally offers a wide and easy complexity of fruit and herb over quite limited depth. In the mouth this is simply wow – but you have wait for it! The wine starts narrow, quickly growing in intensity and massively growing in width – the long wave of fine-balanced flavour in the finish is simply of the highest class – what comes before is fine if less remarkable – that’s the vintage talking. Half a very great wine – so really a great 2007.
Rebuy – Yes

It was a hot weekend – 27-30°C – so you might expect a couple of ice-cold bottles of Dr Loosen’s 2015 Riesling were (somehow) consumed too 🙂

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