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ilan’s 2010 morey 1er monts luisants

ilan’s 2010 morey 1er monts luisants

I waited a long time for these 2010s, mainly due to ‘Corbeaux-gate’ – such were some of the exaggerated complaints on wine-fora. For info, the Corbeaux didn’t start malo until 1 year late and our winemaker chose not to force it. It went through okay last year, was bottled and I picked up my selected 3 premier crus in January – simple. Late, but simple. It seems that some people didn’t like this non-interventionist approach, that being so, they probably shouldn’t have bought from this domaine in the first place! I will eventually publish my note on the Corbeaux, but this, if you prepare it properly, this is rather nice. 2010 Maison Ilan, Morey St.Denis 1er Les Monts Luisants The nose starts mainly with a [….]

jean-marc pillot’s 2011 chassagne les baudines – yum!

jean-marc pillot’s 2011 chassagne les baudines – yum!

Hmm – didn’t this domaine do just great things in the last couple of vintages, and maybe longer…(?) The 2010 Fairendes was brilliant at the weekend, and now this. I’ve also got a 2011 Montagny somewhere, I hope it’s as good as this! 2011 Jean-Marc Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Baudines Medium-pale lemon yellow. Fresh, high-toned blossom/fruit – it has a certain depth and weight about it too. Lovely freshness (you wouldn’t blink if told it was a 2010) width and weight. There’s a creamy extra dimension in the mid-palate flavour too. Truth be told, maybe there’s not quite the focus of this domaines’ 2010s, maybe… Lovely depth, layers of fresh but weighty flavours. I seem to have drunk rather more than a taster’s sip! Rebuy [….]

the EG affair…

the EG affair…

I try not to follow crowds when writing about ‘stuff’, but I felt that I should make a few notes on this subject here, and not just because the story is now in the news mainstream. I’ve been asked by email and in other fora for my opinion on what’s happening in the Emmanuel Giboulot affair. Mainly I’m writing this, because I was a little surprised to see the content of my emails published online – not because I don’t stand behind what I said, but because the person that asked the question never mentioned that they would be published. So, adding to what I wrote last year, and whatever else might be attributed to me, here’s what I published elsewhere last week: People should [….]

nicolas rossignol 2010 pommard les vignots

nicolas rossignol 2010 pommard les vignots

2010 Nicolas Rossignol, Pommard Les Vignots Deeply coloured. The nose is wide, dark and slightly glossy. The palate has plenty of width too, the black-cherry fruit is perhaps less dark than the nose – and supported by a ripe, faintly grained tannin. The mid-palate fruit is very lovely – super energy. This wine clearly has a little dissolved gas as it really benefits from a couple of hours open. A dark, and almost obvious Pommard personality but with real brio. Super! Rebuy – Yes

just a little meursault to start the day…

just a little meursault to start the day…

picture-perfect volnay…

picture-perfect volnay…

It was already cloudy by about 10:30 today, but what a beautiful start we had. Growers remain concerned that the buds on some south-facing vines are starting to swell a little, and there is no end in sight to the mild weather (10°C and sun at 10am!), though we are still just behind the precocious beginning to 2007. Anyway, enjoy…

more old beaune…

more old beaune…

No Pommard today, and not so much blue sky either, but a cancelled appointment left time to walk the remparts of Beaune – I haven’t done that for years!

Chorey

monday in beaune and pommard…

There were occasional patches of mist but as the sun came through the ploughed rows of vines began steaming – looked rather cool! A perfect Spring day with 12-15°C. A shame its February and the wines should be completely dormant. Everyone is hoping for a nice steady 2-3 weeks of -5°C or-so to kill off all that’s nasty and keep the vines from getting excited too early. Nobody can afford them to be frosted this year!

oof- what a dinner…

oof- what a dinner…

Homemade boeuf-bourguignone was on the menu along with a brilliant lineup of wines from me and others – not a bad collection for just four of us! I didn’t make notes during the evening, but did look again at the bottles that remained next day – all still full of vigour. Some were whisked away for further ‘testing’ by guests so I don’t have a full set of notes… We started with a bottle Henri Chauvet’s NV Brut Reserve Champagne. The last bottle from a number that I bought at the domaine about 8 years ago. I have to say that it tasted pretty good with the gougères! 1996 Grivot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Roncières Wide but very shy nose – not much to talk [….]

1992 lafon monthélie 1er duresses (encore)

Last tasted in April last year, and I’d say that this is a bit nicer bottle. 1992 Comtes Lafon, Monthélie 1er Les Duresses Medium, perhaps medium-plus red colour. The nose begins rather deeply; a baked dark-fruit that slowly becomes redder and redder and shows a subtle but interesting pyrazine note – not quite like a 2004/2011 though. To start with there’s good power and acidity but the impression is a little ‘lumpen’. This wine needs about 30 minutes the stretch its legs, showing much more aplomb – even if the grainy tannin refuses to put on a suave suite – still, there’s no astringency. Rebuy – Yes ops – silly me – was I supposed to publish something pink and lovey today…? Maybe I’ll find [….]

michel lafarge’s 1993 volnay clos des chênes…

michel lafarge’s 1993 volnay clos des chênes…

Despite their lofty reputation, and the undeniable brilliance of their wines when tasting from barrel, I’d yet to have a ‘wow’ moment with bottles from this domaine. That’s not to say that I haven’t drunk many very good bottles! Well, here’s a ‘wow’, indeed, in-fact here’s the best wine I’ve drunk this year, and that’s despite the Matrot 72 Santenots… 1993 Michel Lafarge, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes Still with a deep colour. The nose is dark, mineral and full of energy, some leaves and some blood – it’s so precise it seems to have been cut with a knife. The dark flavours are wide, fresh and they grow in intensity – super-focused again. This silky wine leaves a beautiful mouth-watering finish. Short and sweet [….]

joseph matrot’s 1972 volnay-santenots

joseph matrot’s 1972 volnay-santenots

I was hunting around the cellar for some bottles for this weekend – a blind tasting with friends of ‘old stuff’ – at least I will be opening old stuff! I found the bottles I wanted under others. As I was replacing the ‘others’, this wine was in my hands, and I simply thought – why not? If my weekend wines are anything near as good, I’ll be very happy… The cork had remained a faithful seal, but it was a pig to remove, indeed it ultimately disintegrated despite my best efforts, efforts that aimed to combine a screw-pull worm and an Ah-So. So this was filtered into a decanter through an un-perfumed kitchen towel. 1972 Joseph Matrot, Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Medium-pale colour, but bright [….]

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