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bergs not burgs…

bergs not burgs…

A couple of pics from Friday…

camille-giroud’s 2010 savigny les peuillets….

camille-giroud’s 2010 savigny les peuillets….

Without doubt I’m a little biased, but what wonderful value this wine is, not just from the basic perspective of Savigny pricing, but for the impressive quality within too… 2010 Camille Giroud, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets Medium, medium-plus colour. Aromatically there’s still more than a nod to the barrels with a creamy depth to pretty red fruit. In the mouth the oak adds multiple dimensions but can only do so because of the wine’s inherent depth of flavour – otherwise that oak would be very boring! Sweetness of cushioned red fruit and a peak of acid-borne, high-toned flavour in the mid-palate. This is just lovely – but the domaine is sold out of 2010s – thankfully there are more in this cellar! Rebuy – Yes

leflaive’s 2002 puligny combettes

leflaive’s 2002 puligny combettes

2002 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Combettes With my first sip, I wasn’t sure what to make of this wine – it seemed so dry – but by the third sip all was okay (something I ate?) The nose is really less about chardonnay, and perhaps less about Puligny, than about Leflaive; gunflint and savoury is the impression. In the mouth this is decently concentrated and shows a nice mid-palate intensity. The acidity is fine too. My overall impression is of a lithe, sinewy wine with truly excellent detail. I still think it is more ‘Leflaive’ than Puligny – at least aromatically – but no harm done; a wine in perfect condition that is also drinking perfectly… Rebuy – Yes

now something completely different: albert bichots’s (rose) crémant de bourgogne…

now something completely different: albert bichots’s (rose) crémant de bourgogne…

Opened as the thunder and lightening gave way to a lovely sunset… Albert Bichot, Crémant de Bourgogne, Brut Rose Bought from a merchant in Germany. Don’t worry, no tasting note! Only to say that this followed a very nice (if slightly sweet) grower Champagne. All three of us preferred this bit of fun! Rebuy – Yes

louis jadot’s 2010 meursault…

2010 Louis Jadot, Meursault I never really know what to expect with a Jadot white; some wines are steely and exciting – right up my Strasse – others are rather creamy/vanilla oaky which can either cloy or may still offer a wave of excitement if there is acidity and minerality too (like this). This wine is an okay wine, a wine that drinks easily, but it is also a wine that plays to a stereotypical round, slightly fat, vanilla-infused Meursault character. It’s a good-enough wine then, in that cliched vernacular, but I prefer a little more cold steel, even in my Meursault… Rebuy – Maybe

nicolas potel’s 1997 volnay…

nicolas potel’s 1997 volnay…

It’s quite a while since I last had one of these – my cellar tidy-up (2.5, from 10 sides of A4, so-far transposed…) has located many things worth revisiting! 1997 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts a little burly, but as the air does its work this lightens and offers a quite interesting red cherry conserve – far from complex, but very inviting – particularly so for a 97 – as many are a little herbal these days. Round, its full-textured impression has a little fat, though good acidity to support it. Nicely balanced and drinkable, this is a wine of indeterminate age but no obvious vintage pointers. Drinking rather well just now… Rebuy – Yes

louis max’s 2010 nsg 1er damodes…

louis max’s 2010 nsg 1er damodes…

2010 Louis Max, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Damodes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a breath of CO2 and a faint reductive note – the CO2 is hardly obvious after 15 minutes (I hadn’t shaken…). In the mouth I did still find some gas so eventually gave the bottle a good shake – there was plenty to remove! The nose, sans gas, takes on a more red-fruit character with faint herbs, spices and high tones – I get a suggestion of flowers too – nice. The palate is also red-fruited with good balance and very good mid-palate intensity – lingering quite well too. Likeable wine. Rebuy – Yes

pycm 2008 rully les cailloux

pycm 2008 rully les cailloux

What a great way to start the weekend! 2008 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Rully Les Cailloux Medium lemon yellow. Wide, fresh and perhaps a little of CO2 gives it a an aromatic lift – yes, there’s some gas at the back of the palate too, but it’s not totally intrusive. The texture becomes ever-smoother as the gas fades, but without losing the lovely acid balance: there’s citrus and a core of ripe (lemon) yellow fruit, with just the right amount of understated sweetness. This drinks wonderfully well right now – don’t delay, buy today! Rebuy – Yes

rebourgeon-mure 2010 beaune vignes-franches

rebourgeon-mure 2010 beaune vignes-franches

2010 Rebourgeon-Mure, Beaune 1er Vignes-Franches Medium-plus colour. The nose remains tight but with glossy dark fruit. Wide and rather acid-led intense – that’s not a complaint by the way, it’s an exciting and tasty wine. The dark fruit insinuates its way into your tongue and gums – it’s very nice but could be a bit more complex I think – the 2009 was much more ‘involving’ at this same stage – but it’s young and it’s a well-made baby that sits in my glass, and I have to say, doesn’t sit around very long before the glass is drained. Clean, sharp and hinting at more to come – I’m game…! Rebuy – Yes

burgundy (the land) is too expensive, so…

…everyone is buying up land in Macon, Beaujolais and even the Jura is becoming fashionable, but methinks Jadot are a little slower than, say, Drouhin in this case. It’s anyway a nice ‘retirement’ project for Jacques!

a cellar survey…

a cellar survey…

It comes to all of us, but sooner or later we have to take stock – or at least have a reasonable idea of our ‘position’! In that context I started to work my way through the cellar, cataloguing. At one time I had most things noted on a spreadsheet, but that hasn’t been updated since the arrival of the 2007s, so with trepidation I began the task at the weekend, and I’m still only halfway through! A glass or two of Rebourgeon-Mure’s 2010 Beaune Vignes-Franches was helping yesterday, hopefully today too. I expect I should have it completed by next weekend!

1999 denis bachelet gevrey vv

1999 denis bachelet gevrey vv

1999 Denis Bachelet, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Medium-plus colour. Drunk directly after the 2010 Camille-Giroud cuvée ‘L’, and this has a little more energy and a lot more dark fruit. To start there a few pesky sulfites on the nose, but they quickly lift – what’s left is a dark, clean, black fruit conserve and just the early impressions of mature leaf notes. In the mouth this doesn’t have the breadth of concentration or texture of the Camille-Giroud wine, it is (not surprisingly) narrower but perhaps because of that seems more intense. Lovely dark fruit flavours reflect the aromas and there’s a super mid-palate crescendo of flavour – it’s just beautifully balanced/fresh. This, whilst still a relative baby, is drinking beautifully now – definitely no shame [….]

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