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alex gambal’s 2010 chambolle les charmes

alex gambal’s 2010 chambolle les charmes

2010 Alex Gambal, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes A wine that was finished all too quick – though that’s a good sign! The first notes had just a hint of reduction, but less than 10 minutes after opening, those notes were gone. What remained in the glass was just a little more about barrel than vineyard I felt, but it was a pretty, spicy impression with just an undercurrent of fruit – only the last drops in the glass delivered a beautiful acid-cherry note. In the mouth, this is little more than a middle-weight, but one with plenty of complexity and interest – again there seems to be many barrel references, but there is an innate and captivating balance and grace to this wine – such [….]

…that brings some good? floraison…

If Thursday evening brought a few wind-related losses, then Friday delivered the most precocious of flowers: Just one or two were reported by Olivier Lamy in Chassagne, but with the warm weather (we are enjoying!) set to continue, probably much of the Côte d’Or vines will be in flower by the end of this week. There are storms forecast for Wednesday; let us hope that they will be inconsequential! Anyway, add 100 days to Friday 14th of June, and you arrive at: Monday 23rd September… (Just saying…)

it’s an ill wind…

Yesterday, late afternoon, and up and down the Côtes was a bit of a storm. No worries about hail, and the rain that fell wasn’t really damaging as the flowers haven’t yet opened – but! There were heavy gusts of wind on the more exposed slopes, such that the long shoots that haven’t yet been tied down – say 1 metre in length – were often ripped straight from the vines and thrown to the floor. That will sicken those who had been hoping for better yields…

nicholas maillet 2011 mâcon-verzé

nicholas maillet 2011 mâcon-verzé

The temperature hovered around 30°C in the afternoon, so I was looking for something refreshing – as a balm! 2011 Nicholas Maillet, Mâcon-Verzé Medium yellow. The nose is quite enticing, round and full, it even smells a little sweet – but in a welcoming way. In the mouth I’d have liked a hint more zing (I always want more ‘zing’ 😉 ) yet this offered a mouthfull of round, slightly sweet Macon fruit and with just enough acidity (even as it warmed in the glass) to keep me hooked. Doubtless the 2010 would have been more my kind of thing, but my wife liked it very much, I, however, was looking for something with a bit more cut and thrust. But given the price, I [….]

the maximum rully…

the maximum rully…

A little more Rully, anyone? Louis Max, already with quite an interest in Mercurey, has invested in one of the neighbours… Here.

mischief & mayhem 2006 puligny…

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet The last time I opened one of these, about 1 year ago, it resulted in a cautionary note as there was an element of oxidation to that wine – so how’s this? Medium golden colour. The nose is deep and mineral – no oxidation here – eventually offering a pure yellow lemon note. Concentrated, this wine has real weight in the mouth and shows very good acidity for the vintage, providing good energy. There is a leaching minerality in the finish which I like very much – though the overall stance of the wine starts a hint foursquare, reminiscent of a 2005, it becomes silky and slowly releases new flavour notes. Frankly, for a village wine, this is excellent quality. [….]

2010 pouilly-fuissé les birbettes de château rontets

2010 pouilly-fuissé les birbettes de château rontets

2010 Château des Rontets, Pouilly-Fuissé Les Birbettes Medium lemon yellow colour. The nose is a little soft, the elements of oak have shamfered away anything sharp, leaving an undertow of faint ripe lemon tart framed with modest vanilla. In the mouth this is rather nice, in fact, very nice; there’s good acidity and the stony flavour just rounds out with a little sweetness. There’s nothing wishy-washy about this wine – plenty of flavour on offer, but it’s finely balanced flavour – I think this has plenty of class – I’d drink it ahead of many bourgogne blancs, come to think of it, ahead of some villages wines too! Rebuy – Yes

arlaud’s 2011 bourgogne roncevie

arlaud’s 2011 bourgogne roncevie

2011 Arlaud, Bourgogne Roncevie Medium, medium-plus colour. For the first 20 minutes after opening, every 2nd or 3rd sniff showed P2 but with food, it basically disappeared – there was never a suggestion on the palate, and it certainly wasn’t aromatically jarring, indeed the nose was bright, beautifully clear and red-fruited with an occasional floral reference. Initially, the flavours just seemed to lack a little cut and definition, but the balance and depth were definitely in the ‘executive bourgogne’ class. Nice acidity in the finish eventually brings a little focus – there’s too little tannin to be relevant to our discussion. A tasty wine, and one that slips down all too easily. In fact, very tasty indeed! Rebuy – Yes

rapet 2010 ile des vergelesses

rapet 2010 ile des vergelesses

2010 Rapet, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Ile des Vergelesses Medium, medium-plus colour. There’s plenty of CO2 so this benefits from a vigorous shake (or two). There’s a very pretty depth of dark-red fruit and eventually some violets in the mix too. In the mouth this is round and has a furry texture from the tannins before a lovely, mouth-watering acidity and pretty red fruit flavours take over. There is plenty of structure here but the fruit has nothing forced about it, indeed it’s altogether lighter, less musky and more ethereal than other producers’ ‘Iles’ (but I haven’t tasted their 10s so…). Here is a beautiful extra dimension of fresh flavour – it’s currently a complex and very beautiful wine but with 5 o’clock shadow from the tannins. [….]

alex gambal’s 2010 dents du chien – swoon!

alex gambal’s 2010 dents du chien – swoon!

27°C today – whoope! Looks like I’m fixed on the whites 😉 I hope it doesn’t get a bit too boring for you, but having lugged all these bottles home, I’m about to embark on testing them – fear not, I only bought 2 more from Alex!!! 2010 Alex Gambal, St.Aubin 1er Les Murgers des Dents du Chien I drank the last glass of the 2006 Bourgogne in preparation for this, in comparison, this has a rocket running through the middle of it! There’s a bit of toasty bread to start with, but behind the aromas are of fine sugared lemons with a the faintest hint cold custard. In the mouth this is defined by a glorious acidity that brings the intensity to a crescendo [….]

alex gambal’s 2006 bourgogne blanc

I think this may be my last bottle of this, and I couldn’t buy any replacement when I visited Alex last week, as his 2010 and even 2011 are now sold out. That’ll teach me (not) to visit in May instead of January! 2006 Alex Gambal, Bourgogne Blanc Just like the Chenu 2006 Savigny from yesterday, this is bright and as fresh as a daisy. Medium lemon yellow colour and with a musky deep chardonnay nose that has just a hint of green-skinned fruit about it – very inviting. There’s a little richness to this rounded package, but direct from the fridge it has vivacity and a more refreshing flavour than any bourgogne has right to offer. There is a high-toned citrus fruit in the [….]

never too much…

Jasper’s still making it thicker – in an electrical sense…! http://bbrblog.com/2013/06/04/inside-burgundy-cote-de-nuits/

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