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jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay

jean-marc bouley 2010 volnay

There’s a vieilles-vignes cuvée from this producer, and then we have this one. 2010 Jean-Marc, Volnay We have a deep shade of cherry-red here, which despite its colour, remains rather transparent. The nose – for a non-vv – is more profound and open than I anticipate, just a hint of musk surrounds the darker-red fruit – clean and very pretty this, and no obvious excess of CO2. Modest tannin lurks if you want to search for it, otherwise it seems rather silky. Again, reflecting the nose, there is a fine and impressive depth of dark-red fruit flavour – it is clean and bright but not too glossy. A really and excellent choice this if you are looking for a basic villages. Highly recommended. Rebuy – [….]

bruno clavelier 2000 vosne aux brûlées

bruno clavelier 2000 vosne aux brûlées

What a contrast with yesterday’s wine: here the cork is dirty and damp under the capsule and is completely soaked through with wine, it’s also very spongy and crumbly. It looks more like a wine from the 1960s/70s – not opened a day too soon it seems… 2000 Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Brûlées Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose begins with a bang – perhaps a little over the top – with bright warm fruit and plenty cocoa/chocolate. After an hour the nose is (fortunately) a bit thinner but retains a warm spicy base of fruit. The flavours are pure, sweet Vosne fruit and the glass empties very quickly. Clearly this is less structured than yesterday’s Clos de Vougeot, perhaps with an extra width of [….]

vougeraie 2000 clos de vougeot

vougeraie 2000 clos de vougeot

Such a beautiful long cork – really a thing of beauty(!) – I hope the wine is okay! 2000 Vougeraie, Clos de Vougeot Medium, medium-plus colour. The aromas are deep, including baked dark red fruit framed with a faint leafy note. There is heft in the mouth to match the impact of the aroma; good acidity whisks you into the mid-palate and there’s clearly the dimension of a grand cru here, there’s also a bitter-chocolate flavour and slight astringency that comes from the oak tannins. If the tannins are a little astringent, the fruit has ample sweetness. Never a great Clos de Vougeot, but a tasty and worthy Clos de Vougeot. Rebuy – Yes

camille-giroud 2006 gevrey en champ

camille-giroud 2006 gevrey en champ

2006 Camille-Giroud, Gevrey-Chambertin En Champ Only medium colour. Round, with sweet, high-toned rather red fruit. Across your tongue this is a lithe wine of energy and slightly (only slightly…) forward acidity that holds onto the acid-cherry flavour in the finish – but there’s a ripe sweetness to the core of this wine too, so the balance is undisturbed. A little grainy tannin hides in the depths of this wine. Overall a very elegant style – whilst there is energy there isn’t outright power – very moreish and very pretty. Rebuy – Yes

castagnier 1999 clos de la roche

castagnier 1999 clos de la roche

It’s 3 or 4 years since I paid this a visit, so… 1999 Guy Castagnier, Clos de la Roche Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is assertive, offering a depth of graphite mineral, very faint pyrazine and a lovely acid-cherry top note – creep up on the glass (don’t swirl!) and you have a heavier creamy note to add to the fruit and a subtle violet floral note too. Last time out, I thought this a very middle-weight wine, but the concentration and intensity seem quite obvious today; there’s dark red, quite fresh, fruit in the mid-palate and a slowly lingering finish. The lovely acid balance of the vintage is here, and still plenty of ripe tannin too – should you wish to search it out. [….]

lech…

lech…

Once more I find a reason not to write much in my diary. There was a little Zweigelt last night though…

dujac 1995 clos de la roche

dujac 1995 clos de la roche

It’s fair to say that the market has moved on significantly since I bought these bottles; they were expensive even back then, but now they’ve reached a level where I’ve no interest whatsoever to chase them – but that doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in those that still I own 😉 I feel pretty proud of myself that these have rested, undisturbed, for ten years; being buried deep in the cellar always helps of-course! 1995 Dujac, Clos de la Roche My last bottle was opened about 10 years ago, and that was a little cloudy – but this isn’t – maybe it was a very fine tannin which has since flocculated and sunk. A very spongy cork breaks into many pieces – it doesn’t [….]

david clark 2010 côte de nuits villages

I’m sure I’ve opened and enjoyed one of these already, but yesterday’s CdN Villages was so good, I thought it would be a good counter-point… 2010 David Clark, Côte de Nuits Villages Medium, medium-pale colour. The nose has more impact and intensity than the wine from Livera, a relatively heavy perfume with some strawberry references but quite engaging. Silky, slightly padded, the flavours reflect the perfume of the nose with some higher toned fruit flavours in the mid-palate. Just a little harder, punchier flavour as you enter the impressive finish. Another super wine, but today, I have to say, just a little less moreish and dynamic than the wine from Livera. Both are benchmarks! Rebuy – Yes

domaine des tilleuls (philippe livera) côte de nuits villages

I’ve worked my way through a number of Livera’s 2010s, and frankly, they have all been outstanding – here’s another one for the pile. 2010 Philippe Livera (Domaine des Tilleuls), Côte de Nuits Villages Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has understated depth and a faint but fine red fruited top note. There’s no padding or any other extraneous make-up, just a frankly beguiling vivacity and a faintly, sweetly leaching acidity that delivers a wine with fine energy. Decently lingering flavour too. A wine that doesn’t crave your attention but makes its mark. Brilliant Côte de Nuits Villages. Rebuy – Yes I think I have a good idea what wine to compare this with tomorrow!

diana goodman with anne-claude leflaive…

A nice piece on winesearcher…

gevrey 2002 1er clos des varoilles

gevrey 2002 1er clos des varoilles

2002 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a hint of herb, a little leafy development, soil and some high-tones above – it leaves me with the expectation that the wine could be a little mouth-puckering. Actually, far from it; there is decent density and still good weight to the texture despite being in its ‘middle years’. The red fruit is ripe enough to offer a soothing sweet element that balances fine-grained tannins with a faint edge of bitterness. After 20 minutes the nose is rounding-out and augmented with a decent red fruit note, which now better reflects the flavours. This was very tasty as a baby and is still more than fit for purpose now – it [….]

too much knowledge!

Jurors were rigorously vetted by both teams of lawyers. One juror, Decanter.com understands, was dismissed because she said she was a librarian who had read books on wine, particularly a book about corks. Here.

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