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debray 2011 hautes côtes de beaune…

2011 Domaine Debray, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Hardly more than rosé colour – let’s see if that matters: The nose has width and shows good red fruit with a little P. A little fat with pretty red fruit flavours – this is very tasty. See, the colour didn’t matter, and this is something of a bargain if you don’t mind the pyrazine note. Rebuy – No

a few weekend bottles…

a few weekend bottles…

Standing tall – just before visiting the glass recycling! 2010 Camille-Giroud, Beaune 1er Aux Cras On first opening, I’m surprised by how much whole-cluster character is showing – sort of cotton-wool / powdery / smoky / floral. These anecdotes gradually fade into the background, offering red fruits and occasional hints of balsamic. The palate is wide and has good concentration of flavour that really holds, indeed reprises, into the finish. The tannin has a little sticky-grab just now, but the flavour is just lovely. Rebuy – Yes 2005 Michel Lafarge, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Both the nose and palate start with slightly green-shaded herbal references. Time in glass helps to develop much more interest; aromas of dark-red fruit though not especially focused. In the mouth, [….]

kurniawan-a-go-go…

kurniawan-a-go-go…

It takes bad news to get wine on the front pages (okay, near the front pages!) of many periodicals – but here is such a case. In this selection of reports you will note that many of those periodicals are important US news-gatherers-disseminators – but then the trial is in New York and has the odd NY billionaire testifying! It makes a great angle for newspapers that a billionaire can be defrauded by a young, foreigner, illegally living in the US. Actually, far from bad news, I think this is great news. Forgers have had an easy a life in wine circles. It really should be time for some payback! Anyone can get away with forging Bordeaux it seems, but eventually it is Burgundy that [….]

just a perfect day…

just a perfect day…

three fine chassagne blanc 1ers from 2011…

three fine chassagne blanc 1ers from 2011…

First ski days of the new season with friends – I brought three bottles – one per night, right? Oh dear! Well at least there were three of us, so it was ‘only’ one bottle each. Brilliant opportunity to properly compare and contrast though! 2011 Morey-Coffinet, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er La Romanée Medium-plus yellow colour. The nose starts mainly with toasty bread, however, it blows away relatively quickly to leave behind a mix of high-tones that include white flower blossom. It’s now really quite pretty. There’s a little rasp to to texture (CO2 I suppose) but there’s fine depth and a wide panorama of flavour – I’m very-much enjoying this! As the glass warms the effect becomes (dare I say it) a little flabby, but keep it [….]

‘2012 Burgundy Vintage – The new normal?’

Beautiful words…

1999 faiveley nuits 1er aux chaignots…

1999 faiveley nuits 1er aux chaignots…

A domaine wine, yet the combination of producer, vintage and village make for something potentially daunting – fear not, this was a willing party to my glass. 1999 Domaine Faiveley, Nuits St.Georges 1er Aux Chaignots Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a deep core of dark, faintly roast fruit – the rest is more subtle and understated, but for at least an hour there’s a little coconut-style oak in the mix. In the mouth there’s a clear base of grainy tannin but it is ripe enough – that said, it must have been quite a mouthful 10 years ago. The quality of the fruit is very good and has quite high-toned notes too. The flavours really widen-out as you head into the finish, and whilst [….]

offer of the day – Leflaive 2012…

DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2012 – Puligny-Montrachet (En Primeur) Just for reflection, you will see the same offer prices of their (very, very good!) 2011s in brackets… Bourgogne 2012 75cl 35.00 Swiss Francs (34.00) Puligny-Montrachet 2012 75cl 65.00 (59.00) PREMIERS CRUS Puligny-Montrachet Les Clavoillons 2012 75cl 85.00 (79.50) Meursault Sous Le Dos d’Âne 2012 75cl 96.00 (89.50) Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 2012 75cl 139.00 (129.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 2012 75cl 149.00 (138.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2012 75cl 175.00 (158.00) Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 2012 150cl 355.00 (321.00) GRANDS CRUS Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 2012 75cl 289.00 (259.00) Batard Montrachet 2012 75cl 310.00 (279.00) Chevalier-Montrachet 2012 75cl 395.00 (348.00) Well, the increases start modestly! If money was no option, I’d buy Pucelles in mags every year – I’ve never yet met, [….]

hudelot-noellat’s 2005 chambolle-musigny…

hudelot-noellat’s 2005 chambolle-musigny…

2005 Hudelot-Noellat, Chambolle-Musigny Medium-plus colour. The nose is now carrying a suggestion of turned leaves – a H-N classic – and some herbs over a relatively dense yet brilliantly transparent dark fruit. It’s still just a little tight. In the mouth this has just a modest impression of cushioned texture, but as much as anything that’s probably down to the significant concentration of what’s before us, that aside, it’s very silky. Deep red-fruit flavour with more than a hint of florals in the mix too, excellent acidity and a faint fur to the tannin. There are certainly more communicative 05s just now, but this is no shame to drink – at all. Impressive stuff… Rebuy – Yes

domaine bart’s 2011 chambolle veroilles…

domaine bart’s 2011 chambolle veroilles…

2011 Bart, Chambolle-Musigny Les Veroilles Deeply coloured. Frankly this starts with way too much CO2 – you can smell (sense) it and taste (feel) it – it’s probably also responsible for a hint (not too much!) of reduction. I gave this bottle several shakes, releasing a lot of gas, and placed it in the fridge door – returning about 2 hours later. Okay, let’s try again; despite being rather tight, the nose has good depth and a fine high-toned top-note, there seems no obvious reduction, yet it is still a little deep and burly. The grainy texture of the palate tells me that probably there’s still some gas to lose here, but there are flashes of energy and fruit that I find quite impressive. I [….]

verget’s 2011 meursault les clous…

verget’s 2011 meursault les clous…

2011 Verget, Meursault Les Clous What a brilliant wine! The nose is of ginger-cake and nougat – but with plenty of freshness – nice! Lithe and mineral, indeed I’d say muscular too – this wine is doing a great impression of a premier cru. Despite all those muscles and rocks, it’s a pretty wine too. Yum – be warned – the glass empties very quickly! Rebuy – Yes

pierre amiot’s 2011 gevrey les combottes…

pierre amiot’s 2011 gevrey les combottes…

2011 Pierre Amiot et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Les Combottes Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose begins very impressively – concentrated dark red fruit that’s more redcurrant than cherry – just joyous. I really should have drunk faster because after about 20 minutes there was a clear P note at centre-stage. What was unctuous and lovely on the palate became a little more spiky and gradually less appealing as the P note on the nose grew, eventually it was discernible on the palate too. What a shame! I suggest you get 6-8 friends together and pour each a glass – the bottle will be gone in 15 minutes, and you will have all loved this! The last half of this bottle seemed to do an amazing turnaround; [….]

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