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des croix 2010 beaune 1er pertuisots

des croix 2010 beaune 1er pertuisots

Of all the Beaune 2010s tasted this time last year, this was the one I coveted the most – it had an almost ethereal perfume of violets – it was a wine I decided I could just sniff, no drinking would be necessary. And now…? 2010 des Croix, Beaune 1er Pertuisots Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with what seems a whiff of oak – but 30 seconds and it’s gone. The purest of pure flowers has become more of a smear, a less focused perfume and perhaps a hint of stems too – though there were none used! – it’s very nice but it’s moved-on from the wine of my dreams. Round, with understated concentration and a faint rasp of tannin. For clarity of [….]

comte georges de vogüé 2000 chambolle 1er…

comte georges de vogüé 2000 chambolle 1er…

The advantage of returning home from the Côtes with too much (okay – just ‘a lot of’) wine, is that you need to tidy up in the cellar a little, which also means that you will probably ‘find’ something. Actually I found a few things, including this. My experience of other de Vogüés bought (at the time) from this retailer was poor – too many heat impaired bottles – this is probably in the same mould – but let’s see. 2000 Comte Georges de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Medium-plus colour – still with a youthful colour. On first opening there’s a very pretty floral note, but it’s quickly replaced with something spicy and herbal – not unnatractive, but it’s no siren either. After roughly 90 [….]

Don't know the producer, but nice wine with lunch...

back from the soggy côtes…

Not a barrel of laughs if you want to take your dog for a walk or enjoy the vineyards – plenty of gallows humour from the vignerons too with regard to various scenarios for the 2013 vintage. But everyone carries on! It seems I brought a bit too much wine back with me, the advantage of that is, whilst re-arranging the cellar, you come across many part-forgotten things! How could I forget 7-8 bottles of mixed 2006s from the ladies of Chenu? Looks like that will be getting some action soon 😉 Here’s a bunch of pics from my phone – I haven’t looked at my ‘proper’ camera yet!

françois mikulski 2010 meursault caillerets – rouge!

françois mikulski 2010 meursault caillerets – rouge!

2010 François Mikulski, Meursault 1er Caillerets Rather deeply coloured. You need to wait a while, the first aromas in the glass are reduction and oaky vanilla. Time is a healer, and you end up with black cherry and ginger cake – not a bad combination! Round, a little soft and unfocused (I blame the oak for now) but the intensity is very good, as is the balance. Dry, ripe tannic grain underpins a wine that is tasty but rather blurred at the edges. A wine to wait for, but it was quite enjoyable too! Next day, the last glass was more how I would have wished – more incisive – good! Rebuy – Yes

henri rebourseau 1986 mazis-chambertin

From a case of halves bought at auction about 4 years ago. It’s a couple of years since I had one, so… 1986 Henri Rebourseau, Mazis-Chambertin The nose on this is rather understated, it takes over 30 minutes to start offering up some decaying leaves – better than it sounds – just! Cushioned, round, smoothly textured – there remains some fat here. Plenty of sweetness sufficiently offsets acidity which approaches sharp, without quite getting there. There’s a little earthiness in the mid-palate flavour, but the finish is all about sweet, baked fruit. All the bottles of this have been different (no surprise for a wine over 25 years old, in halves) but this is one of the better ones. I’d go as far as to [….]

antonin guyon chambolle 2005 clos du village

antonin guyon chambolle 2005 clos du village

Hmm, it seems that time passed too fast for typing… Since that rather lovely 1997 Rion NSG, I opened another ’97 – Bouchard Père’s Le Corton – aromatically as interesting as the Rion, and though it was more concentrated than the Nuits, it was far less generous. Tasty enough, though some way from maturing. Then yesterday was a 2009 Hautes Côtes de Beaune (Blanc) from Edmond Monnot: Full, reasonably rich but with enough acidity to balance – brilliant value but still only ‘maybe’ rebuy. And today? Well it’s a while since I looked at one of these… 2005 Antonin Guyon, Chambolle-Musigny Clos du Village This starts gorgeously wide and even with a bit of more northerly spice, and perhaps there’s a hint of reduction/oak too [….]

security guards?

Domaine Ponsot is the first high-profile producer to adopt eProvenance’s second-generation technology, which provides a detailed history of the life of a case of wine. The sensor monitors the temperature and humidity of fine wines as they travel from the wine producer to the customer, and the information can be read on smartphones and tablets. Winesearcher Well, given the price of some producers’ wines, they can afford a physical presence too!

daniel rion 1997 nuits 1er vignes rondes

daniel rion 1997 nuits 1er vignes rondes

I’ve followed this wine for over 10 years now, and I must say, unequivocally, this is its finest showing. If you have some, try one now. Wait, no, try two! 1997 Daniel Rion, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Vignes Rondes Still, comfortably a medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is deep, with a little top-end spice and fresh clean leaves below – there’s a hint of Vosne about this now. Mouth-filling, but smoother than any 1997 has a right to be. Sure the acidity could be a little more precise, but it is quite sufficiently supportive. The tannin is still where it should be, rippling but not dragging. The wine ending on an upward, mouth-watering note – depsite whatever I said about the acidity! This is absolutely [….]

jc boisset 2006 morey st.denis monts luisants

jc boisset 2006 morey st.denis monts luisants

2006 JC Boisset, Morey St.Denis 1er Monts Luisants Not much more than medium colour, but it’s still a relatively young colour. Wide, flighty aromatics with a hint of spice, herb and dark-shaded red fruit – I keep coming back for another sniff – lovely. Less full than last time I opened one of these; it’s becoming a little more muscular and sinewy, very little fat, yet the sweetness of fruit remains an adequate foil to the fine acidity. Lovely growth of flavour in the mid-palate and it clings on really well in the finish – which shows a little raspberry fruit. The texture has a faint hint of astringent ‘drag’ – but faint. I’m enjoying this a lot, and think it may be hard work [….]

big red diary 1983…

A kind reader delivers a scan of the 1983 vintage – thanks! The set (so far) are here.

joseph drouhin’s 1985 gevrey villages…

joseph drouhin’s 1985 gevrey villages…

I needed an antidote to the last two night’s 2004s. Rather something to banish the aromas and flavours of the Bouchard Père – it is a very rare occurence for me to tip wine away, but I really couldn’t face drinking the other half of that bottle. It seems that (today, at least!) I chose wisely! 1985 Joseph Drouhin, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium amber-red colour. The nose, unlike previous bottles, has no oxidative references, just warm, sweet stewing/roasting fruits – perhaps a little sweet rhubarb compote! Clean, sweet fruit rolls over the tongue aided by understated, yet slowly mouth-watering acidity. There is the last vestige of tannin, but today is no more than a slight drag on the texture of the wine. Medium, but very tasty length. [….]

bouchard père 2004 volnay cuvée carnot

bouchard père 2004 volnay cuvée carnot

How disappointed am I(?) I really don’t like the tag of being a Jonah, but here’s a bottling which I’d always thought had avoided the 2004 malaise, yet I must be fallible – it hasn’t. 2004 Bouchard Père et Fils, Volnay 1er Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot Medium colour. The nose starts absolutely gorgeously – fine red fruit, very fine actually, with a slight musk. Like the Jadot of yesterday, this seemed clean for the first pour, but slowly the musk faded to reveal P2-3. It must be on a higher level than the Ursules, because I can taste it too. Putting that to one side, this wine has a similar freshness and vivacity to that Jadot, so anyone less sensitive than me will find much [….]

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