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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/

chenu 2006 savigny blanc…

chenu 2006 savigny blanc…

Another cellar ‘find’. Indeed there are other 06 Chenus to be drunk over the next weeks! 2006 Louis Chenu et Filles, Savigny-lès-Beaune (Blanc) Medium lemon yellow colour. The characteristic high-toned aromas of Savigny have been augmented with fruit of a rather deeper and riper register here. Likewise across the palate, this offers a little texture and richness plus a ripe, not too sweet fruit that has good mid-palate intensity. From the fridge this is bold and fun, with nice acidity, let it warm in the glass and it becomes a little heavier and perhaps a little over-rich. You have been warned – small pours or drink quickly – in either case you will enjoy! Rebuy – Maybe

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 [….]

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