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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.

2005 ghislaine barthod bourgone rouge

2005 ghislaine barthod bourgone rouge

2005 Barthod, Bourgogne Rouge Deeply coloured – and still young colour too. The nose shows a depth of very dark red fruit with a hint of musk – open, primary and rather attractive. Take a sip and you are met with much more power than any regional wine should offer; young fruit, almost liqueur in style, fine acidity and clearly plenty of submerged tannin. Chambolle in 2005 was for me a village where the basic communal wines were easily of 1er cru (also communal!) status – it seems their bourgognes also leaped a level. Painfully young, but totally exceptional for what it is… Rebuy – Yes

mos – masters of spitting

I laughed, and note, this Nicolas Rossignol is not actually anything to do with Rossignol-Trapet 😉

rené engel’s 1996 grands-echézeaux

rené engel’s 1996 grands-echézeaux

Last time I opened one of these – which was easily 10 years ago – it was that rare wine that was completely closed for business; in every respect you would have found more enjoyment in a Bourgogne Rouge. Let us have another try… 1996 René Engel, Grands-Echézeaux Tending to a watery rim, but the colour remains saturated at its core. Very, very understated though deep aromas of soil, graphite and a faint spice – and you have to swirl to find those! In the mouth this wine is still a baby; it’s intense with a quickly growing base of tannin – the acidity also grows quickly, focusing the intensity, though also offering that faintly metallic aspect that is common in 96s. The mid-palate slowly [….]

richebourg 1972 – domaine charles viénot

richebourg 1972 – domaine charles viénot

Back to being predictable, another red, another 1972. But one with a bit of interest attached… 😉 Charles Viénot is largely remembered as a négoce operation, but like many of today’s négoce, they also had a sizeable ownership of vines too, including vines in Richebourg. Indeed a cursory scan of this label says ‘Négociant à Premeaux par Nuits St.Georges’, but a small addition to the capsule reads that they also have the monopoly of selling the Domaine Charles Viénot wines – such as this one. The Viénot estate was wound up in the 1980s, these particular vines, planted around 1930, were bought and shared by Domaines Jean Grivot and Jean Mongeard. 1972 Charles Viénot, Richebourg It is a rare thing for the aroma in the [….]

mikulski 2010 meursault

mikulski 2010 meursault

Having taken a quick look at my Diary pages of the last days (weeks…) I realised how boring and how predictable I’ve become. Of-course there’s a large aspect of seasonality involved, but I felt the need to make amends – so here, for the first time in a while – a white wine!!! François Mikulski is a quietly spoken guy but one who you can very quickly build an empathy with; earnest in what he does but very, very humble about the results – more humble than the actual results deliver. 2010 François Mikulski, Meursault A depth of slightly pear fruit and classic Meursault ginger cake. Broad, good weight and intensity – the understated acidity only really asserts itself in the lovely, mouth-watering mid-palate. This [….]

fourrier: that’s how you do it ;-)

fourrier: that’s how you do it ;-)

Pic stolen from soyouwanttobeasommelier.blogspot.de/ A guide to serving your young bottles, from Jean-Marc Fourrier. Thanks Levi! How many times have I told you that you needed to give them a big shake? It’s also Christophe Roumier’s preferred approach 😉

kudos to cellar-tracker…

There’s plenty of hoopla now about ‘His Parkerness’ suing his former #1 son – it seems the disintegration of an old and relatively trusted brand; yet with new Asian ownership and a business plan (I assume they have a business plan!) that must have a strong focus towards the largely untapped Asian consumer, it probably matters not a jot to the management team. Of-course for armchair commentators it is the thing of dreams 😉 Over the last years, however, I think that CellarTracker has become a much more valuable tool when it comes to ‘what to drink?’ – as opposed to ‘what to buy?’. For example I considered I might like to open a bottle of Rousseau Chambertin this week, and given that I have [….]

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