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nicolas potel 2002 vosne 1er les petits monts

nicolas potel 2002 vosne 1er les petits monts

2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Petits Monts Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose, whilst initially modest, is deep, dark and moderately coffee-inflected and relatively moderately Vosne-spiced too – I can do without an occasional reference to bacon-fat though. The acidity is just a little more forward now that the flesh has withered – so it has become a little gawky – though it’s hardly going to stop you drinking! Time in the glass and perhaps a little extra warmth brings more balance to the experience – the wine is fine enough. There remains fine flavour dimension in the mid-palate and a reasonable finish too. Rebuy – Yes

a nine bottle evening

a nine bottle evening

With beouf bourguignone, a really interesting set of wines – the Thomas Frères wines coming from an undisturbed Zürich cellar. Wines were served blind… 1966 Thomas Frères, Tastevinage Cote de Nuits Villages Pronounced, wild aromatics – you have the impression that this could be a young ‘natural’ wine. The palate is all-over the place: decently concentrated and each sip seems differently balanced to the the previous one – clean flavours though. Frankly brilliant for the age/label but sadly it was rather ignored given how good some of the others were… 1967 Thomas Frères, Fixin 1er Cos de la Perrière This was, quite simply, the wine of the night. Beautiful aromas of fine fruit with a graphite note in the background. The palate was mineral and [….]

are we sitting comfortably?

Ah, it’s a while since we had a video! Faiveley are producing a series of 4, and here is their first…

budburst!

budburst!

Not sure what Dominique Lafon was focusing on, but here’s his evidence of the first budbursts in Meursault today! Pic courtesy D.Lafon

jean-marc & hughes pavelot’s 1997 savigny dominode

jean-marc & hughes pavelot’s 1997 savigny dominode

1997 Jean-Marc et Hugues Pavelot, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Dominode Impressively deep coloured wine. Whilst not particularly forward, the aromas offer depth and warm blood – hardly any of those distracting herbal tones that are common with 97s, though it does grow with open-time. Good concentration. The acidity winds up the intensity into the mid-palate where the flavours have more than a hint of bitter-chocolate. What Meadows calls ‘inner-mouth-perfume’ does betray a little herbaceousness, but this remains quite a slick package – smoothly textured with a fine level of acidity. Excellent balance; now this wine is beginning to forget about fruit and look to more tertiary flavours, while still with adequate sweetness to buffer the rest, it’s clearly less tasty than 3-4 years ago – it’s [….]

news du jour…

Just a few things to have caught my eye: Unaffordable wine And rather emphasising that point! Add a dash of said, unaffordable whites. I thought this guy (Brian Moore’s brother?) was freestyle rapping at first – sadly not – but could anyway be interesting… Enjoy…

comte liger-belair 2007 vosne clos du chateau

comte liger-belair 2007 vosne clos du chateau

2007 Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château Just about medium colour – and not all that young looking. Here is such a heady perfume; redolent of stems (even though Louis-Michel insists he de-stems) a very subtle vanilla and just a suggestion of toasted bread too, perhaps faintly reductive… Wow! – just a beautiful freshness of fruit/flavour/acidity – get below 15° this wine actually flirts with ‘tart’, but only then. Very silky texture, though you can drag out a little grain if you chew. Excellence in the finish too – lingering subtlety. Very yum indeed – simply excellent! Rebuy – Yes I know they are a different kettle of fish, but the mid-palate and finish here, remind me of the most wonderful 1982 Engel Brûlées…

edmond monnot 2010 maranges clos des rois

edmond monnot 2010 maranges clos des rois

2010 Edmond Monnot, Maranges 1er Le Clos des Rois Little more than medium colour. The nose has ‘come hither’ cherry and cherry stone aromas, notes that play equally across tongue. Ripe enough fruit with a lovely level of acidity and a nice extra depth of flavour in the mid palate. The finishing flavours linger with a sweet stoniness. Just a very pretty wine. Rebuy – Yes

dujac 1995 morey st.denis

dujac 1995 morey st.denis

1995 Dujac, Morey St.Denis A very smelly cork indeed – I assumed the worse – yet the wine in the glass seems fine, except that it seems aromatically rather anonymous. Texturally and from a balance perspective this wine seems both open and ready, yet, like the nose, the wine seems completely anonymous. Despite still being drinkable, I assume that something of the cork has scalped this – shame. Rebuy – No

two for tea…

two for tea…

There’s really nothing quite like sitting in the garden with friends, in 25°C sunshine, but still with the Springtime smell of hyacinths in the air; and quite unbelievably the 4th day in a row with such temperatures. It will, of-course, end in tears, but these two 2010 wines helped us eek-out every last drop of enjoyment!

old works, new reviews…

A review of an old book: www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz What a kind man – thank-you Raymond!

dubreuil-fontaine 08 beaune 1er montrevenots…

dubreuil-fontaine 08 beaune 1er montrevenots…

2008 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Beaune 1er Montrevenots Medium colour. The herbal background of many 08s is here in relatively small measure, but more importantly, the entrancing clean fruit note of its youth is pretty much gone now. In the mouth this remains a big mouthful of energy – growing mid-palate intensity is borne on good acidity and ever so faintly astringent tannins. A wine that remains a big bundle of tasty energy despite losing the fabulousness of its youth. If you are paying more than €15 for your Bourgognes, you really don’t want to know what this great wine costs… Rebuy – Yes

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