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nicolas potel 1997 volnay & an april fool (almost me)

Matterhorn from Gornergrat, 3rd April p.m.

Back from a very nice week-long break. Whilst we only skiied for 2.5 days it was good to recharge the batteries. I received a number of emails and ‘comments’ during the week that were related to the Spring Issue of the Burgundy Report – I’ll work my way through them in the next days – […]

1996 joseph drouhin, clos de vougeot

1996 joseph drouhin, clos de vougeot

Here is an archetypal 1996, one that many would fail to understand and is almost a self-chastisement even for enthusiasts with it’s piercing acidity, yet – for me at least – there is a lovely fruit and complexity enough to balance. 1996 Joseph Drouhin, Clos de Vougeot Like all these Clos de Vougeots there’s deep […]

1994 bouchard père volnay 1er cuvée carnot

Bouchard Père et Fils, Volnay 1er Caillerets Cuvée Carnot

A few bottles bought at auction for a relative song – of-course it was only a song if they are drinkable… 1994 Bouchard Père, Volnay 1er Caillerets Cuvée Carnot Surprisingly deep colour, amber at the rim. The nose starts tight and dense, faintly savoury too, time adds a greeny, herbal note – but not unlikeable. […]

jc boisset 2006 morey st.denis 1er monts luisants

Jean-Claude Boisset 2006 Morey St.Denis 1er Monts Luisants

2006 Jean-Claude Boisset, Morey St.Denis 1er Monts Luisants Medium colour. The nose is about hints of tar, licorice, blacker cherry and bramble fruit over a more mineral base. A narrow entry that widens in the mid-palate and pushes a long finish that’s borne on super acidity. Quite transparent and very interesting. Intense, though almost too […]

2002 meursault 1er perrières bouchard père et fils

Meursault 1er Perrières Bouchard Père et Fils

I was ‘pushed’ to try this following reports from another place that this cuvée was starting to show signs of p.ox – that would be a real shame because, from day 1, it’s been a wonderful wine – and it would also mean that I would need to drink up my modest few bottles. A […]

drouhin-laroze 2005 gevrey-chambertin

Drouhin-Laroze 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin

Okay – it’s still a Drouhin – but a different one! 2005 Drouhin-Laroze, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium-plus cherry-red, still some purple reflections. High-toned black and blue fruit mingles with faint notes of violets – below lies a nice earthy base – lovely. Plenty of forward acidity, but here’s a 2005 that has not yet completely sunk into […]

1995 joseph drouhin, clos de vougeot

At last a 1995 that at least hints of a strong future… 1995 Joseph Drouhin, Clos de Vougeot A deep core of fruit. The nose is an interesting blend of deep notes, leafy sous bois and plenty savoury width – it’s very nice without ever removing its jacket. Wide, super acidity, background tannin and a […]

1993 joseph drouhin clos de vougeot

1993 Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot

1993 Joseph Drouhin, Clos de Vougeot A big cork has been common to all these Drouhins, but this is the first to easily slide from the bottle – it doesn’t look like it’s been a perfect seal – let’s see. A deep core of ruby-red colour, just hinting at amber. Over time the nose vacillates […]

patrice rion 2006 gevery-chambertin clos prieur

Patrice Rion 2006 Gevery-Chambertin Clos Prieur

2006 Patrice Rion, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Medium colour. A caramel nose that almost completely hides the nice red cherry fruit. Nice acidity and plenty of sweet, ripe fruit. Nothing obviously ‘gevrey’ today; faint astringency to the tannin and a decent length. Very tasty indeed, but I’d like a bit more connection with the village – […]

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