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Rebuy – Maybe (2010)

lambrays or pommard? I’ll take bouley’s pommard ;-)

lambrays or pommard? I’ll take bouley’s pommard ;-)

A nice lineup this weekend: 1979 André Nudant, Corton-Charlemagne Hmm – this is really not so dark a colour – I see more in some 2012s! Medium, medium-plus golden. The nose is wide, faintly sweet, citrussy pineapple, waxy, deep, lanolin and cream – very fine. Fresh, saline, modestly sweet, long, faintly creamy in the length […]

mugnier 1999 chambolle

mugnier 1999 chambolle

Way-back-when (actually about 8 years ago), out of half a dozen decent 99 Chambolles this was the one that had that extra dimension. I put plenty of halves in the cellar to keep me away from the bigger bottles, but also to for keeping an eye on the vintage; I have to say that this […]

2007 seigneurs de bligny gevrey-chambertin 1er clos du chapitre

2007 Seigneurs de Bligny, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos du Chapitre Medium colour, just. The aromatics are open sweet and just a little simple – though there is some oak derived (coconut/vanilla) complexity. Forunately there is none of the rubber oak and reduction that the 2006 eventually blew off. Here is a nice, slightly plush mouthfeel, transient […]

rain, rain, go away & ponnelle 1983…

rain, rain, go away & ponnelle 1983…

The weather had to change (of-course) and on Saturday we awoke to precipitation – the camera is not likely to be exercised. Still, I have a tasting in Volnay at 10am and another in Savigny at 3:15 – not bad for a Saturday – sandwiched in-between is a lunch in the café of Puligny and […]

fourrier 2004 gevrey-chambertin

fourrier 2004 gevrey-chambertin

2004 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes Medium-plus colour. The nose starts a little, inky and earthy with plenty of background reduction – the reduction is a minor flavour component too – it neads to aerate a little, so I decant. An hour later and there’s a higher-toned red fruit note, faint alcohol too but the reduction is […]

mugnier 1994 musigny

mugnier 1994 musigny

I’d heard that this was on its last legs. So rather than let it fester in the cellar, I hoped that maybe there was a chance of a last ‘hurrah’ but it seems reports of this wine’s death have been exaggerated! 1994 JF Mugnier, Musigny Well the cork is in great shape; long, flexible and […]

l&a lignier 2007 morey st.denis vieilles vignes…

2007 L&A Lignier, Morey St.Denis Vieilles Vignes Medium, medium-plus colour. Right from the start there are high, almost floral tones leaking from the glass – below is a redder fruit note. There’s plenty of acidity here but it’s suddenly consumed by a width of extract, slightly rustic finishing tannin and some creamy vanilla oak. The […]

fourrier 2004 chambolle-musigny

fourrier 2004 chambolle-musigny

2004 Fourrier, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles-Vignes Medium-plus colour. The nose shows herbal hints of mint and a faint cedar, but it’s hard to say if it’s part of the the 04 character, whatever, it’s on a very low level, overall a liitle floral and not too dense, eventually it delivers a nice acid cherry aroma. Fresh, with […]

1976 tortochot gevrey-chambertin clos des corvées

I’m a little slow mentioning this – it’s about 2 weeks ago that I opened it in Beaune with friends. The 1990 and 1985 had so thoroughly impressed this year that I though I wouldn’t be too unhappy if this was a failure…. 1976 Tortochot, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Corvées It was twilight and we were […]

fourrier clos st.jacques – a triumph of hope over experience (part deux)

fourrier clos st.jacques – a triumph of hope over experience (part deux)

So, really a triumph in one way – I don’t find a bit the 2004 character – but it’s far from a great Fourrier CSJ. That said, at this age you have every reason to expect a wine to be rather tight, and this isn’t. Just the acidity and tannin in the finish are slight […]

2008 des croix beaune

2008 des Croix, Beaune Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is a lovely thing; it’s not overly effusive or very deep, but it’s a thing of detail and clarity – initially some whiffs of wood but an hour afterwards quite beguiling dark red fruit. In the mouth, like many 08s, it’s freshness personified and may not […]

2008 des croix beaune grèves

2008 des croix beaune grèves

David Croix told me his 2008s were like monks – totally silent when opened in the morning before singing later in the day. I think I know what he means, only this monk seemed to be en grève… 2008 des Croix, Beaune 1er Les Grèves Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows a faint savoury edge […]

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