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2009 marc roy gevrey clos prieur

2009 marc roy gevrey clos prieur

2009 Marc Roy, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Ooh – deep, ripe fruit, perhaps a hint of cola, actually more than a hint. In the mouth I find this has quite nice acidity, intensity comes in tandem – the flavour is long too for a villages. Clearly the fruit is very ripe and the tannin has a […]

bouchard père & fils 2008 beaune 1er du château

bouchard père & fils 2008 beaune 1er du château

2008 Bouchard Père, Beaune 1er Beaune du Château Gradually there are some higher, floral tones and eventually a few flashes of tobacco too, but mainly this has a deeper register of dark fruit buttressed by equally dark oak. Round, plenty of sweet depth, just a little cushioning, balanced by close to perfect acidity. There’s plenty […]

jm boillot 2009 puligny-montrachet…

jm boillot 2009 puligny-montrachet…

2009 Jean-Marc Boillot, Puligny-Montrachet The nose is relatively tight; very understated high toned flowers, perhaps pear-drops. This is surprisingly fresh and mineral for a 2009 – too much so? – certainly it’s a little austere. The flavour does expand in the mid-palate, and it’s clearly quite fresh but I’m not entirely convinced this is a […]

bonnes-mares 1989 cave dauphin

bonnes-mares 1989 cave dauphin

1989 Cave du Dauphin, Bonnes-Mares Medium colour. There is a hint of roasted to the fruit but generally this is not so bad, rounded with a faint pot-pourri note. The fruit is ripe enough and actually shows a good mineral tension; not the last word in intensity, but not bad either. The acidity is just […]

antonin guyon 2008 chambolle le cras

antonin guyon 2008 chambolle le cras

Ooh – it seems like ages since I had a 2008 – it must be over a week, maybe even two! Let’s put that right. Here’s a Chambolle Les Cras, but this ‘domaine’ wine is actually a villages Les Cras, in this case from Antonin Guyon. 2008 Antonin Guyon, Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras Medium, medium-plus colour. […]

1985 michel voarick pernand-vergelesses

1985 michel voarick pernand-vergelesses

1985 Michel Voarick, Pernand-Vergelesses What a nose; this jumps out of the glass, deep, musky, sweet, probably still plenty of dark oak – if you’d been told it was a Richebourg you wouldn’t be disappointed – not until you put it in your mouth anyway! The nose writes a cheque which the palate will never […]

daniel rion 1995 vosne 1er beaux-monts

daniel rion 1995 vosne 1er beaux-monts

Plenty of new reading on my desk… Here’s a wine that I bought for a song at auction – hopefully it’s drinkable as there are 11 more in the cellar! I have a number of younger vintages (05, 07 and 09 – I must like ‘odd’ vintages!) all of which seem to me a bit […]

david clark 2009 bourgogne au pelson…

2009 David Clark, Bourgogne Au Pelson Does my nose deceive me? This smells of stems – not entirely smoky, more the slightly herbaceous version – it’s better if you keep it below 18°C. Very good freshness, intensity and length too but the flavour although there is some sweetness also has a borderline ripeness about it. […]

gilles bouton 2009 st.aubin 1er la chatenière

gilles bouton 2009 st.aubin 1er la chatenière

2009 Gilles Bouton, St.Aubin 1er La Chatenière Medium, medium-pale lemon yellow. A very pretty, slightly waxy aroma with a equally pretty sweet yellow fruit with just the occasional sensation of sulfur. Across the tongue there is a mineral flavour and just enough acidity. There’s not the greatest of intensity and frankly I’d like a hint […]

leroy 1996 bourgogne

leroy 1996 bourgogne

This was beautiful two years ago – still as good now? 1996 Maison Leroy, Bourgogne Medium colour. The nose starts a little disappointingly with something that reminds me of brett – this is backed-up with a metallic taste – my first bottle like this. Time in the glass and the aroma is less overt, eventually […]

alex gambal 2008 chambolle 1er les charmes

2008 Alex Gambal, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes Medium-plus colour. From the first pour this is an excellent mix of deep dark blue/black fruit against a mineral background. Hmm, this has a real lithe character, plenty of acidity – though not out of bounds – and no padding whatsoever. There is a whisper of tannin that […]

what can you expect from a 25 year old villages wine?

what can you expect from a 25 year old villages wine?

I openly admit that I’m an advocate of letting wines age; I may not be searching for near-death experiences but I’m also interested in letting wines express themselves. With a rush (rash?) of decent vintages starting to pile-up what should you expect if you stock up on 2009s and look to play the ‘long game’? […]