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Rebuy – Maybe (2008)

louis latour 05 aloxe-corton 1er chaillots

louis latour aloxe corton 1er chaillots

2005 Louis Latour, Aloxe-Corton 1er Les Chaillots Medium colour. Limited high tones but decent depth of sugary red fruit. Medium density, slightly astringent but very fine tannin plus a super expansion of fruit in the mid-palate. This is surprisingly long, though much of that flavour is slightly bitter oak-juice. It’s far from seamless but it’s […]

not for label drinkers – bouchard’s 2005 mercurey

bouchard pere et fils mercury - new label

Definitely not for label drinkers… When this arrived I wondered if the beige label design was for a particular market or distribution channel, but it seems that all the Bouchard bottles are now wearing such livery. I know that the old/outgoing labels were far from the height of design extravagance, but if a change was […]

05 rapet p&f pernand-vergelesses 1er les vergelesses

rapet pernand vergelesses 1er les vergelesses

2005 Rapet Père et Fils, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Les Vergelesses Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose only gives hints of interest in the first minutes, but gradually offers up a beautiful mix of raspberry and violets with occasional traces of caramel, but these pretty aromas come and go. A very soft entry – maybe just a little […]

ponsot 02 morey st.denis 1er clos des monts luisants vv

The pic is from my bottle of the 2001, whereas this 2002 by comparison disappoints. Medium gold and plenty of oxidative aromas and flavours. Given that I (the hater of oxidation) still drank 3 glasses, shows there is still something positive to be said for the wine – though this is clearly an aberration – […]

vincent girardin 2005 santenay les charmes + various


2005 Vincent Girardin, Santenay Les Charmes Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose started blocky with a little dark oak and roasted dark fruit – a little uncouth – but five minutes in the glass and it is transformed with very pretty flashes of red and black fruits. In the mouth it starts in a similar fashion; […]

1991 pierre bourée, vosne 1er les malconsorts

pierre bouree 1991 vosne malconsorts

I have a whole bunch of Malconsorts that I might be working my way through in the next weeks! Direct from the domaine this was only €51 – I was amazed they would still have these (at least at this price) as that’s very cheap for a perfect provenance Vosne 1er, or at least if […]

99 château de chorey, beaune 1er le cras vv

chateau de chorey beaune le cras

1999 Château de Chorey, Beaune 1er Le Cras Vieilles Vignes Medium-plus colour. Wide, a little herbal and mineral with a dark core of fruit. In your mouth there’s great fruit though it’s wrapped in plenty of structure – it’s relatively smooth but the tannin still needs a number of years. The depth is super and […]

2005 bouchard père et fils, chambolle-musigny

2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Chambolle-Musigny A négoce wine. Medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose has decent width but better depth, but note that it has an appreciable oak base. In the mouth the concentration is almost good and there is plenty of tannin though it seems more wood than grape-driven. The length is good, but […]

latour 05 meursault-blagny 1er château blagny

2005 Louis Latour Meursault-Blagny 1er Château de Blagny Medium-pale yellow. The nose is wide and dense, with deep with a concentrated core of chunky pineapple – you have to wait for quite some time before higher-toned, more floral aspects, eventually peek through. Fresh and ebullient on the tongue, starting narrow and widening on the mid-palate. […]

lignier-michelot morey st.denis vieilles vignes 2003

lignier-michelot mores saint denis vieilles vignes 2003

2003 Lignier-Michelot, Morey St.Denis Vieilles Vignes Medium-plus colour. The nose is forward, maybe a hint porty and certainly very ripe but generally the fruit talks of pinot. Ripe, plenty of concentration and very well mannered tannin. The understated acidity provides good balance and just enough freshness. It’s riper than I prefer, but if the nose […]

louis latour 2005 gevrey-chambertin

louis latour 2005 gevrey chambertin

I don’t often buy wines from Maison Latour, and whilst I’ve had so-so bottles from them, it has more been due to lack of local availability than quality reasons. Now I’ve found a relatively close merchant, so two or three bottles might appear over the next days. 2005 Louis Latour, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium-plus colour. The first […]

olivier guyot marsannay la montagne 2005

olivier guyot marsannay la montagne 2005

2005 Olivier Guyot, Marsannay La Montagne Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. Modest higher tones over a tight core of dark fruit, swirling releases a little more spicy, leathery notes. Rather linear but very good fine tannin and slightly forward acidity. The flavour is mainly confined to the mid-palate and finish, but it’s quite intense if slightly […]

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