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Rebuy – No (2011)

alain burguet 2009 vosne 1er les rouges du dessus

alain burguet 2009 vosne 1er les rouges du dessus

It had to happen; a 2009, from a good producer, which I can’t recommend… 2009 Alain Burguet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Rouges du Dessus Very high-toned aromas, indeed close to volatile. In the mouth there’s some good tannin that has just a twist of astringency, yet, again, I have the impression that the fruit is rather […]

louis jadot 2009 pommard

2009 Louis Jadot, Pommard Some quite high tones, red fruit notes that are sweet and faintly alcoholic, but not overly so. In the mouth this is soft and understated, actually a bit too soft. The fruit is sweet enough and buffered with just a little tannin. Frankly I don’t have much engagement with this wine, […]

2009 verget puligny 1er champs gains

2009 Verget, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Champs Gains This has a forward nose with a few herbs and decent, high-toned fruit. There’s plenty of flavour and a really good intensity too. I’d just like a little more acidity to provide focus, without this it’s a bit too expensive – both 2008 and 2010 villages will offer more […]

2009 denis bachelet gevrey 1er les corbeaux

2009 denis bachelet gevrey 1er les corbeaux

2009 Denis Bachelet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Corbeaux Medium, medium-plus colour. Wow: There’s a strong smell of pyrazines on the nose – blind, I’d probably lose my house pronouncing this as a 2004. The flavour is likewise corrupted. This seems very stable in the glass, and it’s not for me. Rebuy – No

1983 pierre bourée charmes-chambertin

1983 pierre bourée charmes-chambertin

Well the last ’83 was super so why not try another. Blind, there is nothing here that may have led you to assume that this was the grand cru of the pair… 1983 Pierre Bourée, Charmes-Chambertin Medium colour, again with plenty of browning. The nose starts in a very tight way; some savoury notes but […]

2008 jean-claude bachelet st.aubin 1er derrière la tour

2008 jean-claude bachelet st.aubin 1er derrière la tour

This domaine gets a lot of good press, though from what I’ve seen it’s for their whites – let’s see what a red looks like… 2008 Jean-Claude Bachelet, St.Aubin 1er Derrière la Tour The nose starts with quite a lot of sweet toasty oak, eventually there’s a higher toned sweetness that’s not particularly oak-based. Given […]

maison nicolas potel 2009 bourgogne chardonnay

maison nicolas potel 2009 bourgogne chardonnay

Just a quick test, and this wine failed. No polemic about changes of ownership, but this is a poor bottle of Burgundy. I know it’s cheap, but everyone chose a Bonterra Chardonnay ahead of this flabby, tasteless mix… 2009 Maison Nicolas Potel, Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles-Vignes Pale colour. Very little to say aromatically – tight as […]

gevrey 2007 clos des variolles…

gevrey 2007 clos des variolles…

I was a little torn by my lack of a recommendation – the bottle was warm on the shelf and could have been there for 12 months or more. Or was it just the winemaking…(?) 2007 des Varoilles, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos des Varoilles Deep colour. The nose is forward, indeed assertive, it’s quite deep too […]

a couple from the big boys…

a couple from the big boys…

I was in my local supermarket the other day and spotted these two similarly priced wines. Looking more closely they could quite possibly described as brand-leaders (at least for the domaines concerned) at this price-point – and that’s quite an important position when you consider that together, Bouchard P&F and Bichot commercialise something over five […]

any excuse…

any excuse…

Or this could be titled, how to avoid oxidation – and fail! Although I intend to have some good drinking in my dotage, I generally drink more modest stuff at home; bourgognes, villages and premiers – perhaps only a grand cru once or twice a month. Actually half the wines I drink don’t feature in […]

long-depaquit 2006 chablis moutonne…

long-depaquit 2006 chablis moutonne…

I’m starting to work my way through my 2006s; finishing off single bottles like this one. 2006 Long-Depaquit, Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne I really don’t like the smell of this cork – it’s not TCA, it’s not musty either but it has a very strong deep, almost nutty odour. Pale colour. The smell of the […]

olivier 2007 bourgogne pinot noir

olivier 2007 bourgogne pinot noir

2008 A&R Olivier, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Medium colour. The nose has more than a hint of borderline ripe herb and slightly alcoholic top notes but there is red fruit too. On the tongue, the acidity is not too bright, though as the flavour drifts into the finish there is some lip-smacking tartness. The mid-palate flavour-dimension […]

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