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Rebuy – No (2008)

04 thierry mortet gevrey-chambertin

04 thierry mortet gevrey-chambertin

The garden looked pretty with snow, so I pulled out a hearty, warming 2004 – oops, should have been the 2005. Never-mind. I can open that at the weekend.2004 Thierry Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertin Medium colour. The nose has more than a hint of 2004 about it, plenty of high-toned cedar but a quick swirl displays the […]

1980 domaine les perrières gevrey 1er petites chapelles

Domaine Les Perrières is based in Gevrey, and seemed to be appreciated by RMP Jr himself – including this particular wine – when he published his 1989 ‘Burgundy’ book. RMP noted that proprietor François Perrot made wine from a 2.77 acre parcel of Petit Chapelles – Matt Kramer’s book of the same year lists SC […]

more bourgogne, but from the ‘wrong’ leflaive..

The lunch menu offered up a tantalising wine option – Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge – I never heard of it, clearly it was worth investigating. Of-course when the bottle arrived the mistake was clear, it was actually from Olivier Leflaive. Anyway the bottle was here so why not give it a whirl(?) 2006 Olivier Leflaive, […]

low price – bourgogne or beaujolais?

2006 girardin bourgogne pinot noir vieilles vignes

The packaging is great. The expectation it sets also; Pinot Noir Les Vieilles Vignes. The price is not exceptional for a bourgogne, in fact at 20 Swiss francs it’s far from cheap. Let’s be clear, this is a nice tasty wine but tastes like Beaujolais not pinot – and not a stunning Beaujolais – a […]

2×2003 from bichot – beaune and pommard 1ers

For me the ‘average’ face of a mid-range 2003 is shown by the Beaune, and that’s the reason you don’t see many notes for 03’s on this page. The Pommard is altogether better, and comes close to being enjoyable! 2003 Albert Bichot, Beaune 1er Cru Medium red, still some hints of cherry. High tones that […]

nicolas potel 2004 chambolle-musigny vv

nicolas potel 2004 chambolle musigny vieilles vignes

2004 Nicolas Potel, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes A good, medium, medium-plus colour. The nose alas is a mix of cedary green and mushroom, there’s a pretty red fruit trying to peek through but frankly it’s drowned. In the mouth it’s nicely concentrated with good fat and a lovely red fruit base. The acidity is good but […]

harvest day 2 – notes and pics

pommard rue des rugiens

As a post-script to the last 2 days, I think I do note drinking a glass or two. Here a modest selection drunk over the last two days: 2000 Camille Giroud, St.Aubin 1er Les Charmois Medium golden. High tones over slightly creamy base – quite vibrant if not an integrated whole. Ripe fruit offset by […]

2004 vincent et denis berthaut gevrey clos des chézeaux

2004 Vincent et Denis Berthaut, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Chézeaux Medium cherry-red. The nose starts with a dark oaky element intertwined with plenty of the 04 cedary green thing – after five minutes you have lost the dark part, it’s even eventually asparagus! In the mouth The fruit is sweet, but it’s really pushed into the […]

jean tardy 2005 chambolle les athets

jean tardy 2005 chambolle musigny les athets

Ah, those were the days, now where was I? 2005 Jean Tardy, Chambolle-Musigny Les Athets Medium, medium-plus colour. A deep, slightly baked fruit impression intertwined with a dark oak note – I think the oak is influencing the fruit. In the mouth the texture’s okay but I have the impression there’s some dissolved gas here […]

2006 chambolle-musigny from arlaud and lignier-michelot

two chambolle-musignys

Chambolle still has many nice wines in 2006, but at the villages level, there is clearly not the density to be found from the 2005 vintage. That said, I continue to buy a number of tasty, balanced wines – one of these two made it into the basket, the other not. I literally found this […]

guy breton morgon p’tit max 2005

guy breton morgon p’tit max 2005

2005 Guy Breton, Morgon – p’tit Max Medium, medium-pale colour. A high toned, slightly volatile nose. In the mouth that hint of volatility remains but the mid-palate shows a nice depth and also good texture. Reasonably well balanced with little overt tannin, but at best, an okay wine. Rebuy – no

bertagna 2005 bourgogne les dames huguettes

bertagne les dames huguettes

2005 Bertagna, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Les Dames Huguettes  Medium, medium-plus cherry red. Frankly I don’t like the nose – it’s quite forward, but it’s mainly the bubble-gum notes of a less than satisfying Beaujolais. In the mouth the acidity is quite bright and the flavours are metallic. As it stands, it’s a big […]

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