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voillot 05 volnay 1er vieilles vignes

2005 Joseph Voillot, Volnay 1er Vieilles Vignes Medium colour – a little darker than Voillot’s Brouillards. The nose has some inelegant powdery fruit and hints of sulfur, faint black shades and occasional glimpses of lovely pure fruit. It needs a lot of time – in fact overnight – and the nose cleans up considerably, turning […]

ouch – potential p.ox from a benchmark wine

ouch – potential p.ox from a benchmark wine

Thursday was just your average evening: me gatecrashing a dinner in Beaune with 3 former ‘harvest (07) mates’, plus two winemakers and someone ‘ITB’ (in the business) from Australia… Prompted by an earlier Henri Boillot bottle that was more than a little tired I had decided that I had to open a 2001 Corton-Charlemagne. I […]

dominique laurent 1997 fixin 1er

1997 Dominique Laurent, Fixin 1er Les Hervelets Medium colour. The nose starts a little unusual, green boiled vegetables – asparagus – slowly takes on a more classic pale red nose at the core, actually it was better than it sounds! Quite fresh, though the acidity is a little spiky and penetrating but there’s a mineral […]

jc belland 1996 santenay 1er comme

The 1999 of this wine is drinking very well right now – so what about the 1996? 1996 Jean-Claude Belland, Santenay 1er La Comme Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose starts with a fine berry/raspberry note, set against a deeper brooding background – lovely – shame then that after 30 minutes you are left only with […]

98 daniel rion nuits les lavières

1998 Daniel Rion, Nuits St.Georges Les Lavières Medium-plus ruby-red. The nose is deep with wider mineral notes, an edge of spice and just a little uncouth ‘lifted’ alcoholic top-notes. A little fat that overlays plenty of tannin – it’s quite fine though. Good depth and a good length. This is reminiscent more of 1997’s with […]

1997 grand crus – a selection

1997 grand crus – a selection

There were many more on display, but this is the modest list of grand crus tasted, the others (including La Tâche, de Vogüé Musigny etc.) were quaffed before I could get to them. 1997 Frédéric Magnien, Bonnes-Mares Oaky top notes underpinned by creamy deep fruit – quite fresh too – nice. The palate is very […]

1997 chambolles…

1997 chambolles…

The interesting thing about slowly writing up these 1997 notes, village by village, is that you notice that things get slowly better as you head further north. It was a rare red wine that stood out in the Côte de Beaune, but certainly more common as you head north. Shame then that I missed the […]

97 nuits and vosne

1997 Robert Chevillon, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Vaucrains Plenty of oak still on a nose that narrowly avoids reduction. Where the aromatics don’t involve, the palate delivers more; good dimension set against a furry tannin. Overall this is almost good but no more. Rebuy – No 1997 Jean Tardy, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Boudots The […]

seven 97 volnays – not all are magnificent

seven 97 volnays – not all are magnificent

This was not a bad group of wines, but was frankly dominated by the quality of the Lafon which I would unhesitatingly recommend. It was from a magnum, but then so were many others, so no advantage there. 1997 Camille Giroud, Volnay 1er Carelles It’s a soft and red nose – despite the softness it […]

five from beaune in 1997

1997 Champy, Beaune 1er Clos des Avaux (Magnum) Deep and dark on the nose. Sweet and ripe fruit runs through the palate, no problem with the tannins but the acidity seems not all that well integrated. Overall this is not bad, indeed quite drinkable. Rebuy – No 1997 Château de Chorey, Beaune 1er Les Cras […]

a fistfull of 1997 savignys

a fistfull of 1997 savignys

1997 Champy, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets (Magnum) Medium colour. The nose shows quite some oak overlaying roasted fruits. The palate is incredibly unruly but also quite fun – oak, astringent tannin and that same roasted fruit – you could never use the term ‘balanced’. Rebuy – No 1997 Simon Bize, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Marconnets (Magnum) Medium-plus […]

last of the recent 97 whites…

Seems I’m getting ‘grief’ for being lazy with these! The next batch will be all red! 1997 Jean-Noël Gagnard, Chassagne 1er Les Caillerets Wow – don’t often drink from a jeroboam! Medium-pale yellow colour. The nose is understated but relatively fine – gives the impression of being very young. The palate has lots of interest […]

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