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2007 Bouley Jean-Marc, Volnay Clos de la CaveOct. 2010
This is a wine that changed so much over 30 minutes that it almost requires two tasting notes. Drunk over a dinner in the Ermtage de Corton. It started medium colour and with quite a stemmy and not particularly attractive nose. The palate was a little lightweight and I didn’t percieve that much balance. Moving on. From about 30 minutes onwards, I had the impression that the colour had deepened (probably a little more wine in the glass!) and the nose was padding out with more red fruit aromas around the core of stems – not ‘gorgeous’ but now quite engaging. The palate had also transformed, delivering more padding and flavour so at the same time easing the acidity. The last drops were quite balanced and those of a very nice wine. I expect Thomas will be recommending that I get a bit more air into his cuvées!
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Pommard Les RugiensOct. 2010
Almost no soil in this part of the vineyard. The nose is quite forward, generously offering a mix of red and dark red fruit aromas that eventually seem to be coating a more stony, mineral core. Ripe fruit in the mouth that is also quite complex – the acidity underpinning everything. The tannin has a hint of grab, helping the flavours adhere and slowly linger. Yum.
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de BeauneOct. 2010
Very nice colour. The nose becomes more floral. Fruit is ripe and the acidity quite forward – but the flavour really holds and delivers a very strong impression. Slowly rounds in the glass – I’d say bury in your cellar for 10 years then surprise people blind!
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Beaune Les ReverséesOct. 2010
The nose is rounder, perhaps a little tighter but with a hint of spice – the last drops are nicely floral. Very nice texture, again with slightly forward acidity but also a sneaky extra dimension. Again a wine for laying down but the super length indicates it will be worth it.
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Volnay Clos de la CaveOct. 2010
Again there is a floral dimension, but with a deeper scent and darker fruit – it’s very pretty. Silky, very well balanced, flavour growing in the mid-palate before slowly decaying. Higher quality than your average ‘villages’ Volnay.
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Volnay Vieilles VignesOct. 2010
A little deeper again; darker, almost brooding – it promises much. More velvet than silk, narrow entry but widens showing more power in the finish. And it’s a mineral finish. More reserved but more power than the Clos de la Cave.
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Volnay CarellesOct. 2010
The nose is higher toned but also goes very deep. There is more structure here, the tannin arriving rather late then sticking to your gums. It gives the impression that there is more power and depth than the last wines, but without ever really developing or demonstrating it.
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Volnay Clos des ChênesOct. 2010
Lovely and floral, the high-tones skirt over a deeper, tighter base. This is actually rather mineral and detailed. The flavour slowly expanding in the mid-palate and following through into the finish. Lovely.
2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Pommard Les FremietsOct. 2010
The nose is deep and red; there is power to these aromatics, higher tones developing too – after a few minutes I find it gorgeous. Nice ripe fruit counterpoised with tart acidity – this together with the intensity makes it very hard to keep in the mouth – lots of fun.
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