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2008 Labet Pierre, Bourgogne ChardonnayJul. 2010
Vieilles Vignes cuvée. Parts from Beaune and Chorey – plenty of vine age too ; >45 years. Medium-pale yellow. The aromas are enticing, sweet and fresh. Nice texture with some richness and good mid-palate intensity. The delivery is not perfectly seamless but the flavour is very good – it’s a very worthy Bourgogne.
2008 Labet Pierre, Beaune MarconnetsJul. 2010
Blanc. Medium yellow. Hints of cream support ripe yellow fruit. The flavours are ripe too with a nice edge of acidity and of-course it’s longer finishing than the Bourgogne. Not too fat this Beaune – it’s well balanced.
2008 Labet Pierre, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les VergelessesJul. 2010
Blanc. François’ ‘baby Charlie’ – 300 metres from ‘vrai Charlemagne’. The aromatics are denser here. This wine is fuller than the Tillets but sizzles along on very good acidity – lots of dry extract here. I like this – lots to recommend here.
2008 Labet Pierre, Bourgogne Pinot NoirJul. 2010
From vines in Chorey. Of course in 07 and 08 that meant a really strong sorting because of the whole bunch approach – almost 40% of the grapes were discarded! Medium colour. Lovely and very forward aromas of precise dark red fruit. Some slightly blocky tannin, very good acidity and crunchy fresh fruit. This is clearly a very accomplished wine for the label. I’d certainly buy this!
2008 Labet Pierre, Beaune Clos du Dessus du MarconnetsJul. 2010
Red. There is a little more density to the aromas, but maybe less precision. Softer, the acidity is a little more edgy but this is much longer finishing, supported by plenty of dry extract.
2008 Labet Pierre, Beaune CoucheriasJul. 2010
From a steep section of vines planted in 1964 that form the basis of the domaine’s massale selection program. Deep aromas that offer very impressive dark, precise fruits. Lots of width in the mouth, the tannin is quite blocky which helps the flavour grab hold of your palate. Overall I’d still wait a year to let this settle a bit, but the aromas are super!
2008 Labet Pierre, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesJul. 2010
The latest addition to the range; bought in April 2008 as a ‘bush’ – it hadn’t been tended in 18 months. Medium colour. The aromas are, initially, much less fruity than those of the Coucherias; slowly they expand from an inauspicious start, eventually offering flashes of very high quality fruit. Medium density with nice acidity. The flavours are quite lovely as you head into the finish. Understated, but a good a wine.
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