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2006 Moillard-Grivot, Savigny-lès-Beaune BlancDec. 2008
Wide and high-toned, perhaps a little diffuse, but not bad. Plenty of punch and freshness. The fruit has a slightly baked aspect but it’s fresh enough – the finish is decently long too.
2006 Moillard-Grivot, Meursault CharmesDec. 2008
Medium yellow. A more intense core of fucused fruit on the nose. There is an extra layer of fat on the texture and it’s not lacking acidity. It needs a little more mid-palate dimension but it’s far from ponderous and there’s good length too.
2002 Moillard-Grivot, Chambolle-MusignyJul. 2006
Medium-plus cherry-red. The nose really does have some nice fruit trying to get out, but something high-toned and rather saccharin seems to be getting in the way. Mouth-filling though a little spritzy. There’s plenty of dimension but this is a very raggedy and rustic wine. Not recommended.
1999 Moillard-Grivot, MeursaultMar. 2004
Pale gold. Very nutty – in fact almost too nutty. There’s also a faint oxidative note. The palate shows some fat and good acidity too, but there’s a little of oxidative impression here too. If it’s just the style than I’m not a fan!
1997 Moillard-Grivot, PommardMar. 2004
Medium, medium-plus ruby red – still a shade of cherry at the rim. The nose is diffuse red fruit – but nothing to put a name to. Good concentration in the mouth with furry tannins and licorice black fruit. The palate is much more interesting than the nose.
1999 Moillard-Grivot, MeursaultNov. 2003
Pale colour. This shows a heavy, almost reduced nose, perhaps a little vegetal too – over 45 minutes it didn’t improve. The palate, however, is quite fat and very Meursault. Good length too. Shame about the nose.
1997 Moillard-Grivot, Romanée Saint-VivantNov. 2003
For around 60€ Domaine Charles Thomas produce one of the best value RSV’s that you can find. If you compare the price to some domaine’s village wines at ~50€, it’s a bit of an eye-opener. That wine was, until recently, labeled as Domaine Thomas-Moillard. Now this wine from Moillard-Grivot is not the same wine as it is made from purchased grapes for the négociant arm of the Thomas business. The colour is deep ruby, hardly any lighter at the rim. The nose at first soars with floral notes to be replaced by a deep meaty note and unusually even a trace of cedar. The fruit is black and a little roasted in character. The palate is fat, concentrated and silky smooth. The tannins are deep but silky. The length could be a little better – this is RSV after-all – but even though the fruit on the palate is also a little roasted this is super wine. Judged as RSV, this wine certainly lacks the required elegance – judged on price, even at 60€ it is very fine. Personally I’d keep this in the cellar for another 3 or 4 years
1981 Moillard-Grivot, Bâtard-MontrachetNov. 2003
Golden colour. The nose is very individual and interesting, waxy with spent fireworks (gunflint?), walnuts and no trace of oxidation. The palate is very much alive, thick and smooth as smooth. Unfortunately no fireworks on the palate, good acidity but quite one-dimensional and the finish is medium length at best. Given the ‘poor-ish’ 1981 vintage, this, I suppose, is a testament to the vineyard. Interesting, but drink-up.
1997 Moillard-Grivot, PommardJul. 2003
Still a young colour, medium shade. Nose is of high toned raspberry and redcurrants. Good fruit concentration – again redcurrant is dominant. The acidity is a little harsh coupled with grainy tannins – traditional, slightly rustic Pommard. Almost good.
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