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2008 Rateau Jean-Claude, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune BlancAug. 2010
Hmm, interesting. This young wine already has a nutty, slightly oxidised aroma that dovetails with a little pineapple. There is some fat and there’s also lots of acidity. The mid-palate flavours hang around very well and show no sense of oxidation.
2008 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune Clos des MariagesAug. 2010
Beautiful fruit aromas jump from the glass. The acidity is a little to the fore after tasting the sweeter whites, but the mid-palate flavours are quite lovely and hold well in the finish too.
2008 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune PrévollesAug. 2010
The aromas are very pretty and show some violet flowers. Again the acidity seems slightly forward though there’s generally more structure here. The fruit flavours are very fine.
2007 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune Coucherias BlancJul. 2010
0.60 hectare parcel of lighter coloured soil suited more to white wine. Once more the nose has that nutty, oxidised Meursault-style personality. Talking of personality, there’s plenty of that on the palate, but with a light touch and plenty of acidity that helps push the finishing flavours long. Jean-Claude prefers his whites with about 4 years of bottle age.
2007 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune Les ReverséesJul. 2010
The nose offers a high-toned mix of herbs and red fruit. This has a very fine and elegant demeanour for a 2007. The fruit flavour is fresh and, like the nose, framed with herbs. This is very pretty.
2007 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune Coucherias BlancJun. 2010
Once more the nose has that nutty, oxidised Meursault-style personality. Talking of personality, there’s plenty of that on the palate, but with a light touch and plenty of acidity that helps push the finishing flavours long. Jean-Claude prefers his whites with about 4 years of bottle age.
2007 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune Les ReverséesJun. 2010
The fruit here is more ‘baked tart’ in style. Again fresh acidity but there is also more mid-palate kick and complexity after the last two (2008s), but perhaps less precision also.
2007 Rateau Jean-Claude, Beaune BressandesJun. 2010
The nose starts much deeper but with a little funk and reduction – it’s slow to open but gradually gains higher tones, some herbs and minerality – mainly savoury notes. The palate is very intense and it’s the first wine where I see absolute balance to the acidity. Powerful, some minerality and very long – this is a very good 2007 indeed.
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