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2008 Roche de Bellene, Meursault Vieilles VignesJul. 2010
Medium yellow. A faint toast quickly lifts to leave a wide and deep, but never heavy, curtain of ripe but fresh, sweet fruit. In the mouth there is perfect acidity and a sweetness that comes from perfectly ripe fruit. Wide but essentially linear flavours just add a hint of extra creamy width in the mid-palate – there’s no obvious fat here. Good length with still a hint of sweetness. A bottle that on a warm summer day empties very quickly indeed…
2008 Roche de Bellene, Vosne-Romanée Les MalconsortsJul. 2010
The same understatement as the Petits Monts. There’s a little extra fat but essentially the same post-bottling tightness as the last wines.
2008 Roche de Bellene, BourgogneJul. 2010
In bottle for about one month. High toned fruit in the mouth. Fresh, sweet and with good texture too for the appellation, likewise concentration.
2008 Roche de Bellene, Clos de la RocheJul. 2010
Aromatically tight. In the mouth this has a really impressive flavour – it’s hard to spit – overall an ‘exciting’ wine.
2008 Roche de Bellene, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les VergelessesJul. 2010
From 80 year-old vines. Very good colour. Aromatically there’s a good depth of red fruit. Riper than the bourgogne, the fresh fruit is backed by plenty of structure.
2008 Roche de Bellene, Clos St.DenisJul. 2010
The nose is more understated than I would like – mainly because the little it offers is gorgeous. In the mouth this doesn’t have the impact of the Clos de la Roche but like the nose the fruit flavours are to die for. Just a hint of minerality to the finish.
2008 Roche de Bellene, Beaune Cent VignesJul. 2010
“Forty year old vines from the mid-slope, more tanninc than higher up but very pure.” Plenty of pretty, pure fruit on the nose. Lovely texture of velvet from the tannin dovetails fresh fruit. This is quite long. Good wine.
2008 Roche de Bellene, Clos de VougeotJul. 2010
Very different aromas versus the last wines – a much darker impression of fruit. Not austere but there is a higher level of ‘managed’ structure. The flavours have a floral dimension. I find it imposing yet, at the same time, slightly aloof. A nice challenge!
2008 Roche de Bellene, Volnay TaillepiedsJul. 2010
The depth of aroma is super. Like the previous wines, the velvet tannin is just ahead of the fruit, but yet again lovely fruit it is.
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