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2007 Terres d'Arômes, Savigny-lès-Beaune BlancApr. 2009
The grapes are from a south-east exposed slope. Squeeky-clean aromas jump from the glass. The palate is fresh and ripe with an understated padding of fat. Full of flavour, slightly exotic but with perfect freshness. Lots of excitement in the glass.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Gevrey-Chambertin ChampeauxApr. 2009
A little more depth of colour with an edge of purple. Warm, faintly spiced over darker fruits. Good density, structure as necessary, dark red fruit and perfect acidity. This lingers very well with sweet fruits. I’m rather taken with this – lovely.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Monthelie BlancApr. 2009
The nose is very fresh yet with more ripe-fruit aromas than the Savigny. The fruit flavours are also quite ripe in the mouth, but not at the expense of freshness as the acidity bubbles through nicely.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Corton PerrièresApr. 2009
High-toned, some herbs and an undercurrent of ripe fruit. Fills the mouth, bathing your tongue with ripe tannin. There’s plenty of dimension though the impression is that the flavour narrows quickly from the mid-palate but then holds on very well. Nice wine.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Monthelie Les RiottesApr. 2009
Aromatically tighter, again with some perfumed notes. Much finer tannin here, this is really well put together, it’s fresh and shows a good burst of interest in the mid-palate with flavours that slowly fade in the finish. This is super for the village.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Clos de VougeotApr. 2009
50% new oak and the only one of these wines not yet bottled – it waits in the tank. Forward aromatics of deep and complex fruit. Structured, intense, it really holds its flavour well – a super finish after a super burst of fresh energy. Bravo! I understand Clos de Vougeot is not an easy sell these days, but perhaps that’s because most are much lower quality than this!
2007 Terres d'Arômes, MonthelieApr. 2009
Again starts with a floral perfume, though darker-skinned fruit aromas start to take-over, eventually it takes on a slightly more savoury aspect and maybe with a hint of reduction(?) at any rate, there are numerous darker elements. This is not quite so ripe as the ‘Cave 18’, but appears more taught and together. The tannins are a little grainy and the nice freshness brings a good lift in the mid-palate – certainly more depth than the bourgogne. A nice wine.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Mazoyères-ChambertinApr. 2009
The only wine with 100% new oak – only 2 barrels from two different coopers. The nose starts a little diffuse but slowly opens up a nice fruit compote. Very silky – the tannins are largely burried. The flavour goes long, long. Much more executive and ‘tailored’ than the Clos de Vougeot but less energy – probably because that wine is not yet bottled.
2007 Terres d'Arômes, Bourgogne 'Cave 18'Apr. 2009
The name is a little fun – the stocks of Claire’s wines are held in ‘area 18’ in the cellars at Laboure-Roi, but Claire also thought the name was quite nice, in the manner of ‘Bin 28’ – I must remember to bring her a bottle next time! The old (a mix of 50 and 80 years-old) vines, despite being sited in an old vineyard in the area of Beaune are only classed as ‘regional’, that said, they ripen very early and in 2007 were some of the cleanest fruit the team worked with. Good colour. The nose starts in a pronounced floral way, slowly changing in the glass to offer more ‘straight-forward’ red fruits and eventually a nice, soft caramel aspect. A slightly soft entry with interesting fruit and a nice balance. Interesting and worthy bourgogne if well priced.
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