pommard #10

By billn on November 11, 2006 #degustation

leroy follots
#10 (already!) of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey. It’s the first time I’ve seen this Leroy bottling and within this series it is, perhaps, the most impressive wine yet, relative to it’s appellation:
2000 Domaine Leroy, Pommard Trois Follotstry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus ruby-red. That characteristic Leroy nose (how do they do that?) of well integrated oak set against wild red fruit, almost confiture and rose petals. The fruit is red-coloured and like the other 2000’s quite tannin-forward. It’s as long as the JM Boillot Jarollières 1er cru, riper but less complex. You are left with a smooth coating on your teeth as a reminder.
It’s not really possible to criticise such an accomplished villages wine – really excellent.
Rebuy – Maybe

146th hospices de beaune auction

By billn on November 10, 2006 #diary dates#other sites

hospices christies
Christies now have their online info-pack available for the sale of 2006 burgundy in barrel – you can bid direct or maybe join a syndicate to buy. The whites should be good as should the Mazis and Corton reds – the rest will need some careful selection…

pommard #9 + a 2004 delivery

By billn on November 10, 2006 #degustation

boillot jarollieres
#9 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey
2000 J-M Boillot, Pommard 1er Jarollièrestry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus ruby-red colour. The fruit on the nose is just as sweet as the previous Rossignol, but it’s darker coloured at the edge with a red core, faint coffee too – very fetching! Less ripe palate than the Rossignol – almost mouth-puckering by comparison with a higher level of tannin. This is, however, very complex in the mid-palate and longer too.
Rebuy – Maybe

The good news of the day is that my en-primeur purchases have just been delivered – though it seems odd timing given that I’ve drunk so much 04 already this year:

  • 2004 Bouchard P & F, Volnay 1er Cuvée Carnot
  • 2004 D & F Clair, St.Aubin 1er Dents de Chien
  • 2004 Jadot, Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules
  • 2004 JF Mugnier, Musigny
  • 2004 M & P Rion, Chambolle 1er Charmes
  • 2004 M & P Rion, Nuits 1er, Les Argillières

I wonder if that was their (Rion’s) plot that the horse was ploughing last Friday(?) Anyway, even better news; my mixed 18 bottles also arrived – so plenty to do between now and the end of the year – I might not even need to buy any more wine this year!


By billn on November 09, 2006 #travel

amsterdam nightshot
I had the pleasure to spend the last 3 days in Amsterdam. It was a training/coaching environment with a fun, diverse group of people. Mohamed from Cairo was one of them and he has a real talent with a lens – amply confirmed by his shot above.

Now I’m home to a full inbox and letterbox – great…

pommard #8

By billn on November 09, 2006 #degustation

#8 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey
2000 Nicolas Rossignol, Pommard 1er Les Jarollièrestry to find this wine...
Medium ruby-red. The nose is an interesting mix of high-toned floral elements over an intitially diffuse base of sweet fruit – then I got something more like rubber – others said shitake mushroom! Lovely ripe fruit on the palate, still forward tannin and a mineral aspect at the centre. The finish is medium length for a 1er Cru. Aromaticly this is a super wine, but becomes just a little anonymous from there-on.
Rebuy – Maybe

dupes revisted…

By billn on November 08, 2006 #other sites

magnetic wine enhancerIt’s not so long ago that I mentionedJamie Goode’s (in)famous ‘discussion’ with the magnet guru, Dr Patrick Farrell MW. It now seems that the market for ‘wine enhancers’ is burgeoning – why pour a wine through a magnetic device when you can simply stand the bottle on a nice looking stand.
However, this important advance 😉 has now come across the desk of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) – seems they are offering $1,000,000 – what a lucky guy this Robert Catania is !!!

pommard #7

By billn on November 08, 2006 #degustation

leroy pommard vignotsWine #7 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey
2003 Domaine Leroy, Pommard Les Vignotstry to find this wine...
Deep cherry-red – only slighty paler than the 03 Dugat-Py. The nose is rounder and more forward than the D-P, just a little reduced at the start but there’s lots of disparate complexity. Somehow the palate is also less ‘together’ than the D-P; it’s fresher, got more tannin and lots of coffee-bean in the mouth – significantly more apparent complexity but like the nose, little apparent cohesion. Longer than the D-P; if all the parts come together this could be a very, very good wine.
Rebuy – Maybe

pommard #6

By billn on November 07, 2006 #degustation

#6 of my pre-Christmas Pommard odyssey
2003 Dugat-Py, Pommard Le Levrièretry to find this wine...
Deep cherry-red. High tones over a dense fruit core; initially a little diffuse this tightens and gives a chocolate edge. Very, very impressive concentration with just about enough acidity to carry it and its sandy textured tannins into the finish – those tannins are well-covered by the extract. Medium-plus length, this is very-well crafted – it is immaculately dressed though today it’s hard to communicate with. A very impressive if one-dimensional wine today.
Rebuy – Maybe

the right tool for the job – i.e. not me!

By billn on November 06, 2006 #degustation#travel

ploughing in argillieresThat’s most-likely the last visit to the Côtes over for this year – so I expect a slowing down of posts. My last domaine visit was at Prieure Roch in Premeaux – the horse to the left was ploughing just down the road in Les Argillières before my visit.

Talking of Tools; I got over the first hurdle no problem; the worm of the ‘screwpull’ snaked easily into the cork without pushing it into the neck. I knew I was in trouble as soon as I got to the second hurdle; it was easy to withdraw the corkscrew – unfortunately all but the centre of the cork stayed put. I knew I didn’t have one of those two-pronged implements (note to self – personal Christmas present list), so I was going to have to make do with two angled worms: bum! – that didn’t work either. Helpfully, as I was clearing the cork debris from the top of the bottle, the rest (~65%) of the cork fell into the wine. C’est la vie – but fortunately, there were no cat-calling witnesses!

1976 Tollot-Beaut, Aloxe-Corton
Clean and bright, medium, medium-plus colour – a mahogany rim but clearly still a ruby-red core. From opening, this was just a little monolithic on the nose; faint baked fruit and a savoury undercurrent. If you wait – over 1 hour – the nose tightens to a very nice and tight powdery red fruit impression The palate is surprisingly plush and intense – it’s hard to keep hold of the wine, as your mouth starts watering in response to the acidity. I’m very impressed by the balance here. Slowly some sweetness builds to counterbalance an edge of tartness in the finish. The tannins are still there and quite chewy. This is a surprisingly robust and healthy wine – just like the label says, this is a village wine so no real fireworks or mind-bending length, but it’s always interesting to drink a wine that was harvested around your 14th birthday!

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