Why Big Red Diary?
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2008 Bouley Jean-Marc, Beaune Les ReverséesOct. 2010
The nose is rounder, perhaps a little tighter but with a hint of spice – the last drops are nicely floral. Very nice texture, again with slightly forward acidity but also a sneaky extra dimension. Again a wine for laying down but the super length indicates it will be worth it.
2008 Meuneveaux, Beaune Les ReverséesJul. 2010
The soil is relatively light coloured in this parcel, with plenty of chalk stones distributed through it. Soft and inviting round red fruit aromas. In the mouth there’s a nice roundeness here too. Mouthfilling with a high-toned impression to the fruit. There is some minerality and a stony fruit flavour that hangs on right through the finish.
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 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.
2006 Bouley Jean-Marc, Beaune Les ReverséesDec. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a waft of dark and slightly toasty oak – it’s there in the depth too – I suspect that this may not lift. I was wrong, already within 15 minutes virtually all traces of dark oak are consigned to history, what replaces it is beautiful, slightly creamy red fruit – from heights to depths it’s lovely. The palate is, relative to the nose, ‘merely’ good. There is slightly forward acidity coupled to red cherry-fruit that leaves me with the impression that it could have done with half a degree more ripeness – that said it makes for an interesting and ‘edgy’ personality. This reminds me a little of some 2001s in their youth – no bad thing that. I enjoyed it, but can’t decide whether it would be better to drink now or wait 7-10 years. On reflection I would wait – there are other wines that offer a rounder performance today.
2007 Champy Père et Fils, Beaune Les ReverséesMar. 2009
Deeper, denser aromatics after the Pernand. In the mouth it’s more plump but is certainly not lacking acidity. Good typicity for a Beaune whites.
2003 Gagnerot Evelyne, Beaune Les ReverséesMar. 2006
Deep colour. The nose is not to my taste, porty, meaty and overcooked. Sweet fruit is paired to grainy tannin with some acidity on the finish. The tannins could be a little unripe, but that’s not so easy to tell given the concentration of the fruit. Anyway ungainly and I found it quite hard to drink.
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