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2009 Gambal Alex, Bourgogne ChardonnayMar. 2012
The nose is rather rich for the appellation, showing a little brioche and with a swirl some ripe fruit. More than a hint of minerality and with a nice initial acidity before filling out in a richer vernacular. It does taste very nice but from the mid-palate onwards I’d just like a hint more acidity. I have to say, the wine was easily despatched, and Alex was right it is very tasty, but based on the mid-palate and finish I would probably would look elsewhere when it comes to re-stocking the cellar – probably to the 2010 now the 2008s are exhausted!
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Bourgogne ChardonnayNov. 2011
Bottled in July 2010; a blend of St.Romain, Macon and grapes from the Puligny-Meursault border. The nose is fresh and shows nothing obvious of Macon. Mouth-filling, nice flavour and almost an impression of tannin in the mid-palate – serious dry extract here for such a label. The acidity is just about right. Good value here – just €11 ex-cellar.
2009 Olivier Antoine et Rachel, Bourgogne ChardonnayMay. 2011
Nice high-toned chardonnay. Full, plenty of peachy fruit flavours with a good lingering acidity.
2009 Ramonet Noel, Bourgogne ChardonnayMay. 2011
Round, understated aromas slowly evolve some pretty high-toned notes. The palate is the same but has a nice density – quite rich – a little more acidity would be appreciated by me, though but it’s still tasty wine.
2008 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Bourgogne ChardonnayApr. 2011
The nose is more herbal with green-skinned fruit – limes – narrower is aspect after the aligoté. In the mouth again some herbs and the sweet-sour of the vintage – perhaps a bit more of the sour – but on this nice sunny day, refreshing not jarring
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Bourgogne ChardonnayMar. 2011
Medium yellow colour. High-toned ripe fruit with a hint of flowers. Clean and fresh, with a hint of savoury flavour plus a little soft texture. Starts a bit neutral but slowly leaches a little character. Nice finish.
2008 Gambal Alex, Bourgogne ChardonnayFeb. 2011
There is a slightly more obvious whiff of oak toast on the nose than I remember than from the previous 12 bottles(!) though it remains an accent rather than a dominant tone; round and inviting the aromas remain. In the mouth also quite round with a late arriving, mouth-watering lick of acidity then the subtle extra dimension of fruit that has made this wine a standout chez nous. Still in a lovely place.
2009 Jadot Louis, Bourgogne ChardonnayJan. 2011
Medium, medium pale yellow. It’s an interesting nose that at first seems to have a lot of aniseed and then as you take the glass away from your nose the aniseed seems to split into yellow fruit and sulfur, eventually there’s a little baked bread too. In the mouth this starts round, up-front and full but decays very quickly into the mid-palate. What’s left is a little linear though with apparently decent length. To start with I didn’t think it completely to my taste – over about one hour either I or it moved position a little and it became reasonably palatable. Just in-case the problem was sulfur I left it ‘topless’ in the fridge overnight. Still pretty dull on day 2 I’m afraid. I can’t honestly say I’ll be searching for more, which is a shame as I really enjoyed a few vintages of this.
2009 Jadot Louis, Bourgogne ChardonnayJan. 2011
Medium, medium pale yellow. It’s an interesting nose that at first seems to have a lot of aniseed and then as you take the glass away from your nose the aniseed seems to split into yellow fruit and sulfur, eventually there’s a little baked bread too. In the mouth this starts round, up-front and full but decays very quickly into the mid-palate. What’s left is a little linear though with apparently decent length. To start with I didn’t think it completely to my taste – over about one hour either I or it moved position a little and it became reasonably palatable. Just in-case the problem was sulfur I left it ‘topless’ in the fridge overnight. Still pretty dull on day 2 I’m afraid. I can’t honestly say I’ll be searching for more, which is a shame as I really enjoyed a few vintages of this.
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