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2009 Jayer-Gilles, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsNov. 2011
High toned aromas and no obvious oak – very good width too – this is very nice. Very fine, quite narrow but mated to a fine acidity and intensity. I like the fruit very much and it has interesting, rather than heavy-handed, oak accents. Neither a super-ripe nor a fluffy textured 09, simply a stunning Bourgogne – excellent.
2009 Lécheneaut (Philippe et Vincent), Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsNov. 2011
Sweet aromas that are also rather oaky, but not unpleasantly so. Plenty of acidity and an understated fur of tannin – decent finishing power too. Just a bit too much oaky make-up today; return in 12 months…
2009 Digioia-Royer, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsJul. 2011
Vines from the plateau above Vosne-Romanée. The nose has a nice depth with a hint of musk and flowers. Fuller and rounder than the Bougogne Pinot Noir with more grain to the tannin – a nice wine this.
2008 Gros Michel, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsApr. 2011
The nose has lovely inviting fresh-red fruit. In the mouth it’s also fresh with mouth-watering red fruits. An acid-led wine – but if you don’t mind – lovely – but I’d drink mine over the next couple of years!
1998 Gros Frère & Soeur, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsDec. 2009
Medium-plus ruby-red. The nose starts a complete jumble of dark wood, similarly dark fruit and some spice – fortunately it knits together rather well in only about 20 minutes; creamy spiced deep red plums and macerating cherry – not quite how I expect a bourgogne to smell, but it’s very, very nice, and frankly it gets better and better. Fresh and still quite astringent in its ‘attack’, yet the dark fruit mirrors the nose with some creamy packaging. Quite intense and, all-in-all, quite impressive in a burly Nuits sort of way. I was ready to dismiss it early-on, but clearly that would have been at my own loss! Definitely needs another 3 or-so years to mellow the astringent tannin – though it’s far from in the ascendant when taken with food – but it’s velvet tannin so ought to be worth waiting for.
2007 Lupé-Cholet, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsApr. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour. A ripe, fresh and forward nose. An equally ripe mouthful of concentrated fruit – super impact for a bourgogne. The finish is merely ‘okay’, but for €8.50 on the day, super!
2006 Remoriquet Henri & Gilles, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsApr. 2009
Medium-pale colour. High toned, slightly diffuse aromas. A good, honest mouthful of wine with nice tannin/acid balance. Perhaps a hint of bitterness in the finish but incredibly nice at €9 to take away…
2006 Lécheneaut (Philippe et Vincent), Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsDec. 2008
Medium cherry-red colour. A wide and fresh nose though limited depth. Faint tannin, overall quite well put together, but overall I find it a little anonymous.
2006 Jayer-Gilles, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de NuitsDec. 2008
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose offers slightly diffuse width and a little toffee. Plenty of tannin and acidity. The bouncy fruit is almost good actually but I’d wait 1-2 years before revisiting for maybe a more balanced performance.
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