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10 notes



2008 Pillot Paul, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanSep. 2011
Medium-plus colour. The nose is deep with a subtle oak toast and dark berries overlaid with some violet notes. Lovely acidity and with it super mid-palate intensity. The flavours are dark and quite long-lasting with a little bitter-chocolate. Very understated tannin – overall this is a very good wine with decent value, selling at only 2/3rds the price of the white version.
2009 Ramonet Noel, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanMay. 2011
(Red) Medium colour. Lovely red fruit with cracked pepper corns on the nose. Lovely width and it offers-up another dimension of flavour in the mid-palate. I find this a very good wine.
2008 Pillot Paul, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanOct. 2010
There seems more power despite some relative understatement. Wider and fuller than the St.Aubin, though less over flavour. There’s a very nice mineral line that runs through this wine into the finish.
2008 Pillot Paul, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanOct. 2010
Rouge. Lovely colour. Depth, lots interest. Dark red fruits that are gorgeously detailed. Velvet but very much background tannin. The acidity is well-enough covered. A long acid-cherry driven finish. A wine I’d definitely buy – to save!
2008 Gambal Alex, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanApr. 2010
The aromas offer a wide vista of delicacy and complexity. The flavours are more mineral styled and very complex in the mid-palate. Quite an academic wine this one. Very, very good.
2006 Gambal Alex, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanApr. 2008
A quite different pose here – hints of butterscotch play with with sweet fruits on the nose. A ripe, slightly fat texture with good acidity and length.
2004 Gambal Alex, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanMar. 2006
A deep nose overlayed with interesting high tones, hinting at a creamier base. The palate is race-horse lean, with fine texture and good length too. An interesting and quite racy wine.
1997 Amiot Guy, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanNov. 2005
Medium-minus ruby-red colour. Fresh nose that’s surprisingly tight for the vintage. Much more depth than the nose would suggest, clean, sweet and ripe flavours that open out on the mid-palate before fading into a nice medium-length finish that shows a lovely redcurrant note. Hard to fault, but it’s only the finish that holds the interest.
2001 Gambal Alex, Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint JeanNov. 2003
Deeper colour with waxy high fruit over a deeper toned base on the nose. Sweet, good acidity and shows a little more ‘width’ and fat than the Saint-Aubin. Creamy and fat on the the finish. This is lovely.
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