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2009 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesDec. 2010
A little more aromatic depth and suggestion of minerality. Slightly soft text but I like the mineral aspect. Lovely acidity helps a lovely finish.
2008 Leflaive, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesDec. 2010
A depth of ripe fruit that is framed with higher tones and a tiny amount of baked bread. Density with acidity around the core rather than through the middle.
2008 Jomain Marc, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesOct. 2010
The aromas show a little more ripe fruit. There is more width on the palate though without the same depth of minerality – though mineral all the same. Most vintages I would choose the Perrières, but in 08 they are very similar quality.
2001 Girardin Vincent, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesFeb. 2010
A wine of gunflint and latent savoury oak, lean yet still balanced. The oak means that it’s not my favourite style but it pleased many around the table with it’s straightforward, savoury approach.
2005 Jomain Marc, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesJul. 2008
A medium lemon yellow colour and a nose of citrus width, though never developing anything other than a little brioche depth. The palate is quite a mouthfull and initially reasonably textured, but as it slowly slides to the finish there is a little oaky texture and a lot of oak flavour. Despite concentration and intensity I’m currently missing freshness and a 1er cru mid-palate dimension. It’s a little one-dimensional and far from mouth-watering. I wouldn’t open another for 3-4 years to let the oak subside and hopefully unleash the wine within. The oak just needs time, but where will additional freshness come from(?) I won’t quite describe it as humble pie, but after 48 hours in the refridgerator, there’s a nice extra creamy dimension on the nose and palate, and that oak has largely melted. I’d still like more acidity but this is at least a ‘maybe’ now…
1994 Sauzet Etienne, Puligny-Montrachet CombettesJul. 2005
Younger yellow colour vs the 1990 and just a little hazy. Very different nose, high-toned over melon. HIgh-toned fruit in the mouth too. Similar to the first wine as this is quite constrained and tight in the palate but yet again with very good length. A good performance for the vintage and certainly no rush to drink.
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