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2009 Olivier Antoine et Rachel, Santenay Les CharmesMay. 2011
Made with 50% whole clusters, from a single vineyard just under Clos Rousseau in the west of Santenay.Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose seems a red-cherry compote. Fuller with lots of interesting and intense flavour – lovely length too. A wine with a very well managed structure – excellent quality.
2008 Belland Roger, Santenay Les CharmesDec. 2010
Round aromas of lovely pinot fruit. There is more structure and a good freshness. The flavours even seem quite mineral. Good wine.
2008 Belland Roger, Santenay Les CharmesDec. 2010
Round aromas of lovely pinot fruit. There is more structure and a good freshness. The falvours even seem quite mineral. Good wine.
2006 Girardin Vincent, Santenay Les CharmesJul. 2009
Medium-plus cherry-red with purple reflections. Soft, dark cherry fruit, a hint alcoholic but initially just missing some depth – that definitely improves with time. Very good intensity. Whilst there are none of the obvious oak characters, there is an ashy accent to the fruit. Just a little lift to the acidity and indeed the mid-palate where there’s just a hint of gas (that’s probably the reason). The finish that falls away relatively quickly. For most of the bottle I thought this a ’so what?’ wine, but the last half of the last glass was quite engaging.
2005 Girardin Vincent, Santenay Les CharmesApr. 2009
Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose started blocky with a little dark oak and roasted dark fruit – a little uncouth – but five minutes in the glass and it is transformed with very pretty flashes of red and black fruits. In the mouth it starts in a similar fashion; muddled dark fruits and oak but quite silky. This improves no end, though never becoming as captivating as the nose. Smooth dark fruit and an ever-present but not unfriendly dark oak flavour as undertow. Smooth and easy drinking once it’s open.
2005 Bichot Albert, Santenay Les CharmesApr. 2007
This is the first vinification chez Bichot. Medium-plus colour. The nose is deep and fresh, supported by sweet cherry fruit. Soft and sweet with good concentration. The tannins show a little grain and grab but melt away in the finish. This is a very good mouthful of pure pinot fruit that I expect should offer excellent value.
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