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Round-up of wines tasted

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This is a compendium of wines that, in the main, were really drunk with food, friends and family.

These wines were typically drunk at home, or at organised dinners between December 2006 and March 2007. Some wines drunk with their producers are included in this list, but only the bottled, consumer-ready wines – no barrel samples…

Corked bottles – a previously unheard of 0 – yes zero from 199 wines!

REGIONAL WINES

2001 Denis Bachelet, Bourgognetry to find this wine...
Medium cherry-red. The nose is wide, faintly funky and softly sweet and red. The palate is relatively soft with a red fruit complexion but initially simple with slightly shrill acidity. Aeration bit-by-bit subdues the acidity and you are left with a soft and friendly wine that shows little tannin and a reasonable length. Given a similar performance on day two (the bottle spent the night in the fridge) it seems more of a temperature effect – quite tart cold, smoother at room temperature. Easy drinking.

2005 Albert Bichot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
Only made from grapes – no must or part-finished wine. Medium, medium-plus cherry red. High-toned, quite precise fruit on the nose – cherry compote. Lots of fresh fruit flavour here. The tannins have some grain and ‘grab’ your mouth with a little astringency – but they are quite ripe and playful. Whilst there is an almost Beaujolais aspect to the fruit, this is a great wine at its very low price point.
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Bourgogne Rouge Les Coteaux des Moinestry to find this wine...
Made for the first time in 2003, this is a selection of the best purchased grapes which for the first time in 2005 will be sold outside of France. It’s a wide, soft and ripe nose. Equally soft on the palate but combining nice width and well balanced acidity. The finish has nice length with just a trace of young-oak bitterness, but this looks like it will be a super little wine. Approximately 1,000 cases made.
1996 Leroy (Maison) Bourgogne Rougetry to find this wine...
I bought a case of this in ’98 and that first bottle majored on mouth-puckering acidity; time has worked a little magic. Medium ruby red. The nose is a mix sweet red cherry and not too heavy plum. Nicely textured, this is elegant, again nicely plummy red fruit with very good but certainly not overstated acidity. The finish is understated and interesting. The table finished this bottle in double-quick time! There’s lots of life left in these bottles.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuitstry to find this wine...
A lovely wide and slightly spicy nose – 20% new wood was used. The palate reflects the nose with a wide and fresh, very lithe stance with a good finish. Great value.
2005 Albert Bichot, Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
Just because a wine wears a generic label doesn’t mean that the approach needs to be similarly generic. This wine uses fruit only from the Côte d’Or – so no Maconaise or Chalonaise grapes – also, from its inception the aim was to make a food-friendly wine rather than a fruit-forward wine. The nose is nicely mineral and high-toned. Very 2005 in its richness and good texture, but the flavour profile is more savoury than the sweet, sweet, sweet vernacular of the vintage. The 20% oak used in its elevage can only be seen on the flavour of the finish. In terms of the team’s aim, I think this is a bulls-eye.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Bourgogne Chardonnaytry to find this wine...
This is a blend of of grapes from Ladoix and Puligny-Montrachet. The nose is deeper with a citrus-edged melon impression. The palate is wider and softer than the Hautes Côtes, good acidity too. Nice wine.
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Bourgogne Blanc Les Coteaux des Moinestry to find this wine...
A mix of parcels from the Côte de Challonaise and Meursault. Wide, soft but relatively precise nose with an impression of pear. The palate is slightly plump – for me I’d prefer a dash more acidity – and exotic. This has a good length and is sweet and tasty.
2005 Joseph Drouhin, Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnaytry to find this wine...
Medium yellow. The nose is sweet and high-toned with green-skinned fruit and pear. Wow – this has very good texture for the appellation and super acidity to match. The flavours are a little ‘stoney’ and mineral. There is good mid-palate intensity and a reasonable finish too. This subtly oaked wine – it’s about texture rather than flavour – this is very impressive for its label and just a little Chablis in style. Bravo.
2004 Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Chardonnaytry to find this wine...
The 2002 was my house wine last summer so it’s only fair to try out the 2004. Medium yellow. The nose is less sweet oak dominated than the 02, it’s higher toned, just a little floral with a quite subtle oak base. This has a quite rich texture that’s offset by a little dissolved gas which makes the acidity a little prickley. There’s a nice expansion of creamy flavour in the mid-palate and a more than reasonable length. Give it time and the prickle is gone and the palate is nicely smooth. Just a little less rich and sweet than the 2002. It’s very good for the price if not quite as good as the 2002 – though this very young – it has a chance of being a house wine for summer 2008, but won’t make it for 2007, the 05’s are currently too good.

VILLAGE WINES

1996 Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musignytry to find this wine...
A soft and spongy cork. The colour is a medium-plus ruby red showing just a faint amber edge. The first note is a hard sulfur note and it takes quite some time to lift, slowly a quite striking violet note over soft red cherry comes through – quite a compelling impression. The palate starts quite short, but lengthens in tandem with the improvement in the nose. The tannin is still quite astringent and the overall impression is still a little harsh. The acidity is good and the nose eventually shines but this wine remains the Curate’s egg. If you want to drink now, decant or open a couple of hours before pouring.
1999 Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musignytry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose is very high toned, just a little metallic and is faintly red in tone – over 90 minutes there is little more showing. A little sweetness, rather linear and some intensity too. The acidity is mouth-watering and the length almost good. Linear and giving little today – but many villages and 1er cru wines from 1999 are showing in quite a similar way right now. Seems an okay wine but one that’s best left in the cellar for at least a couple more years. Day two this has much more depth and interest – confirming that it’s time to leave in the cellar.
2004 Denis Bachelet, Côte de Nuits Villagestry to find this wine...
Deeper coloured and a little more purple than the Ecard Savigny that preceded it. The floral nose is wide and fresh with traces of cedar and a warm and sweet, slightly creamy and smoky depth. The palate is well concentrated for the appellation, flavour-packed and just a little sweet. Fresh acidity and grainy tannin combine to make this just a little more rustic than the Savigny, but the acidity pins you down for a reasonably long finish. That 2004 cedar note is also there on the palate, but in a modest fashion. It’s not the best example of this wine from the last years, but it’s a good example and as always, it shows lots of value.
2005 Albert Bichot, Santenay Les Charmes try to find this wine...
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.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Chambolle-Musignytry to find this wine...
This is a blend of 3 different vineyards all located at the top of the village, Grégory says that you really need to wait much longer to harvest here and that the results are much more interesting than from the vineyards below the village. After the Serpentières this is a narrow, focused nose over a brooding and denser creamy base. It’s a wide vista on the palate with velvet tannins and a very good length. This is a very understated and uncomplicated wine and highly recommended.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Vosne-Romanéetry to find this wine...
Harvested from vines 150 metres from Quartier de Nuits wall of the Clos de Vougeot. The nose wide with hints of iron and cinnamon. The first impression is the faint grain of the tannin and the concentrated, linear fruit. Slowly it opens on the palate and into the mid-palate giving a finish of real persistence. Again another understated and accomplished wine.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Pommard Les Vaumurienstry to find this wine...
After the understated spice of the Vosne this is fresher with redder fruit. The palate is linear with grainy tannin, density in the mid-palate and a slowly lingering finish. Nice wine.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Nuits St.Georges Les Charbonnièrestry to find this wine...
This is always close to the first vineyard to picked as it’s so fast to ripen. The nose is very wide and slightly floral – nicely elegant. Equally elegant is the palate; wide with fine acidity, merely background tannin and a lingering creamy personality. Very cultured Nuits.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Gevrey-Chambertin Le Creottry to find this wine...
From the Brochon hill, lying just below Les Jeunes Rois. This is another vineyard where Grégory took note of the quality of the fruit and approached the owner in order to buy. The vines are ~70 years old. The aromatics concentrate on red fruit over an earthy base and eventually just a few smoky notes hinting at stems – Grégory confirms that a few were used. Bright and interesting fruit of some depth, the tannins cling just a little more than the previous wines but they are very ripe. Very good and some personality.
2002 Bouchard Père et Fils, Aloxe-Cortontry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose starts very red, ripe and forward, slowly becoming more interesting – coffee and cinnamon edged. Fresh and sweet, the wine expands in the mouth – nicely lingering flavours. The tannin is very well covered. A very successful and super value wine – heartily recommended.
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Monthélietry to find this wine...
I remember the young 2003 making a strong impression for it’s fun, concentrated fruit-essence style. This wine (bottled in January) is almost as much fun, but considerable more sophisticated. From Bouchard’s own 2.9 hectares of vines. The nose is wider and fresher than the Bourgogne, with darker-skinned fruits and a little oak spice. Fuller in the mouth, considerably more serious structure – some grain to the tannin which clings to your teeth – yet this retains a fun face. Supple and ripe. Nice wine.
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertintry to find this wine...
From purchased grapes. The high-toned nose is a little animale – softly musky. The palate is wide and ripe with understated but very present tannins. Lovely balancing acidity and good length. This is another wine that you can keep for years – though unlike the Corton, not out of neccessity! Eventually the nose is more fruit driven with sweet oak notes complimenting.
2004 Jospeph Drouhin, Chorey-lès-Beaunetry to find this wine...
Lovely high-toned pinot fragrance – this is super – slowly starts to develop a cranberry note. The palate shows sweet, slightly dense fruit, it’s got a nice minerality to it and more dimension of fruit on the palate than you expect from Chorey. The mildly grained tannin is well-hidden in the background. This is very, very good. The empty glass smells lovely too – hows that for value…
2004 Sylvie Esmonin, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
Deep cherry-red colour. Slight reduction can’t hide earthy, creamy blackberry and blackcurrant aspects on the nose. The palate is ripe and again very black-fruity – brambly – and with helpful acidity moves seamlessly through slightly grainy tannin to a black finish edged with cream – maybe a hint of coconut too.
2002 Guyon, Vosne-Romanée Charmes de Mazièrestry to find this wine...
Medium-plus ruby colour. A very high-toned and forward nose that slowly goes deeper and spicier. Fresh presentation, very nice texture, very good acidity and darker oak-driven notes. The oak is also on the finish, but darkly spicy rather than bitter. The tannins are quite well textured, just a little grain but they are very ripe.
2005 Mischief & Mayhem, Gevrey-Chambertintry to find this wine...
The nose is Wide with a deep and interesting fruit centre, it’s faintly peppery with a pinch of Gevrey earth too – give it time and it becomes fuller and also gives glimpses of red fruits. The palate is wide and with good concentration. There are plenty mildly grainy tannins grabbing the inside of your mouth, but this is a forward forward ripe and nice wine which can easily balance the structure. Certainly not elegant, but fun!
1998 Denis Mortet, Gevrey-Chambertintry to find this wine...
Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose still shows plenty of woodsmoke and a trace of ash – time in the glass brings higher tones and fainter red fruits to fill the scene. Very good texture with a real extra dimension of creamy black fruit on the mid-palate and into a finish that still shows a little bitter oak. The oak is far from dominant on the palate but is still a loud voice. The tannins remain grainy and a little astringent. For my taste the oak is one or two notches too high – still.
2004 Domaine Georges Mugneret, Gevrey-Chambertintry to find this wine...
This wine is lighter in colour than the domaine’s 2004 Vosne (that preceded it) – medium, medium-plus cherry-red. The nose is a little more reticent, slowly building a musky density with a mineral/cedar background, eventually some very smooth red fruit. The palate is also very smooth – you slip in almost un-noticed – the acidity is just about perfect, only slowly making your mouth water for more. Work the wine around on the palate and you notice the cedar/mineral element again and also there’s a little-tannin ‘grab’, otherwise they remain very well hidden. There’s a nice expansion in the mid-palate and a very understated but perceptible length. Today there is little about this wine that says it’s better than the slightly cheaper Vosne, and certainly it doesn’t show the same potential the 2002 did at this stage. Well made, and though that cedar thing is going on, it’s probably still a rebuy, but for (at least) the next two years or-so, I would reach for the Vosne in preference.
2004 Mugneret-Gibourg, Vosne-Romanéetry to find this wine...
Quite a deep cherry-red colour. Right from opening this has a deep, forward nose that begs further sniffing; concentrated red and black cherry with just a powdery edge and an undercurrent of spice in a cinnamon/clove type of way. The palate is well-textured, concentrated and (for a village) very concentrated. The acidity is fresh but not racy and there are fine, well-covered tannins. Understated length finishes a complete village wine. Not even a hint of green – Excellent. Even on day two this has held together perfectly.
2005 Domaine du Pavillon, Pommard Clos des Ursulinestry to find this wine...
Quite deep colour. The nose is dense and a little tight – it needs a few minutes in the glass before showing its fruit. A soft and sweet entry; the flavours expand quickly across the mid-palate – lots of balance here. There ares plenty of tannins, but they melt well in the finish. This is a very tasty and fun wine.
2005 Nicolas Potel, Nuits St.Georgestry to find this wine...
A fresh and forward, though initially slightly diffuse nose of predominantly red fruit – becomes more interesting and ‘coulis’ in style in the glass. The concentrated palate strikes a masculine pose. Good acidity and intensity too. The finish is a good one, there’s nothing wimpy about this rather ‘honest’ bottle of Nuits. Recommended.
2005 Nicolas Potel, Gevrey-Chambertintry to find this wine...
This wine also starts a little slowly the glass, but after a short while the aromatics become quite interesting with faint coffee supporting a nice black fruit profile. In the mouth this is very wide and concentrated with a little grain to the tannin. There’s real mid-palate intensity and just a little oak texture on the long finish. Very high-class villages.
2005 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
Medium-plus cherry-red colour. There’s a concentrated core of red fruit on the nose, pure but linear. The palate is very serious; there’s plenty of faintly grained and slightly astringent tannin. The acidity is fine, and leads to a very good, mouth-watering length. Super villages.
2004 Vougeraie, Côte de Beaune Pierre Blanchetry to find this wine...
High tones mix with faint reduction. Forward acidity on the palate but with sweet fruit to match. The tannins are less svelte than the prior 2005’s and show just a little bitterness in the finish. On the plus side there is good density of flavour here. At it’s level this is almost good.
2005 Vougeraie, Gevrey-Chambertintry to find this wine...
The nose is a little muskier with darker fruit. Very fresh presentation, again the flavours expand well in the mid-palate, nice texture to the tannins. Just a little less oak on the finish this time – it’s a good length too. Fine villages.
2004 Vougeraie, Gevrey-Chambertin La Justicetry to find this wine...
No reduction, sweet fruit with a cedar edge on the nose. This is a real mouthful of wine with very good acidity and plenty of concentration. The finish lingers really well. Despite the cedar on the nose this is rather good.
2004 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
The nose is soft with red fruit – not to rich. Soft, supple and sweet on the palate with some grain to the tannin. This is quite serious and recommended.
2004 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
The nose interesting with a forward impression and quite floral and elegant though edged in a cedar frame. Good concentration and very fresh. This is a nice and easy wine with a good finish.
2003 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
The nose is deeper, a little reduced, sweet but not too sweet. Quite some density on the palate, low acidity and no sharp edges. An easy wine to drink.
2002 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
After the 2003 this is aromatically more elegant with pure pinot fruit. Nice and fresh in the mouth with some density, good acidity and a nice minerality. This is also subtley long finishing. A very nice wine indeed.
2001 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
Softer nose, just a hint animale and nicely round. This is a super 2001 with perfect texture and plenty of concentration. Long. Very impressive and complex too. I liked it a lot.
2000 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
Candied red fruits on the nose and despite a hint of reduction this is nicely fresh for 2000. The palate is a little more angular and less elegantly textured than the 2001 that preceded it. Plenty of complexity and reasonable length, but his is much less a ‘complete’ wine than in 01.
1999 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Rougetry to find this wine...
Deep nose. A trace of reduction is insifficient to hide the width and depth of the fruit – more mature notes on display with this wine. This is quite powerful wine, held in-line with good acidity, faintly grainy tannin and a good length. Despite the secondary notes on the nose this is still very-much a young wine.

VILLAGE Whites

2004 Comte Armand, Auxey-Duressestry to find this wine...
Medium yellow – perhaps already with a glint of gold. The nose started rather exotic and ripe but quickly settled to a core of brioche and sweet pastry with a faint pineapple rim. Almost lush in texture this gives the impression of being from a much riper year than 2004. Reaching the mid-palate the texture is a little less smooth and rolls into a medium finish. Nice, but probably just a little heavy in the mid-palate for a rebuy chez Nanson.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Monthelietry to find this wine...
Grégory likes to slip this into blind tastings – it’s almost half the price of a Meursault but stands up rather well. Dense stone fruit on the nose. The palate is richer and wider but with the same good acidity as the previous wines. This is really lovely.
2005 Jean-Claude Boisset, Meursault Les Limozintry to find this wine...
These vines are sited just below the Meursault 1er of Charmes. The nose is wide and pleasantly Meursault in character. This wine has a real extra dimension on the palate and despite an extra level of richness retains a very good level of freshness. This is an excellent villages.
2005 Bouchard Père et Fils, Pouilly-Fuissétry to find this wine...
A deep yet quite linear nose that eventually releases some nicely perfumed high tones. Again this is a little plump, but is a little less rich and has nicer balance for me than the bourgogne. Nice understated wine.
1989 Coche-Dury, Meursaulttry to find this wine...
A penetrating and wide nose. There’s good depth and only faint brioche. The nose bit-by-bit improves and improves, eventually giving a little caramel. The palate is polished smooth and gives a very impressive, slightly creamy length. There is the merest trace of oxidation on the palate, but even for oxidation-averse me, it is additive to the complexity. Expands very nicely on the palate in an understated but highly impressive way. Very, very long with a little lime in the finish. Simply fantastic villages.
1989 Coche-Dury, Meursault Rougeotstry to find this wine...
The nose is reasonably toasty, some width and a little spent match (gunflint) – but relatively primary for all that. Given time the glass fills with aromas and added complexity. The palate has understated entry, is wonderfully intense in the mid-palate – but I’m no fan of a flavour profile that (for me) from time to time hints at taint – I must have been wrong because it faded rather than got worse. On its own I’m still unconvinced, but this wine transformed with food (scallops) it became as polished as the 89 villages, alone it’s merely very good.
1990 Coche-Dury, Meursault Rougeotstry to find this wine...
The first note on the nose is oak toast, but it’s a little more background than the 1989. There’s faint gunflint and at first – fruit – it’s understated, but it’s here. Much longer, interesting and complex than the 1989. There’s an exciting burst on the mid-palate and (disappointingly) still some oak texture to resolve on the finish. I have to say though, that this is very seductive wine.
2005 Joseph Drouhin, Chablistry to find this wine...
This high-toned, slightly nervous nose shows really ample depth, minerality and just a twist of citrus. Lovely acidity that rolls around the mouth with a good citrus bite. The flavours nicely expand on the palate and there is an uncommon intensity for a wine of this appellation. Super, crisp wine with a medium-plus length of finish. Really excellent for the label. If I can find it, I suspect this to be a wine to buy by the case-load for my ‘house-wine 2007’ and perhaps beyond…
2004 Joseph Drouhin, Rullytry to find this wine...
The nose is denser than the 05 Chablis, a little fatter too. Hidden in there is an interesting note that gives me the impression of beans – haricot blancs sounds better – but it’s much nicer than it sounds, honest! Made in barrel means the texture in the mouth is more plump and less mineral than the Chablis, but it gives a longer impression on the palate, there’s nice acidity too. Very good and stylistically very, very different to the Chablis which is my preferred style. The oak has added shape, rather than flavour.
2004 Joseph Drouhin, Puligny-Montrachettry to find this wine...
The nose is both wide and deep; neither fat nor high-toned it delivers subtle blossom and cream. Very well textured in the mouth, giving the impression that real muscle could be under the jacket, but the jacket stayed on in our short time together. There is good minerality and super acidity that pushes long into the good finish. Perhaps it’s just a little tight as there was little I could put my finger on – I summarised by writing ‘very efficient and understated Puilgny’.
2005 Mischief & Mayhem, Meursaulttry to find this wine...
The nose is high-toned and fresh with a faint citrus edge. If the nose doesn’t should ‘Meursault’, the palate is fully flavoured with excellent Meursault dimension. This classy and concentrated wine is fresher than many 2005’s and heartily recommended.
2005 Domaine du Pavillon, Meursaulttry to find this wine...
Less than 2 weeks in bottle. A high-toned nose of quite understated depth. After the subdued nose the palate impresses with its volume and its forward presentation. There is good width and a nice (small) extra dimension on the mid-palate before the good acidity takes you into the reasonable finish. Quite nice and should only get better as it recovers from bottling.
2000 Etienne Sauzet, Chassagne-Montrachettry to find this wine...
Golden colour – maybe a little too golden for the vintage. The nose confirms it, oxidised – not too badly to drink, or too strident – a level that would be forgivable if it was ten years older. The palate has some width and creamy, oaky flavours of reasonable length. Despite almost good acidity there is no energy here. Our winemaker lunch companion summed it up in one word – tired.
2005 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
Wide, ripe and fresh nose – this was, like the red, already bottled in September. The palate is plump, ripe and just a little exotic. Good length and quite some interest, but for my table I’d like a little more freshness.
2004 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
It’s a fresher and for my taste much more interesting nose. Nicely textured and again quite plump, though just a little sleeker than the 2005. There’s a nice burst of concentration on the mid-palate and a good finish. I’d still like a twist more of acidity, but this is anyway very nice.
2003 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
The nose is much more understated than the 2005 – less obviously ‘ripe’ too. There’s the same opulent and quite rich palate – almost oily – the flavours really cling to your palate. This is surprisingly long. The plump family resemblance is in place, but this is quite well balanced for a 2003. Almost good in the context of the vintage.
2002 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
The nose is quite different to those that went before, honey and kiwi fruit – it’s super in a rather exotic way. Lots of things are happening on the palate, this is certainly the most complex and interesting wine – if less typical in style.
2001 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
This has a nice, fresh, perhaps more typical nose. The palate shows richness but for the first time the level of acidity to suit my taste. It’s less complex than the 2002 – perhaps younger showing – very nice wine.
2000 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
Gunflint, sweet fruit and waxy notes m ark a lovely and interesting nose. The palate is rich and has almost enough acidity for me. Nicely complex, I see this as a wine that could pair superbly with the right dish – a very good wine.
1999 Vougeraie, Clos de la Prieuré Blanctry to find this wine...
A wide and quite young showing chardonnay nose with just a faint caramel edge but little other development. Sweet and soft, concentrated with almost good acidity and sweetly long. No rush to drink this young showing wine.

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7 responses to “Round-up of wines tasted”

  1. Alex Bernardo

    Wow! Very extensive notes here. Looks like you’ve been very busy. I’ll be perusing your notes for the next several days for sure.

    I’m happy to see you include some Monthelies. I just returned from Burgundy and I’d say that I love the 2005 Monthelies in both colors that I tasted-Bouchard’s, Lafon’s come to mind. A breakout year for the appellation, which to means that value wines in this expensive vintage doesn’t stop at Bourgogne.

    I was at Bouchard Pere et Fils. I love their ’05 lineup, but was really blown away by the depth of the 2005 Corton-Charlemagne. My sweeping generalization is that Corton appellations may have achieved the most in 2005. I’m glad you also mention some of their ’04s. Their ’04 Beaune Premier Cru Clos de Chateau in both colors are outstanding and excellent values. I was also able to retaste the ’04 Corton-Charlemagne, a stunning wine, more elegant than the ’05.

  2. Alex Bernardo

    Hi Bill,
    At this time the ’05 generics and village wines at Bouchard are in bottle, but the premier crus and grand crus are still in barrel. New oak gets up there with the premier and grand crus, about 80% or more, but tasting them from barrel it’s hard to say what the eventual outcome might be. I got some oakiness on the Beaune Clos Saint-Landry, Meursault Genevrieres, and NSG Les Cailles, but not really on the others. Philippe Prost like a purer style, though in a vintage like ’05 he was a bit more bold in ratcheting up the oak in his big wines like the Le Corton and Volnay Caillerets-I always like this and yes, it got really big in ’05. Anyway, my sense on the oak treatment is that overall it’s well-integrated. It’s a bold move by Prost to use more new oak in this vintage, but I think it’s a good fit.

    By the way, I also liked their ’05 Bourgogne rouge. Prost is quite proud of this. It’s all Fixin and Marsannay sources. He aged it 1 year on the lees and bottled without racking to preserve freshness.

    I think the main news at Bouchard is that they’re vinifying the ’05s at their brand new, very modern cuverie outside Beaune. With an awesome 140 fermentation vats they have a lot more flexibility and control.

    My only concern about the ’05 wines is that they’re tasting a bit sweet to me even with the good acidity. Prost somewhat admitted to that. ’05 wines do have considerable sugar and that’s very clear ont he NSG Les Cailles, the Volnay Caillerets, the Meursault Village, Beaune Clos Saint Landry and Meursault Genevrieres.

  3. Christopher Prain

    Hi Bill – love the site – styish as good burgundy. The premier and grand cru notes seem to be missing from the Spring 2007 report.

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