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Roundup of Wines Tasted

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‘Only’ 83 wines for you in this list – I was too busy to drink! From memory only one corked bottle…

Regional Wines

2005 Bertagna, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Les Dames Huguettes try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry red. Frankly I don’t like the nose – it’s quite forward, but it’s mainly the bubble-gum notes of a less than satisfying Beaujolais. In the mouth the acidity is quite bright and the flavours are metallic. As it stands, it’s a big NO! I have to give it a chance, so most waits for day 2:  Another day and the bubble-gum is on a slightly lower order, but aromatically the wine is far from interesting.  Perhaps not so metallic tasting, but the acidity remains very tart – I don’t mind high acidity, but this is tart high acidity.  If represenative (and why shouldn’t it be?) a startling failure for the vintage.

2005 Doudet-Naudin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir try to find this wine...
A large heavy bottle with a punt you could lose your fingers in, shame the attention to detail misses the cheapest of cheap plastic capsules. Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a little oak, but it’s quickly lost, becoming wider with plenty of high tones and a faintly cedar depth – eventually a nice red berry note too. Some fat and reasonable depth – in fact it’s very tasty. On the negative side the acidity is slightly lifted and the flavours are a little muddled together. Not exactly cheap for a bourgogne either at 20 Sfr, but far from a bad value bottle – and as I said it’s quite tasty.

2005 Olivier Guyot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. The nose has a dense and slightly rustic core, but above soars beautiful and very fine fruit. There is some fat and a dense core that reflects the nose. The acidity is slightly bright but that’s par for the course for many tightening 2005 wines. Finer fruit than the appellation might suggest but with good fat and an engaging hint of rusticity. On day two, even that rusticity is gone – super! – I bought a couple more.

2006 Parent, Bourgogny Pinot Noir try to find this wine...
A mix of domaine and bought-in grapes. Wide-open aromatics of savoury-edged fruit. Nice acidity and a subtle length.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Bourgogne Pinot Noir try to find this wine...
From several plots dotted around the Hautes-Côtes, Chorey and Savigny. The nose majors on a wide expanse of strawberry fruit. In the mouth it’s soft, tasty and also shares the strawberry impression. Far from ‘simple’, there’s decent tannin behind and a good length. Very successful.

2006 Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Chardonnay try to find this wine...
Medium yellow. The nose shows faint bready notes over equally faint pear fruit. Quite full in the mouth, also quite dense. Whilst your mouth slowly waters after you swallow, it still seems to lack a little freshness. A reasonable finish, but just a little too clumsy and heavy…

2006 Parent, Bourgogne Chardonnay try to find this wine...
From purchased grapes, no wood used in elevage. White flower hints with melon and pear. Wide and mouthfilling. Will make a nice aperitif.

2006 Roulot, Bourgogne Aligoté try to find this wine...
Maybe it was because I was just back from a 10 mile run, but this is/was a wonderfully refreshing drink. Soft and high-toned. Perfect balance and reasonably concentrated in the mouth – the acidity plays wonderfully across the tongue. On the negative side it’s rather simple for its price-tag – I think all the Roulot Bourgognes are priced above their quality level now, at least from European retailers – but it is a super summer drink.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Bourgogne Chardonnay try to find this wine...
Only grapes from the Côte de Beaune, a mix of Hautes Côtes and from the village of Meursault. A forward and fresh nose of faint brioche and attractive fruit. The palate is fresh and smooth and has a nice extra push of flavour in the mid-palate. A very good generic.

Villages Wines

2005 Guy Amiot, Chassagne-Montrachet (Rouge) Vielles Vignes try to find this wine...
For the vintage it’s a modestly coloured medium, medium-plus cherry red. The nose has some depth, and pulls you in with faint toasted bread and bouquet garni. Intense, with slightly grainy tannin and with good understated acidity followed by another dimension of dark fruit and a little oak on the mid-palate. The finish is savoury with a long undertow of creamy dark fruit. If not totally sophisticated it balances with real personality. This is a wine that delivers on both personality and value. It’s really rather good.

2006 Arlaud, Chambolle-Musigny try to find this wine...
The colour is more red than cherry or purple. The first sniff did not impress – no focus, dirty oak, no fruit, in fact soupy. The flavours were not dissimilar, no chambolle, just sweet soupy oak – yuk! I try to be fair, so stoppered it up and left it in the refridgerator for 2 days: The nose has transformed; red fruit melded to caramel and a faint note of brioche. In the mouth there is also a tightening, some fat and more red fruit. A reasonable extra dimension of flavour in the mid-palate though the acidity needs a little more focus. If you have this, make sure you decant a few hours before or bury it in your cellar – either way it’s hard work!

2005 Claude Dugat, Gevrey-Chambertin try to find this wine...
Medium-plus cherry-red colour. Wow, what a nose; a beautiful and rather haunting perfume of hedge-row flowers, elderflower and soft red fruits with a suggestion of oak. A soft entry with understated concentration, velvety tannin and a creamy oak coating to the finishing flavours – it’s also very long for a villages. It’s not perfect though, the flavours have just a little oaky bitterness, but the sour-cherry fruit coupled to wonderful aromatics make this a compelling glass.

2005 Heresztyn, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. Width and dark cherry fruit with faint white pepper and a softer, warmer core. The palate has a soft texture, currently rather bright acidity but a very nice depth of fruit in the mid-palate and finish. It’s another 2005 that’s not an easy drink right now, but the quality behind will eventually repay the wait – though I expect it won’t be short wait.

2004 Louis Jadot, Vosne-Romanée try to find this wine...
Medium ruby-red colour – already showing some older colour. The nose initially has none of the green 04-ness, though a little develops over-time, it is, however, on such a low level that it really is additive and makes from cedar at the top, down to its creamy edge at the bottom, with faint clove in the middle – a rather superior if not textbook Vosne nose; I’m very impressed. In the mouth it’s a long way from my expectation; there is only a hint of the ripe sweetness of the vintage, but the overall balance is reminiscent of a 1996 with it’s acid-forward stance. There is super dimension to the fruit too. This is far from an average ready-to-drink-now 2004 and very different to my 04 villages beau (from Mugneret-Gibourg), but this is an interesting mid-term cellar candidate – maybe 2 more bottles…

2004 Hubert Lignier, Morey St.Denis try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour still with some cherry-red colour. Deep aromatics, with dense darker cherry fruit thats not perfectly fine but has a lovely faint mocha halo. Mouth-filling, well balanced acidity and tannin that comes through on the mid-palate but has already faded before the finish. Actually the finish is rather good with small after-shocks of creamy flavour. Today the mid-palate flavours have a bitter edge that contasts well with the sweet fruit but was just on a little too high level to start – after an hour and with food I’d rather say bitter chocolate – nothing left for tomorrow, very nice.

2005 LA Lignier, Morey St.Denis try to find this wine...
Deep cherry-red colour, almost a little purple. Wide aromatics with slight white-pepper spice over a deeper but reticent black cherry. Excellent intensity of black cherry fruit, super acidity to balance and tannin that is submerged in the extract. It’s a powerful combination for a villages wine, a little mineral too but it’s also very linear and obviously closing-in on itself – faint black chocolate shows on the finish. Super villages but be prepared to wait.

2006 Lignier-Michelot, Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles-Vignes try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. Right from the start the nose is wide width an impressive depth of dark fruit – few higher tones but some complexity lower down. Less fat than the Arlaud, but more focus from fine acidity. Lithe, with nice concentration and just a twist of slightly astringent, bitter-chocolate tannin. The flavour profile is good and long-lasting. Tasty wine.

2006 Lignier-Michelot, Morey St.Denis En la Rue de Vergytry to find this wine...
The nose is deep and shows a little minerality and fine herbs over subtle red fruit. Ripe with very nice texture – you can still feel the oak as you move into the finish, but this will soften and there is good length. A nice wine in the making.

2006 Lignier-Michelot, Morey St.Denis Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
The aromatics start a little reduced, but 2 minutes and a few swirls and it is clear; again red fruit and nice herbs. The palate shows an extra, more serious depth of structure before providing a burst of interest in the mid palate. Slowly fading into the finish. Again a worthy buy.

2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Jouise try to find this wine...
A rarely seen villages name on this label. The colour is rather deep, as is the nose; dark, very faintly oaky cherry with a width of higher tones, as it warms there’s a latent hint of undergrowth. Poised, super acidity and a lingering, mouthwatering finish. There’s not the impact or intensity of the higher M-G wines, but this is a fine villages. So-far, up and down the range I’m very impressed by this producer – but okay, it’s ‘only’ the 2005 vintage…

2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Champerrier try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. A somehow silky nose the starts with chocolate then higher-toned herbal aromatics over a tight red-fruit core. Good fat in the mouth and fine texture, the acidity works very well but there’s just a little spritz (which stayed for the whole 3 hours it was open) which gave the faint tannins a little extra texture. Persistent flavour – this really is a superb villages wine, less complex but currently more enveloping than the producer’s premier crus. Expensive but super.

>2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Nuits St.Georges try to find this wine...
Bottled in March, this is almost an equal mix of wine from the north and south of the appellation. Medium colour. Mineral-edged cherry fruit and some floral, violet notes. Well-balanced acidity and tannin melds with good fruit. There is a little tannin clinging to the side of your mouth, but it’s supple and ripe. Just a suggestion of coffee on the finish. This is a good villages.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Chambolle-Musigny try to find this wine...
A blend of two sites, one of 25 year-old vines planted near the road, the other of 60 year-old vines. The nose starts rather mineral with hints of cedar and dark fruit – you really need to spend a little time with the glass for it to open up with fruit, floral and even chocolate hints. This is very sophisticated in the mouth, showing very fine tannins and a perfect freshness. A good burst of fruit that’s rather classy and concentrated on the mid-palate. The finish lingers, then a little like the villages Puligny provides a creamy reprise. It needs a couple of years in the cellar, but it will better an ‘average’ 1er cru.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Vosne-Romanée try to find this wine...
Faint spiced bread overlays a denser undercurrent of fresh plummy fruit that slowly transforms onto cherry and even redcurrant notes. Good ripenes and slightly grainy tannin. There is a strong and wide impression in the mouth that pushes unchanged into the finish. This would also benefit from a year in the cellar, but is already quite drinkable and very tasty.

2001 Mugneret-Gibourg, Vosne-Romanée try to find this wine...
Medium colour. The nose is just a little alcoholic at the top over pretty, spicy red cherry and occasional wafts of coffee. Lovely texture but at this age the ‘puppy-fat’ has faded and the acidity is now more to the fore – the overall effect is now ‘only just ripe’. Cool red, tart cherry-fruit remains at the core and the finish is quite long. Just a little gawky now, but there are a few in the cellar for another day.

2006 Parent, Pommard Croix Blanche try to find this wine...
The nose has depth and a sorbet-like fruit. Deep and serious in the mouth, with muscular tannin and slowly lingering flavours. This is very good.

2005 des Perdrix, Vosne-Romanée try to find this wine...
Deep colour. Initially diffuse aromatics hinted at a spicy depth but also showed a little mustiness, over about 1 hour there is more focus and clarity offering-up clean black fruit and some minerality. Mouth filling, concentrated, then bursts across the mid-palate with typical Vosne flavours if far from subtle, but to good effect. The tannins are quite well mannered and the finish lingers with an element of oak flavour – but it’s the only woody note. Fresh and tasty, and without overt oak character, but more obviously in need of cellar time than many.

1997 Nicolas Potel, Volnay try to find this wine...
Quite deeply coloured ruby-red and starting to gain a shade of amber at the rim. Wide, slightly ethereal aromatics with a submerged but dense core of darker fruit – very interesting. The full palate shows plenty of fine background tannin that’s edged with a little bitterness. There’s just enough acidity and the flavour lingers very well, hinting to cream – there was a slightly green cedary phase but then it was gone. A very fine 97 and a better drink than the d’Angerville 99 from yesterday.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles-Vignes try to find this wine...
From vines averaging over 60 years-old in the flat part of the appellation., but still red. Again from more than one plot and elevaged in 1-2 year-old barrels. The nose is pure and focused. More forward acidity than the bourgogne, with good fruit in the mix. Mouth-wateringly long.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Pommard Vieilles-Vignes try to find this wine...
From 35 year-old vines. Medium colour. A little mineral, but aromatically tight. Fresh, lithe, plenty of tannin and a lovely fresh burst of interest in the mid-palate and on.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes try to find this wine...
From 3 small plots that abut 1er crus. The nose is deeper with darker, musky fruit. Lithe with good acid balance – the tannins are more forward but are nicely ripe. Good wine that leaves you with a smooth coating on your teeth.

2004 Sérafin Père et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes try to find this wine...
Medium-plus colour, only just retaining a hint of cherry-red colour. The nose starts with full-on oak toast which slowly, slowly recedes to reveal black-shaded cherry, faint coffee and even some higher floral notes. Good texture and an ever-increasing intensity as you head for the mid-palate – the acidity seems not perfectly integrated though. Long, with creamy elements. Overall it is rather too oaky for my palate (to enjoy) and there’s eventually a suggestion of ash on the nose, but it’s certainly a good effort with no green.

Villages White Wines

2005 Jean-Marc Boillot, Puligny-Montrachet try to find this wine...
Medium yellow. At first the nose shows some high-toast oak, but this slowly mellows to give a slightly diffuse but fresh and high-toned effect. The palate is fresh and balanced, but just a little dilute in the mid-palate. Medium length. Tasty but far from a benchmark.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Meursault try to find this wine...
From three parcels that average to 45 year-old vines, bottled in December. Medium-pale yellow. This has width and freshness, plus a subtle pear fruit on the nose. Very good acidity that shows a citrus ‘zing’ and length. Good weight in the mid-palate. A good villages.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet try to find this wine...
Bottled in February. Medium-pale yellow. A little more depth and a creamy note on the nose. Again a good acid profile and a lovely burst of interest in the mid-palate. The lenght is savoury then without warning there is a creamy burst of flavour that is reminiscent of a fine 1er cru. This is a very fine villages that performs well above the label – it also gives no hint to it’s 14%.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Pulgny-Montrachet try to find this wine...
Medium-pale yellow. Good depth to the subtly creamy nose. Fresh and a lively on the palate, with decent intensity a good length. An understatedly fine villages that’s highly recommended.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Goudelettes try to find this wine...
A high-toned, quite floral nose. It’s ripe though the acidity balances it quite well. There is more power in the finish and a good length too.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Meursault Vieilles Vignes try to find this wine...
From a single vineyard in the Clos du Cromin whose vines are 30 years old. The nose is almost tripping out of the glass to meet you. In the mouth it’s a little more understated and shows a subtle but impressive length.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes try to find this wine...
Sourced from the area of Levrons. A forward and quite dense nose. Silky and showing a clear extra dimension to the lovely fruit. Excellent length too – this is super.

Premier Cru Wines

1999 Marquis d’Angerville, Volnay Fremiet try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus ruby-red core. The nose is dense, and just now will win no prizes for elegance – heavy plum notes dominate a nice dark confiture. Intense and nicely fresh, more mature flavours and a lingering liquid length. Tannin is only found if you roll the wine around in your mouth – it has some grain, but it’s rather anonymous. I finished every drop, but it’s far from in a lovable place today.

2004 Bouchard P&F, Beaune du Chateau try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is deep and oaky; dark, sweet oak rather than overt toast and there’s not a trace of vintage cedar. In the mouth it is similarly dominated by the oak. Certainly there is decent, sweet intensity behind the wood and a more than lingering finish – it really is very long – but frankly on day one, whilst it’s a tasty oak beverage, I can find little to suggest Burgundy, let-alone Beaune! This is usually one of the best value cuvées you can buy from any négoce so I gave it a chance: Day 2. The nose remains deep, a little musky – not so much oak but still hard to spot the fruit – perhaps dark-skinned plum, but on the negative side as it warms in the glass you get a hint of ash. In the mouth it now has a higher-toned dimension and plenty of sweetness. The length is unchanged and I’m happy to report that it shows more of a creamy than vanilla edge. This is significantly improved, even if I still wouldn’t guess Beaune! If you want to drink Beaune, then decant this at least 5-6 hours before drinking. If you just want a delicious glass, pop and pour.

2006 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune Talmettes try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-pale cherry-red colour. The aromatics are wide, perhaps a little high-toned and alcoholic but over a denser slightly savoury fruit core. A little dissolved gas on the palate, good red fruits and young tannin – accentuated by the gas. There’s a nice burst of interest on the mid-palate and there’s good, if slightly prickly, acidity (gas again). This needs a year in the cellar, and the performance will be far better than described above if you decant an hour before serving. Excellent value wine in an elegant package.

2006 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune Cru, Les Talmettes try to find this wine...
Wide, high-toned aromatics that quickly tighten in the glass, perhaps a trace of caramel. The palate shows a little more tannin than the 07’s, but there is the depth of concentration to match and a super dimension of fruit too. Slightly lower acidity also than the 07’s but still mouth-watering, lingering flavours. This is excellent.

2006 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune Cru, Aux Clous try to find this wine...
The nose starts a little tight, but becomes more and more expressive, revealing aromatic width and depth, lovely ripe but fresh fruit that suggests creamyness. Fine texture with super fruit that is concentrated and complex in the mid-palate. This is a very high class Savigny.

2006 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune Cru, Les Lavières try to find this wine...
The aromatics don’t go as deep as the ‘Clous’ but they show lots of higher-toned width and with a suggestion of baked tart to the red fruit. Again super texture and depth. Bursts with an extra dimension of fruit on the mid-palate before slowly fading.

2006 Louis Chenu, Savigny-lès-Beaune Cru, Les Hautes Jarrons try to find this wine...
Finer fruit aromas and a little extra perfume. This shows a little more acid and tannin structure but retains the same fine fruit as the others. Faintly lingers on the tongue. Another success.

2006 des Croix, Beaune 1er Pertuisots try to find this wine...
Medium colour. Wide and soft aromas of some density and quite glossy red fruit. The palate is wide and initially shows some spritz. Lots of flavour, though a large portion of that is oak. The tannins have a little grain but there’s good length. The tannins soften with air-time as the dissolved gas slowly disappeared.

2006 des Croix, Beaune 1er Bressandes try to find this wine...
The nose is much narrower but more mineral than the Pertuisots – a floral note eventually escapes from the glass. The palate, likewise, shows less fat and despite more tannin, it is finer grained than the Pertuisots. There is less overt oak flavour, except in the finish – which is long – but has a little bitter young oak to it.

2006 David Duband, Morey St.Denis Clos Sorbé try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. Wide and high-toned aromatics, meaty and spicy but with more limited depth. Plenty of tannin, but it’s ripe and has a only a little astringency. The rest is well balanced and shows quite classy fruit with good complexity that’s judiciously edged with dark oak. From a density perspective, there’s less material here than many village wines from 2005, but it remains a good wine. Leave a year or two to let the tannins fade…

2006 LA Lignier, Morey St.Denis Cuveé Romain Lignier try to find this wine...
Hints of reduction on the nose below dark, velvety fruit. In the mouth it envelops the tongue with wel-mannered tannin and super-expressive fruit. Lingers very well. Super.

2006 Lignier-Michelot, Morey St.Denis Les Cheneverystry to find this wine...
The nose shows a fine and spicy bouquet garni over deep red and black fruit. Concentrated, and showing a little texture to the tannins, but it’s well balanced and the fruit flavours have an extra depth that embed their flavour into your tongue – lovely length.

2006 Lignier-Michelot, Morey St.Denis Les Faconnièrestry to find this wine...
A little more red and cream to go with the bouquet garni, just a hint of creme brulee too. Really executive texture – plenty of svelte tannin. Perfect balance, the fruit that follows just grows and grows on the tongue. Again this shows some oak flavour and texture on the finish, but it will soon fade. A super buy.

2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Perrières try to find this wine...
From 50 year old vines. Deep cherry-red, perhaps a little purple at the rim. An open and forward nose of minty, earthy, brambly blackcurrant fruit that falls into a creamy and eventually a redder depth. Ripe, a little lush, lightly grained tannin and excellently balancing acidity. The fruit flavour is very tasty in the mid-palate, almost a crystaline ‘black jelly’. Decent length. No tightening here I think – absolutely delicious right now.

2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Petit-Chapelle try to find this wine...
Deep colour. The nose starts quite savoury, only slowly offering a deeper black-fruit core that has a faint white pepper coating. In the mouth this is much more mineral, the acidity is more obvious but retains good balance. The tannins are a little more visible and help the flavour stain your tongue. Good, mineral length with a twist of coffee. Overall a little more (obvious) structure and much less comely than the Perrières today, but qualitatively its equal. Another wine I shall buy.

2005 Olivier Guyot, Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux try to find this wine...
Deep colour, some purple at the rim. After the two wines of Marchand-Grillot in the last nights, the nose is a little more diffuse with oak influenced coffee notes over an espresso depth. In the mouth this is intense and shows lovely acid balance and quite some extension into the finish. The flavours reflect the nose in that they are a little diffuse and oak dominated – no oak texture, but plenty of toasty coffee. Today this is more than a nose behind the M-G wines but I suspect will be much more together in a year or two. I’m undecided on this, hence the rating.

2006 Parent, Pommard Chanlins try to find this wine...
Located close to Volnay where the soil has more limestone. The nose is a little wider and higher toned – more cherry and plum. Lithe and tannic with a super extra dimesion of flavour in the mid-palate, followed by a good diminuendo. Super.

2006 Parent, Pommard Chaponnières try to find this wine...
Another sorbet-fruit nose, darker-skinned fruit than the Chanlins. This is from near to Rugiens, but without the red iron-oxide soil. This is made up from two cuvées, one from 50 year old vines, the other from 70 year old vines. There’s a step-up in the silkyness of the ample tannins – they cling to your mouth – another slow diminuendo. Super.

2006 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
The nose is a little spicy over an understatedly savoury depth. More wood tannin (this will soften), very good balance and the first wine that shows an additional burst of complexity as move into the finish.

2005 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
The aromas are a little tight, but at it’s centre is a super core of red/black fruit. Wide, with velvety tannin and excellent acidity. The fruit chases the acidity into the finish while the tannin clings to the inside of your mouth. This will require some cellar time but has all the components to be a wonderful bottle down the line…

2004 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
A deep and dark nose that slowly widens to show some mineral aspects. Ripe fruit provides sweetness and the tannin starts on a slightly lower level to previous wines before reaching a crescendo in the mid-palate. The flavours slowly fade. This is a very nice wine but will keep no problem.

2003 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
Whilst very ripe and showing plenty of dried fruit aromatics, this is not obviously a 2003. The colour shows a young cherry-red. Silky with ripe, sweet fruit and plenty of freshness. This is lovely and I’m very impressed, particularly with the length. Real distinction here.

2002 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
Deeper aromatics of ripe cherry conserve with a darker edge. Silky, the structure is more hidden but the flavours just pour througfh the middle of the wine into the mid-palate and on into the finish. Super balance here. Anne suggest a great pairing with roast meats.

2001 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
Depth of fruit that’s turning quite savoury and meaty. “Was serious and tannic when young – it’s much better now than 2-3 years ago” says Anne. Now you see the reverse; the tannins are now in the background and the foreground is full of super fruit.

2000 Parent, Pommard Epenots try to find this wine...
Narrower aromatics, but super fruit which is ripe but not too ripe. Mouthfilling, again with ripe fruit that is set against background tannins that still try and cling to your teeth. Very good acidity (not acidified) and some mineral hints. Really fine for the vintage.

2005 Jacques Prieur, Beaune Greves try to find this wine...
Medium-plus colour, with flashes of purple. A super, super young nose of faint, creamy creme brulée over dark, almost jellied fruit – it’s rather exciting. In the mouth it’s superbly intense, balanced by gushing, but super acidity. The one down-side (for me) is that the dominant flavours are mainly dark, bitter-chocolate oak. Certainly plenty of power, and the lingering flavours end with fruit rather than oak, so I expect time will suck up most of the wood – if not all those toasted flavours – it might (one day) even taste like Beaune! I’m quite impressed by the gusto here and may add a couple to the cellar.

2005 Remoissenet, Morey St.Denis Clos des Ormes try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is rather deep, showing macerating dark-skinned cherry and just the faintest of dark oak is perfectly melded to it. After 10 minutes it smelled quite reduced, but another 10 minutes on it was clear. In the mouth there’s deep fruit and of understated intensity too – again the last accent is dark oak, but it’s not much and it’s a young wine. The acidity is good, and frankly the only negative is the slight spritz for the first 30 minutes it was open – after that it got better and better. The tannin is buried and the length is very good. I remember it not being not so cheap, but the quality is self evident. Leave a year+ to reduce that oak flavour…

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Lavières try to find this wine...
From an approximately 1 hectare plot on the mid-slope. Darker skinned fruit on the nose, but still red. A nice balance in the mouth with additional soft tannin, very good acidity and a lingering finish. Yum.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Beaune Les Cents Vignes try to find this wine...
A cuvée made since 2005 from 40 year-old vines. Aromatically wide with delicate red fruits. Ripe and sweet yet retaining super acidity. Another nice burst of interest before the finish – lovely fruit.

1989 Andrée Taupenot, Pommard Les Epenots try to find this wine...
Medium, medium-minus colour – some amber at the rim. The nose starts with fungus and undergrowth to be replaced in short-order by dense, chocolate coated red fruits. The acidity starts a little pronounced, but also that slightly discordant note quickly fades. It’s fresh with a lovely burst of flavour in the mid-palate and still a rasp of tannin too. Good length. It has a hint of the rustic, but was devoured – a super bottle.
Premier Cru White Wines

1997 Domaine des Lambrays, Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatièrestry to find this wine...
The first bottle was rejected for it’s sherry aromas; Thierry puts the blame for this random oxidation squarely at the door of cork suppliers though said the wine could still make a decent sauce! The second bottle (that had lain next to the first for the last nine or ten years) was more typical of 1997; opulent, with just enough acidity, rather lush but packed with flavour. For all the hype in some areas I still generally prefer 97 whites to reds and this is a good 1997 example.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Puligny-Montrachet Les Caillerets try to find this wine...
The nose has less overt width, rather a really dense core of fruit – eventually becomes a little more expressive with a faint brioche note. Clearly more concentration despite lower (13.5%) alcohol. Smooth texture and much more minerality than the villages. The length again is quite savoury and mineral. Super balance. Only ‘very fine’ versus the 2005’s ‘outstanding’, though the value clearly remains.

2006 Mischief and Mayhem, Meursault Genevrières try to find this wine...
Medium-pale yellow. Aromatic width with a lovely sweet brioche and faint citrus notes. This fills your mouth with wide citrussy acidity and a super length. Lithe rather than fat and very moreish!

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne try to find this wine...
A forward, slightly estery nose. Silky and slightly fat with a dense mineral expression – almost oily. Concentrated and lingers in an impressively complex way.
Grand Cru Wines

1996 Jean Grivot, Clos de Vougeot try to find this wine...
Still medium-plus colour, now it’s quite ruby-red though still a slightly cherry-red reflection remains. The nose is super-deep, chocolate-coated undergrowth with just a hint of more volatile elements. Lithe – actually quite muscular – with fading velvet tannin and real extra dimension in the mid-palate. This has a super, chocolate framed, finish that’s borne on great acidity. Powerful, concentrated but balanced; even in half-bottle format this is halfway between an intellectual challenge and pure pleasure, so in well-stored, larger, formats I would suggest waiting at least another 5 years.

2006 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays try to find this wine...
About 26 hectolitres per hectare. The nose is wide and mineral with fine herbs. Understated, mouth filling power that manages to expand even further on the mid-palate, becoming ever-more complex as it does so. It’s long and reasonably tannic – though the tannins are very soft – Super! The last drops in the glass are finally giving up a beautifully pure cherry note. Already sold-out at the domaine.

2005 Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays try to find this wine...
The nose needs a little coaxing, but soon shows reasonable width, but there’s a stunning fruit depth and the faintest crème brulée. Silken and soft in the mouth, yet powerful – that tannin is buried and the balance is a wonder. It bursts across the mid-palate before slowly lingering in the finish. A ‘wow’ wine. Of-course, also sold-out at the domaine!

2006 LA Lignier, Clos de la Roche try to find this wine...
A little more width of soft-edged, pure fruit on the nose. Mouth filling but mineral with a lovely sorbet-style dimension to the fruit. A little burst in the mid-palate then very good length. Also super.

2006 Parent, Corton Renardes try to find this wine...
The aromatics are a little narrower than the preceding wines, but in the mouth it’s full, tannic, showing super acidity and real extension of the fruit before slowly dying in the finish. Clean and quite impressive.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Clos de Vougeot try to find this wine...
Towards the bottom of the clos so plenty of clay in the soil. A more forward nose whose aromas go deeper still than the Gevrey. Velvet texture and mouth filling. Lots of tannin, chocolate flavours and a long diminuendo of a finish. Not quite austere, but close. Very good.

2006 Seguin-Manuel, Corton try to find this wine...
From Les Combes which is near Vigne au Saint. The nose starts slightly reduced but swirling brings ever-fresher notes. Mouth filling, with plenty of slightly grainy tannin. The fruit is pure and flows on through the finish. Good balance here.

Grand Cru White Wines

2006 des Croix, Corton-Charlemagne try to find this wine...
Medium yellow. The nose is wide and shows a complex mix of fruits; pineapple, melon, lemon and a white blossom note. Rich concentration with real intensity in the mid-palate and nicely-judged acidity. The flavours in the finish start slightly savoury and fade in a creamier way. Very young but has good potential.

2006 Parent, Corton Blanc try to find this wine...
Elevaged in 60% new oak. A fine nose that’s deep and waxy. A real mouthful of concentration that lingers very long in the finish. The acidity seems a little too understated, but comes through in mouthwatering fashion at the end. Anne Parent suggests a good match with Turbot or grilled sea scallops!

2005 Seguin-Manuel, Corton-Charlemagne try to find this wine...
50% new oak used in the elevage. A super nose – very wide and complex. In the mouth it’s mineral and linear yet there is also complexity. Lovely freshness. This is very primary, but is super.

One response to “Roundup of Wines Tasted”

  1. Francesco Carzoli

    Hello,
    I’m looking for a winery within the village called eduard bryczeck who produces a wine called cuvèe special Jean Paul II. How can i contact them??? will love to make a visit…

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