Tag: Burgundy

Ponsot Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 2015

This wine from Domaine Ponsot is in a very difficult stage of its development. It presents in a raw fashion, with very fruit driven aromas of cherry and blackcurrant and resounding acidity and hardness on the palate. It is quite a difficult wine to appreciate at this point, and needs at least a further decade of cellaring to even show its potential. I don’t think decanting will be sufficient to present it for current drinking. Reflecting on this wine across its dimensions of esteemed producer, great vintage and wonderful vineyard, it is difficult to recommend this wine at this stage. Oh well, someone has to try these wines. Sealed using the unusual Ardea seal. Rating: Good (in the future), Acceptable now. Abv: not recorded. Price: $300+. Website: http://www.domaine-ponsot.com.

Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux-Saint-Jacques Premier Cru 2008

This is a resoundingly delicious wine from Claude Dugat.  From Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, the biggest of the Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru vineyards at 9.53 hectares and situated immediately south of Clos Saint-Jacques, the wine is quite deeply coloured (for pinot noir) and opens to aromatics of blackcurrants, fruit and violets.  The palate has fantastic length, with fresh acidity, tannins and great fruit.  This wine can be approached now, but should evolve and improve with a decade in the cellar.  Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $300+. Website: na. Tasted: October 2018.

Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2006

I’m yet to taste a poor Robert Chevillon wine.  This is another outstanding one, this time from Nuits-Saint-Georges and the premier cru appellation of Les Cailles.  Les Cailles is a 7.11 hectare plot and is directly north of Les Saint-Georges, the greatest climat in Nuits-Saint-Georges.  It is said to be subtle, feminine and have softer fruit flavours.  In the glass, the 2006 vintage of Chevillon’s Les Cailles, has rich aromas of blackcurrant.  The palate is full bodied with hints of licorice, the finish long and the acidity towards high.  This is a delicious wine that can be approached now, or safely cellared for a further decade.  Rating: Very Good to Outstanding. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $200+. Website: www.domainerobertchevillon.fr

Domaine Thomas-Moillard Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 1993

If you are looking for more information on every Burgundy appellation, the Bourgogne Wines website is excellent.  The link is here.  Clos du Roi is one of the more commonly declared lieux-dits of Corton Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune.  And here’s an example with 25 years of age on it.  From Domaine Thomas-Moillard, the wine has a light to medium colour, with tawny edges towards the rim.  It opens to aromas of sweet fruit, game, licorice, tertiary tea leaves and old cedar.  The palate is earthy, with high acidity and mid range length and is in a light style.  This is certainly ready to drink and a tertiary expression of pinot noir that is enjoyable, but ultimately past its best.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: na. Website: na

Pierre-Yves Colin Morey Saint-Aubin Le Banc 2010

Saint-Aubin is probably not the best known of the Burgundian appellations.  It is in the Côte de Beaune and neighbours Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet.  I was very pleased with this particular wine from Pierre-Yves Colin Morey and the 2010 vintage.  It has refined and racy acidity and overtones of lemon and cashew.  In its drinking prime, the only issue is navigating the great looking, but ultimately annoying wax sealed capsule.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $90. Website: na.

Pascal Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne Rouge 2015

This is a very moreish Bourgogne from Pascal Marchand. From the highly regarded 2015 vintage, it is a good example of a Bourgogne rouge, if expensive. In the glass, it is faintly meaty, with raspberry notes. The palate is fleshy, medium bodied and with enough flavour and acidity to both resolutely signal Burgundy and interest. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $50s.

Georges Dubœuf Beaujolais-Villages 2015

Georges Dubœuf’s Beaujolais-Villages is an ever reliable expression of gamay. But the 2015 vintage tasted here seems a “step up”, noting that this vintage is regarded as exceptional in the region. Deeply coloured in the glass, the 2015 opens to a fruity and exuberant aroma of sour cherries. The palate is medium bodied, fresh and fruity. Lovely drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $20.

Bernard Defaix AOC Chablis 2015

This is a delicious AOC Chablis from Bernard Defaix. From the 2015 vintage, it has aromatics of lemon, shells and stones. The palate is fresh and linear with no oak evident. The acidity is linear without being hard. Chardonnay is almost a different grape variety when grown in Chablis and presented in this style. A good example of terroir. More please. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $25.

Wine tasting: Pommard and Volnay Premier Crus

I recently attended an outstanding tasting of mostly recent(ish) vintages of premier cru level Pommard and Volnay wines. The quality was universally high across the board, and all well stored examples. In terms of observations, interestingly, neither appellation proved particularly distinctive on this tasting. Pommard is typically thought of as sturdy, masculine and full in style, while its immediate neighbour Volnay, more fragrant, elegant and seductive. Yet, this tasting proved to be more or less a random walk as to which wine was which, with no one feature proving distinctive. I put this down to a function of proximity of the regions, youth, high quality wines and high quality winemaking. Some may lament this apparent convergence. But I don’t, at least when not doing Master of Wine study – I prefer tasting delicious wine more than tasting palatable theory. Perhaps the texts will require re-writing in a couple of decades?
My notes, plus a couple of extras from outside the region, follow.

Domaine Marquis d’Angerville Volnay Premier Cru Caillerets 2008
Les Caillerets is a 14.36 hectare vineyard that is among the most highly regarded in Volnay. And, right off the bat, it was my wine of the night. It opens to aromas of dark cherry, rosemary, anise and potpourri. The palate has towards high acidity (but not quite), great length – wonderful in fact – and a beguiling expression of cherries with some firmer tannins tucked away. Outstanding

Christophe Vaudoisey Volnay Premier Cru Les Mitans 2005
Les Mitans is a 3.98 hectare vineyard closer to the Pommard end of Volnay and is reputed for sturdier wines. The 2005 vintage tasted here, an outstanding vintage, proved to have brooding aromas of dark cherry and licorice notes with an almost porty richness giving away its vintage. The palate is full bodied and rich, with good length and acidity in balance. Delicious and another outstanding wine. Outstanding

Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Frémiets 2005
Les Frémiets is a 7.40 hectare vineyard that is next to Pommard, making it particularly hard to identify as other than a Pommard. It’s another wine from the 2005 vintage, but presents quite differently to the Mitans. It has firm aromatics of cherry, iron and florals. The palate has great length, with notes of cherry and firmer tannins with time in the glass. Very Good

Comte Armand Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epeneaux 2013
A strong producer and one of Pommard’s great vineyards (the 5.23 hectare Clos des Epeneaux) cloaked any likelihood that the vintage of this wine would be identified. This proved an utterly delicious wine, and should age and improve effortlessly for a decade or more. It has aromas of dark cherry, blackcurrant and leaf. The palate has firm acidity, flavours of black fruits and spice, together with particularly long length. Too young, but someone has to try them. Outstanding

Henri Boillot Pommard Premier Cru Les Rugiens 2012
Les Rugiens is a 12.66 hectare vineyard (aggregating Hauts and Bas) and is both highly regarded and close to the Volnay border. This proved another outstanding wine, with aromas of dark cherries, earth, iron and rosemary. The palate has reminders of florals and great length. The tannins are just starting to evolve. Outstanding
And finally, a couple of extras, first my favourite Chablis Grand Cru (Les Preuses) and a ring-in from the Mornington Peninsula that almost shocked with its remarkable resemblance to the preceding wines.

Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2010
This wine from Les Preuses (some considerably longer musings from the region are here) first had to escape its cool serving temperature. Initial aromas of qumquat and orange rind gave way with time to a more classic expression of lemon, stones and sea shells. The palate has good length, hints of cedar and fresh, if not overly firm, acidity. Very Good

Main Ridge Estate Half Acre Pinot Noir 2013
This is the first time I’ve tried a Main Ridge Estate wine, and I was frankly surprised (and absolutely delighted) at its close resemblance to a Pommard. It has aromas of blackcurrant and earth. The palate has long length and a cherry and earth character. This wine is unlike any other Mornington Peninsula pinot noir I’ve tried, and I’ve tried more than a few. Outstanding