Sylvie Esmonin Clos Saint-Jacques Gevrey-Chambertin 2012

This 2012 wine from Sylvie Esmonin presented somewhat atypically for a Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques, an appellation that I have taken a liking to, unfortunately. Its expression is very youthful and ripe, with overt cedar and sulphur characters. On the palate, it has intense fruit and good length. Overall, I think this wine will benefit from […]

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, […]

A tasting of 2012 and 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Crus

So many notes, so little time.  This was an outstanding tasting of a bracket of premier cru wines from Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges from the 2012 and 2013 vintages.  The distinction between the 2012 and 2013 vintages seemed finer at this tasting (see my earlier vintage comparison here), with the better wines appearing to be from 2012, […]

An outstanding Burgundy tasting of pre-2003s

I attended this amazing tasting back in April.  It was almost a case study in outstanding premier cru and grand cru red Burgundy with 15 or more years of age on the wines.  Only two wines missed the mark – one due to cork taint, the other presenting as simplistic (for a grand cru) due to suspected […]

A Burgundian premier cru excursion through the 2012 and 2013 vintages

Here are some notes from a tasting in February looking at some premier crus from the 2012 and 2013 vintages in Burgundy, all tasted blind.  While something of a random walk, my take away observations were that the 2012 vintage had more depth, complexity and fruit, with the 2013s presenting as the more austere of […]

Beaune

The next instalment of my wine trip is Beaune proper, which preceded a trip down the A6 to Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise.  Beaune is a town where it appears difficult to eat and drink poorly.  Starting with food, for lunch, I can recommend Le Comptoir des Tontons.  The owners are colourful, and the food […]

Maison Champy Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2009

I thought this was a pretty good négociant village Gevrey-Chambertin from the 2009 vintage.  The wine’s a medium intensity ruby in colour, bright in the glass, and with tears evident.  Its aromatics are of medium intensity and developing aromas of tobacco, clove, plum, charred wood, a little bit of volatile acidity (varnish) and even some […]

Frederic Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin 2005

Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest of the great communes of the Cote de Nuits, and competes with Vosne-Romanee for the title of the most important pinor noir village.  It is located here: This wine though was my first non-pleasing 2005. It had a rather “rubber like” aroma, but the palate was better with some acidity and […]