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 inContinue reading “Wine tasting: Pommard and Volnay Premier Crus”

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 ofContinue reading “A Burgundian premier cru excursion through the 2012 and 2013 vintages”

A couple of Volnays; Domaine Nicolas Rossignol 2011 and Louis Jadot Hospices de Beaune Volnay Premier Cru Cuvée Blondeau 2009

Here are a couple of delicious Volnays tasted over the Christmas period.  These are short notes only; happily I was too busy drinking them. Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2011Feminine and alluring, the 2011 vintage tasted has delicious cherry and earth characters on the nose and palate.  Beguiling and a conversation stopper.  (Region: Volnay, Côte deContinue reading “A couple of Volnays; Domaine Nicolas Rossignol 2011 and Louis Jadot Hospices de Beaune Volnay Premier Cru Cuvée Blondeau 2009”

Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2012

From the very fine 2012 red Burgundy vintage, this wine from Domaine Nicolas Rossignol has those beguiling feminine cherry and earth characters that can only be Volnay.  The palate finishes long with flashes of voluptuous ripe fruit.  Delicious drinking.  (Alc: 13%, Region: Volnay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2021)  ReadContinue reading “Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 2012”

Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Brouillards 2011

This is an excellent Volnay from Domaine Joseph Voillot.  From premier cru vineyard Les Brouillards, the 2011 vintage has aromatics of game, bacon, raspberry and undergrowth.  The palate has great balance, long length and fresh acidity.  For those susceptible to the charms of Volnay – and I am one – this is well worth yourContinue reading “Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Premier Cru Les Brouillards 2011”

Beane to Buxy, with some practice blending along the way

The next instalment of my Burgundy trip is from Beaune to Buxy, with a little blending along the way. Last stop in Beaune Last but not least of our visits in Beaune was Domaine Maillard Père & Fils situated at Chorey-Les-Beaunes.  This was a short tasting with our knowledgeable guide dressed by French winemaker central casting.Continue reading “Beane to Buxy, with some practice blending along the way”