Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy - Côte de Beaune

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy

Moving onto the wines of the Côte de Beaune. These were clearly my favourite red Burgundies of the night. I just fell in love with Volnay. Rustic, austere wines, silky femininity and so, so seductive. My goodness. If I had the money, these were the trophies I'd bring home. The 2005's were stunning, but the 2006's showed well - both vintages need lots of time in the bottle to unwind. The bouquets were just extraordinary. Shows why Burgundy is one of the world's finest wines.

2006 Domaine Blain-Gagnard Volnay Champans 1er Cru: good perfume, great fruit, very tight structure, lovely personality
2006 Domaine Joseph Voillot Volnay Les Frémiets 1er Cru: rustic nose and mouth, bigger tannins, losing some focus on the palate
2006 Fernand & Laurent Pillot Pommard Les Charmots 1er Cru: my favourite Volnay, and possibly of the all the red Burgundies; very rustic nose, earthy bouquet, lovely fruit, sweet in the mouth, loads of fresh berries, tight tannins; just a fantastically complete wine
2006 Thierry & Pascal Matrot La Pièce Sous Le Bois Blagny 1er Cru: fruit forward nose, good structure, soft, more feminine, furry tannins
2006 Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils Corton Le Corton Grand Cru: very fine, elegant and linear palate, needs time to round out the bitter finish
2005 Domaine Parent Corton Les Renardes Grand Cru: rustic nose, dark fruits, very stiff structure, very dry, needs a lot of time
2006 Maison Champy Corton Grand Cru: some alcohol burning on the nose, bright fruit on the palate, juicy

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