Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy - Côte de Nuits

Bordeaux Meets Burgundy

Moving onto the red Burgundies of the Côte de Nuits. 100% pinot noir of course - I was pumped to taste the 2005's. Big, big blockbuster vintage. The question was, as it always is, about balance. Would the fruit, the alcohol, the acidity, the oak all be in balance? Yes, in most cases. There's a lovely fine texture and structure to all these wines - some a bit oakier than others, but all showing fabulous pinot noir character, and that tell-tale rusticity that I just adore in Burgundy. Wonderful all around. The Grand Cru wines, especially of the Clos de Vougeot clearly show their pedigree, and their $169 price tag. They need a good 20 years, but wow, these wines are spectacular.

2005 Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-St-Georges Les Damodes 1er Cru: juicy fruit, tar on bouquet, fresh berries, very fine structure, low in weight but good intensity
2006 Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-St-Georges Les Damodes 1er Cru: earthy red berries on nose, fine structure, lean
2006 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Clos Des Porrets Saint-Georges 1er Cru: earty nose, fine structure, fresh berries, grippy tannins cling nicely, candied fruit on finish
2006 Domaine Pierre Amiot & Fils Morey-Saint-Denis Les Ruchots 1er Cru: rustic nose, darker fruit, lean fine structure, finish is a bit coarse
2005 Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Les Cras 1er Cru: great fruit, spicy, good structure, solid wine
2006 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru: rustic all around, good structure, finishes coarse
2005 Domaine de la Vougeraie Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru: round, rustic nose, velvet palate, very refined, a star


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