Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wines of Burgundy - Table 6:15


Daniel Rion & Fils

2008 Côte de Nuits-Villages: candied fruit, unremarkable; a lot of wines showing over-enthusiastic, macerated character
2008 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux-Monts 1er Cru: spicy, earthy nose, fresh rose petals, elegant spicy finish, tightly structures; this is going to be a good one with bottle age
2008 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Grandes Vignes: deep earthiness, density and concentration; just beautiful juicy fruit on the palate, refined tannins; shows rusticity of Nuits-St-Georges, needs a good 10 years

Domaine de Suremain

2008 Mercurey Clos L'Évêque 1er Cru: a bit macerated on the nose, which follows on the palate
2008 Mercurey En Sazenay 1er Cru: candied, airy wine, without distinction
2008 Mercurey: ripe, upfront fruit, ripe palate, a good simple village wine

Domaine Marchand-Grillot

2008 Petite Chapelle Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru: slightly candied, simple; these one-dimensional wines have no business charging such steep prices

Domaine Coste-Caumartin

2009 Saint-Romain Blanc: lean, green citrus, unremarkable palate, thin and slightly weedy
2009 Pommard Les Boucherottes: spicy nose, ripe, almost jammy; follows on palate, coarsely structured
2009 Pommard Les Vignots: ripe, slightly jammy, tightly wound up, very primary at this stage

Domaine Jacques Prieur

2007 Meursault Clos de Mazeray: oaky, buttery cream, very sweet on the palate, crispy finish; desperately needs time for the wood to integrate
2007 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1er Cru: sweet oak, oily and viscous texture; has this potential to be a monster in 10-15 years?
2007 Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru: coffee-like oak, spicy, deep fruit, again showing a slightly candied character on the palate

Domaine Laroche

2007 Chablis Les Blanchots Grand Cru: minerally and lean fruit, high acid, creamy oak; needs time, but this will be a good one
2009 Chablis Saint-Martin: oaky nose, fresh floral fruit, fresh palate, very lean
2007 Chablis Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru: oaky citrus nose, tense palate, clean but austere

Domaine Parent

2008 Pommard Les Chaponnières 1er Cru: spicy rose petals, lean red fruit, fine palate, rich and very, very good
2008 Beaune Les Epenottes 1er Cru: spicy earthy nose, pure pinot noir character, rose petals singing; structured on the palate, but very silky, would like to put this in my cellar


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