UK Wine Forum - Burgundy red
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Notes from participants in the UK Forum are added in chronological order.
11/01 Clos de la Roche 1995 - Armand Rousseau
disappointing given the name and vineyard. Delicate strawberry nose but falls a bit flat in the mouth. Lacks the richness and depth that you`d expect. Leaves you wanting more. (Neal Martin, UK)
11/01 Savigny les Beaune, 1er Cru Les Narbantons 1996, Maurice Ecard
A: Light brick red with bright flashes. N: Tight ripe strawberries initially with undergrowth and slight farmyard showing beginnings of maturity. P: Quite full with rich ripe strawberry and cherry flavours. This continues but then overlays a dry spiciness with quite sharp acidity. The finish is full, rich and long with only a hint of tannin at the end. S: Yet again an excellent wine from Ecard showing complexity, balance and the potential to develop further. Drink Now - 2008. (Paul Anderson, UK)
11/01 1997 Nicolas Potel – Santenay 1er Cru, Gravières
Medium ruby colour, lighter at the rim. Nose starts deep and plumy, but after a bit of swirling closes down leaving only some faint high tones. Strong acidity and prominent tannin supports a very persistent red cherry & redcurrant finish. Very good, but if you have some, wait 12 months to taste. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/01 1998 Denis Mortet – Gevrey-Chambertin
Dark garnet/purple. Very toasty oak nose (oh dear!) – I can't really get past this. Soft and supple in the mouth, despite being quite dense. Straight from the bottle this is deeply disappointing to me, there seems to be balance of acidity and tannin, apparently with some fruit too, but I can't get at it for the wood. One hour (of occasional swirling) later, the nose is starting to exhibit the creaminess of French oak – more wood, but at least it's becoming more subtle! I'm also starting to pick up black cherry. As we move on to the 3 hour mark, there is a transition through 'real toast' smells to something much more opulent and interesting. So after 24 hours under vacuvin we are starting to get somewhere; the oak is just in the background now, black cherry and even blackcurrant, a little spice and the smell of soil. Palate is still nice and supple, but the acidity seems a bit more aggressive. Very long creamy oak finish. This wine has excellent potential, though I won't try another for at least 3 years, and it's likely I'll still have to decant a couple of hours before consuming. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/01 1998 Denis Mortet – Gevrey-Chambertin, En Motrot
Dark garnet/purple, subtly darker than the above. Again toasty oak on the nose but a little less pronounced with black cherries in the mix. The acidity is more pronounced than the above, with black cherry again on the finish. After an hour of swirling (as above) the toasty oak seems more persistent than on the 'basic' G-C, and is 'lighter' in the mouth. After 3 hours we have lost most of the 'toast' and have a more silky mouthfeel than the 'basic'. Okay, moving on 24 hours (under vacuvin) the oak has not been subdued quite to the same extent as the 'basic' but is now (to me) 'acceptable'. The nose has less blackcurrant aspect than the 'basic', otherwise it seems a little more concentrated with some liquorice hints. The palate is smoother with better integration of the acid. The finish is long and mainly fruit driven rather than creamy oak. Now it's really an excellent wine. I don't have any more of these, though would wait a similar time to re-test if I had. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/01 1995 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru "Les Suchots" – Dom. de l'Arlot
Good deep ruby core with narrow pink rim. Appealing perfumed nose of strawberries and spice. Some ripe tannin, but nothing obtrusive. Lots of strawberry fruit on the palate, carrying through on a long smooth finish. Also some spice and earthiness to add complexity. Very well balanced. Drinking well now, but should improve over the next 2-3 years. Alas I have only 2 bottles left to monitor its development. Conclusion: Very good and (from my experience of 3 bottles to date) reliable - not something you can always say about Burgundy. Good value at around £25 from Howard Ripley. (Trevor March, UK)
10/01 Gevrey Chambertin en champs 1996
fabulous intense spiced fruit nose, to then point of intoxication. Deep ruby. Background oak perfectly integrated on a backward palate. Impressive rather than a delight right now, but with the potential to be sensational in 5 years+. (Nick Martin, UK)
10/01 Pommard Les Noisons Leroy 1994
Profound damson nose, deep blue/ crimson. Silky, sweet fruit, effortless and completely seamless. Star of the show for now. (Nick Martin, UK)
10/01 Pommard Clos des Epenots Comte Armand, 1996
Backward, sweet nose, very deep ruby with black 'reflets'. Far too young, but a powder keg of flavour and intensity waiting to bowl drinkers over from 2005. (Nick Martin, UK)
10/01 Chambolle Musigny Les Fuees Frederick Mugnier, 1986
Second of two bottles drunk 3 months apart at Le Chambolle Musigny, whose food gets better and better. A fine restaurant generously priced. Bottle No 1: Lacey, heavily perfumed, delicately gem coloured wine. Perfect maturity, peacoks tail of flavour. Bottle No 2: Room temperature in contrast to the cellar temperature of bottle no. 1 Makes all the difference. Diffuse by comparison. Ice bucket helped bring the focus and charm back! (Nick Martin, UK)
10/01 1997 Marquis D'Angerville – Volnay 1er, Clos Des Ducs
Medium red, but already hinting at brick – looks like 95 or even 93. Nose is at first reticent, then gives deep sweet notes, some spice and is a little flowery at the top end. You notice the acidity at first & some surprising tannic structure for a 97, but then the fruit comes through to save the day. Currently only medium weight and length, but unlike most 97's, definitely a Volnay to save, it will be excellent. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/01 1993 Pousse d'Or – Volnay 1er Cru, Clos d'Audignac
Deep ruby colour, cooking redcurrant and raspberry fruit nose with something deeper & sweeter in the background. Palate has nice acidity and low tannin. Medium length. Very good, but not fine. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/01 1988 Clos de Vougeot (Hudelot-Noellat)
Good and bright ruby red with garnet-tinged rim. Quite powerful nose of strawberries and raspberries, with hints of the classic farmyard smells, plus alcohol. Some tannin, but ripe. Medium/full bodied. Well balanced - especially considering 14% (yes 14%) alcohol. Good fruit on the palate followed by quite a long earthy finish with a warm glow of alcohol. Ready, but will keep a few years (Trevor March, UK)
08/01 1988 Gevrey-Chambertain Clos St. Jacques (Rousseau)
Quite a youthful appearance. Deep strawberry red core with just a hint of brown at the extreme rim. Lovely complex nose - red fruit, spice, vegetation, earth and a certain meaty/gamey quality. (To some this may seem unappealing - Burgundy lovers will die for this sort of thing!) Similar on the palate. An initial wave of strawberry and cherry fruit, followed by a mixture of liquorice, spice, and herbs and a very long earthy finish. Soft smooth tannins. Extraordinary depth and elegance. Ready now, but with many years ahead. Cost £60 from Tanners. (Trevor March, UK)
07/01 1996 Chapelle-Chambertin (Rossignol-Trapet)
Cheap for the appelation, Deep garnet, sturdy ramparts of high toast oak with sweet cherry just peering over the top. Nice mouthfeel, good acidity. A very good wine, but the oak is not my favourate style. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
07/01 1996 Volnay (Lafarge)
Lighter colour, sweeter and fruitier nose. Not surprisingly this village wine is a much lighter style than Chapelle-Chambertin. Quite high acidity but very smooth and long. For my preferences, a more enjoyable wine than the above, though not better. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
06/01 1985 Dujac, Morey-St-Denis
Medium red/brown fading to amber. A sweet nose with cooked plum pies. Really smooth, not too fat. No noticable tannin and medium acidity. Sweet and stylish with a very, very long finish - balanced, and reminiscent of Musigny. Tons of crud in the bottom which the waiter kindly dumped into my glass - but hey! Excellent (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
06/01 1988 J-M Boillot, Beaune 1er, Marconnets
Much darker, more red than brown. Looks like a 93 or 95, not 88. Nose was showing some maturity and complexity. In the mouth it was very bold, tons of tannin, quite high acidity but more than enough fruit to compensate. This wine really surprised me, I could have easily believed it was a 1995 or 1996. A good drink now but tons of time ahead, in fact I'd be tempted to say leave for another 3/4 years! Excellent in a very different way (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
06/01 Ch.De La Tour Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru Vielles Vignes 1993. J Labet & N Dechelette
Not a dense wine at all, just a lovely slightly aging medium crimson. The nose, well fantastic & incredibly complex with perfumed aromas of wild animals in the undergrowth and a meaty cherry, raspberry and violet scent with subtle wild strawberry fruit. The low tannins give way to a supple meaty/gamy and slightly earthy opulent fruit with a hint of smoke. Richly flavoured and beautifully balanced. I would have thought mature - but I'm guessing here. Aromatic, seductive and very fine. Excellent. (Phil Wilkins, UK)
06/01 1998 Chandon de Briailles, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er, Les Vergelesses
Medium cherry colour. Mainly toasted oak on the nose at this stage. Raspberry and redcurrants come through on the palate. High acidity and quite some tannin too. This is very good for a P-V, but leave the next for another 3 or 4 years. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1989 La Tache, DRC
my oh my. A sniff of the bottle was shocking - this is wine on the grandest imaginable scale. Once in glass, incredibly sheeny, cutting something-like-blackcurrant aroma (some said cherry), plus something dense of the soil and a bit of spice crammed in too. Very serious, deep, dramatic, silky. Apparently there is enormous bottle variation, half of bottles are mean and acid, the other half emerging as perfect wines. This was a good bottle. Vast structure contained under weight of fruit in the mouth (fiery with flavour), hypercomplex peacock's tail on the finish. Like pinot essence, but goes beyond pinot (has all the qualities of a great Pomerol). The most exciting wine I have drunk. Very glossy; amoral wine. (George Horton, UK)
04/01 1990 Joseph Faiveley - Morey St Denis
£20 found rummaging around in the cellar of a shop in Evian. Bright clear cherry red in the glass with a hint of fading but no obvious sign of age. Pure fruit on the nose with no real complexity. It's not fat, but this village wine definitely has elegance with beautifully pure fruit. Good acidity, moderate tannin. One to savour on its own. Really excellent now, I wonder what it will be like when it starts to mature !! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1997 Moillard-Grivot - Morey St Denis
£9 in local French supermarket. Deep brick colour - looks quite mature. The nose is slightly oaky with cooked black fruit as support. Sweet with medium body there is plenty of macerated fruit, moderate acidity and slightly harsh tannin. A slightly rustic food wine, but excellent value nonetheless. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1993 Chanson Pere et Fils - Beaune 1er, Clos des Marconnets
The gold foil celebrates this company's 250th anniversary (1750-2000) and there a some inkjet printing on the neck indicating that the bottle was filled Feb. 2000, so I wasn't too worried about provenance. Surprisingly deep ruby colour, fading at the rim, but no obvious sign of maturity. The nose was quite sweet, high flowery, perhaps raspberry, notes but underlying was deep stewed plum and red cherries. Again in the mouth this is big and bold. High acid but good tannins plus large helpings of fruit accommodate the acidity. Very good, and absolutely no rush to drink-up. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1994 JF Mugnier - Musigny
Medium red with brick highlights. The nose is an unusual, but not unpleasant, mixture of oxtail soup (!) and stewed rhubarb. Some sweetness and fruit but slightly outweighed by the punchy acidity and tannins. With food the tables are turned and all falls into place. There's no lack of fruit and this wine exhibits a simply fantastic length. 2-3 minutes and it's still going. Excellent, head and shoulders above any other 1994 I've tasted. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1997 Hospices de Beaune - Corton, Cuvée Charlotte Dumay, Maison Paul Reitz
Deep ruby fading to brick. An interesting nose of undergrowth and wet gravel, with higher notes of raspberry. Big and bold (in fact a little rustic) in the mouth. Big tannins, reasonable acidity but fruit filled (cooked plum pie) to give the balance. I'm not sure whether this will improve, but it's enjoyable now. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1998 Guy Castagnier - Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru
Medium ruby with purple highlights. The nose is Pure black cherry. Sweet and fat in the mouth with cherry and raspberry coming through. Good acidity but slightly uneven tannin. Enjoyable, but needs some time to smooth those tannins. The 1996 version of this wine is still an opaque monster, the 1997 needs time to gain complexity, whilst this one needs time to smooth the edges. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1999 Joseph Faiveley - Bourgogne Rouge
Medium purple/cherry colour. Jump out of the glass blueberry scent, with some higher flowery notes (I'm not very good on flowers!). Medium bodied. Red cherry fruit with highish acidity and moderate tannin. Not bad at all but give it a couple of years to change to red from purple first! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
04/01 1994 Ruchottes-Chambertain - Armand Rousseau
Pale strawberry-coloured core fading to brick-tinged rim. Subdued nose of red fruit and a hint of damp soil. Also subdued on the palate - some strawberry fruit backed up by a mineral quality, but all low-key. Finish was quite short although it did improve after the bottle had been open 30 minutes or so. Not a bad wine, but (a) not a patch on the bottle I tried a year ago and (b) no longer worth £30! Appears to be fading. (Trevor March, UK)
04/01 1996 Domaine Mac Mahon - Auxey Duresses 1er Cru
Deeply coloured, still with hints of purple. Lovely clean raspberry and cherry nose. High acidity, but in a refreshing sense, rather than mouth puckering. Full and fruity, this is still very young. Perfect now at celler temperature, for a sunny Sunday afternoon . . . . . Good. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
03/01 1997 Joseph Faiveley - Corton, Clos des Cortons Faiveley
Deeply coloured, though still see-through. This wine has a fabulous nose; beautiful clean, pure fruit. Sweet blueberry & damson, no obvious oak just finishing with a nuance of coffee. Full bodied and very thick, the tannins are big and not the smoothest ever, tons of acidity but not 'off-balance'. There is just so much ripe fruit, that the tannin and acidity matter not a jot. The wine finishes with creamy French oak. Very, very good. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
03/01 Beaune 1er Cru Theurons 1990, Besancenot-Mathouillet
Typical Burgundy nose with vegetal and damp woodland scents above fresh raspberry and strawberry. On its own, the palate was slightly bland and nondescript but with the food it shone. A mature, mineral flavour blended with fruit and earthy, straw like nuances to provide a perfect match for roast duck. (Peter Miller, UK)
03/01 1996 Chateau Chorey-Les-Beaune (Germain)
Deep ruby colour, no fading. Nose was of toasty oak and a sort of jammy concoction (Morrisons mixed fruit probably). Surprisingly fat with good acidity and backed up with reasonable tannins. Again a sort of jamminess to the sweet palate (almost Zinfandelesque!), but improved with food. Medium length. For the equivalent of £8.50, very good. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Clos de Vougeot, Anne Gros
Colour 1. Very closed nose, very high acid, high tannin. A very intense wine (1920's vines), but also very smooth. Finishes long. Wow! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Romanée-Saint-Vivant, JJ Confuron
Colour 2. Closed nose, though a slight hint of caramel (Clive later said coffee). Very high acid, medium tannin. Very pure red cherry fruit, silky smooth on the palate. Very, very long - fabulous! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Robert Arnoux
Colour 2. Closed again. Once more very high acid and medium tannins. Not as smooth as Confuron's, but again very pure fruit - cherries. Nice length. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Alain Hudelot-Noellat
Colour 3. Closed. Maybe even higher acid than the previous wines - but we're still not talking paint-stripper!! Really mouth coating tannins. Not the obvious pure fruit of the previous two - perhaps it's actually a little more mature and complex. Good length again. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Richebourg, Jean Grivot
Colour 3. Nose not quite so closed, a few 'higher notes' - almost school ink smell. High acid, incredible thick tannin - you can chew it! Medium (for this company) length. Apparently, Etienne Grivot cold soaks, de-stems and has a long, low temp. fermentation, compared to . . . . . (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Richebourg, Anne Gros
. . . . who has a shorter cold soak, and ferments at a higher temp. Colour 3. Less closed again, cherry and plum fruits. High acid, reduced tannin compared to Grivot's. More obviously fruity palate with a slightly creamy oak finish. Full bodied, again very, very long and again - fabulous! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Le Musigny, Comte Georges de Vogüé
Colour 2. Again the nose giving little away, though certainly, higher toned than the previous wines. High tannin, though much lower than the Richebourgs. It somehow seems to combine the body of the last wine, with being smoother and softer. This wine has, by a margin, the longest finish - incredible! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Charmes-Chambertin, Claude Dugat
Colour 3. Slightly farmyard nose (apparently 100%, high toast oak), more going on here. Very high acid and very high tannin. The palate is more obviously 'fat' and smooth (soft-centred - C.C.), and sweet. Good length - tres bon! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Chambertin, Clos de la Bèze, Armand Rousseau
Colour 2. Nose is closed, though higher toned than the Charmes. High acid, medium tannin, indeed, leaner and less 'thick' than the last wine. Not a 'big' wine, but very, very long finish. Much 'fresher' when compared to the Chambertin - next. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Le Chambertin, Armand Rousseau
Colour 2. Again a higher-toned nose, but somehow different to last. High acid with slightly higher tannin than the previous wine. This wine is fuller and sweeter, with an even longer finish than the Clos de la Bèze. A hint of creamy oak still on the finish. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 1996 Hospices de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru, Cuvée Nicolas Rolin (Chanson Pere et Fils)
Bright, clear cherry red, no fading. The nose spoiled by a hint of sulphur, eventually improved to give red cherry and perhaps raspberry notes. Quite a lightweight wine, moderate tannin & acidity some fruit, but no richness. An average wine only (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 1996 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos de la Bousse d'or
A monopole vineyard. Quite earthy, some strawberry fruit, a nice nose that doesn't quite sprawl but is expansive enough to attract. Good mouthfeel, fairly high acid, elegant but a slight dilution and lack of focus on the mid-palate, with a squeaky clean finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)
02/01 Volnay Taillepieds 97 Bouchard
Medium-light garnet. Nice nose of typical strawberry/cherryish fruit, with a good mushroom/gamey edge. Well integrated oak. Slight volatilty. Taste follows through nicely on the fruit, but the volatility translates into a lot of alcohol heat (13.5 ABV). Slightly green tannins (and gets a rather noticeable green pepper edge with time). Again, nice oak. Finish is pleasant, but the fruit is a little short. A good wine, but it would have been much nicer without the overly high alcohol. Went nicely with pheasant pie and porcini potato gratin tho.... (Lucian Holland, UK)
02/01 1994 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru, "Les Faconnières", Jean-Paul Magnien
Rch fruit perfume, quite floral and open, raspberry and violet-driven with an underlying hint of mushrooms, high acid, low tannin, good mouthfeel and a very satisfying finish more evocative of the earth than of fruit. Makes the quagmire of Burgundy worthwhile - unknown grower, so-so vintage, good wine. Go figure. (Yixin Ong, Singapore/UK)
02/01 Auxey-Duresses 1998, Michel Prunier
A: Deep dark red, clear rim, good legs. N: Small tight strawberries initially, with further hints of redcurrants and violets. P: Nice flavours of strawberry with nuances of sharp red berries and plums. Ripe tannins on the finish with more rich strawberry flavours and good acidity. S: Very decent wine at village level from probably the best producer in Auxey. It is already showing well with good balance. Now - 2007. (Paul Anderson, UK)
02/01 Corton Rouge 1996, Bonneau du Martray
Mid-light cherry. Raspberries, some floral notes, touch of heat. Slightly thin perhaps, but very silky, fine tannins, and good balance. Not terribly impressive, although I've had far worse. Spice comes out with more air, although one suspects it's more oak than anything else. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)
02/01 Clos des Mouches 1997, J. Drouhin
Medium cherry red. Lovely earthy and spicy notes from oak, but a core of fruit as well, reminiscent of pan-fried morels in butter. Yummy nose indeed. Fuller, with nice acid, although a bit too much obvious oak right now and slightly dominates the final flourish of ripe fruit. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)
02/01 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 1997, J. Drouhin
Light plumy red. A bit of alcohol, then a blast of raspberries, pureed redcurrants and fresh flowers. A very sweet fruity entry with more than a hint of minerals, and a very nice finish indeed. Needs some time to settle as well, although it's showing very brazenly at the moment. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)
02/01 Bonnes Mares 1997, Dom. Comte Georges de Vogue
Medium plum red, far darker than all the other pinots so far. A dusty, floral, red fruit, stuffed with lots of flavour that one cannot and should not compartmentalise. Deep and dark, but still very Pinot Noir. My only complaint on the nose was the alcohol, which seemed slightly excessive. Concentrated, full, good delineation and a lovely spice-tinged finish. Lovely wine, although it deserves a flag for the alcohol. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)
02/01 Musigny 1997, Dom. Comte Georges de Vogue
Perhaps slightly darker. Lovely nose of violets and raspberries in a light cream, topped with grated cinnamon and nutmeg, yet retaining a core of Pinot-ness. Great mouthfeel, tannins need time to resolve fully, a very young and quite powerful Burgundy, and an almost stealthy creeping away of flavours at the end that catches me by surprise. Again, the alcohol's also apparent. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)
02/01 1991 Lucien Boillot - Volnay 1er Cru, Caillerets
Medium ruby red with hints of brick at the fading rim. A slightly musty nose of undergrowth finishing with well developed Victoria plums. Medium bodied robust style with some tannin, blueberry and damson on the palate finishing with slightly mouthwatering acidity, though not enough to spoil the experience. To be honest, I think this wine still need a couple of years to gel, but still rated Good. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 1995 Dujac - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru, Combottes
Medium brick lighter at the rim. First glass spoiled by sulphur on the nose. The wine improved to show cooked black cherry and plum finishing with a hint of spice on the nose. Light tannin and medium acid complemented the rich sweet red cherry fruit. Very good. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 1994 J Faiveley - Chambertin Clos de la Bèze, Grand Cru
If I thought the Volnay had been a robust style, I quickly changed the scale on my graph! Ruby fading to brick. The nose was slightly subdued and smokey, hinting at sweet red fruit. The wine was still 'fat', but didn't have the concentration of fruit that Dujac's 95 enjoyed, though was better than the Volnay. Without appearing out of balance there were much bigger helpings of tannin and acid, I guess this is what they call 'structure'. The finish was sweet and red - cherry and redcurrant with a hint of oak. The best 1994 I've tried, but the rest were disasters. Good but not the complexity I hoped for, I think the vintage is the limiting factor here. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
02/01 Domaine Bertagna 1997 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Plantes
This is a lovely red Burgundy. A full red/black colour, it shows a complex, deep, rounded nose of cherries with some spicy notes and a touch of caramel. On the palate there's still plenty of lush primary fruit, but underneath this there's an undercurrent of complex earthy, herby notes that suggest that this one still has some development ahead of it. Excellent (Jamie Goode, UK)
01/01 1997 Guy Castagnier - Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru (CHF75 or £31)
Compared to the beast of a 1996 which still has an impenetrable purple colour, this wine looks 3 years older. It's medium ruby already tending to brick, with just a hint of lightness at the rim. The nose is a young, one-dimensional dark cherry. Sweet cherry pie comes through on the nicely fat palate with a finely balanced finish. Good, though needs 3+ years to gain complexity but I think it will still be rather enjoyable in 10! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
01/01 1990 Clos de la Roche (Rousseau)
Very subdued nose, ruby tending to brick, sweet but not giving much away. Needs at least 3 more years (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
12/00 1996 Antonin Guyon - Volnay 1er Cru, Clos des Chênes (CHF33.5 or £13.4)
That rare thing, a pinot that actually does smell of strawberries - they are (I think) the wild kind, but close enough. This medium red wine also has hints of raspberries and possibly redcurrants too - red is definitely the theme ! Seems medium to light bodied. I'm not sure it has the concentration I would expect given the vineyard and the vintage, but everything else is excellent. Cool, smooth, beautifully balanced with a hint of cream on the sweet finish - lovely now and should get better. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
12/00 1997 J-M Boillot - Pommard 1er Cru, Jarollières (CHF49.5 or £19.8)
Already a medium brick red - much more developed looking than I would have expected. The nose had hints of sulphur - so was decanted and left for an hour. Returned to find a clean, blueberry/damson aroma. Felt thick and cool in the mouth, acidity is quite high, but not way out of balance. Finished well - good, but wait 3 years to try the next. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/00 Hospices de Beaune, Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru, Cuvée Gauvain 1996 (Maison Paul Reitz FRF235 or £21.4)
Nice medium red colour with hints of brick at the rim. Some vanillin oak on the nose with red cherries. Though not fat, the balanced acidity and well hidden tannins make this easy drinking just now, the oak is still there on the palate but fortunately not overpowering the cherry and redcurrant fruit. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/00 Corton Grand Cru, Clos de la Vigne au Saint 1997 - JC Belland (CHF54 or £21.2)
Medium to full colour, paling slightly at the rim. The nose was initially marred by a whiff of SO2, but this cleared in about 10 minutes, revealing for such a young wine, a quite complex mix of strawberry jam, currant pasties (without the mint!) with mild spices and oak. In the mouth, it was fat and rich with lots of acidity, but was still quite well balanced (13.5%). This wine begged me to finish the bottle! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/00 Chambolle-Musigny A.C., Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1998
This is all cherries, spice, and earth; sweet and soft on the attack, medium-bodied, and elegantly structured, it's nicely balanced and has wonderful length. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1998
Made of 100% "young vines" of up to 25 years of age, this wine shows a more masculine side of Chambolle; ripe and powerfully built, with deep cherries, intense spice, and firm tannins; a medium-termer, it will be glorious to drink in another 4-6 years. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1998
This is intense and complex, the fruit is actually somewhat austere and the flavors show more minerals and stones, but the tannins are soft and ripe resulting in a lovely silky texture; one suspects that the wine is hiding something and is not showing its full breadth at this point; it would be fascinating to revisit this in 7-8 years. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Musigny "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1998
When de Vogue's Musigny is great it's impossible to think that there could be a better wine in the world, and that is the case here. Silk, finesse, power, balance, length: it has it all; almost overwhelming, yet nothing is out of place, everything is under control--a classic. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Musigny "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1996
Those preferring more power than finesse would probably opt for this 1996; for a de Vogue Musigny this is almost brutish in strength, thus atypical, yet how could one resist the intensity, depth, concentration, and the long, powerful finish? This will be very long-lived. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Musigny "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1994
The test of greatness is consistency, and this Musigny certainly passes the test with flying colors; showing a bright cherry color, the bouquet is complex and perfumy, and the ripe, delicate fruit is vibrant and delicious; about the only thing that reveals the difficulty of the vintage are the somewhat hard tannins, but even those are kept in check and not allowed to dominate; I would prefer to start drinking this one now and over the next 5 years. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Musigny "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1992
To my mind, this is almost how the 1998 could hypothetically develop; deeply colored, turning just slightly brick on the rim, it's clearly still evolving and not yet showing its full potential, but the depth, harmony, and the powerful finish show that this is a great wine; even then, the ripe cherry, mineral, and smoke flavors make it irresistible now.
11/00 Musigny "Vieilles Vignes" Grand Cru, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue 1989
The fruit is turning somewhat leathery and a bit stewed, perhaps the limitations of the vintage are finally showing, since the hot weather during harvest in Chambolle made things difficult for producers there; nevertheless, de Vogue is always remarkable for showing grace under pressure and for finding the right balance in what the vintage gives; at this point the wine is still drinking very well, the bouquet is redolent of dried cherries laced with rose petals and gardenia; on the palate it's austere and elegant, very silky, and still full of finesse. (Alex Bernardo, California)
11/00 Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets 1990
Ah! Pale in colour, slightly oranging at the rim. Very fragrant, floral nose with a very light hint of oak - certainly not overdone. Flavours were very concentrated without being heavy or overpowering; soft and velvety fruit with traces of earth and chocolate. Good levels of acid. Excellent; one of my favourite burgundies for some time. (Bryan Collins, UK)
11/00 1997 Santenay 1er Cru, La Comme - JC Belland (CHF26 or £10)
Nice deep ruby colour, just a hint paler at the rim. Very 'clean' nose of red fruits but perhaps a little one dimensional. Very 'sturdy' with quite high acid, though not bad enough to warrant the term 'rough'. Perhaps just a bit uncouth!! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/00 1997 Beaune 1er Cru, Les Grèves - Jadot (CHF40 or £15.5)
Similar strength of colour to the Santenay, but still with hints of purple. Much more impressive nose, with blueberry and meaty damson to complement the red friuts. Although the 'extra' fruit comes through on the pallate, it is also met with (for me at least) too much acidity. You know when you hold the wine in your mouth to assess the tannins - well you can't because of the acid. Is this what Coates calls 'grip' I wonder? Definitely not for drinking just now, and food certainly didn't tame it. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
11/00 Domaine Pierre Damoy Geverey Chambertin 1'er Cru 1990
Damoy decided to de-classify his 1990 from Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru to 1'er Cru status. However, this was still a lovely wine. Made in the "old, less concentrated style", to quote Scatchard's tasting notes. The colour was a medium ruby with an orange-ish rim. The nose was rather closed, with woody notes and undertones of red currants. The palate, on the other hand was what good red burgundy is made of. Silky smooth tannins, Seductive, sultry and scintillating. Red fruit abound, woody background and an inherent meaty, "sauvage", lingering finish. Sheer excellence (Graham Simpson, UK)
10/00 Nuit St Georges 1er, Les Vignes Rondes 1995 - Daniel Rion (half bottle CHF26 or £10)
Very deep red and only a slightly lighter ruby colour at the rim - considerably less developed than his Argillières which I had last weekend. The nose started with a deep and heady mixture of fruit pies and leather with just perceptible SO2. Ten minutes later the sulphur had 'blown off'. Again the thick and ripe fruit pies theme came through in the mouth. If you studied you could find mouth watering acidity (beautifully balanced though) and the smooth tannins, but I chose instead just to savour the long sweet finish - Excellent (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/00 Nuits St Georges 1er, Clos des Argillières 1995 - Daniel Rion (45CHF or £17.3)
A deep maturing colour of brick red, slightly tawny at the rim with big tears on the side of the glass (only(!) 12.5%). The nose was a very powerful mixture of cooked fruit and a certain smokey character - not completely appealing to my taste, but certainly nothing amiss. In the the mouth this was fat and rich with well balanced acidity and tannin there if you looked for it. A pleasing long, slightly sweet finish. The colour was more developed than I would have expected, but a very good bottle nonetheless. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/00 Chambertin Grand Cru 1997 - JC Belland (76CHF or £29.2)
Medium cherry red with no reduction of colour at the rim. The nose was an understated (closed?) mixture of clean red fruits, with a little oak and a faint whiff of pipe tobacco. Medium bodied, not 'fat' but pleasing fruit and good acidity. The long finish was a strangely 'creamy' vanilla - but not vanilla! Sorry I don't quite have the vocabulary to describe it. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/00 Santenay, La Comme 1er Cru - JC Belland 1996 (23CHF or £8.9)This wine is from the field next door (sorry vineyard!) to Chassagne-Montrachet. It's a very deep red colour with a slight brick tinge to the rim. The nose is that halfway-house, between fresh new fruit and the more spicy, meaty and sweeter smell you get as pinot matures. So definitely some years left for this wine. In the mouth, it's not a thick wine.There's plenty of acidity, but quite well balanced with the 13.5% alcohol (pass me the sugar!). Tannin is there, but not too much. Quite a bit of fruit and a satisfying long finish. Not a shrinking violet this wine, but as it's a bit of a (Burgundian) bargain, worth a try. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
Savigny-Les-Beaune, 1er Cru Les Peuillets 1995 - Andre Ziltener (180FRF or £16.4)
Not a bad price for a restaurant. Nice deep red colour. Nose was quite 'meaty' with subtle background of raspberries. Plenty of fruit and reasonably well balanced acidity.The tannins were a little unruly, but it was quite long and went well with the food - so what more could I ask. (Bill Nanson, Sitzerland)
10/00 Gevrey Chambertin, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques 1er 1998 - Jadot (76CHF or £29.5)
Medium purple colour, the nose having lots of sweet blackberries and bilberries (Blueberry?). Initially slightly prickly on the tongue - 25 minutes later no prickles (carbon dioxide?). Fat, with well balanced acidity. The tannin is there but it is quite smooth and coupled with plenty of fruit, though perhaps not the concentration of a '95 pointer'(?). The finish is sweet and long. Summary: Certainly good and surprisingly very drinkable now. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/00 Morey-Saint-Denis - Dujac 1995 (45CHF or £17.5)
Pale amber/brick colour, lots of sediment so decanted. Initially the nose was 'cooked' and musty. 30 minutes later (fortunately!) much better. Still some slightly stewed or cooked fruit, but behind this was a nice clean damsony aroma. Medium bodied and nicely sweet, the wine was very smooth and felt 'thick' in the mouth. The finish was long but had just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Tasted better without food. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
10/00 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Golardes 1997, D. Fougeray de Beauclair
Dark-medium red with fading and transparent rim. Cherry and raspberry with some oak and developing some earth and game. Too "clean" on the nose, too clinical, despite the perfume. Sharp acid entry which never lets up, then oak tannins get in the way (quite fine), alcohol evident, thin ad drying, fruit does not emerge till finish, and even that is thin, harsh and acidic. Oh dear. An attenuated wine. (Yixin Ong, UK)
10/00 St. Aubin 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou (Prudhon) 1997
St. Aubin is my favorite Burgundy village for QPR and Prudhon is one of the best producers. this is very good pinot, with good balance, concentration, and length. drinking well now but should develop nicely over the next few years. (10.50 Wine Society) (CharlesA, UK)
10/00 Auxey-Duresses, 1er cru Clos du Val, 1996, Michel Prunier
A: Deep blood red, slight browning of rim, strong legs.
N: Earthy aromas of undergrowth and jammy strawberries.
P: Ripe flavours of red cherry and strawberries with hints of redcurrants and rhubarb. Medium length finish of red cherries and earth with good acidity and slightly dry, stalky tannins.
S: Very good example that is drinking well now but will evolve over the next couple of years. Now - 2004. (Paul Anderson, UK)
10/00 Chorey-les-Beaune, 1997, Domaine Tollot-Beaut
A: Deep blood red, clear rim, good legs.
N: Complex nose of cherries and strawberries with mildly roasted coffee beans and grass. Also an underlying aroma of warm wet stones.
P: Full, rich, fruits of the forest flavours really come alive on the palate. This is a tight, ripe, complex wine with supple tannins and good acidity all combining well in real harmony with the fruit.
S: Chorey-les-Beaune is one of the few villages with no 1er crus. However this is a very good wine of 1er cru quality from an excellent domaine. Now - 2005. (Paul Anderson, UK)
10/00 Corton Grand Cru, 1992, Domaine Tollot-Beaut.
A: Brownish red colour with browning rim and good legs.
N: Ripe nose of black cherries, blackberries and earthy spices. There are also light port-like aromas in the background.
P: The palate is soft, rich and silky with complex flavours of ripe sweet cherries, strawberries and dried spices. This wine is medium bodied with a bit of nice dry tannin on the long finish.
S: Very good Corton from a super-ripe vintage now at it's peak. Now - 2002. (Paul Anderson, UK)
10/00 Savigny-Lavieres, 1er Cru, 1997, Domaine Tollot-Beaut.
A: Deep red with purple flashes. Clear rim. Good legs.
N: Ripe aromas of soft strawberries and red cherries and leafy undergrowth.
P: Ripe spicy palate of good structure and balance. Shows flavours of chocolate, cherries, strawberries and redcurrants. Tingling acidity and ripe tannins on a long rich finish.
S: Very good example from this early drinking vintage. Now - 2005. (Paul Anderson, UK)
10/00 Saint-Romain 'Sous Roche', 1998, Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson.
A: Deep dark red. Bright flashes. Clear rim. Good legs.
N: Wet ferns, black cherry and soft ripe strawberries.
P: Dry cherry flavours with hints of liquorice, strawberries and redcurrants which is balanced with a ripe tannic finish with light acidity.
S: Nice example of Saint Romain. Drink now - 2004 (Paul Anderson, UK)
09/00 Dominique Laurent 1997 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains
100% Pinot Noir. Odd stuff. Light cherry red colour, with a distinctive minty, herbal nose. I can't make up my mind about this one: it is certainly unusual, but is it good? (Jamie Goode, UK)
09/00 Michel Deschamps 1998 Volnay Clos des Chênes
A slightly dull red Burgundy: muted nose with a balanced palate showing just a touch of complexity amid the cherry fruit. Good. (Jamie Goode, UK)
09/00 Jean-Marc Millot 1998 Vosne Romanée
This is more like it. Cherry herby nose leads to a ripe palate with herby fruit and plenty of character. Very good (Jamie Goode, UK)
09/00 Mommessin Clos du Tart Grand Cru 1994
Colour was a nice mid to deep red, fading a little at the edge. With an intruiging nose - it smells just like a £7 Rioja i.e. plenty of fruit, but slightly overpowering vanillin smell, I used to like this in my yoof - not so much these days. Medium bodied and quite interesting in the mouth with black cherries, but high acid and finishing with an unpleasant astringency. If this is typical, then not recommended. 1994's. Have I been particulary unlucky? I'm yet to have a truely enjoyable wine from this year. There have been some potentially good ones - let down by bottle stink or some other 'fault'. I hope my 'squirreled away' single bottle of Grivot, Richebourg breaks the mould. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
09/00 Camus Père et Fils, Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru 1990
Stored upright for 4 days prior to opening. Mid to pale brick red with amber at the rim, but a little cloudy. Close inspection revealing very fine suspended material - 4 days standing not enough!? The nose was an interesting mixture of meat and raisins with a hint of vanilla, but slighty musty in the background - actually better than it sounds! It displayed pleasant, but light bodied fruit which was nice and smooth in the mid pallate, though the finish had a perceptable harshness or astringency (mild) probably due to the suspended material. After 1 hour, all that was left was the musty smell and the harsh finish.
Conclusion: This should have been a fantastic wine, still with a brilliant future ahead of it. In reality, though a Grand Cru from a hyped vintage, it was weak and should have been drunk 5 years ago. I would question it's storage for the last few years but for the fact that it was immaculate in appearance, with a very high level in the neck.
(Bill Nanson - Switzerland)
09/00 Gevery-Chambertin, Domaine Denis Bachelet 1998
Medium-bodied, elegant with a distinct ripe cherry flavor. Denis says he puts a ripe cherry in every barrel, jokingly of course. Low acid, firm ripe tannins. A joy to drink now.
(Alex Bernardo - USA)
09/00 Vosne-Romanee, Domaine Gerard Mugneret 1995
Sweet oak and cherries on the nose. Good ripe flavors, but not generous for the vintage. Seems to be more evolved than expected.
(Alex Bernardo - USA)
09/00 Pommard Clos des Epeneaux, Domaine Comte Armand 1992
On supposedly bad vintages Pommards tend to suffer the most due to its tendency to be overly tannic and lean, but this example is indeed an eye-opener. Rich ruby/purple color, showing no signs of aging on the rim. Black cherries and plum flavors, lush and ripe. Harmonious structure, firm tannins and good acidity. Excellent depth and length on the finish. Still young, but obviously evolving very nicely. Critics should go back to the drawing board and retaste the 1992s.
(Alex Bernardo - USA)
09/00 Beaune Greves, Domaine Michel Lafarge 1993
Another supposedly bad vintage. Yet this one is showing good ripeness, quite lush, and evolving very nicely. The tannins may be a bit hard to be balanced, but there is no denying that the sweet cherry nose and the generous black cherry flavors make this a lovely wine.
(Alex Bernardo - USA)
09/00 Clos-St. Denis, Domaine Heresztyn 1998
Sheer opulence on the nose. Packed with sweet oak , black cherry and plum flavors and hints of sandalwood. Ripe and sharp on the attack. Maybe too fat for the long-term, but irresistable now.
(Alex Bernardo - USA)
09/00 Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots, Domaine Sylvain Cathaird 1994
Critics said that 1994 red Burgundies do not have color, body, or intensity. Well, surprise, surprise. This 1994 shows a bright ruby color turning brick red on the rim. Medium-bodied, the generous cherry fruit flavors and ripe tannins harmonize nicely. No hard edges, really graceful and elegant on the palate. The nose is a seductive mix of sweet cherry, sandalwood, and cedar. Good length on the finish. A classic Burgundy that's drinking perfectly now.
(Alex Bernardo - USA)
08/00 Domaine Chandon de Briailles - Corton, Maréchaudes, Grand Cru 1991
A suprisingly deep brick red colour, just a little lighter at the rim - not too much maturity here. The nose had a hint of undergrowth, but still some good clean fruit. Not too much acidity or tannin - Rich and meaty with nice damsons, the finish being quite long, but very slightly sharp. The wine will certainly last a few more years, but I'm not sure if it will improve. Only one way to find out, Mr wine merchant! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine Guy Castagnier - Clos Saint Denis, Grand Cru 1991
Mid brick red, tawny at the rim. The nose quite earthy, 'farmyard' (which some people decry, but I love) and mature. Really smooth & deep with a lingering, sweet finish. At it's peak? I thought this wine was fantastic, but there are no more in the shop :-( (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine L'Arlot - Nuit St.Georges, Clos de L'Arlot, 1er Cru 1993
A good medium red colour with some development at the rim. The nose was a strangely sharp mix of fruit (and volatile acidity?). The taste was a mixture of fruit, not very smooth tannin, and a 'hot' acidic finish - a bad bottle?. Not my 'cup of tee' as it stands. I don't know whether it will flower into something wonderful, or just deteriorate. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Mommessin - Clos du Tart, Grand Cru 1993
Almost no 'ullage' in this bottle, the wine being intimate(!) with the long cork. A mature, medium brick red clour. The nose was a sweet mixture of plummy-damsons. Soft and rich with very smooth tannin and an even smoother finish. Highly recommended. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine Guy Castagnier - Latricières-Chambertin, Grand Cru 1994
Although the (brick/tawny) colour was quite strong, this was obviously a mature looking wine. Possibly due to some residual sulphites, the nose was initially very vegetal. I persevered (you have to don't you!) and about half an hour later the wine was a little more interesting, but not brilliant. After (overnight) 'vacu-vin', the nose was much more appealing, the wine being 'softer' with reasonable length. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine Daniel Rion - Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru 1994
Slightly purple in colour with only a hint of lighter red at the edges. The nose was of very intense pure black cherry fruit which came through well on the palate, but after 5 minutes an unpleasant vegetal smell developed - but it ended with the fruit if you took a long sniff. Again there followed a night under 'vacu-vin' (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine Gros Frère et Seour - Clos Vougeot-Musigni, Grand Cru 1995
Save for the deeper red colour, I could use the 'Clos du Tart' tasting note. This wine is excellent, I just haven't got round to buying two more yet !! (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine Jean Grivot - Vosne Romanée, Les Bossières 1995
08/00 1995 Grivot - Nuit St.Georges 1er Cru, Les Roncières
08/00 1996 Grivot - Nuit St.Georges, Les Lavières
All tasted together (we enjoyed our barbecue very much that day!). The 'Boss' had the lightest colour (just) and 'Ron' the deepest. After that, my memory is a little sketchy, sorry I know, it's unforgiveable!!! I was 'compus mentus' enough to decide to buy the remaining 3 bottles (+ 5 halves) of the 'Ron', to buy some of the 'Boss' (brilliant value), and no bad thoughts - but no purchase intentions either on the 'Lavi'. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Domaine Guy Castagnier - Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru 1996
A deep purple colour, almost no lightening at the rim. Nose very strong/focussed black cherry with mild oak. Lots of thick fruit and even spice here. Not the sort of wine you can happily drink two or three glasses of because it's too much like hard work (like most of the young big Aussie shiraz's). I decided to buy two more as I think it could be exceptional (like the '91 Clos St.Denis). But I wont be trying it again for 5 or 6 years. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)
08/00 Rene Martin, Hauts Cotes de Beaune, Caves de Chailly 1998
Very light colour. Slightly perfumed, cherry nose. Light and inoffensive. Some simple fruit, drying finish. Not really worth buying. (Joel Hopwood, UK)
08/00 Caves de Chailly, Maranges 1998
Even lighter colour. Bigger nose, with some raspberry flavours. Thin and acidic. (For good Maranges, try Drouhin). (Joel Hopwood, UK)
08/00 Steinmaier, Givry 1998 1er Cru
Richer, raspberry and red berry nose. Supple, velvety mouthfeel. Woodsmoke. Good complexity. A solid 3 stars. 58FF (Joel Hopwood, UK)
08/00 Daniel Rion, Vosne-Romanee 1988
Deep colour for a Pinot. Stewed cabbage, very stinky nose, blowing off to reveal lush dark fruits, fresh truffles and plenty of sous-bois. Caramel notes. Fell apart somewhat after 1/2 hour in the glass, but fascinating up to that point. Complex but fragile. 95FF (Joel Hopwood, UK)
08/00 Daniel Rion, Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 1994
An immediately superior and alluring nose. Glorious deep, dark red fruits, foral perfume, violets, strawberries, raspberries. Hints of barnyard, but not intrusive. Some oak. Layered sweet, ripe finish. Very good indeed, and for me the wine of the evening. I wish I had some of this to watch develop over the next few years. Amazing value if you happen to be in Burgundy! 95FF (Joel Hopwood, UK)
08/00 Leymarie, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Echanges 1993
Fragrant red fruits, lighter body, a good supple balance. Not as complex as the previous wine, but nice. What the (older) books would call a classic "feminine" burgundy. Overpriced. 110FF (Joel Hopwood, UK)
08/00 Domaine Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1997
Muted, steely nose with a core of ripe fruit. Interesting notes of gunsmoke and cordite add lots of character. Lighter than the Vosne. Tastes young, though - dense and (I reckon) a bit closed. Plenty of tannin, but not tiring in any way. I think this has the balance to be very good, but a hard wine to judge. 110FF (Joel Hopwood, UK)
07/00 Dom. Francois Gerbert Bourgogne Haut Cotes de Nuits Vielles Vignes 1996 FF55
Strawberry jam nose, slightly smoky. Good bouquet. Tart on palate - quite unexpected. It will apparently soften after a year or so, but I would like to see it. Bit thin and acid in the middle. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Berthaud Bourgogne, Les Prielles 1998, FF60
Young, fruity up front and drinking now! Not much finesse or complexity but very pleasant and a good price. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Berthaud Fixin 1998, FF68
Smoky and lovely curranty nse. Good weight and some red fruits on the palate coming through. Very nicely weighted. (Dave Bates, UK)
Phillipe Marchand, Gevrey Chambertin. Very friendly and helpful, but closed when we went back to buy things on the Tuesday afternoon. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Phillipe Marchand Bourgogne Pinot Noir 1998, FF 39
Smoky nose again, cherry and raspberry flavours which are light but full in the mouth (go all the way round your mouth and through the taste, but isn't rich). (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Phillipe Marchand Morey St Denis, Les Herbuottes, 1996
Smoky, redcurrant nose. Full bodied with red fruit, good tannins forming the backbone of the wine, but in balance. Still too young. Will be fascinating to try again in a few years. Cracking good wine. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Phillipe Marchand Gevrey Chambertin Vielles Vignes 1997, FF100
Deep nose, almost black fruit. Slight farmyard nose, but also smoky and briary. Great balance between tannins, fruit and acidity. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Phillipe Marchand Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Cazetiers, 1993
Lovely nose of leather and drying tobacco leaves. Has a nose that you want to chew. The taste is smooth with a velvety texture. Soft red fruits but quite an acidic underpinning. Apparently will soften a little further. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Phillipe Marchand Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru, La Combe au Moine, 1992
Next door vineyard to the Cazetiers, and is similar in nose and taste. The nose is older though, more leather and less fruit. Taste is soft but losing fruit identifiable as strawberry and raspberry with an oaky finish. Fully mature I would say. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Heresztyn Gevrey Chambertin, Vielles Vignes 1998, FF96
Good body, smoky nose with plenty of fruit. A bit soulless though. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Morey St Denis 1er Cru, Les Millandes 1998, FF190
Smoky oaky nose. Huge extraction in the taste, with lots of tannin and a big taste. The wine does have fruit there, hidden under the monster tannins This is probably an exceptionally good wine but will need a few years to develop. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Bertagna Chambolle Musigny 1998, FF135
Wet dog nose and a little red fruit. Tastes of framboise and a touch of cassis. Doesn't last as long as it should for that price or appellation. Is more fruit based than many of the others we've tried so far. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Aux Clous 1996 FF148
Cherry an strawberry nose. Young and fruity. Tannic with good fruit, this is a young wine still. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 1995 FF165
Oaky nose without fruit. Bit closed. Velvety mouthfeel but still not much flavour. Needs to open up. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Aux Echanges 1997 FF327
Cherry, jam and raspberry nose. Complex and full bodied flavours good mouthfeel and full bodied right the way through. This is a really classy glass of wine. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Vosnee Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots 1997 FF355
Nose is soft and cherry and strawberry jam. Soft on palate, very subtle. Very complex, but velvety and supple. I want a whole bottle of this to appreciate it fully. A wonderful wine. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Nuits St George, 1er Cru aux Bousselots 1995 FF185
Black cherry nose, more full bodied than any of the previous ones. Full of fruit but with great tannin and structure. A big wine. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 1996 FF695
Cherry and raspberry nose, but with leather notes and amazingly complex. The taste is amazing. It starts with tannin right up front, then the fruit comes through, deep red fruit, incredible depth but also a silky and smooth feel. Then the tannin comes back again and the structure is there. The finish is as long as you'd expect and the whole body in the glass is beautifully balanced. One of the nicest wines I've ever tasted. However, at the price it should be. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Sermet Haut Cotes de Nuits 1995 FF75
Good nose, dark fruit and powerful nose. Had fruit on the palate up front and tannin at the back, but fell a little flat in the middle. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Sermet Nuits St George 1997 FF130.
Excellent nose, deep but full of interest. Lots of smoke, large fruit. On the palate it has great balance, enough fruit to offset the considerable acidity and structured tannins that should help keep the structure. A muscular wine which will last too. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Trapet Gevrey Chambertin 1998 FF115
Supple and fruity nose. Strawberry jam, but with nice oak notes. Very tannic in taste, but the fruit and acidity run right through this big muscular wine. The fruit is dark cherries and the wine has a huge mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced, and will last quite a few years. Probably needs 4-6 years. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin. 1999 (FF110-120FF)
Slightly whiffy (farmyardy) nose. Tastes tannic with dark, black cherry. Big bruising Gevrey. Big in the mouth and keeps it right the way through the taste. Medium to long finish which sits very nicely on the back of your tongue. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Trapet Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 1999 (300-350FF)
Again bit whiffy and dark nose. However the taste is of violets and cherries. Soft and supple. Very elegant with good balance and structure which goes right through the taste again. For a big wine it is really quite soft and supple. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Trapet Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru (300-350FF)
Similar nose to the Chapelle. Stronger in the mouth with more weight and a touch less finesse. It has a rich cherry taste which holds up all the way through the taste. The centre is well held and gets bigger in your mouth. Has a long chewy tannic finish. Very masculine and will need 10-12 years to soften out. I'd love to have some of this in the cellar. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Trapet Le Chambertin Grand Cru (500-700FF)
Oaky nose and similar fruit to the others. The taste is absolutely unbelievable. Dark cherry with liquorice violet and all sorts of jammy flavours. But then it develops through about six different lives and just keeps going. The structure is masculine and chewy but has an intensity of fruit which holds the tannin in a firm full grip which sits in the mouth for an age. Wonderful, it brought tears to my eyes. We tried barrel samples from Voges oak barrels and the local burgundy Oak barrels. The Voges barrel (which they only have 1) was more tannic and woody, but also harder and with more structure. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Cave de Buxy Cave de Vignerons Bourgogne Rouge. 1998
Black cherry and strawberry nose. Red fruit on the palate. Medium weight nice balance, but a simple wine. Very quaffable. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Cave de Buxy Givry 1er Cru 1998
Light, smoky nose. Dark cherry taste. Good mouth feel and the fruit goes right through the taste. Medium tannins but spoiled by a bitter finish (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Cave de Buxy Givry 1er Cru 1996, Steinmauer , FF58
Strong black and red cherry nose. Red fruit again on the palate staying al the way through. Hints of leather beginning to come through. Complex and developing in the mouth this will be fascinating to watch over the next 3-5 years. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Cave de Buxy Mercury 1998
Smoky nose, less fruit and more tannin. Very nice quaffing for me but not up to its rice range. Good but disappointing after the 96 Givry. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Girardin Santenay Ier Cru. Vincent Girardin 1997 Les Gravieres FF150
Purple cherries and oak. Austere, but not thin. Closed. Difficult to assess. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Girardin Chassagne Montrachet Clos du Chateau de la Maltroie, Cournut et Fils, 1997, FF110
Cherry and leather nose. Deep red fruits and cooked cherries. Little thin on nose and slightly bitter aftertaste. Flawed in my opinion. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Girardin Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiers 1997, Girardin FF205
Cooked cherries and smoky nose. Good balance in middle with cooked red fruits going all the way through. A little jammy but not much. Soft in the middle and definitely lacking something. Needs structure. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Girardin Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte. 1998, FF135.
Smoky and liquorice nose. Better fruit and structure than the previous one. Great fruit and good structure. Much better than the 1997s. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Baud Poulsard 1998
Brown colour, and nose of cooked strawberries. Soft and light nose, but very weird on the palate. No fruit, very dry. Smoky and very unusual. Not sure I liked it at all. (Dave Bates, UK)
07/00 Domaine Baud Rouge Ancestral 1999
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Trousseau. Burnt fruit and smoke nose, good fruit and flavour up front and the middle holds up well. Falls away quite quickly, but pleasant. Not a lot of tannin there. (Dave Bates, UK)
06/00 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Marconnets 1990, Chanson Pere et Fils
Much more restrained and subtle on nose and palate. Wet leaves, animal hide, strawberries, raspberries, sous-bois - why is it that only Burgundy can get that great balance between the sweetness of ripe fruit and the dirtiness / earthiness (but in a really nice way) of those secondary aromas? This was like smelling a forest floor, and though my critical faculties were not at their best, it still shone through the haze as a wonderful wine. Paid about £25 for it a couple of years ago - not cheap. (Joel Hopwood - UK)
06/00 Corton Grand Cru Les Languettes 1994
A: clear, bright ruby core with orange tints at the edge. N: at first slightly dull. Opened up quite quickly to a fairly intense aroma of berry fruits (edging towards strawberries), although slightly stewed. A friend who I was tasting with said that although very cliched, he got a farmyard aroma. Developing a bouquet of autumnal undergrowth. P: stalky, but bags of juicy ripe berry fruits and slightly burnt. Plenty of tannin hiding under the fruit. S: many folks are recommending that save for the very best, 1994 red Burgundy should be drunk up now. This Corton has plenty of tannin - masked at the moment by the fruit - and could easily take another 12 - 24 months in the cellar. The question is whether the fruit is going to fade before the tannin rounds out. A little disappointing for a Grand Cru, but given the price (FF 122 a bottle), a fairly mediocre vintage and knowing just what this producer is capable of, it seems churlish to grumble. (Scott McKittrick - UK)
06/00 Savigny-les-Beaune, 1er cru Les Narbantons, 1995, Maurice Ecard
A: Deep red with bright glints. Brownish rim and good legs. N: Quite closed at first but when warmed up there were aromas of strawberries, red cherries and ripe plums. P: The flavours of strawberry jam, damsons and cherries had to be coaxed out of the glass. Dry stalky tannins and light acidity on medium length finish. S: Needs a bit more time in bottle to open out but has potential to be very good. Drink 2002 - 2007. (Paul Anderson - UK)
05/00 Savigny-les-Beaune, 1er cru Les Serpentieres, 1996 Maurice Ecard.
A: Brick red, clear rim, clean.
N: Brambles and redcurrants with smokey burnt wood and undertones of raspberry and coffee beans.
P: Creamy strawberries with a gamey palate followed by raspberries and brambles. Quite light but finishes long and rich.
S: Very good quality, complex and balanced Savigny. Drink Now - 2005. (Paul Anderson - UK)
05/00 Savigny-les-Beaune, 1er Cru Les Peuillets, 1995 Maurice Ecard.
A: Brick red, slightly brown rim, strong legs.
N: Initial farmyard smells followed by a layer of ripe strawberries with pungent aromas of game, beetroot and creamy coffee.
P: Rich, intense concentrated strawberries, red cherries underpinned by toasty oak. Long finish with ripe sweet tannin.
S: Top quality Savigny - without doubt the best S-Les-B I have tasted. Drink now - 2003. (Paul Anderson - UK)
05/00 Savigny-les-Beaune, 1997, Domaine Tollot-Beaut.
A: Blood red, clean, clear rim, good legs.
N: Strong aromas of strawberry jam, cocoa and dark chocolate. New oak quite prominent.
P: Prunes and slightly bitter damsons on initial palate, followed by strawberries. Finish is quite long and rich with softish tannins and good acidity.
S: Well balanced wine but still disjointed. Needs 2 - 3 years to develop and integrate the components. Drink 2002 - 2006. (Paul Anderson - UK)
05/00 Santenay, 1er Cru La Comme, 1995, Louis Lequin.
A: Deep ruby red, slight browning of rim, good legs.
N: Simple, typical nose of strawberries and chocolate.
P: Bitter chocolate and stewed prunes. Ripe tannins on medium long, medium rich finish.
S: Good, if unexciting example of red Santenay. Drink now - 2003. (Paul Anderson - UK)
05/00 Gevrey Chambertin, Clos de la Justice, 1993, Pierre Bouree.
A: Brownish red, clean, medium legs.
N: Chocolate and strawberries with whiffs of farmyard aromas.
P: Rich earthy flavours with strawberries, red cherries and prunes. Ripe tannins on a full rich finish with a hint of sweetness.
S: Good example of mature Gevrey Chambertin. Drink now - 2005. (Paul Anderson - UK)
05/00 Dom. Georges Lignier & Fils Gevrey Chambertin 1994
Bought this 18 months ago, in my vinous youth and was a little apprehensive about what I was going to get for my £20, 1994 being an average vintage on the whole. However, I must say I was pleasantly surprised with what came forth from the bottle. Dark brick red colour. Almost delicate nose, with earthy strawberry and raspberry fruit. Hints of vanilla, game and farmyard also. Palate was light-medium bodied, with silky tannins and balancing acidity. Gamey, farmyard character comes through well on the mid-palate and the finish is light but lingering. Seductive and sultry and should be drunk now. (Graham Simpson - UK)
05/00 Jadot Pommard-Epenots 1990
Quite pale colour. Browning at rim. Definitely showing its age. Lovely compost nose, also redcurrants and the smell of the brandy on Christmas pud. Smooth, silky, no tannic presence. Very sweet finish. 13% alcohol by volume. A lovely mellow, aged wine with a surprising amount of complexity and secondary flavours considering its only an ordinary AC bottling. £15 when 8 years old. A bargain. (Daron Fincham - UK)
05/00 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1990
Deeper colour. Showing much less age. Heavier, meatier nose. More pronounced crisp acidity. Refreshing. More tannic. A lot of life left in this. 13% alcohol - all down to the natural sugars I think, considering the vintage. A brighter fresher wine. £14 and a steal. (Daron Fincham - UK)
02/00 H. Jayer Echezeaux 1987
This offered a changing nose from cherry, undergrowth and earthy notes, through a subdued patch and out again with raspberry and other red fruits. Palate is lean and stylish, just ripe fruit, with good elegant balance. A good wine. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Maume Gevry-Chambertin 'En Pallud' 1990
gave a confusing picture, with a plastic like edge noticed at first. I thought it might be corked with a slightly chemically but generally flat cardboardy edged wine. Certainly the wine was in trouble with whatever taint there was, but I could agree it wasn't obviously TCA. David thought the wine was just on the serious decline, perhaps a good call - although maybe this is an example of the filter pad problem ? The colour, a light ruby, was not obviously aged. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Corton Grand Cru 1993, Domaine Louis Latour
£24.49 Scatchard Ltd. Medium ruby-purple colour. Nose seemed rather closed, even from an alcoholic perspective (14%). What was there was black fruits, pepper and an overall earthiness. Palate was balanced, with good, firm, but smooth tannins and solid acid backbone. Black fruits and damp earth sprung to mind, but I wasn't overwhelmed. Wouldn't go overboard on this yet, but I'll try another bottle in 1-2 years time. It did go nicely with the mixed grill, the borek (minced lamb in filo pastry) and the moussaka. (Graham Simpson - UK)
02/00 Camille Giroud, Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 1978
Developing sous bois, earth and ripe red fruits on the nose. Good developed palate of the same and drinking well. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Berry Bros & Rudd bottled Pernand-Vergelesses Les Fichots 1978
Vinous, old viney nose with truffles and earth and decaying red fruits. Slightly more body than the above, more acids but also drinking well. Touch better perhaps (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Leroy, Savigny-les-Beaune Les Narbotans 1990
Very ripe and extracted fruit on the nose. Plenty of plush oak, old viney fruit but today it's burgundian character isn't so obvious surrounded by mature examples. Will be excellent I'm sure but I'd give it more time. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Machard de Gramant, Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc 1988
Youthful, viney fruit on the nose – good concentration – more pinot than above but also could do with some more time. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Remoissonet, Grands Echézeaux 1993
Firm pinot character, fresh, intense, vinous. Ripe, supple red fruits with good supporting tannin/acid structure which does dry out the finish a tadge at this time. Will be a lovelier bottle in time. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
02/00 Pierre Damoy, Chambertin Clos de Beze 1993
Powerful, youthful, richer red/blacks fruits. Rich with a distinctly barrel character which reminds me of white, lees stirred burgundy. Curious but interesting at the same time, the barrel character was particularly more woody on the palate. Should be excellent in time, the components look good. (Nick Alabaster - UK)
01/00 1997 Bourgogne Haut Cotes de Nuits - Jayer-Gilles
£14.99 Oddbins Fine Wine and Ultimate Wine Stores. Truffles etc. on the nose. Meaty palate with some pleasant acidity on the finish. Probably best to drink it in the near future as I can't see how it's going to improve. And, as a bonus, I felt alot better the next morning than I would have if I'd been drinking similarly young Medoc or Northern Rhone! (Robert Paterson - UK)