This is an archive of tasting notes from participants in the UK wine forum, with notes from before 2005








UK Wine Forum - Burgundy white
Notes from participants in the UK Forum are added in chronological order. Includes rosé wines

White - Rosé

White Burgundy

03/04 2000 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaucopins - Domaine Long-Depaquit
Pale yellow, the fresh lemon nose showed a little ripe minerality. Solid sweetish fruit with a nice length, a little spicy on the finish. Atypical Chablis that spilt the taster's opinions. 87/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/04 1996 Mersault-Charmes - Matrot
This was flash double decanted just before it was served. Light golden yellow, the nose was waxy, showed sulphur, ripe butter and oats and was overall puzzling. The light Chardonnay fruit displayed a pleasant length and its owner reckoned it may need more time. This bottle, for me, was either in an awkward stage or on the way down. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/04 Corton Charlemagne Bonneau du Martray 1985
Poured straight from the bottle the colour was still green and the nose tightly wound but it soon opened gloriously, hay meadows, but with a tight core, subtly powerful on the palate with tremendous length and depth. This developed superbly over the course of the evening and went very well with the excellent mussels and crab first courses and Brill and Skate mains. (paul redfern, UK)

01/04 2000 Meursault - Francois Jobard
£22.95 (US$39, 32 Euros). Bright lemon, I found nuances of bitter lemon and sherbet on the nose. The palate was pure class, with both power and elegance, fresh lemon and good balance. 90/100+. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

01/04 Meursault Rougeot 90, Coche-Dury
Sweet tropical fruits, slightly jammy, but fine balance and length. Minerally again, could ideally have been a little tighter and more acidic. Rich style (vintage), a very fine village wine. (Odd Rydland, Norway)

01/04 Montrachet 90, Comte Lafon
Very rich, slightly earthy with well developed tropical fruits and honey, but not the length I expect from a Montrachet. Seems slightly over the top, very noticeable compared to the Coche. Great Montrachet minerality though (Odd Rydland, Norway)

01/04 Chassagne-Montrachet Ruchottes 85, Ramonet
Slightly salty and mushroomey, some white truffles, really excellent balance. Salty minerals on the finish. Fine length, tight finish. Stunning. (Odd Rydland, Norway)

01/04 Montrachet 92, Comte Lafon
Clearly a better wine than the 90. Noticeably better balanced, excellent length, big and extracted style but with no lack of balance. Slightly candied fruit well balanced with a stunning minerality, very convincing balance in the finish (Odd Rydland, Norway)

11/03 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaudevey 2001, Laroche
Light green. Classic Chablis Chardonnay nose, stoney and fruity, singing from the glass. Minerals and underripe plums in the mouth. Slightly flat finish but otherwise supreme quality and drinkability. Very good indeed. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

11/03 Puligny-Montrachet les Referts 2000, Jean-Marc Boillot
Quite a toasty, woody nose. Some flat-champagne minerality. Palate has a lot of oak and I feel it dominates the fruit. Some minerality, though and good acidity. After half an hour it seemed a lot better balanced and the finish was lovely. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Chablis Mont-Mains 1999, Raveneau
Damp, flinty nose, some honey, some nuts. Quite a weighty palate but with a good acidity. Really quite ripe and powerful. Pretty good. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Puligny-Montrachet CLos de la Mouchere 2001, Jean Boillot
Some wood, quite estery, but some creamy minerality to it. Palate has some weight and power, but with a crystal clear acidity and a really pure minerality. Dood concentration. Very good, but young. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 St Véran, Domaine Perrachon 2002
Perfectly respectable Mâcon wine. Minerals, ripe Chardonnay fruit, simple but tasty. Developed in the glass. Great value at €4,90. Good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

11/03 1997 Pouilly Fuisse Clos des Petits Croix
This micro-cuvee wine was made in tiny quantities, apparently only 845 bottles in total. A light gold appearance, the nose was strong in lees character with some fresh butter and a dash of minerality. Very soft and creamy on the palate, the subtle lime note lingers for a respectable length. Enjoyable and probably at its peak now. 91/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

11/03 Auxey Duresses Blanc, Oliver leFlaive fro Aymeric Alexis, 2001
Pale straw, fading slightly at rim. Quite pungent nose. Very full flavour - oak and vanilla with subtle undertones. Nice finish, will age well although great for current drinking. 19/25 £9.99 Majestic (David Jenkins, UK)

11/03 Rully Blanc, Louis Latour, 1998
Pale straw. Fresh and fruity on the nose. Smooth, citrussy palate with elegant length. Great bargain for everyday drinking. 18/25. £6.99 majestic (David Jenkins, UK)

11/03 Chateau de Rully 1998, Antonin Rodet
Pale-mid yellow. Seems to have improved quite a lot since I tasted it last year - quite a bit of tropical, melony fruit in there. The slight biscuity richness is fairly stable and shows no signs of running away with itself, and everything is beginning to integrate and pull together nicely. I must admit to being surprised at how gracefully this is aging after a rather unpromising start. 3/5 (Lucian Holland, UK)

09/03 Bienvenues Batard Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive 2000
Started with a pretty impressive bang, and then once it one you over convincingly, just kept on going till you could hardly ask for more. Complexity here, with that lovely fresh churned butter and lemony acid, good leesy complexity too. Fantastic structure, and this was a 2000. Very long, you could search around for even more, but I enjoyed it and I couldn't fault this wine. It seemingly opened and improved for the whole course of the evening. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/03 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Grandes-Ruchottes 1998, Bernard Moreau
Really oaky nose, but some minerality. Quite alcoholic. A big, ripe, fun palate. A fighting wine. Fun. (David Strange, UK)

09/03 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Les Caillerets 1999, Duperrier-Adam
At first I thought this seemed overly developed and buttery because it came after the GV. However, even coming back to it you could tell this is a wine that's just plain poor. Way too much buttery lactic acid - destroys any complexity (did anyone find any fruit?) and makes it seem prematurely aged and flabby. Really crap for its designation, and I bought this one through La Vignoronne too. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/03 St Veran Terres Noires 2001, Verget
Far simpler, and not great - but way more attractive than the above. A ton of easy on the nose creamy oak with some estery notes. Simple palate, but attractive in its way. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

08/03 Meursault Michelot 1986
I had bought a half case of this shortly after release and have to say that it was never very good and drank the last bottle a few years ago. It was then rather flabby with insufficient structure. Rather typical of Bernard Michelot's wines. The level in this bottle was excellent and the colour appeared surprisingly light which was encouraging. On pouring the wine the colour was indeed very good green/gold, but the nose was lovely and butterywith plenty of compexity and although mature had loads of life. At first the wine was a little metallic and I thought that the nose had flattered the wine but by the second glass it had opened up and was nicely balanced with broad grassy lemon butter flavours and an elegant finish. A lovely basic mature Meursault and a complete surprise. (Paul Redfern, UK)

07/03 1997 Meursault, Marie Louise Porisot
Clear, pale straw yellow, limpid. A low intensity nose of faint honeysuckle and wood-smoke. Gentle at first with noticeable acidity, then expands fully in the mouth to give a more creamy, high glycerin feel, with a smooth almost waxy sensation and balanced length. Pleasant enough, but really not a wine to rave about. With food, it failed miserably to stand up to the salmon / caviar combo. Average. (Ray Abercromby, UK)

06/03 1999 Pouilly Fuisse, Domaine Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy
Another nicely balanced wine, white fruits, oatmeal. Slightly less expressive than last time I had it, but still very good. (Mark Pearce, UK)

06/03 Beauray-Laurent Tribut 2001 Chablis 1er Cru
An appealing hue of yellow, the nose of bitter lemon and crème brulee. Good mouth feel, nice length, very soft. I am not sure about the ageing potential of this wine and I would be happy to drink my bottles now and over the next 1-3 years. 87/100.

06/03 Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet 89
Very disappointing. Rather oxidised nose that took on some very unpleasant overtones with airing. Much more acceptable on the palate: crisp, minerally, long; but the nose makes it almost undrinkable for me. (Paul Armstrong, UK)

06/03 Louis Michel Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 89
Medium greeny gold. Understated slightly cheesy nose. Lovely complex minerally fruit & earth flavours. E (Paul Armstrong, UK)

06/03 Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne 91
My first Corton-Charlemagne and on this evidence I can understand its lofty reputation. Bright golden hue. Thrilling in the mouth, combining the mineral complexity of the Louis Michel Chablis with the mellow richness of the Mayacamas. Excellent/sublime. (Paul Armstrong, UK)

05/03 1981 Moillard-Grivot, Bâtard-Montrachet
Golden colour. The nose is very individual and interesting, waxy with spent fireworks (gunflint?), walnuts and no trace of oxidation. The palate is very much alive, thick and smooth as smooth. Unfortunately no fireworks on the palate, good acidity but quite one-dimensional and the finish is medium length at best. Given the 'poor-ish' 1981 vintage, this, I suppose, is a testament to the vineyard. Interesting, but point keeping any longer. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

04/03 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien, J. Chartron, 1998
Nose has very nice aromatics of white peaches, and pears, but too aggressively oaky for me with too much roasted, peppery character. Palate well textured but still quite sharp acid which I feel could do with settling down a bit further. Very good length and intensity of finish. I was surprised to hear this was a '98 - I wonder if the oak will stay to a little too dominant for my taste. Good. (Stephan Muller, UK)

04/03 Chablis 1995 Vieilles Vignes
Made by Francine and Olivier Savary, this wine has an annoyingly yellow wax capsule that was a pain in the **** to chip off. The golden liquid that flowed from the bottle had a heady mix of ripe chardonnay with soft and subtle new oak. The palate was pleasing, very untraditional in its ripeness, nice mid palate and a respectable soft finish. This wine has now resolved itself as bottles I drank in the last four years tasted disjointed. 88/100. Incidentally, I tried the 2000 last summer and it also needed time to settle down. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/03 Viré-Clessé 'Futs de Chêne' 1999, René Michel, Maconnais, Burgundy
Light golden. Honeyed nose with ripe peach fruit. Big and rich palate with good light use of oak to add a toasty flavour. Very Good. (Paul Anderson, UK)

03/03 Meursault 1997, Michel Colin-Deleger, Burgundy
Pale green colour. Slightly closed nose (maybe over chilled) but opens a little to show aromas of hazlenuts and apple. Palate is well balanced and quite fresh with apple acidity and rich nutty flavours. Long finish. Good+ (Paul Anderson, UK)

02/03 Chassagne Montrachet Les Chaumees 1992 Colin-Deleger
Lovely green gold v. bright. Lovely mature burgundy nose citrus, grass and peaches still very fresh with only a hint of oak. On the palate rich , complex with enough acidity to take the finish through. A lovely burgundy just right now but will last. (Paul Redfern, UK)

01/03 Meursault 1er Cru Blagny 1983 Jadot
01/03 Meursault 1er cru Charmes 1983 Jadot
The Blagny was a fairly deep gold with a slightly burnt rubber nose. The taste was slightly maderised unbalanced and overblown. It faded rapidly in the glass. Whilst over the hill I do not believe it was ever better than good. The Charmes was quite different highlighting the much better terroir. Deep gold colour but very expressive rich mature nose but still with a hint of freshness to lift it, on the palate very rich powerful with enough acidity to carry the finish through. Fully mature and will not last a lot longer but lovely fully mature Meursault. V good/excellent (Paul Redfern, UK)

01/03 Bienvenue Batard Montrachet 1988 Sauzet
V clean green gold fresh yeasty nose with lemon and grass v complex on the palate fresh nutty and spicy quite lean but with great drive and a fresh finish. Excellent. I was convinced this was Corton Charlemagne and it is not in Sauzet's normal style at all. The toasty oak was not apparent - a lovely wine showing the freshness of this vintage. (Paul Redfern, UK)

01/03 1996 Verget, Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Oily/yeasty nose opens up to almonds, with a bit of flintiness eventually coming through. Quite rich and fat palate, but enough acidity to balance it out. Very satisfying drop. Excellent (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 1999 Hubert Lamy, St.Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière
Slightly hard disjointed oak after the Verget, and a bit thin, but a nice dry nuttiness to it. G/VG (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 1997 Colin-Deléger, Meursault
Heavily oxidised and sherry-like overlay to what was otherwise quite a rich plush mouthful. QG (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 1999 Colin-Deléger, Meursault Les Corbin
Nutty, gently crisp, tasty food wine. VG (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 2001 Domaine Dujac, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants
Classy crisp, pert lemony nose. Much more sleek and elegant than any of the preceding wines, but perhaps also just a touch thin, though with good persistence of flavour. VG/E (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 1996 Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Caillerets
Floral, piquant, slightly maderised nose. Highish acid, some oiliness and good length. Interesting "layers" of flavour; very rapid evolution in the glass. Ultimately, decided this was a little bit past it to my palate. G/VG (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 1995 Gerard Chavy, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Folatières
Estery, slightly yeasty nose. Slightly spiky in the mouth to start with, but intense and long crisp flavours gradually take over. VG/E (Paul Armstrong, UK)

01/03 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 1997, Paul Pernot
Quite a deep gold colour. Lovely depth of fruit on the nose: quite hard to describe in the way that mature white burgundy is. Damp straw, hazelnut, toast, butter etc. Rounded and crisp in the mouth, lots of body, all the way into a nice long finish. Classic stuff. ***+ (Joel Hopwood, UK)

01/03 Domaine des Deux Roches Macon Davaye 2000
Fresh, clean, nice mineral/nutty twist. G (Paul Armstrong, UK)

12/02 1991 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet 1993, Louis Carillon
Really very ripe and oaky, quite simple. Sweet, ripe and quite characterless. I suppose it is big and round, but it is really quite simple and obvious. Lacks Grand Cru character, so a bit disappointing. (David Strange, UK)

12/02 1991 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Sainte Claire 1995, J-M Brocard
Glue-like nose, some honey character. Nose not as good as the nutty and custardy palate. It was dry and pretty acidic. Some length, but good concentration. Not amazing. (David Strange, UK)

12/02 1991 1984 Domaine Leflaive "Les Combettes"
This wine epitomizes why White Burgundy should be allowed to age properly. It took quite awhile to open up initially, then I noted oily notes with backdrop of lemon and vanilla. With time in glass, delicate butterscotch aromas evolved. Sumptuous and deft balance; everyone in our tasting group agreed this is still very youthful and could certainly last another decade. But why wait? (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1988 Piere Bitouzet Corton-Charlemagne
Regardless of vintage, I really enjoyed the fragrance here with spicy citrus, pine and lemon that gained my attention quickly. This wine still needs time and I know nothing about the producer, but this is one big wine. Lots of developed flavors somewhat reminiscent of baked apple, that almost overshadowed the minerals that were less prominent. A class act, this Corton Charlie has great depth, amazing acidity, and a hint of vanilla and cedar on the smoky finish. Anybody want to send me a bottle for Christmas? (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1990 Raveneau "Les Clos" Chablis
I was very appreciative to try this wine as my deep enjoyment of Chablis over the past two years has continued to flourish. This still evolving Chablis is loaded with generous tropical and grapefruit notes. It possessed distinct aromas of banana as it spent time in glass, and almost a sweet scent of candy corn but also a lighter than usual touch of minerality. This fleshed out well and had a memorable creamy mouthfeel that was a pleasure to experience. This Raveneau, with ravishing aromas and intricate flavors, is holding up quite nicely and will continue to reward patience. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1991 Raveneau "Les Clos" Chablis
This younger brother is slightly darker in color than the 1990. Lots going on here with a subtle banana note initially that gave way to citrus, pineapple and herbs. There was a slightly detracting bitterness on the finish but otherwise it was a heck of a nice Chablis, but not in the same league as the 1990. Not bad for a less than stellar vintage. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1996 Louis Latour "Les Referts" Puligny-Montrachet
for a youngster, this had great aromatic appeal with a gentle hint of grapefruit and primarily pungent pineapple present. The extract and mouthfeel showcased great depth and soft, harmonious fruit. Very enjoyable now but needs lots of time to evolve further. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1996 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, Moreau
Pale straw /yellow. Fresh citrus and honey combination on the nose. Beautiful elegance, with citrus fruit, good acid backbone, with long length. Very good indeed. (Ray Abercromby, UK)

12/02 1996 Antonin Guyon, Corton-Charlemagne
Golden colour. Instantly different nose to the Fromm chardonnay - more exotic and heavy scented with pineaple notes. Thick palate with good acidity. Buttery, but not overdone. Very long with a nutty taste. Fine. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

10/02 St Aubin 1er Cru 1995 Henri Prudhon & fils Sur le sentier du clou
13% - £10 (US$15) about 5 years ago. I bought a case of this wine en primeur in 1997 and I have been drinking it over the last 4 years. It has not let me down once as an affordable red Burgundy that has fruit and no poopiness that I don't really enjoy. A medium strawberry coloured red gives way to damp leaves, smoke and cooked raspberries on the nose. It is easy to drink with soft tannins of the red fruits. No need to wait and I'll probably finish these off in the next 1-2 years. 84/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

10/02 Chablis Vielles Vignes 1995 La Chablisienne
Now fully mature this is a lovely wine. Yellowy gold clour with a reserved nose of minerally fruit, the palate sublimely good and very long length. Buttery and flinty with the acid just softening out now. (David Bennett, UK)

10/02 Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay Couvent des Jacobins 1999
One sniff is enough to tell this is white Burgundy. Citrus, butter and minerals. Attractive, not over-oaked (I'm no fan of overtly oaky Burgundies). Good acidity. Very appetizing. Very good VFM. (Jan-Tore Egge, Sweden)

10/02 Jadot Saint-Aubin 1996
More buttery than the Bourgogne Blanc. Slightly honeyed. Also has more acidity and body. Excellent food wine. I can't wait to get some really good fish (turbot?) for this. (Jan-Tore Egge, Sweden)

10/02 1990 Raveneau Vaillons Chablis
I have been a fan of Chablis for a while now and prefer their excellent value and judicious use of oak compared to their brethren in the more famous parts of Burgundy. I had this just a few months ago so this was a great treat to revisit. Tropical essence and to me, a distinctive note of banana (again) with strong minerality as well. Vibrant dose of acidity and this wine is showing that is has a long life ahead of it. It took nearly an hour to open up! Superb finish. I hope the ones in my cellar (all much younger vintages though) will show this well. (Roy Hersh, USA)

10/02 1999 Clos du Chat. de la Maltroye Chassagne-Montrachet
a well constructed 1er cru from a little known producer (at least to me). Less fruit forward than many and a soft style of Chardonnay that was most appealing. Light appley note with a touch of Sekel pear and slightly more oak than I normally care for. Will probably integrate nicely in years to come though. I also think the reticent fruit will develop a bit with age as well. (Roy Hersh, USA)

10/02 2000 Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon £9.95
Bright light gold. V light buttery nose. Nice fresh attack. Light and very clean. VG finish and exceptional length. Quite crisp and a bit slatey. Good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1999 Meursault 1er Cru, Genevrieres, Domain Michel Bouzereau £36.75
Lovely elegant restrained nose. VG attack. Lots of fruit, clean. Fills v well. Lovely buttery rich flavours with good complexity. Fair length. Pretty much a textbook young white burgundy. (that's not 100% a compliment) (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 Chablis Vielles Vignes 1995 La Chablisienne
From the best cave Co-operative in burgundy comes this little stunner. Tasted in a half bottle from our local bucket shop again (£2.99). C: Green/yellow consistent to rim. N: Flinty, minerally nose hint of sulphur and ripe furits/ P: coo-err missus...soothly developed ripe fruit and more that a hint to nuttiness. VERY long and still decent acid enoughtot balance all the fruity out. Crying out for a plate of seafood (David Bennett, UK)

09/02 Pouilly-Fuissé, Château de Fuissé 1997
A pleasant wine, this, but not outstanding. Good, straw colour with a tinge of green, pleasant nose of lemon, and decent on the palate with a little earthy complexity. Good plus. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

08/02 Chablis 1er Cru, Montee de Tonnerre, J-M Brocard 1999
Quite a fine Chablis in an understated sort of way. Yellow-green colour, fresh nose and ripe fruit on the palate. Somehow I expected more oomph though. Good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

08/02 Petit Chablis, J-M Brocard 2000
I found this more enjoyable than the 1er Cru, perhaps more obvious on the nose and palate, but a fuller flavour. Less complex but it had more impact. Good plus. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

07/02 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 1997 - Domaine Leflaive
a stunning Meursault-like nose of walnuts and almonds. V intense. Palate is again akin to a Meursault, v complex, nuts, minerals and coconuts. Fine acidity with a v long hazelnut finish. V great extravagant wine. (23/25) (Neal Martin, UK)

07/02 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon 1997 - Domaine Leflaive
nose is much less intense than Pucelles. Green fruits and a bit of gooseberry. More forward but less complex than above with a more oaky finish. V good (20/25) (Neal Martin, UK)

07/02 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon 1992 - Domaine Leflaive
needed 2 hours aeration in the glass. A beautiful subtle nose of apricot and aniseed. Much more complex than the 1997 with incredible finesse and integration. Walnuts, almond & coconut. V smooth with acidity indicating this has a few years left. (23/25) (Neal Martin, UK)

07/02 Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieuré Monopole blanc 1999
4,641 bottles made. Baked bread and some coffee on the nose; quite fat Chardonnay character in mouth, slightly watery and insubstantial to be really convincing. A rara avis. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Macon-Chaintre, Roger Duboeuf 2000
Georges' elder brother produces some nice wines from a vineyard they share. But where Georges has gone for commercial slickness, Roger remains rustic (both in appearance and in wine-making). This is a simple, but hugely flavoursome wine which beats some Pouilly-Fuisse's I've had at four times the price. Quite a deep straw colour, and quite viscous too, with notes of sweet apples and citrus on the nose. Ripe and fat in the mouth but with enough crisp acidity to make a good match for even delicate fish dishes or drinking on its own. Good plus. (Matthew Mellor , UK)

06/02 Meursault 1996, Louis Jadot
Perfectly ok, seemed still vigorous with youth, but well balanced and matched the salmon/seafood dish well. Quite tangy and dry and correct rather than exciting. Good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

06/02 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Truffieres 1995 - J Boillot
A lovely popcorn nose with hints of toffee. Beautiful balance on the palate with notes of almond and vanilla. A rich, decadent P-M with fine acidity to balance it up. Drinking now and for 2-3 years. A really fine wine & producer - 21/25 (Neal Martin, UK)

06/02 Meursault 1999 - Dom. Comte-Lafon
A youthful green hue. Nose is just beginning to open with scents of apples/green fruits. A classy minerally palate which could be drunk now with a rich finish. Delicious now. 20/25

05/02 Pouilly-Fuisse, Joel Curveux, 1999
This wine has resolved beautifully from my first tasting in 2000. Then it was a tangy, dry and concentrated high quality Maconnais, now, it's softened, deepened and got richer with pure Chardonnay varietal characteristics showing through. Not a blockbuster, but a lovely delicate example. Very good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

05/02 Puligny-Montrachet Combettes, Sauzet 1995
Deep yellow gold color. Wonderful evolved bouquet of honey, orange blossom, nutmeg,and fresh-cut cedar. Slightly viscous. Soft on the palate, fat and mouthfilling. Excellent depth and length. This is mature and drinking nicely. Has confirmed my thought that '95 whites are now ready. (Alex Bernardo, USA)

04/02 Bouzeron Aligoté 1999
More stinky-barnyardy, herbal and rather stemmy, not as elegant as the two above wines, juicy in mouth, showing good acidity. Decent intensity of fruit. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Chablis 2000
Very light golden with some green. Some herbs and stems on the nose, elegant, with some mineral character. In mouth showing rather neutral, pungently buttery but neutral and lacking definition. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Mâcon-Lugny Les Genievres 1999
Slightly darker straw colour with green tinges. Butter and parsley sauce on the nose, less defined than the Chablis but cooler and more citrusy in character; also more mouthfilling in texture if lighter in body. Some cucumber flavours, bitterish-herbal, more consistent finish. Lacks some intensity but decent. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Santenay 1998
L81.25. Quite green chlorofiley colour. Even more herbal than the Mâcon, a level up in intensity from the above wines but still somewhat shy and inexpressive, if fuller in mouth, with a mineral note and citric drive. Bitterish finish is not too convincing. Another wine lacking definition and personality. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Chassagne-Montrachet 1999
We're jumping to L153.10 for a case. Again very shy nose which is cool but ungiving; minor note of escargots bourguignonne fried parsley character; soft in mouth, clearly on a different level than all the wines so far, with a considerable texture and length on the finish. Slightly bitterish, grassy-mineral finish. Good. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Puligny-Montrachet 1998
Slightly more intense than the Chassagne but still closed on the nose, with again these parsley & garlic scents, but showing more buttery with hints of orange peel and citron givré, very juicy and long in mouth, bitter on the finish but all in all a noble Chardonnay. Nice citric acidity (no doubt a more balanced vintage than either 1999 or 2000). Still somewhat hollow at mid-palate but a cut above the previous wines. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Beaune 1er cru Greves 1999
Straw-green. This shows way more oaky than any of the above, herbal-buttery and rather standardised, idem on palate where the texture and finish are drowned in butter. Medium length. Really rather vague. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Sous le Puits 1999
Very shy nose which shows a bit glassy and oaky but more elegant than the Beaune. Juicy in mouth with an attractive apple and peach element, less defined than the straight Puligny IMO, but showing a bit more acidity. Could age but less interesting today. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Morgeot 1998
Slightly darker yellow with buttery hues and lots of green at rim. Nose of butter and parsley, nobler and more defined than above and approaching interest, if the fruit is somewhat problematic on the palate: nice lime and pineapple flavours but drowned in a blurred boiled rice texture which I hate about Chardonnay. But decent definition and worth revisiting in a couple of years' time. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Meursault 1er cru Goutte d'Or 1997
Same colour as above. Nose of snails and boiled rice, but much deeper and more complete in expression than all the above (and below); showing more mineral, wet-stoney, and also a bit drier in texture. In mouth this shows fine intensity and gorgeous acidity whch combines a sherry-like saltiness and pungency with more typical Chardonnay softness. A touch of oxidation and early maturing perhaps, but this only adds extra interest. Delicious, and clearly the most interesting of the whites. Not bad value at L216.50. Retasted from other bottles, shows a touch of armagnac and dry-herbiness and perhaps some hollowness at mid-palate, plus the acidity now seemingly naked and a touch aggressive. Not a perfect wine but in the context of the tasting surely revelatory of the quality a négociant can deliver. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1999
Medium straw-yellow. More smokey and toasted-oaky type here; some fried rice aromas, but extremely closed on the nose. Some oak noticeable on the palate, but not obtrusive; intense, round, quite long, if much shorter than the Meursault and also a bit hollow on the finish. Deep silex mineral character; when compared to the 1998 this shows warmer in style with a slightly cooked or stale vegetable touch; also more sweetness from the oak at this stage, and IMO less balanced and noble. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1998
Dark. As closed aromatically as the 1999, glassy and impenetrable, with minor hints of grapefruit peel. But on the palate it is almost explosively intense, blocky, showing perhaps more substance than any white today. Rather a cool, mineral-driven style of Corton, again not too expressive in mouth, showing some citrus character and the same salty, sherry-like intensity I picked up in the Goutte d'Or. Opens up with more common flavours of boiled rice, herbs and fried snails, showing rather lactic-ricey and with some glyceric thickness on the finish, but all in all rather more convincing and elegant than the 1999. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy 1996, Cave de Chablis
From a half bottle. Clean golden green colour. Ripe pineapples and buttered almonds with classic stony flint in background. Fresh palate initially with citrus flavours turning to quite buttery tropical fruits. Finish is rich and long with the citrus flavours coming back at the end. Very good. Drink now - 2005. (Paul Anderson, UK)

03/02 Chandon de Briailles Pernand 1er cru Île de Vergelesses 1999
Quite buttery-oaky, not much definition here, but good fruit character. On the palate unfortunately an obtrusive camembert or cheddar note, decent length. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Chandon de Briailles Pernand 1er cru Île de Vergelesses 2000
Barrel sample I think (bottle had a 1999 label with a pen correction, no-one at the stand to confirm). Huge apple liqueur nose, pear and other Champagne-reminiscent notes, but airy and light; dry on the palate, good texture and above-average length, slightly hot character which I find recurrent in the vintage. Outstanding finesse. A textbook example of the vintage, and a clear winner. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Chandon de Briailles Corton Grand cru 2000
Better than the 1999 Pernand, purer, though still quite ripe and buttery. Some liqueury character and a deep mineral base, again rather cheesy, has some appeal but rather unconvincing for a Corton. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 William Fevre Chablis 1er cru Les Lys 1999
Very milky, with a poule au lait note which was incidentally what we had for lunch. Hints at pleasant ripeness of fruit. On the palate again quite lactic, candied almost like a children's drink. Odd style. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 William Fevre Chablis 1er cru Montée de Tonnerre 1999
This is much more masculine, with a lot of stuffing, rich and creamy in mouth. But to me it lacks any expression of terroir and thus hardly exciting. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 William Fevre Chablis Grand cru Bougros 1998
More elegant and steely than the Tonnerre, with notes of lettuce and cress, while on the palate there's a degree of ashiness, good concentration, but a warm, vegetabley character which prevents me from falling in love with the 2000 vintage and which is recurrent here. Long finish, but lacks some class. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 William Fevre Chablis Grand cru Les Clos 1997
Slightly riper than the 1998, with chalk and other minerals, rather dry on the nose, and still quite lettucey. In mouth this is much better than the previous wine, with good sweet fruit and fine length. Quite ripe, complex and convincing. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne La Vignée 1998
Little nose here, apart from some milky and peppery character. Quite round and full-flavoured in mouth, with cool fruit and good acidity, excellent basic Burgundy. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Clos des Corvées de Citeaux 1997
Milky and oaky, but with good purity on the nose, quite fine. Long, consistent, lacking some cut and Meursault elegance, but otherwise very good. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Bouchard Pere & Fils Puligny Montrachet 1999
Not much definition here, rather vague nose with a touch of liqueur. Good texture but again lacking some focus, sweet fruit, some malty notes, good juicy Chardonnay which just lacks individuality. (Nerval, UK)

03/02 Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault 1er cru Les Genevrieres 1997
Buttery-cramy oak showing a lot on the nose, on the pakate rather chalky and dusty, with good concentration. Very good. (Nerval, UK)

02/02 Chablis Grand Cru "La Moutonne" 1992, Long-Depaquit.
Restrained nutty nose with slight dirtiness lurking in the background. Nice dry restrained flinty palate with slight hints of mineral but I still found the slight dirt again on the palate. Disappointing for a GC. 10/20 (Paul Anderson, UK)

01/02 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault "Les Criots" 1998
Not a huge amount showing on the nose -- just some quite dense fruit and a little oak. But it's in the mouth that this wine really impresses. Lovely flavour that is so hard to describe, and utterly Burgundy. Hazelnut paste? Stays dense, pure and focussed into a long finish. A lovely wine, that is so different from Chardonnay as we know it. (Joel Hopwood, UK)

11/01 Monthelie, Les Champs Fulliot 1998, Paul Garaudet
A: Bright pale golden colour. Thick legs. N: Quite honeyed and nutty on the nose at first with tropical fruit aromas coming through as it warms up. P: Thick and rich on the palate combining tropical fruit flavours and toasted almonds balanced out by a sharp refreshing citrus finish. S: Very good. Now - 2004. (Paul Anderson, UK)

11/01 Puligny Montrachet 1996 Les Referts Etienne Sauzet
Medium straw in colour with a citrus and butter nose? On the palatte it had a gripping acidity with strong overtones of lemon and minimal oak. Not what I associate with a PM of this standard although very enjoyable. It is what I would imagine a barrel sample to taste like. Good mouth feel and very forward. Very good length and body with the vanilla showing through towards the end. (David Pearce , UK)

11/01 1996 Chateau de Rully (Rodet)
Rich, almost golden yellow appearance. Oak dominates the nose. Some complexity, some fruit lurking in the background, but it's all overpowered by oak. So much so that I mistook this for a New World wine when tasted blind – my guess was Chile! No different on the palate – there's good acidity, a degree of complexity, some pineapple fruit, but everything is subsidiary to the wood. Totally unbalanced, although interestingly tasted a bit better (more fruit, less wood) when I returned to the bottle 24hrs later (having sealed it overnight). Conclusion: Avoid, unless you love wood. (Trevor March, UK)

10/01 Le Montrachet 1992 - Louis Latour
Golden in colour and almost nothing on the nose. Unfortunatly this followed through on the palatte with a only a touch of vanilla and oak coming through. The wine had great weight and an impressive length. In all very disapointing for a wine that is supposed to be one of the greatest in the world that has shown so well in previously vintages. (David Pearce, UK)

10/01 Corton Charlemagne 1995 - Louis Latour
A total contrast to the Montrachet. Deep straw in colour and nutty on the nose. The palatte was complex with great depth and multi dimensional. Not a lot of primary flavours left but had a nutty, vanilla and oak flavour. The length was impressive and lasted for 40 seconds plus. A great wine that showed very well. (David Pearce, UK)

08/01 Puligny Montrachet 1993, Leflaive (in a half)
Still relatively pale in colour (I was expecting it to be golden) but this is probbaly due to a mediocre vintage. The nose had a bit of fruit but not a lot and there was minimal in the palatte. In fact it had taken on a fleavour reminiscent of a mature white Rioja or Fino sherry. It had good acidity and great length though and was enjoyable to drink althoug needs to be drunk now. (David Pearce, UK)

03/01 Chablis Cote de Jouan, 1er Cru 1997, La Chablisienne
A: Bright, clean, pale green. Medium legs. N: Crisp green apples with citrus and melon and whiffs of butter. P: Soft on the palate initially with flavours of apples and cream. More apples, grapefruit and melon on the mid-palate showing some complexity and good structure. Finish is citrus fruit and long and rich. S: Very good Chablis from a little known 1er Cru site. Drink now - 2005 (Paul Anderson, UK)

02/01 Chablis 1er Cru 1997, J. Drouhin
Light straw gold. Slightly closed, then lots of ripe fruit, almost honeyed, definite minerality. Quite lean in the mouth, but the fruit spills over far too easily for my liking, and there's not quite enough structure in this – a product of a ripe vintage from young vines, and not what I want in my Chablis. Good if you like this style. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Rully Blanc 1998, J. Drouhin
Light straw gold. Rather toasty oak dominates, to the misfortune of some fine fruit. The palate is a bit disjointed from all the oaking, and I found it rather characterless, even if the finish was quite pleasant in a non-challenging way. Later on, with more air, this really started throwing off oak-stink that I found unbearable. Gross. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Clos des Mouches Blanc 1997, J. Drouhin
A dullish gold. Lots of oak, cooked apples in honey, quite a rich, full on nose that's eye-catchingly slutty. Good fruit and acid in the mouth, fairly refined, although once again the oak is a bit much (although it might settle better in this one), with smoky aftertones marring an otherwise fine finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Corton Charlemagne 1996, Bonneau du Martray
Very young, quite leesy in a champagne style, a complex nose that's very closed and yielding little. Lovely in the mouth though, with good structure, although this is far too young and needs lots of time to show its best. After an hour or so, and considerable warming up, honeyed fruit begins to peek through whilst retaining impressive structure. Nice stuff. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Berry Brothers Chablis 1999 (Domaine Colombier)
This is a delicious, archetypal Chablis, showing bright fruit on the clean palate, with some minerally complexity and good acidity. The fruit is a little more prominent than in the 1998 version of this same wine. Very good+ (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Comte de Vogue 1998
The one-of-a-kind and rare Musigny Blanc was replaced by this modest generic when the Domaine decided to replant the Chardonnay vines in 1993 because, at about 50 years of age, they were deemed old and tired. And so now, the vines are about 7 years old, and the Domaine if it so chooses can classify this wine again as Musigny Blanc, a grand cru appellation. To my obvious question Jean-luc flatly replied that for the Domaine "that would be a joke, it is not grand cru quality." (At least not for now.) Grand cru or not this is a charming and delicious wine, with an appealing toasty oak and slight hazelnut aroma; it's soft but vibrant on the palate, offering mineral and ripe white fruit flavors; it may be a bit short on the midpalate, but it shows good balance and a nice finish. (Alex Bernardo, California)

11/00 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1992 Domaine Lequin-Roussot
A: Bright golden yellow. Good legs.
N: Very ripe aromas of peach and pineapple. Background whiffs of hazlenut, honey and caramelised banana and slight hints of wet stone.
P: Really ripe palate of mouthcoating flavours of peaches and cream, pears and pineapple comes in waves and is balanced out by slightly bitter, tangy citrus acidity. Finish is long, clean and mineral with a slight hint of honeyed sweetness.
S: Very good, well balanced wine probably at it's peak now but will keep for a few more years. Now - 2004. (Paul Anderson, UK)

11/00 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 1997 Rene Lequin-Colin
A: Bright golden, very clean.
N: Aromas of apples, almonds, wax lightly grilled toast with hints of vanilla.
P: Ripe palate of tropical fruits and apple crumble. This is quite complex and multi-layered with a background flavour of lime acidity and a slight burn. The finish is very ripe and long with a full oiliness.
S: Excellent wine. Now - 2005+ (Paul Anderson, UK)

11/00 Auxey-Duresses Vielles Vignes 1998 Michel Prunier
A: Bright, deep golden colour - surprisingly dark for it's age, perhaps the old vine influence. Strong legs.
N: Nose of toasted coconut, crushed almonds, honey and vanilla.
P: Rich flavours of tropical fruit with creammy vanilla undertones. Refreshing lime acidity on medium length finish.
S: Very good, balanced wine that should improve over the next year. Drink now - 2005. (Paul Anderson, UK)

11/00 1998 Petit Chablis Domaine de la Tour
A pleasant commercial wine, showing a nice honeyed nose, and a balanced, rounded palate with good fruit/acid balance. Good + (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1998 Chablis Domaine de la Tour
Doesn't give much away on the nose. Firm, full and mineralic wine with good acidity. Tight. Good/very good. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1997 Chablis Les Vieilles Vignes, Chablisienne
The Chablisienne coop control about one-third of the wines in Chablis, but despite their size they have a good reputation. This wine is quiet on the nose, with a touch of smoke and minerals. Light and quite simple on the palate, but with a nice mineral/acid streak. Good. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1999 Chablis 1er Cru Monts-Mains, Domaine de la Tour
Modest but pleasant, showing apples and minerals on the nose, and a tight palate with firm acidity. It's currently very young and may develop interest with some bottle age. Good+ (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1998 Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin, Grossot
A richer style of Chablis. Attractive full nose with rich, honeyed, smoky fruit. Forward and savoury on the palate, with rich flavours of honey and apples. Very good. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1998 Chablis 1er Cru Montmain, Louis Michel
Rich, forward nose with smoky, mineralic notes. Lovely pure fruit on the palate with a herby edge and hints of apples and honey. Very good/excellent (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1998 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre, Louis Michel
Falling somewhere in between the taut and full styles, this is full flavoured but still tight knit, displaying some spiciness and honey, underlain with a mineral streak. Very good, and possibly age-worthy. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1998 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons, Domaine Billaud-Simon
Modest but attractive nose, minerally, appley and complex. Full and richly textured on the palate. Complex. Very good+ (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1998 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, R & V Dauvissat
A serious wine. Complex nose of honey, spice and minerals. Full, rich textured palate: appley, honeyed, taut and mineralic. Very good/excellent, with real ageing potential. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1997 Chablis 1er Cru Monts-Mains, Raveneau
A superb wine in a full-flavoured style. Lovely rich, forward nose, with smoke, minerals and a touch of honey. Great balance and complexity on the palate with good balance, nice acidity and forward fruit. Excellent. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1996 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Verget
Deep yellow coloured with a volatile, oxidised nose. There are some vinegary, butterscotch notes. On the palate this is disjointed and unpleasant. Should have been drunk some time ago. Poor. (Jamie Goode, UK)

11/00 1989 Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet, Daniel Defaix
Really interesting older wine. Lovely full, nutty, herby nose with a slight trace of cabbage. On the palate there is nice balance, with firm acidity and more nutty character. It's beginning to thin out a little in texture, but it's still very much alive. Very good/excellent. (Jamie Goode, UK)

10/00 Baronde de la Charriere, Chassagne-Montrachet "Morgeot" 1997
Mid-light brownish red. Strawberry, raspberry and cherry pinot flavours dominate, but there's a definite oak edge masquerading as earth and some good fresh violets in the nose. Quite an oaky entry, tannins are all over, a bit strange, acid quite obvious, sweet cherry, some alcohol, and somehow this is showing very well. Finish is better, but tails off rather disappointingly, attenuated, and far too much chocolate in the finish - the fruit's not really there. (Yixin Ong, UK)

10/00 Macon-Clesse (Futs de Chene) 1997, D. Rene Michel
Quite a dark gold. Fruit, chalk, giving papaya flavours. Smoke and oak still dominant, in fact overpowering. Some apples. Oak. Oak. Oak. Some well defined fruit on the entry, smoke and oak, some minerality, persistent acid, bright clean finish. Oaky but balanced, all the components are there for a good aging period. (Yixin Ong, UK)

10/00 Meursault, Vielles Vignes, 1997, Paul Garaudet.
A: Clean golden colour with flashes of green. Strong legs.
N: Lovely nose of roasted almonds, honey and cream.
P: Excellent combination and well balanced flavours of ripe fruit, honey and minerals. Flavours of pineapple and green apples with refreshing lime acidity and cream on the finish.
S: Very savoury and tasty village Meursault. Now - 2005. (Paul Anderson, UK)

10/00 Bourgogne Blanc, 1996, Domaine Tollot-Beaut
A: Bright and green golden green colour. Good legs.
N: Clean aromas of honey, pineapples and limes.
P: Fresh palate with ripe flavours of pineapple, peaches and underlying limes and citrus acidity. Clean mineral finish.
S: Very good example of basic Burgundy. Now - 2003. (Paul Anderson, UK)

10/00 Macon Clesse, Traditionnel, 1995, Rene Michel
A: Deep golden with amber flashes. Clean. Very thick viscous legs (it is 14.5%).
N: Whiffs of ripe browning pineapple and creamy butter held up by smells of sweetly stewed apples.
P: Very ripe flavours of peaches, apricots and stewed apples. Also quite oily and buttery and quite explosive on the finish with good limey acidity and slight burn.
S: A big voluptuous Clesse that is surprisingly well balanced. Given the Michels track record this will probably evolve over the next 5 years and keep for a further 5 - 7. This is one I was offered in Summer 2000 from an uncollected order. It was destined for USA and, interestingly the back label (not normally present on their bottles) described it as a 'Macon dessert wine'. Now - 2010 (Paul Anderson, UK)

09/00 Dauvissat Chablis Les Montmains '95
A huge Chablis; very complex and mealy on the nose with ripe honeyed fruit, good acidity and powerful body and length. Intense and very impressive. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/00 Bonneau du Matray Corton-Charlemagne '94
A little shy on the nose coming after the Chablis but after some air a good Burgundian nose of gently honeyed, buttery fruit with yeasty notes. A mouthfilling palate with rounded, powerful fruit and good acidity. More open and ready than the '90 it would seem. Excellent drinking already. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/00 Domaine de la Tour Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 1999
Although this hasn't seen any oak, it has a pronounced minerally, smoky and toasty nose. On the palate it is lean, savoury and a little bit bitter, which is a shame. Good. (Jamie Goode, UK)

09/00 Bourgogne Aligote, Domaine Denis Bachelet 1997
Dry and lean with crisp, mouthwatering acidity. But nicely focused, green apple flavors. (Alex Bernardo - USA)

09/00 Savigny les Beaune Blanc, Domaine Jean-Marc Pavelot 1997
Nutmeg, hazelnut, and vanilla on the nose. Slight creamy texture. Full and ripe-tasting. Nice fat. Lovely to drink now. (Alex Bernardo - USA)

09/00 Meursault Charmes, Domaine Michel Tessier 1998
For years the Tessier family has been selling their fruit to other producers like Verget. But with this release Michel shows that he has finally matured as a winemaker. Shy nose, but the flavors are expansive and nicely balanced. Good ripeness and minerality. Very promising. (Alex Bernardo - USA)

08/00 Henry de Vezelay Bourgogne 1996
Now mature, but still only a pale yellow colour, its strong honeyed, nutty, toasty, biscuitty, appley flavours combined with a high acidity were reminiscent of a good quality vintage champagne without the fizz. The resemblence was quite remarkable. A nice food wine. (Jamie Goode - UK)

08/00 Fontaine-Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet La Grande Montagne 1er Cru 1996
Finally Sainsbury's have reduced this wine enough to tempt me. Down from £23 to £17, I decided to take the plunge. I wish I hadn't. This is pleasant, crisp white Burgundy but it doesn't have especially concentrated fruit and the finish is too acidic. Unremarkable and not as good as many Chardonnays I've tasted for half the price. (Ashley Moore, UK)

07/00 Phillipe Marchand, Bourgogne Chardonnay 1997, FF??
Nice Chardonnay nose, apples and hazelnuts and clean. Slightly SO2 but that'll blow off. Restrained, but with good balance and ripeness. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Heresztyn Bourgogne Blanc, Chardonnay 1998, FF51
Spritzy, light nose of apples and hazelnuts. The taste is tight, greenish to start but develops from apples to pears, and quite full bodied. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Andre Ziltner Chablis, Les Grand Chenevrieres 1998 FF130
Clean flinty nose. Classic chablis, with green apples developing to sweet apples in the mouth. Clean, but outrageously expensive for what it is. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Cave de Buxy Macon Villages, le Clos de Mont Rachet 1999 FF35
Limey, slightly creamy nose. Steely almost flinty taste. A very refreshing Pinot Blanc (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Cave de Buxy La Buxynoise Bourgogne Blanc. 1998 33FF
More body than the Mont-Rachet, but still a tart Chardonnay nose. Nice body but still quite hard. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Cave de Buxy Montagny, Les Vignes de la Croix 1998 FF48
Creamy nose, and creamy taste. Passion fruit and gooseberry flavours, lovely balance too. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Cave de Buxy Montagny 1er Cru 1998 FF53
Slightly more austere than the previous. Bit closed, but better weight. Slight lime and green apple nose. Creamy taste with apples and plenty of body. A very well balanced and classy wine that needs a few years to open up. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet La Maltroie, 1er Cru, Bernard Morey, 1998 FF180
Superbly balanced. Citrus fruits (but not lime) slight apple and oaked. Austere though and difficult to approach. Closed almost. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vincent Girardin 1998 FF218
Classic oaked chardonnay. Vanilla, melon and butter on palate not nose. Good balance between tannin and fruit and good finish. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Girardin Meursault. 1er Cru, Les Charmes Girardin 1998 FF218
Austere, light nose Chablisish. Flinty almost. Less fruit on palate, has some oak but more acid. Very closed. God knows why anyone would pay 218 francs for this. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Baud Chardonnay, 1997.34FF
Pineapple nose, apple and limes on palate. Ripe apples, and cream or butter with good balance. A bargain. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Baud Chardonnay 1996, 38FF
Slightly, but pleasantly oxidised nose. Gives it a bit of class actually. Pear-drops and flor on the nose. Pear and sweet apple on the palate and a flavour of cooked apples coming through. Great. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Baud Chateau Chalon 1991 (Vin Jaune, Savignan). 67.5cl bottle
Sherry nose, sherry taste. Like a fino. Hazelnuts and biscuits in the nose. A strange wine which is not altogether to my liking. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Baud Vin de Paille 1996 FF105 per half bottle
Oxidised sherry nose. Sweet biscuits and hazelnuts on the palate. Nutty and gorgeous. More hazelnuts and cooked bisuits coming through Shortbread and a touch of caramel. My god this is gorgeous. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Baud Cremant de Jura Brut Blanc FF38
Nice complex nose. Slight marmite and bread. Very dry but refreshing Great value. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine Baud Macvin de Jura.
Alcoholic grape juice. Unbalanced, overoaked and disgusting. Lucy loved it. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine de Colombier Petit Chablis 1999 F36
SO2 on the nose, but light fruit too. Light in the mouth, very pleasant. Nice apples but light and no body. Refreshing but a little dull. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine de Colombier Chablis 1998 F45
Apple and flint on nose, more in the mouth. Pear drops and some ester in there too. Good full body and pleasant. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine de Colombier Chablis 1er Cru, Vaucoupin. 1998, FF61
Flowery with passion fruit and a big fruity, melony taste. Pineapple too. Very nice. (Dave Bates, UK)

07/00 Domaine de Colombier Chablis Grand Cru, Bougros. 1998 F95
Passion fruit, kiwi fruit, and lychees. exceptional structure and balance on the palate. Some fresh almonds. It's big but I would love to see what this is like in 6-8 years. Oh well, have to get a case. Great value too. (Dave Bates, UK)

06/00 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cur Les Vergers, 1997, Rene Lequin-Colin
A: Crisp, clean, golden green appearance. Strong legs.
N: Whiffs of over-ripe pineapple and bananas with underlying aromas of toffee and cream.
P: Ripe flavours of tropical fruits and citrus. Full rich finish with strong acidity.
S: Good, reasonably complex Chassagne. Drink now - 2003. (Paul Anderson - UK)

05/00 Verget Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons '96
A pale golden yellow. Nose offers honeyed cooked apples, oily citrus and a hint of Chablis steeliness but much more Burgundy in nature overall. Rich, rounded buttery palate of the same with lingering maturing notes of honey on the finish. A lovely, fat rounded style of Chardonnay (can't make up my mind quite how much of that is down to the oak) but not a striking Chablis by a long shot. Still an excellent chard on it's on merits. (Nick Alabaster - UK)

04/00 Rene Michel Macon Clesse 1991 'Traditionnel'
Appearance: Golden colour with green tinges. Very clean. Good legs. Nose: Mature nose of honey and ripe tropical fruits. Palate: Ripe honeyed pineapple and peaches held together with good acidity. Medium rich finish. Summary: Very good mature Maconnais drinking from now - 2005. (Paul Anderson - UK)

04/00 Rene Michel Macon Clesse 1992 'Traditionnel' (en magnum)
A: Deep golden colour. Big legs. N: Very stinky (in a mature burgundy sense !!) - lots of over-ripe pineapples and honey. P: Very full and rich with huge over-ripe pineapple, peach and apricot flavours. Fading acidity now affecting the balance. Big long finish. S: A really big wine in terms of power, although may fall apart soon due to fading acidity. Now - 2003. (Paul Anderson - UK)

04/00 Rene Michel Macon Clesse 1993 'Eleve en fut de chene'
A: Bright gold with green tinges. Strong legs. N: Good aromas of tropical fruit and toast. P: Full on the palate with flavours of coconut, peaches and cream. Well balanced with strong acidity behind the ripe fruit. Medium length finish. S: Very good and well balanced. Should keep at least 5 - 7 years. (Paul Anderson - UK)

04/00 Rene Michel Macon Clesse 1996 'Traditionnel'
A: Clean golden colour with bright tinges. N: Very fresh aromas of apple, pineapple and honey. P: Very fine on the palate with savoury citrus flavours, honey and cream. Good acidity giving excellent balance. Good clean finish. S: This is very fine and well balanced. Feels as if it will improve over the next 2 - 3 years and keep for a decade. Now - 2010. (Paul Anderson - UK)

04/00 Meursault 1er Cru "Les Poruzots" 1994, Francois Mikulski
Pale gold colour. Fat, viscous legs. The nose is very rich and opulent, not at all obviously Chardonnay - could even be Condrieu from the smell. I can't actually pin the aromas down... there's lots of wood smoke and a touch of vanilla. Some floral notes. It's a little bit out of balance - there's this massive but undefined richness which sort of swamps all the other bits. The palate is huge - a very oily texture, super-concentrated and very long. Lowish acidity, but then I am drinking it at cellar temparature. This is almost Californian, with its huge gobs of fruit and sweetish over ripe finish. Obviously very good winemaking, but I was hoping for a more traditional, understated style. And going from the lack of acidity and definition I wouldn't age it further. Handford's wine merchants in Holland Park, London, for £19.95. (Joel Hopwood - UK)

03/00 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet 1990
This came from a half bottle. Pale golden-straw colour. Nose was lovely; having shaken off any youthful character, nutty, leesy, even beeswax aromas were evident. Hint of underlying honey too. The palate showed great balance and depth of flavour with a very slight oily mouthfeel and the leesy nuttiness prominent on a memorable finish. There's life in the old dog yet too. Must find more of this. (Graham Simpson - UK)

02/00 Dom. de Ch. de Meursault Meursault 1995
I was really looking forward to this bottle. It's the AC Meursault from a well regarded producer who, if memory serves, won the Chardonnay trophy at the IWC in 1998 for their Puligny-Montrachet '93. Deep gold colour. On the nose, some vanilla, orange peel, tiny little oxidised edge (creme brulee?), hint of petrol. Complex and captivating. But the palate was a complete let down. Disappointingly simple, short, no ripeness to it. Zero fruit. I'd say this should have been drunk a year or 2 ago, which is disappointing for a bottle from a good vintage bearing the noble name of Meursault, esp. from a producer of this quality. Shame (Joel Hopwood - UK)

02/00 Jean-Noel Gagnard, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 1990
Lovely rich, ripe buttery citrus fruits, lively, leesy and almondy. Lovely round/fat palate yet zesty yet supple fruit acids. An excellent wine for drinking now. (Nick Alabaster - UK)

02/00 Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes 1990
Crisper, more mineral like austerity on the nose. Palate has highish, youthful acids and for me clamped down the finish. Sure it will be very fine but for me needs more time to soften and open up. (Nick Alabaster - UK)

02/00 Contes Lafon, Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrieres 1989
Oh yes – did I like this one ! Just that wonderful balance of intense, complex bready/citrus and butter nose. On the palate the fruit is riding a knife edge on the focused acids and the length is memorable. Utterly lovely (Nick Alabaster - UK)

01/00 Domaine de L'Eglantiere Montee de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru 1996
The nose is reminiscent of old Champagne (perhaps too old for a '96?). Strong acidity and a lovely mineral quality on the palate. Definitely unoaked, this would really suit a plain fish dish (as far as I remember - I've been a vegetarian for 8 years now!). My other half liked it, but preferred the more up-front, pineapples and cream flavour of the Jekel Chard '96 we finished off earlier. (Steve Evans - UK)

Rosé Burgundy

09/00 Bourgogne Rose', Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair 1998
Beautiful reddish copper color. Asian pear flavors, dry and crisp. Nicely done (Alex Bernardo - USA)

08/00 Domaine Jacques Prieur, Rosé de Pinot Noir 1996
Clear & bright. Paler than pale, partridge-eye, or perhaps a blush; colourless rim. Large white tartrate crystals on base of long high-quality cork. On the nose a persistent raspberry scent but some damp earthiness too. On the palate a suggestion of smokiness with fresh, acidic, faintly strawberry fruitiness. Distinctive, refreshing and goes down very easily but at 13% best not to have too much to do later on. Giving no signal of "urgent: drink up" but not going to improve. Overall impression: just right for the time and place. Could not recall most recent experiences of Alsace Pinot Noirs but this reminded me of them. (David Riach - UK)