Part II - red wines
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Most of these wines are about to be bottled in Burgundy before being shipped. These notes carry the caveat that these are not necessarily finished wines, and the assessment should be taken on that basis.
Notes on 165 red 2001s compiled by wine-pages columnist Rosemary George MW and Neal Martin, fine-wine buyer.
Notes presented by stockist. Prices are estimated in some cases, and are per dozen-bottle case in-bond (add £14) and ex-VAT (17.5%).
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-lès-Beaune, la Pièce du Chapitre - £54.93
Price per 6. Firm dry oak on nose; hints of sweet vegetal Pinot Noir, plus oak on palate. Quite ripe and rounded. Long.
Nicolas Potel Savigny-lès-Beaune, Vieilles Vignes - £93.33
Quite firm structured nose; ditto on palate. Firm raspberry fruit. Quite firm with good underlying fruit.
Potel Côte de Nuits-Villages - £85.87
Quite firm nose; structured palate, with fruit tannin and acidity. Quite balanced. Should develop nicely.
Domaine Sylvain Cathiard NSG, Aux Murgers 1er cru - £229.87
Firm solid oak nose; ditto on palate; solid chunky oak. Long with good fruit and oak. To develop.
Domaine Robert Arnoux NSG, Clos des Corvées Pagets 1er cru - £344.00
Quite vegetal on nose; ditto on palate with acidity, tannin and elegant raspberry fruit. Very stylish. Should develop well.
Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée, Aux Reignots 1er cru - £301.33
Firm structured nose and palate. Dry raspberry fruit on palate; midweight. A long finish. To develop.
Domaine Bertagna Vougeot, Clos de la Perrières 1er cru - £290.56
Quite firm nose; quite solid, with sturdy oaky raspberry fruit. Quite firm tannins, with lovely underlying fruit to develop.
Sylvain Cathiard Chambolle-Musigny les Clos de l'Orme- £207.47
Quite firm structured nose; ditto on palate, with firm fruit and fresh raspberry flavours; balanced tannin, acidity and fruit.
Louis Boillot Morey-Saint-Denis, aux Charmes 1er cru - £187.07
Quite light colour; liquorice and raspberry fruit on nose and palate. Quite lightweight but fruit and tannin very present.
Frédéric Magnien Chambertin, Clos de Bèze grand cru - £613.89
Sturdy smoky oak; ditto on palate. Elegantly smoky oak. Stylish with lots of layers. Long and elegant. To develop.
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Domaine Rene Engel Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Brûlées
Pale ruby core. Nose shut down. Palate reveals fine balance, succulent tannins. Rustic. Typical Engel. Earthy/mineral. Tar. Lovely ripe finish. Superb. Best Engel wine for me (bottled in morning!) 21/25
Frédéric Magnien Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Beze
Strong cheesy nose. Earthy. Damp moss. Palate is Very fine. Lovely balance with silky smooth tannins. Sweet cherry/strawberry/plum. Elegant & feminine. Superb wine. 22/25
Louis Boillot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Aux Charmes
Very simple nose. High-toned. Quite angular/sharp. Good balance on the palate though. Slight savoury edge. Fine easy-drinking althought there are superior MSD's in 2001. 17/25
Nicolas Potel Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru
Very meaty/fleshy nose. Mint. Very dense, concentrated palate. Good balance with fine complexity. Very pure. Sweet red fruits. Black pepper. Exotic Chambertin. Smooth finish. Excellent. 21/25
Nicolas Potel Côte de Nuits-Villages
Quite a dull reductive nose. Burn rubber. Fruits is clean. Chewy. Very simple. moderate length. Very simple and with moderate length. O.K. but I expected more from Potel. 16/25
Nicolas Potel Savigny-lès-Beaune Villages - Vieilles Vignes
Very Savigny nose - leather/cranberry. Good integration. Fine balance but quite simple with clean fruits. Low tannins. Fine early drinking. Doesn`t excite but better than Volnay. 17/25
Nicolas Potel Volnay Vieilles Vignes
Pale ruby. Simple Pinot nose. Not deep. Palate has good grip. Rustic cherry fruits. Quite tannic and aggressive. More a Bourgogne Rouge quality level. 15/25
Domaine Sylvain Cathiard Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers
Nose is attractive - cherry, roses and vanilla (oak). Very fragrant. Very well-balanced. Feminine. Good depth. Lovely savoury finish - excellent NSG. 20/25
Sylvain Cathiard Chambolle-Musigny Villages - Les Clos de L`Orme
* Concentrated plummy, damson nose. Tight. Earth. Chewy tannins. Excellent concentration. Sweet redcurrant. Cherry. Quite spicy on the finish. Good length. Another fine CM. 21/25. £243.78
Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts
Great depth on nose. Animal, leather/savoury. Good definition. Lush sensuous palate. Subtle new oak. Concentrated with sweet red fruit. Slight bitter finish but very impressive. 22/25
Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots
Much more high-toned on the nose. Rich, alcoholic/oaky. Palate is dense, lots of oak - quite New World in style. Fine definition. Sweet black cherry on the finish. 20/25
Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée
Very muted nose. Simple cranberry/cherry notes. Good depth. Firm balance. Quite earthy and rustic for a V-R. Crunchy feel. Very sweet, good concentration. Fine quality for the Village cru. 18/25
Domaine Bertagna Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Plantes
Dense plummy nose. Pruney - touch volatile. Palate is quite dense. Plums. Very clean. Minerally/earthy. Backward. A little cloying on the finish. Very fine. 19/25
Domaine Bertagna Corton Grand Cru Rouge - Les Grands Lolières
Nose seems hollow after C-M. Quite savoury/herbal on nose. Palate is well-balanced. Good definition. Improves in the mouth. Smooth. Lovely definition on the finish. Potential here. Very fine. 21/25
Domaine Bertagna Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts
Very little on nose. Liquorice scented fruits. Quite spicy. Sweet cherry on palate. Quite gamey/chewy and more backward than other wine. Long term possibility. Lush sweet after-taste. Fine. 19/25
Domaine Bertagna Vougeot 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière Monopole
Huge nose. Rustic/earthy. Perhaps lacks depth. Palate packed with chewy tannins. Masculine. Good grip. Plummy damson fruits. Backward. Long term potential. 21/25
Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Bèze
Quite light ruby hue. An odd petrolly nose. Earthy. Medium-bodied. Good acidity. Sweet ripe cherry but lacks the complexity of Clos St. Jacques. Good, but not great. 19/25
Domaine Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques
Very subtle elegant nose. Black cherry and iodine. Lovely lift on the palate. Soars from the glass. Less concentrated than Rousseau. Very ripe and refined. Smooth velvety tannins. Very fine. 20/25
Domaine Dominique Gallois Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Seems over-extracted on nose. Very high-toned. Liquorice. Quite dense with a New Worldy palate. Rich. Lacks some elegance though. Very sweet cherry/strawberry on the finish. Good length. A bit commercial. 18/25
Dominique Gallois Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combe aux Moines
Very lacklustre/thin nose. Very lean. Good balance on the palate though. Spicy/peppery fruits. Coarse though. Rough pressing? Bitter cherry on the finish. Average. 16/25
Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns
Quite perfumed/floral on the nose. Not as animal as other C-M. Wet earth. Quite spicy on the palate with good acidity. Lacks some focus. Lacks depth. Average - nothing special. 17/25
Domaine J Cacheux Echézeaux
Very unexceptional nose. Lacks depth. Black cherry/plum notes. Good balance. Chewy tannins. Very sweet cherry but lacks grip and body. Grand Cru? Not really! 18/25
Domaine J Chauvenet Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
Very sweet nose but lacks depth/complexity. Quite simple palate - another wine seems over-chaptalised. Sickly. Cloying. Confected on the finish. 16/25
Domaine J Chauvenet Nuits-St.-Georges
Rather bland nose. Quite meaty. Boring. Light-med bodied. Low tannins. Simple sweet redcurrant/strawberry fruits. Clean and drinkable, but lacks vigour. 16/25
Domaine Jean-Marc Boulley Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Rounded nose of with cranberry/redcurrant notes. Soft. Quite seductive. But palate is unexpectedly harsh with a green stalky core. Very dry on the finish. Below par. 14/25
Domaine Jean-Louis Dufouleur Beaune 1er Cru Les Cents-Vignes
Pale ruby. Ripe cherry/strawberry nose. Too sweet for me. Palate is again quite coarse and lacks elegance. Dry woody element at the finish. Will possibly dry out. 14/25
Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux
Very liquorice nose. Toffee. Chewy tannins. Very sweet red fruits - cherry. Blackberry. A little short on the finish. Not bad but not exciting. 18/25
Domaine David Duband Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès
Very savoury "animal" nose. Good integration and moderate tannins. Well-balanced. Clean. Medium-bodied. Not much grip but again a nice savoury after-taste stays in the mouth. Very fine. 19/25
Domaine Digioia-Royer Chambolle-Musigny
* Lush rich damson damp earthy nose. Very brazen. Concentrated. Chewy. Lovely complexity. This is 1er Cru quality. Good grip. Long finish. Red wine of this tasting. 21/25. £175.46
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Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune, les Bourgeots - £174.00
Mid colour; rounded raspberries and a hint of oak on nose. Quite solid rounded fruit, with some tannin on palate. Long.
Domaine Paul Pernot Beaune 1er cru les Teurons - 189.00
Light colour; light vegetal notes on palate and palate. An elegant palate with a dry finish. Long.
Domaine Paul Pernot Pommard les Noizons - £222.00
Light colour; firm nose, Quite dry fruit, but with an underlying sweetness. Long
Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin, aux Echézeaux - £216.00
Firm raspberry nose; ditto on palate. Quite fresh firm fruit, with some tannins. Elegant; long; potential
Domaine Géantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin les Jeunes Rois - £222.00
Quite a solid nose. Some ripe juicy fruit. Midweight and quite elegant. Other Géantet-Pansiot wines have a similar delicate elegance and freshness, an appealing house style.
Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée, 1er cru, les Chaumes - £336.00
Firm nose; quite sturdy ripe palate, with some oak influence. Rounded, richer and fuller than some. Long.
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru - £366.00
Mid colour; elegant nose. Raspberry fruit and tannins on palate. Quite concentrated but elegantly so.
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Chambertin Grand Cru - £510.00
Mid colour. quite sturdy nose, and palate, with fresh raspberry fruit and well integrated oak. Long.
Domaine Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru - £888.00
Mid colour; firm nose with oak. Oak on palate with some lovely rounded, ripe fruit, with tannin and acidity. Quite concentrated. Long and considerable potential.
Domaine Robert Arnoux Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru - £672.00
Firm nose, with sturdy fruit, tannins and oak on palate; all beautifully balanced. Showing considerable potential and length.
Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru - £864.00
Light colour; quite a closed nose, and also initially on palate but with good fruit; oak raspberries, some tannin and acidity. Very harmonious and balanced; potential.
Domaine Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru - £864.00
Mid colour; quite firm raspberry liquorice fruit. Midweight; some tannins and acidity and a certain freshness. Long. Should develop nicely.
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Domaine René Engel Grands Echézeaux
Nose is stalky, lacks some focus. Lacks power of DRC or Gros GE. Very sweet, pure palate. Sprinkling of white pepper. Quite exotic and spicy on the finish. But lacks class and style. Good, not great. 19/25
Domaine René Engel Vosne-Romanée
Light ruby. Nose is a bit farmyardy/rustic with cherry/cranberry notes. Fine tannins. Rounded. Good grip. Not as harmonious and focused as Arnoux. More rustic and bullish. moderate length. Very good. 18/25
Domaine Robert Arnoux Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
* Completely different to Grivot. Rich high-toned black fruits on nose. Rounded cassis palate. Massive concentration. Well-balance. Pure, Very elegant but powerful. Full-bodied. Layers of rich oak. Long. Sublime. 23/25. £672.00
Domaine Robert Arnoux Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Corvées Pagets
A backward nose with hints of orange peel/strawberry. Quite simple. Palate: bitter cherry with light tannins. moderate length. Les Proces has more weight and better mouthfeel. Good but not great. Tasted twice. 18/25
Domaine Robert Arnoux Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès
* Delicate nose. Lacks some depth. Strawberry/minerals. Fine concentration. Elegant with lovely balance. Smooth. Lots of rich oak with a sweet cassis tinged finish. Very fine. 5+ yrs. 20/25. £300.00
Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes
Typical V-R nose. Elegant blueberry/cherry notes. High-toned. Fine depth on the palate. Good acidity with an almost exotic spicy finish. A decadant hedonistic wine. Superb. 21/25
Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Probably one of Arnoux' best lieux-dits. Backward, broody nose. But cheesy? Smooth tannins. Rich with fine acidity. Less complex than the 98. Refined with a powerful redcurrant finish. Superb. 21/25
Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée
Compared to Engel/Clavelier - much smoother and more refined. Rounded high-toned red fruits. Though lighter than Engel, more refined and balanced. Smooth tannins. An impressive V-R in this vintage. 19/25
Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Fourneaux
Very funky nose - almost like a Côte-du-Rhône. Cassis. The palate seems very oxidised with soft tannins. Weak, dilute structure. Only just drinkable. 15/25
Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses
Simple cherry/strawberry nose. A little more weight. moderate tannins but again unripe fruits (cranberry.) moderate length. End to a woeful flight of 01`s from Bize. 16/25
Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune Grands Liards
Very simple, practically dilute cranberry/cherry flavoured nose. Light. Weedy. No structure or concentration. Again utterly disappointing. 14/25
Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Bougeots
Very light ruby. Already a bad sign! Dilute weak nose. Very dilute on the palate. No structure nor concentration. Not even a basic Bourgogne Rouge. What happened??? 13/25
Domaine Guy Amiot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint Jean Rouge
Lovely hedgrow nose. Roses. Briary. Palate is quite angular but with fragrant ripe fruits. Quite tangy , good vigour, though lacks the nuance of his whites. Medium-term drinking. 18/25
Domaine Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
Very little on the nose. Bitter lemon? Palate is metallic with good acidity. White pepper. Moderate grip. Firm. Robust. Quite tannic and rustic. Seems to lack harmony to me. May come together. 18/25
Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart Grand Cru
* Deep colour. Intense nose (with a toy train set note!) Very smooth entry. Immensely concentrated and powerful. Cassis/cherry and violets. Very sophisticated and long, high-toned finish. Brilliant wine. 23/25. £888.00
Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux
Deeper colour than Esmonin. Fine raspberry/floral nose. Roses. Very sweet red fruits. Light-med bodied. Quite pure. Ripe cherry with a little bitter lemon on the finish. Fine early drinking. 18/25
Domaine Fourrier Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Light hue. Touch of änise/liquorice on the nose which is not intense. Änise comes through on the palate. Medium-bod. Refined. Elegant. Sweet cherry/dark chocolate. This would be superb in a better vintage. Very good. 19/25
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Chambertin Grand Cru
Nothing at all on the nose. Palate is refined, more peppery than de Beze though lacks some harmony & focus. Touch of dark chocolate on the finish. Lacks weight and power for me. 20/25
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Bèze
Much more minerally on the nose. Wet pavement. The palate is more floral/elegant with violets/cherries. Doesn't get into 5th gear and nowhere near Rousseau's wine but good medium-term drinking. 20/25
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevry-Chambertin Clos Prieur
Very little on nose. Quite rustic/earthy. Tangy sweet strawberry. Moderate tannins. Lacks some smoothness. Over-chaptalised? Lacks focus but still quite charming in its way. 18/25
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru
A minerally nose - a touch mushroomy and reductive. Medium-bodied. Ripe sweey cherry/cranberry fruits. Seems a tad confected and forced with a bitter Morello cherry finish. Good but not great. 19/25
Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Very little on the nose. Palate has good depth. Medium-bodied. Ripe sweey cherry fruits. Good acidity. Slightly monotonous with lack of complexity. Fine pure finish with good definition. Medium length. Very fine. 19/25
Domaine Geantet-Pansiot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Vieille Vignes
Simple minerally nose. Hedgrow. Rustic. Cut grass. Palate has great concentration/balance. Charnu. Low acidity. Animal. Very typical C-M. Good length. Masculine. Lovely wine. 5-8 yrs. 21/25
Domaine Geantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs
A dumb nose. Slightly vegetal. Notes of orange/strawberry. Reductive? Very smooth on the palate with good weight but also foursquare, little joie-de-vivre. Hollow on the finish. Again awkward stage? 18/25
Domaine Geantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin Les Jeunes Rois
A bland nose. Seems confected and monotonous. Lacks vigour. Simple rounded rasperry/cherry fruits on palate. A touch of plum. This could just not be showing well. Weak tannins. Probably need to retaste. 17/25
Domaine Geantet-Pansiot Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
Good weight on the nose. Backward and dense broody red fruits. Palate is very smooth with fine concentration and acidity. Quite spicy and vigorous on the finish. Bravo! Very fine wine. 21/25
Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Grand Clos des Epenots
* Wow - this is so different. Sweet red fruits - black cherry - nicely integrated oak. Good grip. Hints of chocolate. Black fruits. Good length and weight. Perhaps the hail missed this lieu-dit. 20/25. £351.00
Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Les Croix Noires
Very dilute nose. Insipid palate with a distinct soap-sud flavour. Avoid at all costs! 13
Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers
Bland nose. Cardboardy - dirty filter pads? Light oxidised fruits - it seem over-filtered to me. Light red fruits. Dilute on the finish. Hailed away. 15/25
Domaine de Courcel Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Nose less vigour then Epenots. Simple. Quite smoky. moderate grip. Strawberry/cherry. Smoky element again. Truffle? Good acidity with nice definition on the finish. Very fine. 19/25
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru
Oddly seems better than 00. Good weight on the nose. More concentration than 00. Very sweet cherry flavoured palate which could be over-chaptalised. Somewhat confected. Tart is far superior. 18/25
Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée La Montagne
Very little on nose. Quite angular with orange/clementine notes. Good acidity. But it lacks the body and finesse of Arnoux`s V-R. Bitter cherry on the finish. O.K. 17/25
Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée Les Hauts de Beaux-Monts
Rather vinegary, acetic nose. Moderate concentration but lacks grip. Coarse for V-R. Rustic style, earthy with a rather abrupt finish. This should be much better. 14/25
Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru
Nose less complex, more fem than Beze. Blueberry pie. Palate has higher acidity with more definition (though Beze more cerebral). Again, amazing purity and balance. Silky smooth. 5-7+yrs. Very great. 21/25
Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Bèze
* The best Rousseau 01. Backward liquorice nose. Very complex. Charnu/meaty. Wonderful purity with blackcherry/liquorice notes. Supreme definition. Complete Pinot Noir with unmatched sophistication. Wine of the vintage? 23/25. £864.00
Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques
Much more dense on the nose. Backward. Broody. Palate is refined, a touch of cheese. Not overly complex but a pure PN profile. Smoky hint with a dense minerally finish. Goes on and on. Wonderful. 22/25
Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Very plain nose. Green pepper. Stalky. Palate is medium-bod. Quite spicy but lacks depth or concentration. I prefer Fourrier. Seems to suffer some dilution and fades on the finish. Definition the weak card in the pack. 18/25
Domaine Françoise et Denis Clair St. Aubin 1er cru rouge - £83.75
Mid colour; ripe raspberries on nose - tannin and acidity and a certain freshness on the palate with raspberry fruit. Good value
Domain Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet 2001 - £97.75
Medium colour; closed nose; firm fruit, with hints of liquorice and raspberry; firm tannins and layers of flavour to develop.
Domaines Jean & Annick Parent Pommard 1er cru les Rugiens - £220.50
Firm nose; structured palate; quite tight firm fruit; quite sturdy; Long and should develop well.
Maison Champy Aloxe-Corton 1er cru Clos du Chapitre - £189.25
Firm nose; hints of oak, and more so on palate. Quite sweet oak, with fresh tannins; Medium weight.
Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er cru les Suchots - £308.50
Good colour; firm nose, with a hint of chocolate. Some firm sweet fruit. Quite appealing and supple on finish.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru Ile des Vergelesses - £143.35
(also available in magnums - £147.85 and jeroboams - £187.50) Light colour; delicate raspberry fruit. Ditto on plate; quite fresh with light tannins
Chandon de Briailles Corton-Bressandes grand cru - 279.25
Light colour; delicate nose; elegant fruit on the palate with supple tannins; Long and delicate; finely crafted and quite forward.
Chandon de Briailles Corton Clos du Roi, grand cru - £315.90
Light nose; firmer than Corton Bressandes with more concentration on the palate; still very elegant with a long delicate finish.
Domaine des Lambrays Morey Saint Denis - £201.85
Mid colour; quite firm smoky oaky nose; ditto on palate; oak dominates, but underlying fruit; quite structured and a long finish.
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays grand cru - £97.25
Mid colour; quite firm oak on nose; structured palate; quite sturdy with fruit underneath and very long finish.
Domaine Anne-Françoise Gros Vosne Romanée aux Mazières - 178.95
Mid colour; quite firm structured nose; layers of fruit; structure, tannins and raspberry fruit on palate - good potential.
Anne-Françoise Gros Echézeaux grand cru - £405.50
Good colour; quite a solid closed nose; some ripe rounded fruit, with tannin, structure and layers of flavour. Already quite appealing but with good potential.
Domaine Auxey-Duresses, Clos du Val 1er cru - £203.00
Two thirds from 40 year old vines. Quite a round nose with hints of raspberry. Attractive raspberry fruit on the palate. Rounded and structured. Promises well.
Michel Prunier Beaune. les Sizies, 1er cru - £210.00
From 80 year old vines. Quite a spicy liquorice nose, with some oak influence on the palate. Beautifully balanced. Should develop well.
Château de Monthélie Rully, Préaux 1er cru - £121.00
Quite ripe but sturdy liquorice nose. Attractive liquorice fruit, Ripe with an attractive freshness.
Domaine Rémi Rollin Pernand-Vergelesses, Ile des Vergelesses, 1er cru - £191.00
Quite rounded raspberry fruit, with fresh acidity and balancing tannins.
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-lès-Beaune - £127.00
This wine accounts for one third of their total production. A distinctive new bottle and label design, a sign of the younger generation wishing to make themselves noticed, namely Nathalie Tollot and her two cousins. Quite a solid rounded nose, with rich quite oaky fruit on the palate. A combination of attractively smoky oak and ripe fruit.
Tollot-Beaut Corton-Bressandes, grand cru - £351.00
Quite sturdy firm fruit on nose; oak on alate balanced with good fruit. Nicely structured; long and concentrated. Promises well.
Vincent Dancer Pommard les Pézerolles - £275.00
Quite an elegant nose. Ditto palate; with rich but elegant fruit. Very supple with appealing fruit; and surprisingly ready.
Domaine Follin-Arbelet Romanée-St.-Vivant, grand cru - £1426.00
A more structured style than some. Smoky oak on nose, quite structured but very elegant and stylish. quite closed understated fruit, but a deceptively long and lingering finish. Promises well, as it should at the price.
Domaine Robert Chevillon NSG, aux Chaignots, 1er cru - £249.00
Quite firm structured nose; ditto on palate, with a backbone of tannin. Some underlying raspberry notes on the finish.
Robert Chevillon NSG, les Cailles, 1er cru - £309.00
Firm smoky oak on nose. Some raspberry fruit on the palate with some vegetal notes. Remarkably accessible fruit, but some fresh acidity. Long and appealing
Domaine Bruno Clair Marsannay Rouge - £97.00
Quite firm liquorice nose; ditto on the palate, with some attractive fruit and a backbone of tannins. Good value.
Domaine André Geoffrey Fixin la Croix Blanche - £151.00 Delicate nose; quite rounded ripe vegetal fruit; very appealing already.
André Geoffrey Vosne-Romanée, les Champs Perdrix - £245.00
Quite firm nose; ditto on the palate, with appealing fruit and a firm backbone of tannin.
André Geoffrey Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St. Jacques, 1er cru - £463.00 Firm nose, with solid fruit underneath. Attractive structured fruit on the palate. Nicely balanced; both elegant and powerful at the same time.
Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle-Musigny - £210.00
Quite rich oak on nose; ditto on the palate, with rich fruit. Quite concentrated, with balancing acidity and tannin. For Mme Barthod, the vintage has turned out better than she initially expected.
Chambolle-Musigny, les Fuées, 1er cru - £368.00
An intriguing nose, with different nuances, raspberry, liquorice and oak. Soft tannins on the palace, with lovely fruit and a stylish delicate finish. Very elegant and surprisingly ready.
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Vougeot, grand cru - £426.00
Quite firm spicy nose. Ditto on the palate with some wonderfully ripe fruit and layers of flavour.
Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes-Mares, grand cru - £426.00
Lovely rich complex layers on the nose. Elegant fruit on the palate, very stylish with layers of flavour. Long.
Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin Clos de Bèze, grand cru - £516.00
Quite structured, with layers of flavour, liquorice and raspberry fruit. Good backbone of tannin. Should develop well
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Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles
Deep ruby. Very sweet cherry/strawberry nose. Lacks some depth. Palate has lovely balance, fine tannins. More elegant and sensuous. Very suave on the finish. Excellent. 21/25
Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières
Deep ruby. Dense black fruits. Cherry/mulberry. Very soft supple palate. Good grip. Chewy. Very sweet ripe fruits. Feminine. Very charming. Superb. 20/25
Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St.-Georges
Very little on nose. Blackcherry. Moderate intensity - smooth tannins. Pure with a mint note. Tobacco notes. Good complexity - this is a fine village cru. 18/25
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Fournières
* Pale garnet core. Lovely intense nose. Tarry, cranberry scented. Fine definition. Good grip. Tannic. Masculine with fine concentration. Very up-front and brash. Nice rustic finish. Excellent. 20/25. £210.00
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Aloxe-Corton
Nose is quite muted. Earthy. Nice sweet PN edge. Again, lovely clean fruits. Fine definition with excellent concentration. Good grip. Rustic, bold wine with a lush sweet finish. Excellent stuff. 19/25
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves
* A lovely floral, feminine nose. Rose petals, cherry. Lovely soft smooth tannins. Ripe inky fruits. Very supple. Quality shines though. Elegant with good length. Top wine. Fantastic value. 22/25. £288.00
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-lès-Beaune - La Piece du Chapître
Lovely nose of cherry/strawberry. Fragrant and defined. Fine tannins. Well-integrated oak. Very crisp, rounded with good concentration. Quite rich and full. Very strong cherry flavoured finish. Superb. 20/25
Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru Les Bressandes
Deep garnet. Quite refined on nose. Sweet cherry with blackcurrant underneath. Very smooth tannins. Supple. Good complexity but not as much as the 99. Again a rustic finish. Excellent. 21/25
Domaine Vicomte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Villages - Clos du Château
Monopole. Deep garnet. Quite reductive on the nose: burnt rubber notes. Palate is quite meaty with fine robust tannins. Animal. Lacks smoothness. Quite individual A bruiser of a wine! 19/25
Domaine Vicomte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Villages - La Colombière
Light garnet colour. Lovely savoury nose: notes of figs/herbs. Med-bodied. Tannic with dark tarry black fruits. Almost austere. Very broody. Perhaps too much stalk? Fine but needs 3-5 yrs. 19/25
Domaine Ghislain Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées
More muted on the nose. Slightly less refined than Veroilles. Palate is more robust, animally with hints of truffles. Lacks some vigour. 5-6 yrs for this wine. Veroilles will drink earlier. 19/25
Domaine Ghislain Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Veroilles
Med garnet. Lovely cherry-cheesecake nose. Very fragrant & refined. Palate reflects the nose. Well-integrated. Smooth and svelte. Not complex but feminine and seductive. Very fine. 19/25
Domaine Ghislain Barthod Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Medium garnet core. Simple sweet strawberry nose. Well-balanced. Slightly coarse. Firm tannins. Lacks some cohesion now so needs another year or so. Good. 17/25
Domaine Emmanuel Rouget Echézeaux
Moderate garnet. Deep damson nose. Broody. Palate has lovely balance with silky tannins. Very fine for an Echezeaux but too expensive. A rich plummy finish. Classy but is it that good??? 20/25
Domaine Emmanuel Rouget Savigny-lès-Beaune
Garnet hue. Very alcoholic - almost volatile nose. Palate is quite spicy but coarse. Lacks focus and definition. Seems to have been fermented at too higher temp for me. Funky. 18/25
Domaine Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée
Medium ruby. Very high-toned black fruits. Liquorice. Chewy tannins. Gamey. Quite alcoholic. Very plummy with lacks V-R's smoothness and elegance. I've tasted better V-R's in this vintage. 18/25
Domaine Andre Geoffrey Fixin Villages Rouge - La Croix Blanche
* Ruby core. Wonderful pure cherry nose. Fragrant. Good balance on the palate. Spicy - almost Rhône-like. High-toned fruits. Good length. Another fine Fixin 2001. 19/25. £151.00
Domaine Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers
Very little on nose. Sweet strawberry/cranberry. Crunchy tannins. Rustic. Lacks depth. Seems sulky. Lacks vitality. Fine but not exciting and again, very expensive. 18/25
Domaine Bruno Clair Morey-St.-Denis - En la Rue de Vergy
Very sweet/floral nose. Pure and quite sensuous. Slightly dry on palate. Firm structure. Dusty tannins. Rustic. Lacks the subtlety on the Fixin but still very well-crafted. 18/25
Domaine Bruno Clair Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode
Light garnet core. Nice fragrant nose - tennis balls! Medium body. Chewy tannins. Tough now. Tannic. Fine sweet finish. Very fine though not as good as previous vintages. 18/25
Domaine Bruno Clair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Champs Perdrix
Very muted nose. Hint of cheese/cherry. Smooth palate - tight & focussed. This lacks the voluptuousness of V-R. Awkward - a stroppy wine! Needs a few years. 17/25
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
* Deep ruby. Potent fecal nose. Horseshit. Palate has lovely balance with seemless tannins. So smooth. Voluptuous. Sweet cherry fruits. Long finish. A very sexy seductive Pinot Noir. Superb. 22/25. £426.00
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Bèze
Moderate garnet. Damp earth - muted. Cherry/ strawberry notes. Fine attacking palate - angular. Lacks the power of Bonnes-Mares or Vougeot - a but disappointing after those superb wines. 5-6 yrs. 18/25
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
Muted earthy nose. Blackcurrant. Needs time. Palate is dense, chewy tannins. Medium-full body. Very broody. Black dusty fruits. Fine definition on the finish. An excellent Vougeot. 21/25
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
Pale garnet. Lacklustre nose. Blueberry with a touch of mint. Very sweet, supple palate with good acidity. Fine ripeness but a little monotonous. Doesn't really go anywhere. Drink 3-4 yrs. 17/25
Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin
Moderate garnet. Ripe earthy, compact nose. Soft palate that lacks some structure. Too soft and supple and lacking vigour at the finish. Drink soon. 16/25
Mid colour; some liquorice fruit on nose; Quite a firm palate with some acidity and tannin. Quite refreshing.
Monthélie les Duresses, 1er cru
Quite firm smoky liquorice nose and palate. Quite sturdy and structured.
Le Corton, grand cru
Some smoky oak and fruit on nose. Quite sturdy, oaky fruit and tannin and palate. Structured and long, with good potential.
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos Saint Marc, 1er cru
Firm nose and a structured palate, with firm raspberry fruit and a backbone of tannin.
Nuits-Saint-Georges les Cailles, 1er cru
Quite firm closed nose; quite firm liquorice fruit; tannin and a touch of spice. Medium weight and balanced. Should develop nicely.
Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Rully Rouge Maizières - £95.00
Quite firm raspberry fruit; ditto on palate, with some tannin. Quite elegant
Domaine Simon Bize Savigny-lès-Beaune, aux Grands Liards - £135.00
Delicate nose, a hint vegetal. Dry raspberry Pinot Noir on palate. Quite firm and should develop well.
Domaine Arlaud Morey-St.-Denis - £145.00
Quite firm oak on nose. Ditto on palate; structured with potential.
Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin - £TBC
Light colour; quite elegant nose; ditto on plate, with some firm fruit and potential.
Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er cru Clos St. Jacques - £TBC
Firm quite dry oak; ditto on palate, with some stylish fruit. Elegant and showing considerable potential to develop.
Domaine Michel Magnien Morey St. Denis - Très Girard
Soft cherry fruit. Rounded and plump. But palate is structured with firm tannins. Well-balanced. Quite austere on the finish. Earthy finish. Good length. 4-8 yrs. 19/25
Domaine Robert Arnoux Vosne-Romanée Villages - Les Hautes Maizières
Nose is closed. Simple Pinot Noir aroma. Palate is tannic, backward with typical high-toned black fruits. Quite dry on the finish. Not as well balanced as the 1er Cru's but still very fine. 19/25
Domaine Anne Gros Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Very fine ripe cherry/strawberry fruits. Nothing complex but very pure and soft. Fine early drinking. 18/25
Domaine Anne Gros Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
Pure flashy red fruits on the powerful nose. Very strong palate. Well-integrated with a stylish stony quality. Good mid-palate with hint of tinned prunes! This will develop marvellously. 22/25
Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg
Blackcurrant and cherries. Very complex palate with silky smooth tannins. Chocolate & blackcherry. Stunning focus and intensity on the finish. Fabulous wine. 21/25
Domaine Anne Gros Vosne-Romanée
A woody nose with toffee notes. Very fleshy and ripe. Cherry and blackcurrant fruits. Very well integrated. Should be showing well in 2-3 yrs. 19/25
Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Clos de Vougeot
Very difficult to assess at early stage. Lots of finesse on the palate though. Fine rounded red fruits. Very difficult to conclude now. 19/25
Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Grands Echézeaux
A savoury mushroomy/cep nose. Good depth and more structured than other vintages. Fine savoury finish. Should prove another fine wine. 20/25
Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Richebourg
Slightly herbaceous nose. Green pepper. Fine ripe palate with pure black fruits maybe lacking the weight of the 2000. Needs another 2 years to assess properly. 20/25
Domaine Gros Frère et Souer Vosne-Romanée
Chunky raspberry fruits. Good acidity. A bit coarse. Very difficult to assess with the malolactic still to finish. Should make fine early drinking. 19/25