Burgundy blog

 

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I recently went to a tasting of 60 Burgundy wines, red and white wines, and found myself really enjoying these. A large number of excellent wines and just my taste! I haven't tasted wines from the producers listed below, so it was a thrill.

It was Danish merchant, Philipson Wine, who arranged Burgundy Prestige tasting. It took place in the end of November 2018.

I'm not a newbie to Burgundy as I have tasted a reasonable amount of these through all these 34 years my wine writer carriere has lasted until now (2018). However, I haven't visited this famous wine producing area yet but hope to do it in 2019.

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Pouring delicacies!

Henri Boillot:

To many Burgundy experts, Henri Boillot is one of the best white wine producers in the area. Reds are steadily getting better and better as Henri Boillot's son, Guillaume, focuses a lot of improving the quality.

2015 Volnay Les Chevrets 1.Cru - fresh and energetic, aromatic nose of cherries and red fruit, elegant with finesse, fine complexity, discrete oak and grained tannin. Sublime wine. 92p.

2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay - freshness, charming, tropical fruit, tasty. Enjoyable. 88p.

2016 Meursault - so typical for Chardonnay grape aroma of melted butter, clean and intense, fine acidity and nerve. Complex with great distiction and length. Not bad at all. 92p.

2016 Puligny Montrachet Villages - really fine wine with fine acidity and energy, aromatic and well-knitted on the palate. Fine intensity and length, 92p.

2016 Puligny Montrachet 1.Cru Clos de la Mouchere (Monopole) - very mineral wine with great freshness, acidity and complexity. Intense, concentrated, refined and impressive length. Made from 50+ years old vines. Simply brilliant! 95+p.

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Domaine Y. Clerget:

Litte family estate in Volnay run today by 28th generation of Clerget family (since 1268). 2015 Volnay showed great intensity, strong backbone, fine depth and fine elegant style. Gentle dose of oak here just works well together with ripe fruit. Stylish wine. 92p.

Marquis d'Angerville:

Famous domaine in Volnay with its own clone of Pinot Noir.

2015 Volnay Champans 1.Cru - strong, creamy ripe fruit, great intensity and concentration, refined, complex and with fine balance. Long meaty finish. Excellent wine. 94p.

Domaine Frederic Esmonin:

Family owned estate which is based in Gevrey Chambertin. Started first to produce domaine bottled wines in 1987. Before that all production was sold to Jadot and Leroy. I was impressed by elegance of finesse of tasted wines and underlying intensity and power. Prices are very consumer friendly.

2015 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes - Elegant wine, silky fruit and tannin, fine balance, already quite accesible and pleasure to drink. Catchy elegance here. Will keep for several years. 91p.

2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1.Cru Les Champonnets - more intensity and acidity here, very cherry, smooth and inviting, round silky tannin and pretty fine fruity finish. 91-92p.

2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1.Cru Estournelles St.Jacques - even more of everything than in Les Champonnets. You really feel and taste the elegance and finesse here combined with virile and energetic cherry fruit. Will keep greatly for the next 10+ years. 92-93p.

2015 Ruchottes Chambertin - thick and very intense cherry nose, big ripe tannin greatly cooperating with dense and ripe fruit. Great depth, complexity and length. Very long and persistent cherry finish with some touch of almonds. This is just riveting performance. Long, long life. 95p.

Lucien Boillot:

2015 Gevrey Chambertin - nice fruity nose of ripe cherries and strawberries, charming, but a bit four-squared and with short aftertaste. On the light side. 87p.

2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1. Cru Les Cherbaudes - significantly more intensity and concentration here. More complex, more depth and longer. 89-90p.

Domaine Henri Felletig:

Wines are made from many parcels in Cotes de Nuits.

2015 Bourgogne Rouge - Ok wine, light, charming and tasty. 85p.

2015 Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes - far better on the nose and palate than 2015 Bourgogne Rouge, still a bit light for my taste and with a bit short finish. 88p.

2015 Chambolle Musigny 1.Cru Les Carrieres - very similar to Vieilles Vignes, but here you get much more intensity, complexity and length. Very stylish wine. 91p.

Hudelot Baillet:

Based in Chambolle Musigny. Old vines.

2015 Chambolle Musigny - quite nice ripe cherry flavors on the nose and palate, nice complexity as well. Very fruit driven and tasty. Smooth and well-balanced. Splendid effort. 92p.

Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux:

This domaine has existed in more than 150 years and is based close to Vosnee Romanée village, where some of very best Burgundy wines are made. Impressive range of wines.

2015 Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Fin - nice dark cherry nose, attractive, well polished on the palate with tasty fruit. Quite nice wine with strong consumer appeal. 89p.

2015 Chambolle Musigny - almost identical to Hudelot Baillets Chambolle Musigny, but I have found here slightly more complexity and depth. Gentle dose of oak works just fine with ripe fruit. Very stylish wine. 92p.

2015 Nuits St.Georges - same story here as in Chambolle Musigny, maybe a bit more spicy and perfumed wine here. 92+p.

2015 Vosnee Romanee - strong cherry perfume, refined and with splendid complexity, seductive with silky tannin, great balance and depth. Catches immediately your attention. 93p.

2015 Latricieres Chambertin - thick texture, fat and creamy, too young to enjoy now because of strong tannin and minerality. Needs time to soften. 94-95p.

Domaine Perrot Minot:

Based in Morey St.Denis and run by Christophe Perrot-Minot since 1993. Old vines here - 40-100 years old, mix of modern touch and careful vinification. Creamy and refined wines with great depth and intensity here impressed me a great deal. You pay here well for excellent quality.

2015 Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes - fruity, smooth, silky, very tasty, accessible and charming. Drinks well. 89p.

2015 Morey St. Denis La Rue de Vergy -  mineral, ripe raspberries, quite elegant and stylish. Dense structure on the palate and meaty finish. Just splendid. 93p.

2015 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes - potent and strong, splendid acidity and complexity. Impressive cherry and raspberry nose and palate, creamy fruit and well-trimmed tanin. Splendid depth and length. Textbook Burgundy. 93+p.

2015 Gevrey Chambertin - as impressive as C-M VV. Same intensity and creaminess combined with silky tannin, perfectly ripe fruit and great length. A winner. 94p.

2015 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru - a big scaled, deep, utterly concentrated wine, masculine, excellent purity and complexity, finishes with a gentle kiss of oak and fat fruit. Awesome stuff. 96p.

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