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LES GRANDS JOURS DE BOURGOGNE

Michael Mayfield • 6/3/14        Print This Post Print This PostComment Bookmark and Share

The Grands Jours de Bourgogne is an international trade fair that takes place in the heart of the Burgundy. Created in 1992 by the Bourgogne Wine Board, the Grands Jours de Bourgogne takes place every two years in March. It brings trade representatives and journalists from across the globe together, to explore the wines of Burgundy.

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One spends a week travelling around Burgundy to attend up to 15 wine tasting shows held in prestigious locations. One day is devoted to each of the five wine-growing areas Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Maconnaise.

The aim of the Grands Jours de Bourgogne is to increase knowledge about and raise the profile of Burgundy wines (to read more about the Grands Jours de Bourgogne click here)

I participated in ten tasting sessions tasting 359 wines or approximately 1/3 of the wines presented during the five-day period. My tasting notes are listed below in order of tasting with a summary of the top rated wines at the end. All in all it was a very good experience and there were significant differences in the wines from top to bottom. Explaining once again why selectivity is so important in selecting Burgundy.

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Day One March 17, 2014

Les Portes d’Or de al Bourgogne – Chablis (62 wines tasted)

EXTRAORDINARY

Domaine CHEVALLIER

Chablis Cuvee Prestige – 2012

OUTSTANDING

Domaine d’HENRI

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume Heritage – 2012

Domaine CHEVALLIER

Chablis 1st Cru Montmains – 2012

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Domaine MOSNIER

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2012

Domaine des CHAUMES

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2011

Domaine Jean DAUVISSAT Pere et Fils

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2011

Louis ROBIN

Chablis 1st Cru Vosgros – 2012

Domaine d’HENRI

Chablis – 2012

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume – 2012

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Domaine CHEVALLIER

Petit Chablis – 2012

Domaine d’ANTHONY

Petit Chablis – 2013

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2013

Chablis Cuvee Prestige – 2012

Domaine Gerard TREMBLAY

Chablis Grand Cru CruVaudesir– 2011

Domaine Alain GEOFFROY

Chablis 1st Cru Vau Ligneau – 2012

 

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

Domaine MOSNIER

Petit Chablis – 2012

Bright, clear color, bright nose of subtle lemon, a bit green on attack, palate and no finish. A bit herbal.

Chablis – 2012

Bright, clear color, bright citrus nose, watery and thin on attack & palate with medium finish.

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Bright, clear color, bright citrus nose with some flintiness, fairly complex on attack, and palate with solid finish – Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Beauroy – 2012

Subtle nose, a bit thin on attack and palate, okay finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2012

A slightly expressive nose, nice attack, palate and finish with a bit of salinity – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #2

Domaine des CHAUMES

Petit Chablis – 2012

No nose, nice attack, weak on the palate with no finish and a bit sweet.

Chablis – 2011

Some citrus nose, nice mouth-feel, clean and almost a bit creamy with a medium finish – Recommended.

Chablis – 2012

Some citrus nose, nice mouth-feel, clean and almost a bit creamy with a medium finish – Recommended.

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2011

Nice citrus nose with a little flint, some acid on attack, and palate, fairly complex. Solid finish with a little lime – Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Vaillons – 2011

Bigger nose with a little oak, some wood on attack, and palate, fairly complex. A California style wine. Not what I’m looking for in Chablis.

Tasting order #3

Domaine Jean DAUVISSAT Pere et Fils

Chablis – 2012

Simple nose, sweet attack and palate, with short finish – Recommended.

Chablis Heritage – 2011

Complex nice nose of flint and citrus, medium attack, palate and finish.

These vines were planted in the 1940s & 50s – Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2011

Complex nice nose of flint and citrus, medium to complex attack and palate, with a nice long finish – Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Montmains – 2011

A flinty nose with a little citrus, medium attack, palate and finish – Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Vaillons – 2011

A very subtle nose, sweet on attack, palate and finish. Too sweet for me.

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume – 2011

A very subtle flint nose, sweet on attack, palate and finish. Too sweet for me.

Chablis 1st Cru L’Homme Mort – 2011

A very subtle flint nose, sweet on attack, palate and finish. A more modest wine than the previous two, but still too sweet for me.

Tasting order #4

Louis ROBIN

Chablis – 2012

Clear in color, nice flinty nose, very stony and dry on attack and palate, with a medium finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Vosgros – 2012

Clear in color, nice flinty nose, sweet on attack and palate, with a long dry finish Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Vaucoupin – 2012

Clear in color, subtle nose, sweet on attack and palate, with a medium dry finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Vosgros – 2011

Clear in color, subtle citrus and flinty nose, mildly sweet on attack and palate, with a long soft finish – Recommended.

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Tasting order #5

Domaine d’HENRI

Chablis – 2012

Slightly golden color, complex flinty nose, dry slightly acidic attack, palate and finish. A nice dry wine – Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume – 2012

Slightly golden color, subtle nose, dry slightly sweet attack, palate and finish. Fairly soft, but still nice acidity on long finish – Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Slightly golden color, really nice stony/flinty nose, dry complex attack, palate and finish. Fairly long mild finish, nice – Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume Heritage – 2012

Slightly golden color, complex flinty/flinty nose, dry complex attack, palate and finish. Long finish, very nice – Outstanding.

Tasting order #6

Domaine BACHELIER

Petit Chablis – 2013

Citrus nose, medium sweet attack and palate, with a rather green finish.

Chablis – 2013

A mild citrus nose, medium sweet attack and palate with a pleasant finish – Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Les Fourneaux – 2011

A subtle flinty nose, medium sweet attack and palate with a flinty finish, which as quite nice – Recommended.

Cremant de Bourgogne

A slightly butterscotch nose (very subtle), alive and vibrant attack and palate with a nice slightly acidic finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #7

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Petit Chablis – 2012

A subtle nose, very slightly sweet attack and palate, with a nice complex finish. One of the top two Petit Chablis – Highly Recommended.

Chablis – 2012

A subtle nose, very slightly sweet attack and palate, finish is slightly sweet – Recommended.

Chablis Cuvee Prestige – 2012

A beautiful nose of stone and citrus, very nice attack and palate of nice citrus/lemon, with a long finish – Extraordinary.

Chablis 1st Cru Montmains – 2012

A subtle stony nose, complex attack and palate with a nice long finish – Outstanding.

Tasting order #8

Domaine d’ANTHONY

Petit Chablis – 2013

A nice citrus/flinty nose, smooth attack and palate with citrus/lime and a nice finish. One of the top two Petit Chablis – Highly Recommended.

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2013

A beautiful citrus nose with some flint, a little sweet on attack and palate with a medium finish – Highly Recommended.

Chablis Cuvee Prestige – 2012

A beautiful citrus/stone nose, great attack, palate and finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #9

Louis MICHEL et Fils

Chablis – 2012

A subtle citrus nose, sweet attack, palate, and finish. A smooth easy drinking wine with medium acidity.

Chablis 1st Cru Montmains – 2012

A very nice nose of subtle citrus & stone, acid on attack, with a sweet palate and finish – Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Montee de Tonnerre – 2012

A sweet nose, green on attack, palate and finish. Not my type of wine.

Chablis 1st Cru Secher – 2011

A nose of sweet stones, sweet on attack and palate with a bitter finish.

Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir – 2011

A subtle sweet nose, thin sweet attack & palate, with a tart finish, but still

pleasant – Recommended.

Chablis Grand Cru Grenouilles – 2011

No nose, just sweet all the way through attack, palate, and finish.

Tasting order #10

Cave COULAUDIN BUSSY

Chablis – 2012

No nose, watery attack, palate, and finish. Nothing to this wine.

Chablis – 2011

A very subtle nose, some acidity and tartness on attack, palate, and finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Vaillons – 2012

No nose, some acidity and tartness on attack, palate, and finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Vaillons – 2011

Nose has a very subtle resemblance of an aged Riesling, sweet on attack & palate, with a tart finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2012

A nice subtle nose, sweet on attack, palate and finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2011

A nice subtle nose, sweet on attack, palate and finish.

Tasting order #11

Domaine Gerard TREMBLAY

Petit Chablis – 2013

A subtle nose, Lime on attack and palate, mildly tart finish – Recommended.

Chablis – 2013

A subtle nose, sweet attack and palate, with a bit of a green finish. Not my favorite.

Chablis – 2012

A sweet nose, sweet & thin attack and palate, bit of a green finish. Not my favorite.

Chablis 1st Cru Beauroy – 2012

No nose, sweet with some body on attack and palate, okay finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Cote de Lechet – 2012

A subtle nose, mildly sweet on attack & palate with medium body, okay finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Montmains – 2012

A subtle nose, mildly acidic on attack & palate with medium body, long finish.

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume – 2012

A citrus nose, sweet attack & palate, long finish – Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume Vieilles Vignes– 2012

A citrus nose, sweet attack & palate, long tart finish – Recommended.

Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir– 2011

A nice citrus nose, soft attack & palate, long sweet finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #12

Domaine Alain GEOFFROY

Petit Chablis – 2012

No nose, vibrant light attack and palate, medium finish – Recommended.

Chablis – 2012

A subtle citrus nose, mild attack and palate, with a mellow finish.

Chablis Vieilles Vignes – 2012

A subtle citrus nose, nice attack and palate (just slightly light), with a medium finish – Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Vau Ligneau – 2012

A subtle citrus nose, alive attack and palate (with citrus), a medium/long finish –Highly Recommended.

Chablis 1st Cru Beauroy – 2012

A citrus nose, a little sweet on attack and palate (with citrus), a slightly tart long finish – Recommended.


Day Two March 18, 2014

Joyaux en Cote de Nuits (36 wines tasted)

OUTSTANDING

MARCHAND Jean-Philippe

Chambertin Grand Cru– 2011

Domaine FAIVELEY

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2012

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Domaine Alain BURGUET

Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites – 2011

CHANSON Pere et Fils

Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru – 2012

Bruno CLAIR

Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes – 2011

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Fonteny– 2011

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2011

MARCHAND Jean-Philippe

Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes– 2012

Philippe LECLERC

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2009

Maison Camille GIROUD

Charmes-Chambertin – 2011

Chambertin Grand Cru– 2011

Domaine FAIVELEY

Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2012

 

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

BOUCHARD Pere et Fils

Gevrey-Chambertin – 2012

Light ruby color, subtle cherry nose, dry & bitter on attack and palate, with a very dry finish.

Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2012

Light ruby color, dusty nose, medium soft on attack and palate, with a medium length finish. More approachable than the previous wine – Recommended.

Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru – 2012

Light ruby color, dusty nose, fairly hard on attack and palate, with a more mild finish. Overall, the fruit is obscured and the wine needs time – Recommended.

Tasting order #2

Domaine Alain BURGUET

Bourgogne Pince Vin – 2011

Light ruby color, subtle nose, bright cherry on attack and palate, with a nice finish.

Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Symphonie – 2011

Light ruby color, dusty earth and cherry nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack and palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites – 2011

Light ruby color, smoky nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack and palate, with a nice long finish – Highly Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Mes Favorites – 2009

Dark ruby color, a little age on a dusty earth and cherry on nose, smooth on attack and slightly soft on palate, with a very dry finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #3

CHANSON Pere et Fils

Marsannay rouge – 2012

Medium ruby color, no nose, sweet on attack & bitter on palate, with a very dry finish.

Chapelle-Chambertin – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, dusty nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack and palate, with a dry medium/long finish.

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, dusty nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack and palate, with a dry medium/long finish. This is slightly softer than the previous wine – Recommended.

Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, subtle cherry on nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack and palate, with a dry long finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #4

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Bruno CLAIR

Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes – 2011

Medium ruby color, no nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a medium dry finish. Quite a nice Marsannay – Highly Recommended.

Marsannay Les Longeroies – 2011

Medium ruby color, subtle nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a bone dry finish – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Fonteny– 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate with a rich mouth-feel, and a medium finish – Highly Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2011

Medium ruby color, subtle nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a bright cherry finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #5

MARCHAND Jean-Philippe

Fixin Les Damnes – 2011

Light ruby color, a very subtle dusty earth nose, medium tannins and some cherry on attack & palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes– 2012

Medium ruby color, subtle dusty earth nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate with a big cherry long finish – Highly Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, nice dark cherry nose, bitter tannins and cherry on attack & palate. Very young and a bit tough, should improve with time – Recommended.

Chambertin Grand Cru– 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, nice dark cherry dusty earth nose, sweet cherry and tannins on attack & palate, with a nice finish – Outstanding.

Tasting order #6

Philippe LECLERC

Bourgogne Les Bons Batons – 2011

Light ruby color, red currant nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a medium finish. Quite a nice Marsannay – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin En Champs – 2009

Medium ruby color, dusty cherry nose, at the same time smooth and dry tannins & cherry on attack & palate, with a dry finish – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2010

Dark ruby color, slightly dusty cherry nose, very bitter tannins on attack & palate, with a deep finish. This should improve with time – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2009Medium ruby color, dark cherry nose, sweet and mellow on attack & palate, with a bright cherry medium length finish – Highly Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Champeaux – 2010

Dark ruby color, dark cherry nose, soft and sweet on attack & palate, with a mellow finish. This should be drunk over the next few years – Recommended.

Tasting order #7

Henri MAGNIEN et Fils

Gevrey-Chambertin – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, nice dusty cherry nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a sweet finish – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers– 2012

Dark ruby color, sweet cherry nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a medium finish. Not an exceptionally age worthy wine – Recommended.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Lavaut Saint-Jacques – 2012

Dark ruby color, sweet cherry nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a bitter/sweet finish – Recommended.

Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2012

Dark ruby color, closed nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with a dry finish – Recommended.

All four wines were very ripe with sweet fruit.

Tasting order #8

Maison Camille GIROUD

Marsannay Les Longeroies – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle cherry nose, mildly sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, with no real finish however.

Gevrey-Chambertin – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle cherry nose, very sweet on attack and a little sweet on palate, with a sweet finish.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Lavaut Saint-Jacques – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle cherry nose, sweet on attack & palate, with an astringent finish – Recommended.

Charmes-Chambertin – 2011

Medium ruby color, dusty cherry nose, mildly sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a nice dry finish – Highly Recommended.

Chambertin Grand Cru– 2011

Medium ruby color, dusty cherry nose, mildly sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a medium dry cherry finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #9

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Domaine FAIVELEY

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2012

Light ruby color, subtle cherry nose, bright cherry on attack and a little sweet on palate, with a nice medium/long finish – Outstanding.

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Combe aux Moine – 2012

Medium ruby color, subtle cherry nose, sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a nice cherry finish – Recommended.

Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, dusty cherry nose, mildly sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a nice dry cherry finish – Highly Recommended.


Day 2 Bourgogne

Day Two March 18, 2014

Vosne Millesime Noblesse des Clos Vougeot (34 wines tasted)

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EXTRAORDINARY PLUS

Domaine du Clos Frantin – Albert BICHOT

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

EXTRAORDINARY

Domaine Sylvain LOICHET

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2011

Domaine Michel NOELLAT

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Les Beaux Monts – 2012

Echezeaux Grand Cru Du Dessus – 2012

Domaine A.F. GROS

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Richebourg Grand Cru – 2012

OUTSTANDING

 

Maison Joseph DROUHIN

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012

Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

Domaine du Clos Frantin – Albert BICHOT

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Aux Malconsorts – 2012

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012 (barrel sample)

Domaine LAURENT Pere et Fils

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru La Plante l’Abee – 2012

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2003 (Magnum)

Domaine Sylvain LOICHET

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012

Domaine Michel NOELLAT

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Les Suchots – 2012

Domaine NUDANT

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Maison Joseph DROUHIN

Vosne-Romanee – 2012

Domaine A.F. GROS

Vosne-Romanee Aux Reas – 2012

 

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

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Domaine du Clos Frantin – Albert BICHOT

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Aux Malconsorts – 2012

Dark ruby color, very nice dark cherry nose, cherry on attack & palate and a smooth silky mouth-feel, medium/long finish – Highly Recommended.

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, dusty cherry nose, cherry on attack & palate and a smooth silky mouth-feel, medium/long finish – Exceptional Plus.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012 (barrel sample)

Medium/dark ruby color, dusty cherry nose, bright cherry on attack & palate and a silky mouth-feel, medium/long finish. Very nice, just a bit lighter than the previous wine – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #2

Domaine Henri NAUDIN-FERRAND

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, light cherry nose, sweet and moderate tannins and some cherry on attack & palate, with a light medium/short finish – Recommended.

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2008

Medium ruby color, light cherry nose, slightly sweet and moderate tannins and some cherry on attack & palate, with a bit of an astringent finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #3

Domaine LAURENT Pere et Fils

Echezeaux Grand Cru En Orveaux– 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, nice dark cherry nose, slightly sweet on attack & palate, with a long finish that is slightly tart – Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru La Plante l’Abee – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, nice dark cherry nose, slightly sweet on attack & palate, with a tight long finish – Highly Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2003 (Magnum)

Dark ruby color, dusty cherry nose, cool slightly sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a tart finish. Still a lot of life left – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #4

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Domaine Sylvain LOICHET

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, sweet dark cherry nose, smooth slightly sweet cherry and tannins on attack & palate, with a tight tannic finish that is nice and long – Highly Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2011

Dark ruby color, sweet dark cherry nose, smooth almost rich on attack & palate, big dark cherries – Exceptional.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2008

Medium ruby color, interesting nose (slight bit of earth and barn), sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a lighter finish, but still tight – Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2007

Medium ruby color, no nose, sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a lighter finish, but still tight – Recommended.

Tasting order #5

Domaine Michel NOELLAT

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Vosne-Romanee – 2012

Dark ruby color, dark cherry nose, slightly sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a mildly tart long finish – Recommended.

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Les Suchots – 2012

Dark ruby color, dark cherry nose, slightly sweet cherry on attack & palate, with a mildly tart long finish. Similar to the previous wine, just more to it – Highly Recommended.

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Les Beaux Monts – 2012

Dark ruby color, expressive dark cherry nose, alive and slightly sweet cherry on attack & palate, a long finish with grip – Exceptional.

Echezeaux Grand Cru Du Dessus – 2012

Dark ruby color, very expressive dark cherry nose, smooth and cool dark cherry on attack & palate, a fairly tight, long finish – Exceptional.

Clos de Vougeot – 2012

Dark ruby color, muted nose, nice cherry on attack & palate, with a long finish. Nice wine, but just a lighter than the previous two wines – Recommended.

Tasting order #6

Domaine NUDANT

Vosne-Romanee – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, some spice on nose, smooth, cool and sweet on attack & palate, with a slightly tart medium finish – Recommended.

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, muted nose, slightly sweet and pleasant on attack & palate, medium/long cherry finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #7

Domaine TORTOCHOT

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, not much on nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, not much on back end, with a medium/long finish – Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2011

Medium ruby color, subtle dusty cherry nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, not much on back end, with a medium/long finish – Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2008

Medium ruby color, subtle dusty cherry nose, sweet tannins and cherry on attack & palate, not much on back end, with a medium/long finish – Recommended.

All three wines are similar, hopefully they develop in time.

Tasting order #8

Domaine Dominique MUGNERET

Vosne-Romanee Alliance Des Terroirs – 2012

Medium/light ruby color, slightly cherry nose, light red cherry on attack & palate, bright red cherries everywhere. A medium/long finish – Recommended.

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Au-dessus des Malconsorts – 2012

Medium/light ruby color, closed nose, bright on attack & palate, but not as much as cherry. A medium finish – Recommended.

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, dark cherry nose, sweet dark and red cherry on attack & palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #9

Maison Joseph DROUHIN

Vosne-Romanee – 2012

Light ruby color, subtle cherry nose, bright red cherry on attack & palate, with a red cherry finish. An elegant wine with nice flavor – Highly Recommended.

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012

Light ruby color, a slightly brooding nose, dark and red cherry on attack & palate, with a cherry finish. A lovely wine, with nice flavor – Outstanding.

Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2011

Medium/light ruby color, red and dark cherry nose, both dark and red cherry on attack & palate, with a nice finish – Outstanding.

All three are very nice, balanced wines – great flavor without too much weight or sweetness.

Tasting order #10

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Domaine A.F. GROS

Bourgogne – 2012

Medium/light ruby color, no nose, sweet red cherry on attack & palate, with a nice mellow finish. A very nice Bourgogne – Recommended.

Vosne-Romanee Clos de La Fontaine Monopole– 2012

Medium ruby color, nice earthy nose, sweet tannins and some cherry on attack & palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Vosne-Romanee Maizieres – 2012

Medium/light ruby color, subtle earthy nose, a bit light on attack & palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Vosne-Romanee Aux Reas – 2012

Medium/light ruby color, subtle earthy nose, sweet with red cherry on attack & palate, with nice mouth-feel and a solid finish – Highly Recommended.

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, dusty cherry nose, sweet with red cherry on attack & palate, with nice mouth-feel and a solid finish. It just has a bit more weight to it than the previous wine Exceptional.

Richebourg Grand Cru – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, dark cherry nose, sweet dark cherry on attack & palate, with nice mouth-feel and a long tannic finish. This is built for the long run – Exceptional.

 

Day Three March 19, 2014

Symphonie Maconnaise, L’Autre Bourgogne,

Quinte “Sens” and Beaune Couleurs Vin (80 wines tasted)

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OUTSTANDING

Maison Louis LATOUR

Beaune 1st Cru Les Vignes Franches – 2010

Maison RIJCKAERT

Saint-Veran – 2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Domaine du Chateau de VERGISSON

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

GAEC Domaine CARRETTE

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Pouilly-Fuisse Ronchevat – 2012

Domaine BOURDON Francois et Sylvie

Pouilly-Fuisse Reserve – 2012

Domaine CORDIER

Vire-Clesse – 2012

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Domaine CORSIN

Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes – 2011

Domaine de la CREUZE NOIRE

Saint-Veran Les Carrales – 2012

Saint-Veran Excellence – 2011 (Domaine Geoffrey Martin)

Domaine Louis CHENU Pere et Fils Bernard et Fils

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Aux Clous – 2011

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Les Lavieres – 2011

Maison Louis LATOUR

Aloxe-Corton 1st Cru Les Chaillots – 2010

Beaune 1st Cru Aux Cras blanc – 2011

Domaine Tollot Beaut

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Champ Chevrey – 2012

Aloxe-Corton Les Fournieres – 2012

Domaine PAVELOT Luc et Lise

Pernand-Vergelesses 1st Cru rouge Les Vergelesses – 2011

Maison RIJCKAERT

Vire-Clesse – 2011

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

Domaine des CHENEVIERES

Macon-Villages – 2013

Light golden color, very expressive pineapple nose, light on attack & palate, with medium/short finish. A pleasant wine – Recommended.

Tasting order #2

Domaine du Chateau de VERGISSON

Macon-Solutre – 2012

Light almost clear color, subtle citrus nose (maybe some tropic fruit), smooth on attack & slightly creamy on palate, with a short finish. A good quaffing wine.

Saint-Veran – 2012

Light almost clear color, subtle citrus nose, smooth on attack & clean on palate, with a short/medium finish. Another good quaffing wine.

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, subtle citrus nose, smooth on attack & clean and very nice mouth-feel on palate, with a medium finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #3

GAEC Domaine CARRETTE

Saint-Veran Les Mures – 2012

Light golden color, very subtle citrus nose, smooth and cool on attack & slightly creamy on palate, with short finish.

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, subtle but nice citrus nose, smooth and cool on attack & slightly creamy on palate, with a medium/long finish – Highly Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse Les Crays – 2012

Light golden color, subtle but nice citrus nose, smooth and cool on attack & slightly creamy on palate, with a medium/short finish – Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse Ronchevat – 2012

Golden color, nice citrus nose, fairly rich on attack & a bit creamy on palate, with a medium finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #4

Domaine BOURDON Francois et Sylvie

Macon-Villages – 2012

Light golden color, expressive pineapple nose, smooth and slightly creamy on attack & palate, with short finish. A nice quaffing wine – Recommended.

Macon-Vergisson – 2012

Light golden color, subtle pineapple nose, sweet and creamy on attack & palate, with medium/long finish – Recommended Plus.

Saint-Veran – 2012

Light golden color, subtle citrus nose, smooth and slightly sweet on attack & palate, with medium/long finish that shows a bit of alcohol – Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, very subtle nose, rich attack and creamy palate, with a long, slightly tart finish – Recommended Plus.

Pouilly-Fuisse Reserve – 2012

Light golden color, nice honeydew melon nose, sweet and slightly creamy attack & palate, with a long pineapple finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #5

CHEVALIER Geoffrey (he’s 26 and this is his first vintage)

Macon-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, subtle nose, surprisingly rich attack and solid mouth-feel on palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, subtle pineapple nose, rich attack and solid mouth-feel on palate, with a short/medium finish – Recommended.

Pouilly-Loche – 2012

Light golden color, subtle citrus nose, bright attack and vibrant, smooth and slightly creamy on palate, finish is a bit wanting – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #6

Domaine CORDIER

Macon-Fuisse Bois de la Roche – 2012

Light golden color, subtle citrus and pineapple nose, sweet attack and smooth on palate, with a medium, tart finish – Recommended.

Macon-Milly-Lamartine Clos du Four – 2012

Light golden color, subtle citrus and pineapple nose, sweet attack and smooth on palate, with a slightly metallic finish.

Saint-Veran En Faux – 2012

Golden color, honeydew nose, sweet attack and palate, with medium finish – Recommended Plus.

Vire-Clesse La Verchere – 2012

Golden color, slightly smoky citrus nose, bright sweet attack and smooth palate, with long pineapple finish – Highly Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse Vers Asnieres– 2012

Golden color, subtle closed nose, sweet attack and creamy palate, with a nice finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #7

Domaine CORSIN

Saint-Veran Tirage Precoce – 2012

Golden color, subtle citrus nose, rich & creamy attack and palate, with short finish Recommended.

Saint-Veran Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Golden color, subtle pineapple nose, sweet attack and tight palate, with medium/long finish. Good structure – Recommended Plus.

Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes – 2011

Golden color, expressive pineapple nose, rich attack and creamy palate, with medium/long finish – Highly Recommended Plus.

Pouilly-Fuisse Les Chailoux – 2011

Golden color, very subtle pineapple nose, rich attack and creamy palate, with medium/long finish – Recommended Plus.

Pouilly-Fuisse L’Exception – 2007

Dark golden color, subtle butterscotch nose, creamy attack and palate, a long oaky finish. Sort of California like – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #8 (Tasted these two together. They are brothers)

Domaine de la CREUZE NOIRE and Domaine Geoffrey Martin

Macon-Villages – 2013

Light golden color, subtle pineapple nose, sweet on attack & slightly austere palate, with medium/short finish.

Saint-Veran – 2013

Light golden color, subtle pineapple nose, sweet on attack & sugary palate, with short finish.

Saint-Veran La Cote – 2012

Light golden color, stony nose, sweet on attack & sugary palate, with medium finish – Recommended.

Saint-Veran Champs Meunier – 2012 (Domaine Geoffrey Martin)

Golden color, closed nose, sweet on attack & sugary palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Saint-Veran Les Carrales – 2012

Light golden color, nice citrus nose, sweet on attack & nice palate, with medium/long finish. Nice wine – Highly Recommended.

Saint-Veran Excellence – 2011 (Domaine Geoffrey Martin)

Golden color, honeydew nose, sweet on attack & nice structured palate, with medium/long finish – Highly Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse Le Clos de Monsieur Noly – 2012

Light golden color, subtle citrus nose, sweet attack and good structure on palate, a medium/long finish – Recommended Plus

Pouilly-Fuisse Le Clos de Monsieur Noly – 2010

Golden color, ripe pineapple nose, bright on attack and some sweetness on palate, a long sweet finish. A bit too sweet for me.

Tasting order #9

Domaine Alain DELAYE

Pouilly-Loche – 2012

Light golden color, closed nose, rich and creamy on attack and palate, with a medium creamy finish.

Pouilly-Loche Les Mures – 2012

Light golden color, subtle pineapple & citrus nose, sweet attack and creamy palate, with a medium/long pineapple finish – Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Golden color, subtle citrus nose, slightly sweet attack and slightly creamy palate, a medium finish – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #10

Domaine de la DENANTE

Macon-Devaye blanc – 2012

Almost clear color, pineapple & citrus nose, sweet on attack & slightly creamy palate, with medium/short finish.

Saint-Veran – 2012

Light golden color, pineapple & citrus nose, mildly sweet on attack & nice mouth-feel with some structure on palate, with medium finish Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, closed nose, slightly sweet attack and creamy palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #11

Domaine Gilles NOBLET

Macon-Fuisse – 2012

Light golden color, nice citrus nose with some pineapple, creamy on attack & palate, with medium finish – Recommended.

Saint-Veran – 2011

Light golden color, nice citrus nose with some pineapple, sweet on attack & slightly sugary on palate, with nice long finish, which is the best part – Recommended.

Pouilly-Fuisse La Collonge – 2012

Golden color, subtle nose, creamy on attack and palate, a medium, clean finish.

Pouilly-Fuisse Les Champs – 2012

Golden color, subtle ripe pineapple nose, mellow attack and smooth palate, a medium/long finish – Recommended Plus.

Pouilly-Fuisse Prestige – 2012

Golden color, subtle nose with a bit of oak, sweet attack and creamy palate, a long finish with some oak. Californian like – Recommended.

Tasting order #12

Domaine CORNU CAMUT

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits blanc – 2011

Clear color, no nose, some acid on attack and palate, with a medium finish. Fairly thin.

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune rouge – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle red fruit on nose, slight sweetness on attack & decent palate, a bit tart on a medium/long finish. Nice Bourgogne – Recommended.

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits rouge – 2012

Dark ruby color, subtle dark red fruit on nose, sweet on attack & good mouth-feel palate, a mildly tart finish that is medium/long. Another nice Bourgogne – Recommended.

Savigny-les-Beaune rouge – 2012

Dark ruby color, strawberry nose, mildly sweet on attack & good mouth-feel palate, a mildly tart finish that is medium/long – Recommended.

Pernand-Vergelesses 1st Cru rouge Creux de la Net – 2011

Dark ruby color, very faint dark red fruit nose, mildly sweet on attack & good mouth-feel palate, a mildly tart finish that is medium/long – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #13

Domaine PANSIOT

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune rouge – 2012

Light ruby color, strawberry nose, sweet attack & decent palate, with a short finish.

Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits rouge – 2012

Light ruby color, no nose, sweet strawberries on attack & earthy palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #14

Domaine DUBOIS Bernard et Fils

Chorey-les-Beaune rouge – 2012

Medium ruby color, no nose, sweet cherries on attack & smooth almost creamy palate, with a light medium/long finish – Recommended.

Savigny-les-Beaune rouge – 2012

Dark ruby color, subtle dark red fruit nose, sweet cherries on attack & palate, with a firm medium/long finish. There’s some grip here – Recommended.

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Clos des Guettes – 2012

Dark ruby color, subtle dark red fruit nose, sweet cherries on attack & palate, with a very firm medium/long finish. There’s some real grip here – Recommended.

Beaune 1st Cru rouge – 2012

Dark ruby color, no nose, sweet cherries on attack & palate, a medium/long finish with some alcohol. There’s some real grip here – Recommended.

Aloxe-Corton Les Brunettes – 2012

Dark ruby color, no nose, sweet with a bite on attack and a little tight on palate, with a gripping long finish. Big tannins, needs time – Recommended.

Aloxe-Corton Les Brunettes – 2011

Dark ruby color, subtle dark fruit nose, sweet more mellow attack and a bit softer on palate, but still a gripping long finish. Big tannins, needs time – Recommended.

Tasting order #15

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Domaine Louis CHENU Pere et Fils Bernard et Fils

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Aux Clous – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, slightly earthy nose with dark red fruit, cool sweet attack & bright red cherry on palate, with a nicely firm long finish – Highly Recommended.

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Les Lavieres – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, slightly cherry nose, cool sweet attack & bright red cherry on palate, with a nicely firm long finish – Highly Recommended.

Both are very clean nice wines.

Tasting order #16

Maison BOUCHARD Pere et Fils

Beaune rouge de Chateau – 2012

Dark ruby color, no nose, sweet cherry attack & smooth almost creamy palate, a tart long finish with grip – Recommended.

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Les Lavieres – 2012

Dark ruby color, no nose, sweet cherry attack & smooth almost creamy palate, a tart long finish with grip – Recommended Plus.

Beaune 1st Cru Clos de la Mousse – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, no nose, sweet cherry attack & a slightly softer smooth almost creamy palate, a long finish with a little less grip – Recommended Plus.

Beaune 1st Cru Les Greves Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle dark fruit nose, sweet cherry attack & more grip on palate, a long gripping finish. It’s a bit astringent – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #17

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Maison Louis LATOUR

Beaune 1st Cru Les Vignes Franches – 2010

Dark ruby color, dark red fruit on nose, cool sweet red cherry attack & smooth almost creamy palate, with a medium finish – Recommended.

Pernand-Vergelesses 1st Cru lie des Vergelesses – 2011

Dark ruby color, dark red fruit on nose, cool sweet red cherry attack & smooth almost creamy palate, with some grip on a long finish – Recommended Plus.

Beaune 1st Cru Les Perriers – 2010

Dark ruby color, dark red fruit on nose, cool sweet red cherry attack & smooth almost creamy palate, with some grip on a long finish. Overall, a bit sweeter wine and more elegant than the previous – Outstanding.

Aloxe-Corton 1st Cru Les Chaillots – 2010

Dark ruby color, dark red fruit with some earth on nose, cool sweet red cherry attack & smooth almost creamy palate, with big tannins on a gripping finish. Needs time – Highly Recommended.

Beaune 1st Cru Aux Cras blanc – 2011

Light golden color, honeydew and pineapple on nose, light sweet attack & smooth palate, with a solid finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #18

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Domaine Tollot Beaut

Chorey-les-Beaune – 2012

Medium/light ruby color, earthy dark red fruit nose, sweet attack & medium smooth palate, with solid tannins on a long finish – Recommended Plus.

Beaune 1st Cru Clos du Roi – 2012

Medium ruby color, red cherry nose, sweet attack & medium smooth palate, with solid tannins on a long finish – Highly Recommended.

Savigny-les-Beaune 1st Cru Champ Chevrey – 2012

Medium ruby color, dark cherry nose, mildly sweet attack & smooth palate, with good tannins on a long finish. Elegant – Highly Recommended.

Aloxe-Corton Les Fournieres – 2012

Medium ruby color, muted nose, mildly sweet attack & smooth palate, solid tannins on a long finish. More powerful finish than previous wine – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #19

Domaine PAVELOT Luc et Lise

Pernand-Vergelesses rouge – 2011

Medium/dark ruby no nose, cool sweet attack & okay palate, an astringent medium finish.

Pernand-Vergelesses 1st Cru rouge Les Vergelesses – 2011

Dark ruby color, earthy forest floor nose, mildly sweet attack & dark fruit on palate with some earthiness, a good gripping finish – Highly Recomomended.

Pernand-Vergelesses 1st Cru rouge lie des Vergelesses – 2011

Dark ruby color, earthy forest floor nose, mildly sweet attack & a bit sweet on palate with some earthiness, a good gripping finish that is slightly astringent – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #20

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Maison RIJCKAERT

Macon-Lugny – 2011

Light golden color, beautiful pear nose, mildly sweet on attack and palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Vire-Clesse – 2011

Light golden color, subtle honeydew & pineapple nose, mildly sweet on attack and palate, a sweet long finish – Highly Recommended.

Saint-Veran – 2011

Light golden color, nice pineapple nose, light sweet on attack and soft smooth palate, a mild medium finish. An elegant wine – Outstanding.

Pouilly-Fuisse La Roche – 2011

Light golden color, nice pineapple nose, light sweet on attack and soft smooth palate with a short finish. An elegant wine –Recommended Plus.

All four wines were clean & crisp, nice


Day Four March 20, 2014

Au Coeur de la Bourgogne (59 wines tasted)

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OUTSTANDING

Chateau de CHAMILLY

Montagny 1st Cru Les Burnins – 2012

Mercury Les Marcoeurs – 2012

Mercury rouge Clos la Perriere Monopole – 2011

Mercury 1st Cru rouge Les Puillets – 2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Domaine BELLEVILLE

Mercurey rouge Les Perrieres – 2012

Rully 1st Cru rouge Les Chauchoux – 2012

BLASON DE VAIR

Bourgogne Cote du Couchois Cuvee Philippe et Valerie – 2012

Bourgogne Cote du Couchois Cuvee Philippe et Valerie (barrel sample) – 2013

Chateau de CHAMILLY

Reculerons – 2011

Chateau de SANTENAY

Mercury 1st Cru rouge Les Puillets – 2011

Chateau CHOFFLET-VALDENAIRE

Givry 1st Cru rouge En Choue – 2012

Givry 1st Cru rouge Clos Jus – 2011

Domaine Christophe DRAIN

Givry 1st Cru blanc Les Galaffres – 2012

 

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

Domaine du BEAUREGARD

Bourgogne aligote – 2012

Very light color, subtle pear nose, mildly cool smooth attack and palate, a medium finish. I can’t quite place the flavor on finish, nice though – Recommended.

Bourgogne blanc – 2012

Light golden color, subtle classic chardonnay nose, mildly cool smooth attack and palate with some pear, a medium/long finish – Recommended.

Bourgogne rouge – 2010

Light ruby color, light strawberry nose, nice light tart strawberry attack and palate, a long tart finish – Recommended.

Bourgogne rouge – 2012

Medium ruby color, muted strawberry nose, sweet cherry attack and palate, a long tart finish – Recommended.

Bourgogne Cotes du Couchois – 2011

Medium ruby color, light strawberry nose, sweet cherry attack and palate, a long tart finish – Recommended Plus.

Bourgogne Cotes du Couchois – 2011

Dark ruby color, light strawberry nose, sweet cherry attack and palate, a long tart finish – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #2

Domaine BELLEVILLE

Rully blanc La Perche – 2012

Light golden color, pear/pineapple nose, cool smooth attack and a little creamy on palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Rully 1st Cru blanc Les Cloux – 2012

Almost clear in color, faint nose, cool smooth attack and a bit sweet on palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Rully 1st Cru blanc Rabource – 2012

Light golden color, faint nose, cool smooth attack and a bit sweet on palate, a slightly tart medium finish – Recommended.

Rully 1st Cru rouge Les Chauchoux – 2012

Light ruby color, cherry nose, red cherry attack and sweet on palate, a slightly tart medium/long cherry finish – Recommended Plus.

Rully 1st Cru rouge Chapitre – 2012

Light ruby color, muted nose, red cherry attack and sweet on palate, a slightly tart medium/long dry finish – Recommended.

Mercurey rouge Les Perrieres – 2012

Light ruby color, muted nose, red cherry attack and sweet on palate, a slightly tart medium/long dry finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #3

BLASON DE VAIR

Bourgogne blanc Cuvee Clin d’Oeil – 2012

Light golden color, nice pear nose, mildly cool/smooth/clean attack and very slightly creamy palate, a medium finish – Recommended Plus.

Bourgogne Cote du Couchois Cuvee Philippe et Valerie – 2012

Dark ruby color, nice strawberry/cherry nose, mildly clean mildly sweet attack and round cherry palate, tight cherry finish – Highly Recommended.

Bourgogne Cote du Couchois Cuvee Philippe et Valerie (barrel sample) – 2013

Dark ruby color, nice strawberry/cherry nose, mildly clean mildly sweet attack and soft cherry palate, tight cherry finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #4

Domaine Rene BOURGEON

Givry blanc Clos de la Brulee – 2012

Light golden color, a bit of funk on nose, cool smooth slightly sweet attack and palate, a slightly tart finish.

Tasting order #5

Domaine BRINTET

Mercurey blanc – 2012

Light golden color, faint green apple on nose, green apple on attack and palate, and a medium/short finish. A slightly tart crisp wine – Recommended.

Mercurey blanc Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Medium golden color, faint green apple with some oak on nose, smooth and a little creamy on attack and palate, a medium/long finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #6

Cave de BISSEY

Bourgogne aligote – 2012

Light golden color, green apple and faint pear on nose, cool & smooth with a bit of tartness on attack and slightly creamy palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Rully – 2012

Golden color, subtle oak nose, cool, smooth and creamy attack & palate, a short/medium finish – Recommended.

Montagny 1st Cru Les Pidances – 2012

Golden color, muted nose, cold, faint pear a slightly citrus attack & palate, a medium/long finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #7

Chateau de CHAMILLY

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Aligote – 2013

Light golden color, bright green apple nose, light bright crisp attack and palate, a medium/short finish – Recommended.

Montagny Les Bassets – 2011

Light golden color, subtle pear nose, light bright crisp attack and palate, and a medium pear tinged finish – Recommended.

Reculerons – 2011

Light golden color, subtle pear nose, slightly creamy attack, round palate, a medium pear tinged finish – Highly Recommended.

Les Jardins – 2011

Medium golden color, subtle pear nose, slightly creamy attack, round palate, a slightly tart finish – Recommended.

Montagny 1st Cru Les Burnins – 2012

Light golden color, nice pear nose, smooth pear attack, a very slightly creamy palate and a medium/long finish – Outstanding.

Mercury Les Marcoeurs – 2012

Medium golden color, nice pear nose, slightly sweet attack, some minerality on palate and a slightly tart pear medium/long finish – Outstanding.

Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise rouge – 2010

Medium/light ruby color, faint cherry nose, sweet cherry attack and palate, with a bit of a tart medium finish – Recommended.

Mercury Les Monthelons – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, faint cherry nose, bright red cherry attack and with a mild tart and slightly sweet palate. A long cherry finish with some grip. It’s a bit of a cherry bomb – Recommended.

Mercury rouge Clos la Perriere Monopole – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, very faint cherry nose, mildly sweet attack, semi-round cherry palate, with a long mild cherry finish – Outstanding.

Mercury 1st Cru rouge Les Puillets – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, very faint cherry and a nice bit of dustiness on nose, sweet red cherry attack, light and mildly round palate, with a very dry long light finish. It’s an elegant almost delicate wine – Outstanding.

Tasting order #8

Chateau de SANTENAY

Mercury blanc – 2011

Medium/light golden color, muted nose (maybe a bit of pear), slight creamy attack and round palate, a medium, tart finish.

Mercury blanc – 2012

Medium/light golden color, subtle pear nose, slight creamy attack and round palate, a medium, tart finish – Recommended.

Mercury rouge – 2011

Medium ruby color, subtle earthy cherry nose, mildly sweet attack and semi-tart & round palate, a medium/long cherry finish – Recommended Plus.

Mercury rouge – 2012

Dark ruby color, muted nose, red cherry attack and & round palate that’s a bit tart, a very dry long finish, real grip – Recommended Plus.

Mercury 1st Cru rouge Les Puillets – 2011

Dark ruby color, muted nose with some dustiness, red cherry attack and & round palate, a very dry long serious finish, real grip – Highly Recommended.

Mercury 1st Cru rouge Les Puillets – 2012

Dark ruby color, some funk on nose (wet earth), red cherry attack and & round palate, a very dry long finish, real grip but some funk – Recommended.

Tasting order #9

Chateau CHOFFLET-VALDENAIRE

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Givry 1st Cru blanc Les Galaffres – 2012

Very faint golden color, subtle green apple & pear nose, surprisingly solid attack and green apple on palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Givry rouge – 2012

Light ruby color, subtle muted nose, red cherry attack and semi-round palate, a red cherry medium finish – Recommended.

Givry rouge – 2011

Light ruby color, subtle muted nose, red cherry attack and semi-round palate, a red cherry medium finish – Recommended.

Givry 1st Cru rouge En Choue – 2012

Dark ruby color, subtle nice strawberry/cherry nose, sweet cherry attack and semi-round palate, a long gripping finish – Highly Recommended.

Givry 1st Cru rouge En Choue – 2011

Dark ruby color, subtle nice fruit/earth nose, red cherry attack and semi-round palate, a long gripping finish. A little hot on finish – Recommended Plus.

Givry 1st Cru rouge En Choue – 2010

Medium/dark ruby color, subtle nice fruit/earth nose, red cherry attack and semi-round palate, a long gripping finish with some green essence – Recommended.

Givry 1st Cru rouge Clos Jus – 2012

Dark ruby color, subtle nice fruit/earth nose, red cherry attack and semi-round palate, a long gripping finish with some heatRecommended.

Givry 1st Cru rouge Clos Jus – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, slightly more evolved cherry/earth nose, red cherry attack and semi-round palate, a long gripping finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #10

Le Clos Antonin RODET

Rully Saint-Jacques – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle green apple nose, sweet attack, half tart & half round green apple palate, a long tart finish – Recommended.

Mercurey blanc Village – 2011

Medium golden color, subtle green apple nose, sweet attack, some tartness, but mostly round green apple palate, a long tart finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #11

Domaine DANJEAN-BERTHOUX

Givry 1st Cru blanc La Plante – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle green apple nose, half tart & half round green apple attack, fairly round palate, a long tart finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #12

Maison Joseph DROUHIN

Rully blanc – 2012

Very light golden/almost clear in color, muted nose, thin/watery attack, light palate, a surprisingly nice medium/long finish. It’s too light for me.

Montagny 1st Cru– 2012

Very light golden/almost clear in color, subtle green apple nose, sweet attack, sugary palate, a surprisingly nice medium/long tart finish.

Tasting order #13

Domaine Christophe DRAIN

Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise blanc – 2011

Light golden color, slightly herbal & funky on nose, sweet attack, a bit of funk on palate, a short/medium finish.

Givry 1st Cru blanc Crausot – 2012

Medium golden color, faint pear nose, rich & creamy attack, round palate, a sweet long pear finish. It’s a bit sugary.

Givry 1st Cru blanc Les Galaffres – 2012

Medium golden color, beautiful green apple & pear nose, restrained attack, soft round palate, long beautiful green apple & pear finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #14

Domaine du FOUR BASSOT

Aligote – 2013

Medium/light golden color, great pear nose, sweet then dry attack, round palate, a medium finish – Recommended.

Bouzeron – 2012

Medium/light golden color, muted nose, sweet attack, tart palate, a bitter finish.

Rully blanc En Varot Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle pear & oak nose, a bit thin and slightly sugary attack, half tart & half round palate, a medium finish.

Tasting order #15

Domaine Michel SARRAZIN et Fils

Bourgogne Aligote – 2012

Almost clear color, nice subtle pear nose, medium body slightly sweet attack, mild pear palate, medium/long finish Recommended Plus.

Givry Les Grognots – 2012

Very light golden color, nice subtle pear nose, medium body slightly sweet attack, mild pear palate, a medium finish – Recommended Plus.

Givry 1st Cru Les Pieces d’Henry – 2012

Light golden color, nice pear nose, sweet pear attack, round palate, short/medium finish – Recommended.


Day Five March 21, 2014

Des Maranges au Montrachet en passant par Santenay et Saint Aubin (49 wines tasted)

OUTSTANDING

Domaine MOREY Vincent et Sophie

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Les Embazees – 2012

Domaine CHARTRON Jean

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Folatieres – 2012

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Cailleret Monopole – 2012

Domaine LARUE

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru La Garenne – 2011

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Maison ROPITEAU Freres

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc Sur Gamay – 2012

Puligny-Montrachet blanc Le Trezin – 2011

Domaine PROSPER MAUFOUX

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc – 2012 (barrel sample)

Domaine COLIN Marc

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc En Remilly – 2012

Domaine Famille PICARD Au Pied du Mont Chauve

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Cailleret – 2011

Domaine CHARTRON Jean

Puligny-Montrachet – 2012

Domaine LARUE

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien – 2012

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

Domaine LACROIX Patrick et Fille

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Cailleret– 2011

Medium golden color, faint pear nose, sweet & salty attack, light palate, with short slightly salty finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Les Macherelles – 2011

Medium golden color, no nose, slightly sweet attack, mild salinity on palate, with short/medium finish.

Tasting order #2

Maison BAUTISTA

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Champ Gain– 2013 (barrel sample)

Slightly cloudy medium golden color, faint tropical fruit nose, slightly effervescent attack & palate, with no finish.

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Champ Gain– 2011

Medium golden color, subtle pineapple & pear nose, slightly salty attack & palate, with medium slightly salty finish.

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Champ Gain– 2010

Medium golden color, pineapple & pear nose, smooth faintly salty attack & palate with some sweetness, a medium/long finish Recommended Plus.

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Champ Gain– 2011

Medium golden color, ripe pineapple & pear more mature nose with some earthiness, light neutral attack & palate, a medium/long finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #3

Domaine COLIN Bruno

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru Le Charmois – 2011

Light golden color, very faint pear nose, cool smooth tropical fruit attack & palate, with slightly thin medium finish – Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Les Chaumees– 2011

Light golden color, subtle tropical fruit nose, cool smooth attack & palate without much fruit, with medium/long tropical fruit finish.

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru La Truffiere– 2012

Light golden color, subtle pear nose, cool smooth slightly thin attack & palate, with medium finish.

Tasting order #4

Maison ROPITEAU Freres

Chassagne-Montrachet blanc – 2012

Golden color, subtle pear nose, sweet attack, smooth palate of pear, with short finish.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc Sur Gamay – 2012

Golden color, nice stone fruit nose, sweet & slightly salty attack, mildly creamy palate, but still with good acidity, nice slightly gripping long finish – Highly Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Macherelles – 2012

Golden color, mildly ripe tropical fruit nose, subtle attack, mildly smooth palate, with medium finish with some grip – Recommended.

Puligny-Montrachet blanc Le Trezin – 2011

Golden color, vice nice tropical fruit nose, slightly sweet & salty attack, good acidity on round palate, with medium/long finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #5

Domaine MOREY Vincent et Sophie

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Santenay 1st Cru blanc Passetemps – 2011

Medium/light golden color, bit of barnyard on nose, sweet attack, round palate, with medium finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Baudines – 2011

Medium golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, sweet attack, balanced (acidity/round) palate, with medium finish – Recommended Plus.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Embazees – 2011

Medium golden color, slightly earthy & stone fruit nose, sweet & slightly salty attack, medium to thin palate, with medium/long nice finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Les Embazees – 2012

Medium golden color, slightly earthy & stone fruit nose, sweet & slightly salty attack, balanced (acidity/round) palate, with long finish – Outstanding.

Tasting order #6

Domaine PROSPER MAUFOUX

Santenay Comme Dessus – 2012

Medium golden color, very faint butterscotch nose, sweet attack, round palate, with thin slightly tart short/medium finish.

Puligny-Montrachet blanc – 2012 (barrel sample?)

Slightly cloudy light/medium golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, salty/sweet attack, tart palate, with tart medium pineapple finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc – 2012 (barrel sample)

Slightly cloudy light/medium golden color, huge pineapple nose, salty/sweet attack, sweet round palate, but with sold acidity, with long finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #7

Domaine NOUVEAU Claude

Bourgogne Aligote– 2012

Medium/light golden color, very faint stone fruit nose, sweet and slightly salty attack & palate, with short/medium finish – Recommended.

Bourgogne Haute-Cote de Beaune– 2012

Medium golden color, green pear, slightly stemmy nose, sweet attack, slightly thin palate, with short/medium finish.

Santenay blanc Le Chainey – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle pineapple nose, sweet attack, balanced palate, with medium mildly herbal finish – Recommended Plus.

Santenay blanc Le Chainey – 2011

Medium golden color, astringent asparagus nose, sweet attack, slightly salty palate, with sweet finish.

Tasting order #8

Domaine COLIN Marc

Saint-Aubin blanc– 2012

Light golden color, no nose, sweet attack, balanced pear palate, with short/medium finish.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc En Montceau – 2012

Light/medium golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, sweet attack, slightly tart pear palate, with tight medium finish – Recommended.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc En Remilly – 2012

Light/medium golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, sweet attack, balanced pear palate, with medium/long finish – Highly Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc – 2011

Light/medium golden color, no nose, sweet/salty slightly thin attack, balanced pear palate, with medium/long finish – Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Cailleret – 2011

Light/medium golden color, subtle stony nose, slightly sweet attack, balanced pear/pineapple palate, with medium finish – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #9

Domaine Famille PICARD Au Pied du Mont Chauve

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc En Remilly – 2012

Light golden color, very faint pear nose, sweet attack, palate is fairly balanced, but more tart than round, with medium/short finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc En Pimont – 2012

Light golden color, very faint pear nose, sweet attack, balanced sweet palate, with medium finish – Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Les Chaumees – 2011

Medium/light golden color, very faint pineapple nose, light sweet attack & palate, (a bit on the thin side), with long very nice finish – Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Cailleret – 2011

Light golden color, very faint pineapple nose, sweet pineapple attack & palate, balanced, with medium/long finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #10

Domaine CHARTRON Jean

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Saint-Aubin 1st Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien – 2012

Light golden color, subtle pear/pineapple nose, sweet light attack, balanced palate, with long finish – Recommended Plus.

Chassagne-Montrachet Benoites – 2012

Light golden color, faint pear nose, sweet light attack, balanced palate, with medium/long slightly tart finish – Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru Cailleret – 2012

Medium/light golden color, faint stone fruit nose, sweet light attack, sweet palate, with long slightly tart finish – Recommended Plus.

Puligny-Montrachet – 2012

Medium/light golden color, subtle pineapple nose, mildly sweet light attack, balanced palate with good acidity, a long honeydew finish – Highly Recommended

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Folatieres – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle pear/pineapple nose, sweet melon attack, balanced palate with good acidity, a long slightly gripping finish – Outstanding.

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Cailleret Monopole – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle pineapple nose, slightly sweet attack, slightly sweet/tart palate, a long nice finish. More elegant than the previous wine. I give this wine – Outstanding.

Tasting order #11

Domaine LARUE

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Saint-Aubin Vieilles Vignes – 2012

Light/medium golden color, very faint honeydew nose, sweet then salty attack & palate, with medium tart finish – Recommended.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru Le Combes – 2012

Light/medium golden color, faint pear nose, sweet then mildly salty attack, slightly tart palate, with medium/long slightly tart finish – Recommended Plus.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc En Remilly – 2012

Medium golden color, no nose, subtly sweet attack, balanced palate, with long soft finish – Recommended Plus.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, subtly sweet attack, balanced palate, with long soft finish – Highly Recommended.

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru En Montceau – 2011

Medium golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, subtly sweet attack, balanced palate, with medium slightly tart soft finish – Recommended Plus.

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru La Garenne – 2011

Medium golden color, wet stone nose with a slight bit of pear, subtly sweet attack, balanced palate, with medium mildly tart soft finish – Outstanding.

Tasting order #12

Domaine PILLOT Paul

Saint-Aubin 1st Cru blanc Pitangeret – 2011

Light golden color, no nose, slightly sweet attack, balanced, but a bit thin palate, with short/medium finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet blanc – 2011

Light golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, sweet attack, balanced, but a bit thin palate, with medium finish – Recommended.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Cailleret – 2011

Light golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, sweet attack, balanced, slightly more acidic palate, with long finish – Recommended Plus.

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc La Romanee – 2011

Light golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, sweet attack, balanced, slightly more acidic palate, with long, dry finish Recommended.


Day Five March 21, 2014 Terroirs de Corton (39 wines tasted)

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EXTRAORDINARY

Domaine RAPET Pere et Fils

Corton Grand Cru – 2012

Chateau GENOT-BOULANGER

Corton Les Combes – 2012

Domaine FAIVELEY

Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Monopole – 2012

OUTSTANDING

Domaine CHEVALIER Pere et Fils

Corton Rognet – 2012

Maison Albert BICHOT – Domaine du PAVILLON

Corton Clos Des Marechaudes – 2012

Domaine BONNEAU DU MARTRAY

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Earl Domaine PAVELOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012 (barrel sample)

Domaine LALEURE-PIOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Domaine BONVALOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Domaine D’ARDHUY

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Corton Clos du Roi – 2012

Domaine RAPET Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Domaine Michel MALLARD et Fils

Corton Marechaudes – 2012

Corton Renardes – 2012

Maison Albert BICHOT – Domaine du PAVILLON

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Domaine BONNEAU DU MARTRAY

Corton Grand Cru – 2011

Domaine TOLLOT-BEAUT

Corton Grand Cru – 2012

Domaine CHANSON

Corton Vergennes – 2012

Domaine Des CROIX

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Domaine DOUDET

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Domaine DENIS Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

 

TASTING NOTES

Tasting order #1

Domaine MALDANT-PAUVELOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Pale golden color, faint honey pear nose, bright medium/light attack & palate, with bit of acidity and pretty balanced, ending with a light feeling medium length finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #2

Domaine POISOT Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, muted nose, medium weight attack, balanced palate, with a medium/short pear finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #3

Domaine DUBLERE

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, muted nose with a bit of oak, sweet attack, smooth round palate, with a bit of a tart finish, that’s a bit hollow – Recommended.

Tasting order #4

Domaine MARATRAY-DUBREUIL

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Pale golden color, faint honey pear nose, sweet mellow attack, round palate, with short finish, that’s a bit hollow.

Tasting order #5

Domaine BONVALOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, muted nose, sweet mellow attack, smooth round palate, with nice pear and stone fruit long finish – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #6

BOUCHARD Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Pale golden color, very faint stone fruit nose, sweet mellow attack, round palate with some acidity, medium/short finish that is hollow.

Tasting order #7

Domaine CHANSON

Corton Vergennes – 2012

Light golden color, muted pear nose, bright & sweet attack, balanced palate with some good acidity, long finish with acidity and fruit – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #8

Domaine Des CROIX

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, subtle ripe pineapple nose, honey sweet attack, mellow round palate, medium finish with some acidity. Not quite full, but not hollow – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #9

Domaine DOUDET

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, subtle stone fruit nose, honey sweet attack, mellow round palate, long gripping acidic finish – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #10

Domaine DENIS Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, subtle honey stone fruit nose, creamy semi-sweet attack, round balanced palate, medium/long finish, that is slightly hollow – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #11

Domaine D’ARDHUY

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium golden color, subtle oak nose, high tone bright attack, some acidity on palate, with a long finish that shows some heat. The biggest Corton Charlemagne yet – Highly Recommended.

Corton Charlemagne – 2011

Medium/dark golden color, muted stone fruit nose & mellow, honey sweet attack, round mellow palate with slight acidity, ending with a short finish that’s wanting a bit – Recommended Plus.

Corton Charlemagne – 2004

Medium/dark golden color, some spice on nose, honey sweet attack, balanced round palate with slight acidity, with a medium/short finish.

Corton Pougets – 2012

Dark ruby color, bright red cherry nose, sweet red cherry balanced attack & palate, with a dry gripping finish – Recommended.

Corton Clos du Roi – 2012

Dark ruby color, dark and red cherry nose, cool, sweet attack & red cherry, fairly round (but with some grip) palate, with a dry long finish. If the finish calms down, this could be really nice – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #12

Domaine Sylvain LOICHET

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, very, very faint stone fruit nose, soft sweet attack, round and a bit sugary on palate, medium/short finish, with some grip.

Tasting order #13

Domaine CHEVALIER Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, muted honey pear nose, light & acidic attack, acidic on palate, with a bit of a bitter finish. Too acidic for me.

Corton Rognet – 2012

Dark ruby color, smoky & earthy very nice nose, cool, sweet attack & balanced, sweet palate of dark cherry, with a medium/long finish with some grip, but no heat – Outstanding.

Tasting order #14

Domaine RAPET Pere et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, subtle pear nose, sweet honey attack, balanced round palate, with medium/long finish that shows some grip – Highly Recommended.

Corton Pougets – 2012

Dark ruby color, faint dark cherry nose, cool, sweet attack & balanced round cherry palate, with a biting long finish – Highly Recommended.

Corton Grand Cru – 2012

Dark ruby color, faint dark cherry nose, cool, sweet attack & balanced round cherry palate, with nice dry gripping long finish. This is terrific – Extraordinary.

Tasting order #15

Domaine Michel MALLARD et Fils

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium golden color, mild golden pear nose, sweet & tart attack, fairly round (leaning toward acidic) palate, with a tart green apple medium length finish – Recommended.

Corton Les Marechaudes – 2012

Dark ruby color, dark cherry nose, sweet cherry attack, round smooth balanced palate, with a medium finish with solid grip – Highly Recommended.

Corton Les Renardes – 2012

Dark ruby color, muted nose, sweet dark fruit with tinge of bitterness on attack & palate, with a nice long finish with some grip – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #16

Chateau GENOT-BOULANGER

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, nice white pear nose, sugary & sweet attack, a bit light on palate with some acid, ending with a medium green apple finish – Recommended.

Corton Les Combes – 2012

Dark ruby color, a very nice red/dark fruit and spice nose, a bright red cherry sweet attack, with a round red cherry palate, ending with a long finish that shows good grip and structure. This wine should be really special in five years or so – Extraordinary.

Tasting order #17

Maison Albert BICHOT – Domaine du PAVILLON

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, muted honey & stone fruit nose, sweet mellow attack, round balanced palate, with nice acidity, ending with a medium/long slightly gripping finish – Highly Recommended.

Corton Clos Des Marechaudes – 2012

Dark ruby color, dark cherry nose & cool, sweet attack, round balanced palate, with a long gripping finish that show just a little heat – Outstanding.

Tasting order #18

Domaine BONNEAU DU MARTRAY

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, nice pear nose, sweet mellow attack, balanced palate with pear, ending with a long finish that shows nice grip and some pear – Outstanding.

Corton Grand Cru – 2011

Medium/dark ruby color, bright red cherry nose & cool & smooth, sweet attack, round balanced palate with good acidity, ending with a long dry tannic finish. If the finish develops, this will be a very nice wine – Highly Recommended.

Tasting order #19

Domaine FAIVELEY

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, honey pear nose, sweet mellow attack, round palate with good acidity, ending with a medium/short finish that’s a bit hollow – Recommended Plus.

Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Monopole – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, nice dark cherry nose & cool, sweet red cherry attack, soft round mouth-feel on palate, with a long finish that has some grip. Very bright and clean wine – Extraordinary.

Tasting order #20

Earl Domaine PAVELOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012 (barrel sample)

Cloudy light/medium golden color, subtle white pear nose, a bit of effervesces on a sweet/acidic attack, tight palate, with a long finish of golden pear and marzipan. This should turnout to be a really nice wine – Outstanding.

Corton Grand Cru – 2012

Medium ruby color, bright red cherry nose, bright sweet red cherry attack, round balanced palate, with a medium/long finish that’s a bit hollow – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #21

Domaine LALEURE-PIOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Medium/light golden color, faint butterscotch nose, sweet mellow attack, round balanced palate with some pear, ending with a medium/long finish that’s still evolving – Outstanding.

Corton Rognet – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, some oak & funk on nose & sweet red cherry attack, soft round palate, with a tart medium red cherry finish – Recommended.

Tasting order #22

Domaine Patrick JAVILLIER

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Light golden color, honey pear nose, smooth, creamy, sweet mellow attack, round fairly balanced palate, with a tart medium/long finish that’s a bit hollow – Recommended Plus.

Tasting order #23

Domaine TOLLOT-BEAUT

Corton Grand Cru – 2012

Dark ruby color, dark & red cherry nose, cool sweet mellow attack, round balanced red cherry palate, with a medium/long bright cherry finish – Highly Recommended.

Corton Bressandes – 2012

Medium/dark ruby color, dark & red cherry nose, cool sweet slightly watery attack & palate, with a medium length smooth finish.

 

TOP RATED WINES

EXTRAORDINARY PLUS

Domaine du Clos Frantin – Albert BICHOT

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

EXTRAORDINARY

Domaine CHEVALLIER

Chablis Cuvee Prestige – 2012

Chateau GENOT-BOULANGER

Corton Les Combes – 2012

Domaine A.F. GROS

Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2012

Richebourg Grand Cru – 2012

Domaine FAIVELEY

Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Monopole – 2012

Domaine Sylvain LOICHET

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2011

Domaine Michel NOELLAT

Vosne-Romanee 1st Cru Les Beaux Monts – 2012

Echezeaux Grand Cru Du Dessus – 2012

Domaine RAPET Pere et Fils

Corton Grand Cru – 2012

OUTSTANDING

Maison Albert BICHOT – Domaine du PAVILLON

Corton Clos Des Marechaudes – 2012

Domaine BONNEAU DU MARTRAY

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Chateau de CHAMILLY

Montagny 1st Cru Les Burnins – 2012

Mercury Les Marcoeurs – 2012

Mercury rouge Clos la Perriere Monopole – 2011

Mercury 1st Cru rouge Les Puillets – 2011

Domaine CHARTRON Jean

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Folatieres – 2012

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru Les Cailleret Monopole – 2012

Domaine CHEVALLIER

Chablis 1st Cru Montmains – 2012

Domaine CHEVALIER Pere et Fils

Corton Rognet – 2012

Maison Joseph DROUHIN

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru – 2012

Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru – 2011

Domaine FAIVELEY

Gevrey-Chambertin 1st Cru Les Cazetiers – 2012

Domaine d’HENRI

Chablis 1st Cru Fourchaume Heritage – 2012

Domaine LALEURE-PIOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012

Domaine LARUE

Puligny-Montrachet 1st Cru La Garenne – 2011

Maison Louis LATOUR

Beaune 1st Cru Les Vignes Franches – 2010

MARCHAND Jean-Philippe

Chambertin Grand Cru– 2011

Domaine MOREY Vincent et Sophie

Chassagne-Montrachet 1st Cru blanc Les Embazees – 2012

Earl Domaine PAVELOT

Corton Charlemagne – 2012 (barrel sample)

Maison RIJCKAERT

Saint-Veran – 2011

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  1. WOW,I really would have loved being there, what a treat.
    Interesting that the really Big Dawgs didn’t participate. It’s very embarrassing to have your
    $500 – $1,000 a bottle flagship wine overshadowed by a plebeian.
    Om the plus side you tasted the wines that I can actually afford to buy, on occasion.

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    Posted by Ken D. Burnap | June 5, 2014, 3:54 pm

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