Thursday 1 March 2012

Spring is in the air...

At least it seems so. Melting snow is dripping from buildings, birds are singing and we got to taste a nice set of Chardonnays last night. I guess red wine makes up about 70% of what we taste, but there is something about spring...
All tasted double blind.

2007 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Vieilles Vignes, Vincent Girardin
A fine, fruity, cool nose with notes of lemons, lime, dried mango, cold butter and smoke. Very good. Young but open for business. Fresh fruit. Medium deep.
The taste is young, fresh and stony with nice lemony fruit, dried apricots and some vanilla oak notes. The acidity keeps all together. A nice warmth in the finish. Very, very good.
89p   (tasted 2012/02)

2007 Saint-Aubin En Remilly, Vincent Girardin
A fine, spicy, elegant nose with notes of lemon, cold butter, assorted nuts and a fine flinty note. Medium deep. A touch of vanilla oak appears after a while. This is fine.
The taste is bigger than the previous wine with a lovely lemon cream flavour, great acidity and a long, fresh finish. Very, very nice. This is a great drinking Chardonnay. Both power and finesse.
92p   (tasted 2012/02)

2007 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières, Vincent Girardin
The third and last Girardin wine in this line up. This feel younger than the previous ones and in the present stage, a kind of ugly duckling. The nose is medium big with notes of grey pears, earth, dry lemoncello and some plastic/rubber notes. Young and broad over its shoulder but it hasn´t comed together yet.
The taste is bigger than the previous ones with lots of sweet yellow fruit, a searing acidity that reminds of the inner white in grape fruit peels. The oak showes up in the finish. A bit ungainly. Good concentration though. There is lots of quality here but it needs some year in the cellar to unfold.
89p   (tasted 2012/02)

2004 Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne, Simon Bize
Too bad - an oxidised bottle from this great producer.

2008 Vougeot 1er Cru Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot, Domaine de la Vougeraie
Aaaaaaah, this is beautiful! A searing, intense nose flows from the glass with notes of lemon cream, cold butter, assorted nuts, elder berries and gun powder smoke. Deep, focused and just lovely. Very intense. Very young but this is approchable. Great wine!
The taste is big, concentrated but finely tuned with notes of sweet lemons, limes and grapefruits with some fudge, smoke and vanilla mixed in. A long, fresh, complex finish. A lip smacking good wine!
95p   (tasted 2012/02)

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