Tuesday 21 January 2014

Some Chardonnays Of Late

2005 Meursault Les Narvaux, Yves Boyer-Martenot
This Meursault shows some maturity on the nose in the shape of ripe yellow apples, apricot cream, warm hay and assorted nuts. A fine structure. Some minerals and spicy notes after a while. Very good.
The taste is big, mature and ripe with notes of yellow apples, butter cookies, spices and a fine smoky note. The finish is medium long and ends dry. A good acidity. Fully mature. Very good.
88p   (tasted 2013/12)

2005 Pernand-Vergeless, Domaine Cachat-Ocquidant
I hadn´t much expectations over this bottle before I took the corkscrew to it. But lo and behold - this was a fine surprise!
The nose is fresh, vital and very fine with notes of lime, wet rocks, hay, cold butter and fennel seeds. Kept evolving all night. Complex and fine. After some hours notes of pickled ginger and almond paste emerge. Really, really good.
The taste is cool, fresh and lively with notes of lemon cream, orange ice cream, crushed rocks and a hint of smokiness in the medium long finish. A fine acidity. Very, very good. A fun surprise!
91p   (tasted 2013/12)

2010 Chassagne-Montrachet La Maltroie, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard
This is still very young with fine notes of hazel nuts, cold butter, white currants, lemon cream and a beautiful smokiness in the background. With air and getting warmer in the glass it expands all night long, but I would wait 2-3 year for the next bottle.
The taste is young, tight and yet creamy with notes of white currants, warm grass, cold butter, summer flowers and a touch of coconut. The finish is long and shows off a fine acidity. Again, give this some more years in the cellar. The 2008 tasted in the autumn of 2012 was even finer.
92p   (tasted 2014/01)

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