Monday 5 December 2022

Some Grand Cru Burgs

At our last monthly tasting in our tasting group, P poured these wines. Tasted double blind I was able to pinpoint them as Pinot Noir from Burgundy - the few times you get this close one has to brag :-)

2011 Mazoyères-Chambertin, Maison Ilan
On WineBerserkers there are hundreds of pages of Maison Ilan and its former owner. This was my first taste of a wine from Maison Ilan. I was intrigued.
The nose is mature, light and fragrant with notes of ripe lingonberries, wild strawberries, dill and forest floor. Reminds me of an mature Rioja. 
The taste is dry and almost fully mature with sweet, dried up red fruits, a very fine acidity and a long, fine finish with a fine warmth. Maybe a tad to mature given that its only 11 years old, but I liked it a lot.
91p   (tasted 2022/11)

2011 Corton Clos de la Vigne au Saint, Louis Latour
A fine warmth and a good depth but a tad foursquare on the nose, with notes of fir wood, dried raspberries, chrushed rocks and dried herbs.
The taste is good and sturdy, still youngish, with notes of raspberries, fir wood and gravel. Long and solid. 4+ years (but will it become better?).
87p   (tasted 2022/11)

2004 Corton Le Rognet, Henri Guénard
A large scaled, open, warm nose with notes of ripe red cherries, road dust, herbs and potatoe water. Fully mature.
The taste is dry and mature with dusty red fruit, oaky tannins and a long, warm finish. Holding up but the fruit is dominated by oak.
84p   (tasted 2022/11)

1995 Echezeaux, Henri Guénard
A fine, deep nose with notes of violets, dried raspberries, forest floor and hints of dog fur, adding complexity. Very, very good. 
The taste is dry and intense with notes of red cherries, dried raspberries, bakelite and some oaky notes in the finish, but the fruit manages to shine through. Mature but not overly so.
88p   (tasted 2022/11)

1995 Clos St-Denis, Domaine Philippe Charlopin-Parizot
A gem. The nose is deep, complex and perfectly mature with notes of forest floor, vanilla cooked raspberries, fried herbs and tobacco. Gorgeous fruit.
The taste is younger than the nose leads you to believe, with lovely notes of cherry pips, dried raspberries, tobacco and herbs. A velvety feeling to it. Very long. Great wine.
94p   (tasted 2022/11)

1982 Clos de la Roche, Robert Gibourg
A very mature, deep and fine nose with notes of undergrowth, cooked vegetables, assorted dried red fruits and old tobacco. A fine dried up sweetness.
The taste is round, mature and dry with dried red fruits, a fine acidity and a long finish with a dry warmth. Holding up nicely in the glass. Really good.
90p   (tasted 2022/11)

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