January 18th 2011
The wine press has been packed with articles and reviews of the 2009 Burgundies following the spate of tastings last week. Many of the producers we are lucky enough to work with have received favourable reviews and certain wines have been singled out for attention. We will be drawing your attention to various write ups over the next few days.
First up, the diligent team of Stephen Brook on the Côte d’Or and Margaret Rand on the Côte Chalonnaise & Mâconnais for Decanter.
Stephen comented, “This is a vintage that will give much pleasure over the next few years, and the top wines will age well. Is the hype fully justified? I think not. This is not a uniformly great vintage, but I may need to revise that view over the next few days, as more wines from more growers are tasted.”
He went on to David Roberts ‘This is a year when climate often overrides terroir. In a more difficult year such as 2008 the differences between the crus was striking. In 2009 the sheer ripeness of the grapes dominated.’ Three of our wines made into his wishlist – they are all highly sought after wines made in tiny quantities.
Domaine Méo-Camuzet, Aux Brulées, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru 2009
Muted raspberry and cherry nose. Rich and suave, voluptuous, very concentrated, seamless texture and magnificent fruit; spicy, complex, and very long. Drink 2016-2030. (18.5 points)
£2100/case (in bond) Goedhuis, London SW8 (020 7793 7900)
Colin-Deléger, Grand Cru, Chevalier-Montrachet 2009
(white) Sweet oaky nose, very ripe. Rich, plump, and concentrated, almost earthy, has weight and power and grip, and a long. nutty, stony finish. Drink 2014-2020. (18 points)
£1500/case (in bond) Goedhuis, London SW8 (020 7793 7900)
Sylvain Cathiard, les Malconsorts, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru 2009
Spicy oaky nose with lifted red fruits aromas. Rich and suave, fleshy and concentrated, has depth and weight without being heavy-handed or extracted; spicy, nuanced, and long. Drink 2015-2030. (18 points)
POA Goedhuis, London SW8 (020 7793 7900)
Margaret stated that she “did find some nice Chalonnais and Mâconnais wines” including three of our wines in her top five of the day.
Here she is hard at work tasting.
Domaine Jean-Pierre Charton, Clos du Roi, Mercurey 1er Cru 2009
Lovely bright fruit with some spice and grip; a thoroughly enjoyable, spicy, brisk wine. Drink 2011-7. (16.5 points)
£150/case (in bond) Goedhuis, London SW8 (020 7793 7900)
Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot, Vieux Château, Montagny 1er Cru 2009
(white) Rich, quite exotic fruit with a firm core clothed with elegant flesh; rich smoke and quince flavours. Drink 2011-7. (16 points)
£140/ case (in bond) Goedhuis, London SW8 (020 7793 7900)
Domaine Jean-Pierre Charton, Naugues, Mercurey 1er Cru 2009
Ripe, with a lovely balance of bright fruit and opulence; very fresh. Drink 2011-7. (16 points)
£175/case (in bond) Goedhuis, London SW8 (020 7793 7900)