Archive for the ‘Burgundy’ category

Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2006

January 28, 2009

img_5231In the category entry-level French Chardonnay, this is another revisit to a wine which quality amazed me last vintage. Again this unoaked Chardonnay shows the usual concoction of lemon, pear, mint and floral aromas recurring on a medium-bodied palate where softly textured fruit is balanced with minerally acid. However, where the 2005 cashed in on the vintage with clear focus, concentration and depth, I would label this edition as solid but less exciting. 87 points

Source: Fine Wine Partners  Price: $45  Drink: Now-2010

Other vintages: 2005

Web: www.drouhin.com

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2006

January 21, 2009

img_5226I was pleased to find the 2006 edition of this wine at my local liquor shop the other day, as I remember the one from the stellar 2005 vintage as an absolute cracker. After reading the raving (95 points!) review by Wino sapien a few weeks ago, I decided to check things out myself. This light straw coloured wine shows a nose that runs through aromas of citrus, melon and ample stonefruit, all to be found back on a palate where round, somewhat plumb fatness is balanced by mineral-infused purity. There is no doubt that this wine is seriously good, made with integrity, authentic and true to its appellation, but I tend to prefer the leanness of the 2005Don’t get me wrong, this wine is still very good and absolutely worth every cent, it’s just my preference… hence 89 points.

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $49  Drink: Now-2011

Web: www.leflaive.fr

Other vintages: 2005

La Chablisienne Chablis 2006

July 11, 2008

About two weeks ago Australian Financial Review’s Tim White wrote an interesting article on the unprecedented wide choice of fine European wines in Australia. Apart from importers like Enoteca Sileno, Vintage & Vine, CellarHand and The Spanish Acquisition, praised for keeping up stock levels of many independent bottle shops and top restaurants with exciting wine styles, a fair bit of attention went out to the wine buyers at Coles. Owning outlets as Liquorland and Vintage Cellars, our biggest wine retailer has jumped onto the bandwagon with imports at the cheaper end of the market in order to expose customers to new styles and varieties. Although not all the offerings are of the same quality, some nice ones can be found at attractive prices. I know this subject throws around some controversy but one can’t deny democracy has landed in the world of wine.

The always reliable wines from Chablis co-op La Chablisienne are well represented on the shelves of my local Vintage Cellars. The straw yellow 2006 Chablis unveils its regional identity straight away with aromas of lemon, apple and white flowers while gentle acid flows underneath the smooth and textural palate. This is not the most concentrated and persistent Chablis, but for a village wine selling at twenty dollars its all forgiven. 87 points

Source: James Busby Fine Wines/Vintage Cellars  Price: $20  Drink: Now

Web: www.chablisienne.com

Faiveley Mercurey Clos du Roy 2005

July 1, 2008

The combination between Faiveley and the appellation of Mercurey is one that delivers pretty good wines at reasonable prices. My expectations of the Clos du Roy were high after the outstanding 2005 Mercurey Clos de Myglands of the same producer. But where the latter had some elegance and subtlety, this premier cru shows the robustness wines from this appellation usually offer. Deep ruby in colour the nose displays dark berry fruit, plums and wet earth following through on a  straightforward palate with rather firm, mouth drying tannins. Although this wine needs more time to come together a bit, it certainly won’t shed off its frankness. 88 points

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $65  Drink: Now-2012+

Web: www.bourgognes-faiveley.com

De Bortoli Gevrey-Chambertin Combe du Bas 2004

February 10, 2008

img_4156.jpgHow can the New and Old world be better united than in this wine? Made by De Bortoli’s Bill Downie and Steve Webber the fruit is sourced from old vines grown on the Combe du Bas, a climat east of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Like any serious Pinot Noir triage of the hand-picked grapes ensured only healthy, undamaged berries went into the wine that has been made according to the philosophy of minimal intervention. The outcome is a ruby red wine with aromas of raspberry, cherry, spice and undergrowth that lead to a straightforward, focused and well balanced palate where fresh primary fruit, firm tannins and ample acidity combine power with finesse. This young wine will develop further complexity over the next 5 to 10 years. 90+ points

Source: De Bortoli  Price: $85  Drink: 2009-2017

Web: www.debortoli.com.au

Bouchard Pere et Fils Monthélie Clos les Champs Fulliot 2005

January 29, 2008

img_3997.jpgThe appellation of Monthélie is one of the last strongholds of Pinot Noir before the land gives way to the great Chardonnay vines of Meursault, Chassagne and Puligny in the south. The slopes north of the village are adjacent to the renowned vineyards of Volnay, and it is in this area of Monthélie, the Coteau de Volnay, where the best Premier Crus are found. Clos les Champs Fulliot is one of them, situated on the same Bathonian limestone as Volnay’s Clos des Chênes and Les Santenots, but not the same ideal east-southeast exposition of the latter. So this is where terroir kicks in and where faults, combes and a multitude of soiltypes can make an enormous impact as is shown in this wine. Fleshy and taut rather then fragrant and elegant its nose shows a lot of spice, undergrowth, dark cherries, plum and a hint of violets while on the tightly knit and balanced palate robust tannins and firm acidity fully control the underlying fruit characters that scream to be set free. This wine simply needs a couple of years to shake off its youthful clumsiness. 89+

Source: Domaine Wine Shippers  Price: $79.99  Drink: 2010-2016

Web: www.bouchard-pereetfils.com

Pierre-Yves Colin Morey Saint-Aubin La Chatenière 2005

January 17, 2008

img_3762.jpgPierre-Yves Colin is one of Burgundies exciting rising stars. In 1995 he took over winemaking responsibilities at his father’s domaine Marc Colin but 10 years later he decided to focus entirely on his own micro-négociant business. Nothing special at first sight, apart from the fact that through his contacts with numerous growers and producers Pierre-Yves is able to source minute quantities of their best wines. Either he is allowed to pick the best barrels or he fills his own with the best juice after which he throws in his own winemaking skills to finish the wines in his preferred style. To build a portfolio that includes wines from the best sites of Saint-Aubin, Meursault, Pulingny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and the Grand Crus Chevalier Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne is simply exceptional. This Saint-Aubin comes from one of the village’s best Premier Cru vineyards, the steep and stony La Chatenière. Straw yellow in the glass the wine exudes lovely aromas of lemon, stonefruit, hazelnuts and spicy oak. The palate shows well integrated flavours of lemon, nectarine and white peach all framed by a generous creamy texture before a finish with ample mineral acidity. A highly enjoyable wine that should drink well over the next couple of years. 92 points

Source: Vintage & Vine/Liquid Library  Price: $85  Drink: Now-2011