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Burgundy tasting 2013 vintage part 3 – A few more reds and final thoughts

This is the third and last post in our series from the Burgundy tasting at Otto Suenson in February. The previous can be found here and here.

2013 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Charrieres

Initially the red fruit dominate but then some blackberries and blueberries appear. The palate is fresh but also slightly sourish with mainly young red fruit. The wine lacks some depth and complexity.

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2013 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Bright fruit dominate the nose together with some orange peel. The acidity starts great but ends with a slightly bitter expression. There are red currant, lemon and some iron notes on the palate together with a tannic structure.

This is interesting and good wine but it lacks some balance.

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2013 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Orveaux

Very earthy expression together with dark fruit and lemon notes. Sourish dark fruit, blueberries and black currant on the palate together with rather grippy tannins probably from the oak. This wine is more about power than elegance.

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2013 Bernard Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles Vieilles Vignes

Very masculine nose with an earthiness, meat and oak. Unfortunately there is a lack of fruit notes. Same style on the palate but we also find black berries and blue berries. There is an acidity but it fades rather quickly in the finish where we also find an abundance of oak.

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2013 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

Brimming fruit notes, almond and ripe raspberries in this expressive and seductive nose.
Fine grained tannins but still with a grip. Acidity is good and includes some slight grape fruit notes. Long finish but unfortunately with a slight bitterness. Complex and expressive wine.

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2013 Coquard-Loison-Fleurot Echezeaux

Dense and complex nose with red and dark fruit, some mushrooms and orange peels. Rather soft but precise acidity and some silky tannins. Great wine but unfortunately some oak that masks the personality.

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2013 Maison Bertrand Ambroise Clos Vougeot

Dense nose with red and dark fruit, oranges and iron. Fantastic palate again with iron, oranges and some ripe berries. The wine has a rather soft expression on acidity and tannins and the finish is short and slightly sweet.

I would have hoped for more attitude and personality on this otherwise good wine.

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Final comments

This tasting confirmed how different the 2013 vintage can be depending on decisions made at the Domaine. At the end of the day we both walked away from the tasting with a couple of bottles from Tollot-Beaut and Leflaive, two producers who delivered fantastic wines in this challenging vintage.

Burgundy tasting 2013 vintage part 2 – The reds

This is part two of our notes from the tasting of 2013 Burgundy at Otto Suenson. We now move over to the reds, which are split into two sections. To read our previous post where we also make a short comment about the 2013 vintage, click here.

2013 Benjamin Leroux Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Hauts Jarrons

Fresh and almost sourish red berries with lots is cherries but also hints of marzipan. Very attractive and vibrant nose. The acidity is not very precise but has good energy. Some young red fruit is well integrated with the acidity.

Not very complex but definitely a fresh and intense wine.

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2013 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte Rouge

A rather simple but elegant nose dominated by young cherries. Very precise acidity, minerals and mouthwatering but almost too young red fruit resulting in a slim body.

Fresh but rather simple wine that could develop with time.

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2013 Domaine Joblot Givry 1er Cru Clos de la Servoisine

Generous, intense and forward nose with both dark and red fruit. The wine has a clear acidic bite and a rather tannic structure for a Pinot. Blueberries, young cranberries and under vegetation.

Lacks some depth on the palate to balance the acidity and tannins.

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2013 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton-Bressandes

Very fragrant nose with perfume, fresh berries and some almond. There is a great balance between the vibrant acidity, the brimming red fruit and the velvety tannic structure. Some oak notes appear in the finish.

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2013 Domaine Ponsot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes

Initially a rather careful nose but then some bright red fruit appear together with notes of grape fruit. Juicy young acidity with lemon notes. Cranberries and some other red fruit in this rather tight palate.

The wine has great precision but will need much more time to develop.

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2013 Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin

Generous nose with both red and dark fruit and some dark minerals. Acidity is energetic and precise and complemented with some fresh fruit notes also including darker fruit like black berries.

This is a precise but not very complex wine.

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Burgundy tasting 2013 vintage part 1 – The whites

In February we attended the yearly Burgundy wine tasting at the Danish importer, Otto Suenson, offering a great selection of Burgundy wines. The tasting was focused on the 2013 vintage.

2013 was the another tough year for the Burgundy estates requiring very active work in the vineyards and hard selection to render a successful result. Some areas, especially Savigny, Volnay and Pommard, was hit hard by hailstorms, resulting in very super-low yields and many vignerons were down on their knees with extremely low crop. In addition, the very important flowering was late too. In general the season was cold with august as the only exception, and as a result ripeness was an issue and several producers had to make the decision of harvesting slightly unripe berries or rot ones. As a consequence, most producers had to use chaptalisation. This has resulted in wines with a high level of acidity, a rather slim body and in some cases tougher and less ripened tannins. In one of the somewhat spared areas e.g. Chambolle, Francois Millet of domaine de Vogüé labled 2013 the ‘rebel’ vintage, but not the pretty one.

2013 Domaine Ramonet Bouzeron (Aligoté)

Slim nose with lemon, apples, tropical fruit, white flower and flint. Rather slim but with great acidity and minerals.
The wine lacks some depth but has great precision and elegance.

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2013 Olivier Merlin Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes

Fruity nose with rather ripe apples, pears and plums. Rather soft palate with fruity flavors. The acidity stays in the background and is soft.

This is a gentle and fruit based wine that lacks some energy.

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2013 Benjamin Leroux Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien

Initially we mainly get oak and smoke on the nose, but then some tropical fruit, lemon and minerals appear.Grippy and citric acidity that still remains rather careful. There are clear notes of oak that dominates over the fruit.

The wine lacks freshness and energy but has some depth and complexity.

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2013 Paul Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets

Fruit and minerals dominate this well balanced nose. There are apricot, oranges, plums, nuts and some toasted oak on both the nose and the palate. The acidity is juicy and rather soft.

I consider the nose better than the palate that lacks some elegance.

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2013 Domaine Jacques Prieur Meursault 1er Cru Santenots

An abundance of hazelnut, butter, apricot and plums on this round and generous nose. Dense palate with ripe fruit, plums and a juicy but too careful acidity.

Generous and likable wine that would work good with food.

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2013 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon

Amazingly elegant nose with lime, lychee, nectarines and white flower. The acidity is vibrant and precise. On the palate we get more exotic fruit with mainly pineapple and in the finish some careful oak notes appear.

Very pure and elegant wine with great balance and a rather long finish.

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