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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.