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A 2009 Aux Malconsorts from the expert

The 2009 vintage is not classic, it is sexy if you ask the french. The wines are usually forward, big and with baby fat.

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2009 Vosne-Romanée 1er cru “Aux Malconsorts”, Sylwain Cathiard

Colour is translucent, dark red purple with light orange-pink edges.

As expected. A quite forward nose that initially emerges with a striking, stylish flirty perfume, loads of Vosne xmas-style spices, fresh cut ginger, some typical clove, cardamon.

Acidity is energetic and it is fresh, but where is the fruit? In a warmer than usual vintage there should be plenty of sweet fruit. Strange. However, the wine is full bodied and totally feather light-weighted as expected which is the hallmark of this skilled producer and texture may not be perfect in here, but fine grained and steers the wine gracefully to a slightly bitter end. It is super fresh, bolder than usual and pliant, but will the fruit get to the surface? Maybe it just needs much more time. (tasted 16/5-2016)

92-p/100

 

Lamarche, a rising star in the holy grail with a woman’s touch

In late January 2015 we visited the domaine Francois Lamarche. The estate dates back to the 1740’s. To most people, the estate is known for its monopoly vineyard La Grand Rue and it is situated right in the holy grail of Burgundy and just next to the famous La Tâche in Vosne-Romanée. Actually, it was in possession of the Liger-Belair family that went bankrupt in 1933. Then it was purchased by Edouard Lamarche and given as a wedding present to his nephew Henri. We did some research prior to this visit and according to official publications, up until 1959, small parts of the former boundaries of Gaudichots were exchanged with DRC and La grand rue was adopted grand cru status in 1992. Oldest parts apparently predate 1970, but a lot was replanted in the 80’s, so roots are yet not really old. Except for La grand rue, they own several other premier- and grand crus, of which Clos Vougeot, Aux Malconsorts, Les Suchots, Grands Echezeaux can be mentioned and in addition the interesting La Croix Rameau, in the north-east corner of Romanée-Saint-Vivant.

After knocking on the door to Lamarche in a cold but sunny January for a few minutes, finally Nicole opens. She explains that she had to pick up the children somewhere and she says that she is sorry that she’s late, but we are just happy that they are here. After all, this is a family business. We are just very exited to visit this domaine,.. finally.

Nicole, the daughter of Francois Lamarche, who took charge in 2007 with her first vintage being the glorious 2010, is obviously a very energetic, determined and confident woman with a clear focus of what she wants to do with their wines and she explains that she told her father over and over again to move away for her. Lamarche’s reputation at the time when she took over was not the best to say the least. Publicly, it was perceived as overly austere and lacking freshness from several wine critics, but luckily we absolutely feel that Nicole is really improving the estate’s wine quickly year-by-year. The potential in this part of Vosne-Romanée appears unlimited. Nicole tells us that she enforced thorough cleaning of the cellars and a whole lot of improvements in the wine making after her trial-period was over and her father stepped down, finally, as she puts it.

They harvest by hand using a secondary selection table. A few days and customary cold-soak is conducted to enhance perfume and colour. 80-100% of only ripe stems goes into fermentation depending on vintage to enhance structure and add tannins. When I mention that DRC is doing biodynamics and ask her about her principles, she swiftly answers that she hates extremism, so they employ things that they see fit and really work. She is very focused on the vineyards and thinks that organic principles are really important to them. She says, she intercepts ideas from the biodynamic movement, but for her, ecological farming is most important and they employ hard pruning which she thinks is most important to her as well as constant attention to the vineyards. They also work with sexual confusion techniques to keep insects off the leaves. Grass is extremely shortly pruned within vineyard rows to provoke the roots to dig deeper and avoid dilution.

I ask her about what she strives for in her wines and she immediately answers that she aims for silkiness, aromatics and elegance. She explains that she thinks that she, through her wine making adds a woman touch to their wines compared to her father. The level of new oak, from very much adapted barriques to the vineyards, are about a third now and very lightly toasted. Extraction (maceration) is carried out for about 15-18 days and like many others, no filtration or fining is done.

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Andreas, Nicole and Frederik

2013 Bourgogne “Hautes côtes de Nuits”

Vosne spices. Very fine, young and crisp acidity. Fruits in the back ground now, but there is balance.

85p/100

2013 Bourgogne

Some finesse in this fresh nose of herbs.

Delightful and sourish, small red berries, blood orange, ginger, and some complex minerals. Medium bodied. Very crisp and fresh acidity.

87p/100

2013 Vosne-Romanée

Distinct Vosne spices here and fresh herbs dominates. Very small, sourish red berries and blood orange. Here is some finesse and pleasant pliancy.

90p/100

2013 V-R 1er cru “Les Chaumes”

They own two small sections this vineyard.

Some seductive perfume from this very clean and fresh nose. There is a vertical quality here with the perfume as top note and the Vosne spices in the base.

Very silky and soft texture in this pliant wine with fine tannin cut. Small, ripe and fresh red berries, blood orange, ginger, clove and herbs. The acidity is just a little sharp now, but this will be very fine. It is quite persistent too.

90-91p/100

2013 V-R 1er cru “Les Suchots”

Finally, the rose chips arrives in this super-fresh and seductive perfume with nice depth.

Almost perfect tannins in here. Very good concentration and less acidic bitterness compared to the Les Chaumes. Blood orange dominates with a trail of pure, red small berries in the persistent finish. In addition, notes of passion fruit, fennel wrapped in the very balsamic, crisp and mineral-driven acidity.

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2013 V-R 1er cru “La Croix Rameau”

A very interesting vineyard in the north-east corner of Romanée-Saint-Vivant of which they only made two barriques. 45 year-old vines.

Very different nose compared to Les Chaumes and Les Suchots. More intense and less fragrant with more herbs and pastry. It is a complex and intriguing nose.

Small, sourish red berries, a lot of herbs and pastry on the palate too. The very clean, energetic and crisp acidity wraps passion fruit and orange peel. Thicker tannins but still soft, but not as silky as the other two.

92-94p/100

2013 V-R 1er cru “Les Malconsorts”

Very complex nose with high precision and details, but reduced now so very analytic at this stage. Extremely slowly, the fragrant rose petals arrive and the Vosne spices that appears to hover on the surface only. It truly contains something special.

Sourish, super-small red layers of, ripe and pure red berries, anise, fresh herbs and spices. Acidity is a little overly energetic now, but very promising. Impressive balance without any edges or bitterness in the very persistent finish. Very smooth and silky texture with very ripe tannins. A very classic and elegant, but too young V-R wine with great potential.

93-94p/100

2013 grand cru “Echezeaux”

A very direct nose of darker minerals and pastry. Dried flowers in its persistent, but subtle inner perfume.

Very good concentration and very clean fruit and acidity. Good grip in the tannins.

91p/100

2013 grand cru “Grands-Echezeaux”

A very broad brush stroke of scents in this nose. Some earthy tones, crushed stone in the base and balsamic, dried herbs and deep perfumes at the top.

On the palate, the acidity is dominating now and it is currently a little edgy and whiny, but vivid which is promising. However, there seem to be red fruit in there, anise and some leather notes lurking. All this framed in thicker and firmer tannins.

92p/100

2013 grand cru “Clos de Vougeot”

Here they have three parcels in the south-east part, i.e. the lower parts.

The nose emerges as very deep with very much finesse. An incredibly seductive and feminine perfume as top note here with some crushed stone and dried herbs in the base.

On the palate, what struck us most is its impressive high quality acidity that is fantastically fresh. Moreover, the texture is super silky and totally seamless. A very fresh wine with almost perfect texture.

93-95p/100

2013 grand cru “Les Grand Rue” (monopoly)

A very light and transparent pink and raspberry red colour.

The nose is reduced now and emerges very slowly, but after a while there is a really elegant and aristocratic, but subtle, perfume that slips through. A deep and complex nose indeed.

On the palate, it offers cherries with layers of deep and very pure, red fruit. Totally seamless, incredibly pliant and super-silky texture. Acidity is crisp and fresh coating the fruit with deep, fresh minerals. It is persistent too. Yes, this has come very far in this vintage.

94-96p/100

Summary

It is obvious that the previously uneven impression of this estate some years back now is history and they are absolutely taking a distinct step in the direction of a much higher level of quality with Nicole in charge. Especially the pliancy, slenderness and elegancy impresses us a lot, but it is not all. In addition, the finesse and purity is impressive and the potential comes through in the Clos Vougeot, Les Malconsorts, La Croix Rameau and the stunning La Grand Rue. It will be very interesting to follow the development here and we will certainly be back soon.

A very round and silky, but subtle Les Suchots from 2008

The age of most of the vines in the Les Suchots vineyard of Hudelot-Noellat’s parcels are almost 90. A very interesting wine in deed.

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Colour is translucent blood orange with transparent light-orange edges. Beautiful colour!

The nose is very closed and careful in the decanter even after six hours, but some typical rowan berries, distinct ginger, clove, white pepper, pastry, overripe red fruit jam, tiny notes of medicine cabin, but also very fragrant and intense red flowers combined with lovely and just a little sweet, seductive perfumes.

On the palate it is dominated by ripe, candid red fruit and there are notes of blood orange, ginger and some anise. It is slowly filling up to be medium-bodied and is actually quite generous if you can wait a day. Texture is very silky, supple and it is long with just enough structure to go all the way. At the same time it is a little thin and a little less complex than expected, but it possesses all the goodies and characteristics of this sacred wine area.

It is super-round and well balanced wine with finesse that Charles van Canneyt and his team offers in this vintage. Open in 2017.

91-92p/100

A very fresh and quite deep Clos des Réas from Michel Gros

Michel Gros is an intervenist that uses backward osmosis to enhance concentration and cultured yiest for fermentation. Michel uses 50% whole bunches, maceration  endures for ten days in cement vats and the juice is raised in 50% new wood with only one racking. The premier cru vineyard Clos des Réas is a monopoly belong to the Gros family since 1860. It is situated on the lowest part of the Vosne’Romanée hill below the Chaumes and Malconsorts.

The 2010 vintage needs no more introduction than we find it impressively balanced and with great tannic structure.

2010 1er cru Clos des Réas, Michel Gros

The colour is typically red-purple middle with pink nuances and the edges are pink-bluish.

The nose emerges with distinct somewhat burnt spices, clove, ginger, medicine cabin, hanged meat, notes of butter and pastry. After another three hours, a deep inner perfume emerges.

On the palate, we find the wine aromatic with quite deep and pure expression of mainly sourish red- and blue fruit as well as a darker mineral tone. Acidity is crisp, fresh and energetic and wraps orange-peel. Texture is as expected very silky, concentration is very fine and it is slender with precision.

A quite deep, very fresh and persistent wine that lingers elegantly to a little saline and naturally sweet finish. Despite the stem addition, it still lacks some structure and we would like just a little less oaky notes even though the latter is not really a problem. Open in 2018 and it will most likely stay fresh until 2030.

93p/100

A very spicy burgundy wine with complex nose from Guyon

In our previous post, we tasted Cathiard’s version from this cool, windy, chalky site. This time it is the 2008 vintage, not in general equally great as the 2010 vintage, but usually underrated. This time we focus on another producer that is clearly under the radar; Domaine Guyon. Actually, we did taste their base red here. In 1991, Jean Pierre followed by his brother Michel took over the vineyards from their father. They use 100% new oak, extraction endures for 18 days in steel vats and vines are about 40 years old in their parcels in en Orveaux.

2008 1er cru En Orveaux, Domaine Guyon

The colour is beautifully blood orange with red purple nuances and edges are orange-pink.

The nose emerges with a lot of sulphur the first hour as well as notes of medicine cabin, typical chalky saline minerals and oil paint. After numerous hours, the typical saline and chalky notes from this site takes a step back and let the vosne herbs arrive to the scene dominated by freshly cut ginger, dry mint and ground cumin. In addition, there is some really enchanting sweet-peppery pastry notes combined with Indian spices that gets through at times that is just lovely. When giving this wine plenty of time in the decanter, the dominating base of chalky and dark minerals as well as the dominating saline acidity, let other complex scents through and the nose is in fact really good and interesting.

On the palate, the high level of chalky and distinct saline acidity that is so typical for this windy site is still dominating and coating the bluish and pure fruit. Unfortunately, the taste does not shape up to the impressive nose, but there are loads of delightful spices and anise seeds in here, but it is not really well balanced and the finish is a little too saline.  The high level of new oak is at this stage quite well integrated and doesn’t disturb the palate. However, texture is impressively silky without any spurs on the tongue whatsoever and it is quite persistent too.

A really interesting nose, but it falls short on the palate that is, unfortunately, less balanced now and lacks complexity. Open in 2018.

89-90p/100

A very good En Orveaux from Cathiard from the great 2010 vintage

The 2010 vintage is equally great in Burgundy and Barolo in terms of balance and phenolic maturity. We love it.

The premier cru vineyard En Orveaux is located in the very north corner of the Vosne-Romanée appellation, inside a ridge close to the Chambolle area in the north in a slope with cool winds building an abundance of acidity. The soil is made up of a thin layer of rocky clay over a hard bed of limestone with very good drainage. Cathiard’s vines are about 60 years old here and grows deep into the limestone, rendering a special mineral characteristics to the wines. It is always the last vineyard to be picked, mostly due to the cooling winds and a little less hours of daily sun.

2010 1er cru En Orveaux, Sylwain Cathiard

The colour is beautifully blood orange with red purple nuances and edges are light orange-pink.

The nose starts off with salubrin, medicine cabin, dusty earth, crushed stone and chalky minerals. After another three hours, rowan berries, dried spices and saline notes arrive to the scene.

On the palate, we are offered site-typical loads of chalky and saline minerals that coat the quite e deep bluish fruit, black tea, lingonberries and orange peel. It is quite aromatic, but driven by the bright, chalky and a little saline acidity. Balance and persistence is currently only fine, but structure is great and texture is velvety, but a little dusty. It is pleasantly mouth-filling with medium body.

As usual, the purity is impressive and integration of oak is impeccable in Cathiard’s wines.

92-93p/100

Burgundy 2012: Méo Camuzet – In the spirit of Henri Jayer

In November 2012, we visited the Domaine Méo Camuzet and met with the polite owner Jean-Nicolas Méo who guided us through their wines which comes from an impressive collection of vineyards; four grand crus (Richebourg, Clos Vougeot, Corton Clos Rognet, and Échezeaux) and 10 premier crus. The Domaine focus very much on work in the vineyards to produce grapes that can be transformed into top quality wines.

The spirit of Henri Jayer is still very much present at the Domaine, so they still de-stem 100%, keep meticulously low yields, perform 4-5 days cold soak (improved colour and nose) and focus on ruthless pruning in favour of less green harvest in the vineyards without using chemicals and pesticides. However, Henri is definitely most recognised for turning the vineyard (according to many impossible) Parantoux into a fantastic wine. For many years the legendary winemaker was responsible for several of the Domain’s vineyards and in 1978 he produced the first Cros-Parantoux under his own label. The wine is still produced in small quantities and in half bottles to satisfy end-consumers.

IMAGE_681C1F67-23BF-48E0-886D-54A372C0DC17Jean Méo’s son Jean-Nicolas Méo arrived to the estate in 1985 from Paris, and was convinced by Henri about his philosophy and result. Actually, he took over the domaine officially in 1988 when Henri retired the same year and he immediately started ending leasing agreements for the families vineyard to produce wine on their own. In addition, the enologist Christian Faurois that had been at the estate since 1973 has been a big influence too in the way a vineyard should be handcrafted to produce absolute best grapes expressing the terroir. Both are still working together with Christian directing the work in the vineyards and Jean-Nicolas heading the vinification and sales. Maceration endures for about 2-3 weeks and they use little sulphur. They use a significant high level of new oak from Maison François Frères, but amazingly it does not appear to result in overly oaked wines. For the grand crus are normally exposed to 100% new oak from the forests of Tronçais and/or Bertranges is used. De-stemming 100% renders really pure fruit, but obviously for pinot noir has the backside of removing well needed natural tannins in less structured vintages, so oak tannins is certainly needed.

Jean-Nicolas, informs us that the objective is to make wines with structure and purity, but never ever compromise natural balance.

2011 Vosne-Romanée – Barrel

This wine has a quite open and fresh nose driven by red fruit. As expected, this is an easily approachable and a bit seductive wine. This a little quiet, but good entry-level village wine.

89-90p/100

 

2011 Chambolle-Musigny – Barrel

The Chambolle-Musigny almost was a bit reduced and not very approachable. Therefore it is quite hard for us to score. Wines from this region are careful but we expect this to open up more later on.

86-88p/100

2011 Vosne-Romanée les Chaumes – Barrel

Now we take a step up to the premier crus and we are met with a quite ripe red fruit, dominated by strawberries. This is a true crowd pleaser and a wine, which most people would enjoy, though it lacks complexity to deserve a higher score.

92p/100

2011 Nuits-Saint-Georges aux Murgers – Barrel

A quite rustic wine with high level of acidity. When we tried the wine it was a bit austere. We find strawberries, earthy minerals and some darker fruit. This wine needs some more time to develop and get more balanced.

89p/100

2011 Clos Vougeot – Barrel

The vines used for this Clos Vougeot has been replanted a few times, but the oldest vines are from 1920. Especially, here old vines that have had the time to dig really deep is important to add complexity according to Jean-Nicolas. Méo-Camuzet’s owns an uniform parcel in the better upper part just below the church in the liet-dit Les Chioures, but they don’t mark this on the label.

This is a good quality Clos Vougeot with earthiness, iron, oranges, rowan berries, wild strawberries, cassis, mint and some spices like pepper, clove and cinnamon. The finish is very long and with good silky tannins. This is a complex and intriguing wine, which should develop well over time.

93-94p/100

2011 Corton Clos Rognet – Barrel

The vines from this vineyard was planted in the 1920s.

Unfortunately, we found this wine very hard to evaluate since it was extremely closed. Currently it is quite austere and has a sharp acidic tone.

Will have to develop further before it can be scored fairly.

2011 Échezeaux – Barrel

The Échezeaux is a quite powerful and direct wine with lots of both red end dark fruit. It also has a well-needed acidity to balance the fruit and the acidity carries the wine through the finish, which is quite long. We are talking more about volume and generosity than about elegance, though the scent can be quite seductive.

92-p/100

2011 Vosne-Romanée au Cros Parantoux – Barrel

We perceived the Cros Parantoux as slightly reduced, but it was still possible to get an impression of the wine and the potential. Since the production is very limited, Jean-Nicolas says they some times produce half bottles of this wine to satisfy end-customers. He also says that the work up there is simply crazy and quite a challenge due to the elevation and stones.

There are and abundance of minerals in this wine but we also find quite discrete but fresh fruit, under vegetation and distinct spices. The acidity is a bit harsh, chalky now and it seems like the Cros Parantoux needs more time than the Richebourg to evolve. The finish also reveals some more spurring tannins, which is quite persistent with a more deep darker aromas.

The potential in this wine is fantastic and we hope to be able to try it again in the future to be able to follow its development.

93-95p/100

 

2011 Les Richebourg – Barrel

Méo Camuzet’s vines planted in the 1950’s grow in the very top part of Richebourg, very close to Cros Parantoux, and when Frederik ask him about this fact, Jean-Nicolas directly points out that the high position and the chalky soil really adds to the high acidity and freshness of the wine. The use of both Tronçais and Bertranges is especially suited here according to Jean-Nicolas, since he believes that really mature grapes from this upper part of the site will only benefit from its tannins and polish.

This is already a balanced and complex wine and is the clear highlight of the visit. The nose opens up slowly in the glass and it reveals fresh strawberries, morning dew, orange peels, minerals and spices. On the palate, we find wild strawberries, blood orange, mint, anise, fennel, dark chocolate, cinnamon and ginger. This wine shows great depth without being over-powered, but rather light-weightly structured. There is also a silky tannic structure, which is very light but still provides enough direction and grip to steer the wine.

We did not agree 100% on the score, where Andreas was a pusher for 95 and Frederik was up at 96.

95-96p/100

Overall impression

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Jean-Nicolas and Andreas

We could be accused of generalizing too much, but we think the wines of Méo Camuzet and Hudelot-Noëllat show clear similarities. These are all fantastic producers with an amazingly high base level and they are quite rich, very well balanced and polished wines. The only thing we may lack in the wines from Méo Camuzet is some more personality.

Méo Camuzet has a spectacular list of vineyards, which makes the tasting very interesting for anyone interesting in comparing characteristics of different vineyards.

A crowd pleaser from Burgundy: 2006 Domaine Guyon, Vosne Romanée

Domaine Guyon is a small estate with 8 hectares headed by the brothers Jean-Pierre and Michel Guyon since 1991. This wine is made from 50-60 year old vines and it is matured for 10-14 months in oak (30% new).

The 2006 vintage can be described as an average vintage for red burgundy. The wines are quite fruity, fresh and easily approachable. You can drink them at a quite young age.


2006 Domaine Guyon, Vosne-Romanée

The nose is very generous and quite dense with lots of raspberries, strawberries, menthol, sweetness and hints of oak.

On the palate we find an abundance of quite sweet red fruit as well as hints of leather and some spices. The acidity is fresh and clean and there are minerals in the background. Unfortunately we find some bitterness in the finish which affects the total impression.


This is a very approachable and surprisingly powerful wine for a Vosne-Romanée. Unfortunately the wine lacks complexity and personality for a top score. Just open and enjoy instead of spending hours analysing.

88p/100

A super-fresh, well-balanced and pure village from Vosne-Romanée

Etienne Grivot heads the estate since 1987 and lately his daughter and son has joined him and they are obviously focused on elegance and devoted to transparently convey the expression of the soil. The wines are made with precision and offers elegance and purity. Since the 1920’s they own several parcels in a vast numbers of crus in Burgundy, e.g. Clos Vougeot, Richebourg and Echezeaux. In addition, a collection of interesting premier crus in the area that is really impressive too. They use no weed-killers and work the soil organically with low controlled yields. After de-stemming, selection and gentle pressing, the grape juice for the village blend undergoes cold soak for six days, extraction (maceration) prolongs for 17 days and is raised in 25% new barriques, lightly toasted with racking max twice.

2011 is a short-cycled and unstable vintage with one month earlier flowering than usual and one that is more approachable than a classic one. It is rich in colour with impressive balance, soft tannins and rich, complex aromatics, but in general, we think, it lacks concentration and backbone. Etienne and his team started harvest on 31th of August to secure fresh acidity. Like 2007 this is a very unusually early harvest, but clearly a much better one. In Etienne’s own words, this vintage “combines the precision of the 2005 and with the sophistication of 2010”.

2011 Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée Village

The colour is beautifully scarlet, translucent red middle with light-orange transparent edges.
After more than two hours of decanting eventually very delicate, complex and vibrantly burnt chalky minerals, distinct exotic herbs, fragrant peon roses and stylish, seductive inner perfume emerges from the glass. A lovely and quite complex nose for a village wine!
The palate offers fresh, pure red fruit, anise, herbs, clove, delicious grape juice and spices. Impressive super-fresh acidity that wraps balsamic oils and ripe, but rather weak tannins with a velvety texture. Typically, slim body with one-directional precision type of wine from the site. However, concentration is low and it certainly lacks backbone and grip. Etienne de-stems as hard as he can, but some ripe stems might have done the trick here.

Altogether a very fresh, well balanced and very pure wine with an impressive and complex nose but as expected from a village wine, the taste lacks complexity, depth and moreover in this case it is low on concentration as well as lacking some grip, but still it is a great effort and a wine to enjoy for its genuine expression that we certainly recommend. Open 2015.

89-90p/100

2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is a legendary producer so we do not think that any further presentation is really needed here. The domaine’s list of Vosne-Romanee vineyards is second to none. Richebourg is ranked after the estate’s monopolies; La Romanée-Conti and La Tâche, but it is not considered to be very far behind. The vineyard is split into quite a large number of producers which results in an interesting opportunity to compare different styles and expression.

2007 is definitely not a great vintage in Burgundy. A hot Spring in April and early May changed dramatically into an unusually wet, cold summer with mildew and rot that led to a difficult and early harvest that was patchy without any really ripe fruit that may even be diluted and green. The producers needed to employ extremely hard selection and pick late after the weather improved a little in late September. This is a vintage where differences between producers can be quite significant. At best the wines are quite fresh and fragrant, but lack concentration and grip. In accordance with its tradition, DRC always harvest late to reach full ripeness, are known to keep very low yields and employ meticulous selection, so let us see how they managed in this very hard vintage..

2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru

From the glass emerges after an hour a restrained, but fresh and somewhat fruity nose with raspberries, wild berries and lingonberries, but also some menthol, distinct earthy minerals, hints of solvent, some clove and under vegetationThe taste offers red fruit, quite fresh acidity but also some unpleasant and a little bitter green notes, most likely from the stems, as DRC always use whole bunches in their vinification.

After being open one day, it is still somewhat green with bitter herbs, but the red berries are much more expressive now and relatively ripe considering the vintage and more complex details have arrived to the scene. In addition, there are clear floral notes, asian spices, somewhat fried mushrooms and more herbs on the nose. Moreover, we taste much more minerals and spices too. The acidity is still a bit harsh and the wine is thin, a little volatile obviously lacking concentration, some depth and backbone that we expect from this vineyard. On the bright side, is a relatively fresh nose, its overall balance and quite pure fruit that is just a little dominated by green notes and prominent minerals. The finish is quite long too with a final of minerals and balsamic acidity.

The wine is surprisingly light-weighted and thin for a Richebourg and in some ways it is more what we would expect from a Romanée Saint-Vivant. When drinking a wine from an extraordinary vineyard and producer, expectations are high, and in this case unfortunately they where not met, even when taken into account the vintage.

We expect the wine to develop further with time, but 2007 will not have a long life ahead, so do not forget it and expect miracles.


92-94p/100