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|Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 6 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 50 notes) - and median of 88 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Janstan on 5/11/2014 & rated 83 points: Light thin, good acid. Would pair well with scallops (1063 views)|
| ||Tasted by gnosis on 3/19/2014: A fave among faves! I love this wine, which is only reinforced every time I have it. Not the biggest block-buster, but so original in character. Softer and grapier than Bourgogne blanc; and from there, what else is there? It is golden raisiny Beaujolais Blanc as only Brun makes it. Well those who don't like it are missing out - more for me. (1154 views)|
| ||Tasted by djdaqm on 3/6/2013 & rated 86 points: Nothing profound here. At first sight the wine seems heavy and viscous like a Viogner. Lacks complexity. It is a good weekday dinner wine. The wine looks Yellow colored. The legs are Medium. It does not offer much on the nose. (2796 views)|
| ||Tasted by UpfromtheCellar on 2/24/2013 & rated 87 points: We tasted 3 available "best buys"; this wine, the Costco Kirkland Sonoma County Chardonnay and the Cameron Hughes lot 334. They were so close it really came down to "my favorite was the last one I had....". They were all medium weight, bright fruits, tropical and apple with acids and clean finish. The Terres Dorees had the roundest mouth feel and stones. The Kirkland had the most grapefruit and the Cameron Hughes a touch of petrol on the nose and best depth. But all differences were so slight that it came down to "my favorite was the last one"..... |
In terms of price, the Kirkland runs away with it! $6.97 vs $9.97 for the Cameron Hughes vs $15.99 for the Terres Dorees. All are great cheap drinkers and "I remember when ...." the Terres Dorees was $11.99 (only two years ago, how quickly success goes to our heads!), but that's that folks.
Drink up. (2859 views)
| ||Tasted by Wicker Parker on 2/20/2013: Tight, tight, tight on night one. Finally starts to loosen up on night two. Nascent and subtly rich texture, very well balanced, but not showing the clarity and definition and complexity that is surely down the road. A good match with tarragon-inflected potato soup. (3054 views)|
| ||Tasted by MLipton on 2/18/2013: Cellar clearance 2013 (our house): Not as zippy as I'm used to from this wine, it came across as a riper expression of Chardonnay and had quite a dark yellow color to it. There were some tropical fruits in evidence in the nose and the wine was a bit rounder and fuller than is the norm. (2062 views)|
| ||Tasted by zscheiner on 2/1/2013: A bit riper and rounder than the '08, was hoping for a bit more cut and minerality. Nice enough for the price but not a re-buy for me. (1934 views)|
| ||Tasted by Audun G on 1/19/2013 & rated 85 points: Citrus aromas. Clean Chardonnay fruit with chalky mineral flavors. Nice, tense acidity. Lovely wine. (881 views)|
| ||Tasted by DanSm on 12/8/2012 & rated 80 points: Rather neutral Chard. Adequate acidity with mild pineapple/grapefruit notes. (1053 views)|
| ||Tasted by wickedwax on 11/22/2012: Aromas of orchard fruit, white flowers and minerals. Medium-bodied; clean and crisp with lively acidity. My expectations were that it would drink like a well made Macon and it did precisely that. Worked well as an aperitif while cooking the myriad of food for a Thanksgiving feast. (934 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jay Paulaner on 11/12/2012 & rated 90 points: Reposted from January 12, 2012 after losing the password to my account: This wine vanished before our eyes like a card trick. I'd use the word "delicious" before I would even begin to characterize the nuance at work here. Terroir driven from what seems like chalkier soil than I'm accustomed to, balanced green apple fruit and just a slight little brush of acidity and perfect minerality. I think I paid a $15-$16 for the bottle in the city last weekend and this is the best value white I've had in months. Who needs oak? Where were you last summer when we needed you most. Superb! (1353 views)|
| ||Tasted by coremill on 11/11/2012 & rated 84 points: Meh. Simple, clean, steely, boring. (1387 views)|
| ||Tasted by Newmoondoc on 11/4/2012 & rated 85 points: Metallic tones, sweet (1231 views)|
| ||Tasted by M.Batard on 10/5/2012 & rated 88 points: Reminder: this chardonnay does not pair well with sushi, even if it is a very good unoaked expression of the grape! It's just too dry and mineral. (1247 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 9/20/2012 & rated 88 points: Another nice showing, but not as nervy as I remember. Round in the mouth, with a sappy lemon custard hint. The acids are good, but not as tense as I would like. Still, better than the softer 2009. (1649 views)|
| ||Tasted by UpfromtheCellar on 9/12/2012 & rated 89 points: Delightful. This wine exudes flavor, balance, mouth presence while still remaining light enough to go all the way down without being cloying at any point. At close to $16 a bottle, this really is a wine to buy by the case. Outstanding value. Well done. Other reviews (as well as mine earlier) have captured the details. (1364 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 9/2/2012 & rated 89 points: Consumed at a party, so no detailed notes here, but this remains an enjoyable, crisp, lemony and citric food-friendly wine. (1599 views)|
| ||Tasted by kosmik on 8/28/2012 & rated 90 points: Superbe. Je retrouve ici l'essence de mes observations du 12/4/2011, avec quelques nuances :|
Œil : paille-doré léger, viscosité moyenne en parois
Nez : projection d'intensité 5/10, frais, floral rappelant le tilleul et l'aubépine, minéral, fruits blancs, poire asiatique, boisé très élégant, touche de miel, luzerne, chair d'agrume, touche mentholée rappelant le bonbon anglais, touche brioché peut-être, très invitant
Bouche : sec, ample, très belle texture presque satinée, acidité rafraîchissante, amertume moyenne+, persistance moyenne à longue, rétro fruitée, florale, végétale, minérale, avec une petite touche anisée sympa et qui apporte une belle fraîcheur en allonge
Conclusion : encore une fois, ce Beaujolais Blanc de J-P Brun nous a fait sourire. Beaucoup de plaisir ici. 89-90+ (1405 views)
| ||Tasted by UpfromtheCellar on 7/12/2012 & rated 88 points: Delightful, easy drinking Chardonnay thats cheap. Much nicer (IMHO) than new world stuff at this under $16 price point. Much cleaner, crisper, than the heavy sugary oak infused slop that most cheap US Chardonnays exhibit. I buy 2 or 3 bottles every year and finish them before the year is even a quarter over. Great value and a lot of fun to actually drink! (1586 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rupert on 6/16/2012 & rated 87 points: At 34: rich, clean chardonnay; surprised that this has no new oak, given the fullness of texture and the hint of spice (2022 views)|
| ||Tasted by defnefferson on 6/4/2012 & rated 90 points: Lemon, seashells, and a hint of banana. Good acidity, good fruit, great value. (1690 views)|
| ||Tasted by geshtin on 5/11/2012: 12% abv. Slight butter aromas but mostly this is about purity of fruit: apples and citrus and minerals, a Chardonnay that really seems to smell of Chardonnay rather than manipulation. There is a deceptive lightness to this wine, that I guess is caused by the highish acidity, the lack of oak and its purity. But re-drinking this made me understand that this is actually a very substantial wine, concentrated and intense - but it has an illusion of lightness about it. I think a sense of paradox is crucial in a wine if one is to enjoy drinking numerous bottles of it, and this wine certainly is paradoxical in being both substantial and light. Therefore I bought a case to drink this summer (I rarely buy more than a couple bottles of any one wine). (1957 views)|
| ||Tasted by Janstan on 5/2/2012 & rated 89 points: Great wine for the price point but more importantly wonderful wine regardless of price. Great pleasure to drink. Nice minerality good with food. Green apple and hazelnut. melted in mouth (1854 views)|
| ||Tasted by M.Batard on 4/14/2012 & rated 89 points: White floral nose, with hint of green apples and citrus. Green apples with minerality and good acidity on the palate. Medium-long finish. Like! (1722 views)|
| ||Tasted by Janstan on 2/25/2012 & rated 87 points: Hazelnut, pineapple, honeydew melon, good acid, lime. Had with maple glazed pork. paired well (2072 views)|
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Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Notes from John Gilman on the 2009 Vintage
There will be a lot of absolutely delicious Beaujolais to try in 2009, as it is indeed a very good, atypically ripe and opulent vintage for Beaujolais. As others here have mentioned, the Louis-Dressner and Kermit Lynch portfolios cover many of the very best estates (with an honorable mention for importer Weygandt-Metzler), and just choosing from their strip labels is a very good jumping off point. As a quick primer, the three best Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages producers that I regularly cross paths with are the aformentioned Jean-Paul Brun and his Domaine Terres Dorées, Pierre Chermette of Domaine du Vissoux and Domaine Dupeuble from the Kermit Lynch's portfolio. I also find the Beaujolais-Villages from Joseph Drouhin consistently excellent and very classic in style and like all of this firm's Beaujolais, a completely underrated source for very top drawer Crus and B-Villages.
Amongst the Cru Beaujolais, it is important to keep in mind(again as folks have mentioned already) that certain villages tend to produce much more structured wines, and this will be very evident in a powerful vintage like 2009. In general terms, the wines from Moulin-a-Vent, Morgon and Cote de Brouilly are going to demand a bit of bottle age to really start to drink well in 2009, and these may not be the best growers to focus on when tasting through the vintage to draw your own conclusions. But in these appellations, if you keep in mind that what you are tasting is likely going to need five years of bottle age to really blossom from these crus, you cannot go wrong with Kermit Lynch's "Gang of Five" producers- Thevenet, Lapierre, Foillard, Breton are four of the five- as well as Georges Descombes and Louis et Claude Desvignes from Louis-Dressner. I also like very much the Morgons made by Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin for the big houses, and Jean-Paul Brun also makes a very good example of Morgon.
In Moulin-a-Vent, Louis Jadot's Chateau des Jacques makes a very good range- though always structured when young- and Bernard Diochon is excellent year in and year out. Pierre Chermette also makes superb Moulin-a-Vent and the Drouhin version is consistently exceptional. In Cote de Brouilly, the two most exciting producers are Nicole Chanrion and Chateau Thivin (both represented by Kermit Lynch). The Chanrion is usually very accessible out of the blocks for this very stony terroir (it is an extinct volcano), while the Chateau Thivin bottlings demand time and are usually tight and structured when young. Better to try the delicious straight Brouilly from Chateau Thivin if you want to drink one of their wines out of the blocks, as that never demands patience and is lovely.
In the less structured Cru villages, wines I particularly like are the aformentioned Clos de la Roilette in Fleurie (they are the Chateau Yquem of the village- though their vines are right on the Moulin-a-Vent border and the wine used to be sold as Moulin-a-Vent before the AOC went into effect, so they are a bit more structured than most Fleuries), Cedric Chignard, Jean-Paul Brun and Pierre Chermette are all very, very good sources. Domaine Diochon in Moulin-a-Vent also makes a good Fleurie, as does Joseph Drouhin. In general these will be more floral, open and sappy bottles of Beaujolais out of the blocks and they will be delicious from the get-go.
In St. Amour, Domaine des Billards makes absolutely brilliant wines and is one of my favorite producers in all of Beaujolais. In Julienas, Michel Tete is the star producer, but I also like the Drouhin bottling from here very well indeed. There are many more outstanding bottlings to be found scattered thorughout the crus and I am sure that I am forgetting several worthy estates, but this at least will give you a good "to do" list to get started with the vintage. The only '09s I have tasted thus far are the Joseph Drouhin wines, which I tasted through in Beaune in March, and they are deep, sappy and beautifully soil-driven. If all the other top estates have made wines in this style, then this is indeed going to be a very special vintage for the region. But with the wines from Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent, you may do better trying a few bottles from either the 2006 or 2007 vintage if you can find them well-stored, as these are less structured vintages and both are beginning to really drink well from these villages.