Martine's Wines Portfolio tasting

MK, Chicago IL
Tasted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 by KeithAkers with 611 views

Introduction

This presented the chance for me to get a good look at some of the higher end 07s and check out some producers that I haven't had before, and of course, to try the 06 Rayas

Flight 1 - Michel Gay (7 Notes)

  • 2005 Michel Gay Chorey-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 87 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune

    nose: nice straight forward nose of dark red fruits, spice tones and bits of earth. Good nose but lacking some depth

    taste: good light body with medium acidity with dark cherries, bits of earth, spice and small berry tones

    overall: a nice wine. Good pleasant feel with good acidity. Basically ready to go right now and isn't much for more aging

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  • 2005 Michel Gay Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Serpentières 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru

    nose: really good depth and filling nose of dark spices, dark red fruits, dark cherries and very interesting meaty tones all work well together and cause intrigue

    taste: delicious tones of dark spices, mineral rich earth, dark cherries, raspberries and lots of dark berries. Good medium/high acidity with great balance

    overall: very young right now. Seemed to be in a semi-shut down phase as the flavors weren't as clear or singing and the aromatics were a bit tough to get much of. What is there right now is really good and this should improve significantly with 5 more years and be a real steal

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  • 2005 Michel Gay Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru

    nose: very dark profile with good depth and balance of dark spices, loads of red fruits, dark red cherries, bits of smoked game and a lovely touch of red florals. Much more open aromatically then the Les Serpentiers

    taste: great lithe feel for such a young burg with excellent and balanced tones of of dark spices, dark red cherries, red florals and some very tart tones of raspberries with medium/high acidity showing its youth

    overall: a terrific young burg. More open aromatically on the palate and nose then the Les Serpentiers at this point. Great length and feel that is classy now and should be lovely in a few years when it fully comes around

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  • 2005 Michel Gay Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru

    nose: good nose of tart dark red fruits, loads of earth tones, minerals, and spices. Good medium depth and classic beaune

    taste: very high acidity at this stage that is making it hard to get much from it. Some tones of dark red fruits, dark cherries and spice tones

    overall: hard to fully evaluate at this time. The acidity is overbearing right now. There is a lot to like on the nose and what did come through on the palate was excellent. Just needs time at this stage and should develop nicely

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  • 2005 Michel Gay Beaune 1er Cru Coucherias Vieilles Vignes 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru

    nose: nice darkish profile with meaty tones, bits of leather, red currants, dark spice and bits of black cherries. A bit brooding and rustic, but very pungent right now

    taste: good medium/high acidity with a nice lush feel of dark red fruits, black cherries, some leather, dark spices, and red currants

    overall: very beaune in style and character with a really nice dark backdrop. Enjoyable while being young, should be able to improve with time, but is extremely enjoyable right now

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  • 2005 Michel Gay Beaune 1er Cru Grèves 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru

    nose: good, rich nose of red cherries, red currants, tart red fruits and good undertones of mineral rich earth. excellent depth and purity with really good balance

    taste: very high acidity with a good medium/light feel of mineral rich earth, spice tones, red cherries, and red fruits

    overall: very good promise, and its really good right now. Has a bit of a bright and tart streak to it with riper flavors, but still very much a beaune and enjoyable

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  • 2005 Michel Gay Corton-Renardes 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

    nose: loaded nose of red cherries, black spices, crushed red florals, mineral rich earth and lush tones of red currants. Very classy with a lot of depth

    taste: great length with grand cru class. Wonderful tones of red cherries, earth tones, bits of spice, and crushed red florals that is acompanied by medium/high acidity

    overall: outstanding stuff. Very young, but has that class that you'd expect from a grand cru with the polish and length to go with it. Very young, but very promising

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Flight 2 - Mortet (4 Notes)

  • 2007 Domaine Denis Mortet Marsannay Les Longeroies 86 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Marsannay

    nose: nice light and easy nose of strawberries, spice tones, and red cherries with a touch of red fruits. Good nose that is lacking a bit in depth but excellent for the appellation

    taste: good medium+ acidity gives this a good spine with strawberries, bits of red fruits and red cherries. Nice light feel

    overall: a nice and enjoyable marsannay. Laid back and cool with nice balance and refreshing flavors

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  • 2007 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin

    nose: really good depth for a villages level wine with excellent tones of red fruits, red and black cherries, with hints of spice. Very gevrey in style as there is a good robustness to it at the same time

    taste: young and robust with medium/high acidity. Well balanced tones of red fruits, black cherries, spice and some bits of earth

    overall: an excellent village wine that has the ability to get much better as it rounds out with some time. Youthful and robust with a good acidic spine

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  • 2007 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin

    nose: much deeper and expressive than the regular villages bottling. Pungent tones of red cherries, spice tones, red fruits, and nice underlying tones of earth. Near premier cru depth and expression on the nose that is stunning for a villages wine

    taste: great light feel that has a good robustness to it with layered tones of red cherries, spices, and tart red fruits that are accompanied by good medium/high acidity

    overall: a lovely wine. Robust while still having a semi light touch to it with a very expressive feel that has good layering at this young and precocious stage

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  • 2007 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru

    nose: deeply rich nose of red cherries, red currants, spice tones and lovely perfumed tones of dark florals. Very good depth at this young stage and it has very pretty aromatics that are working quite well too at this young stage

    taste: well layered with a nice light feel of dark raspberries, rich red currant and red cherry tones, bits of spices and a touch of florals rounds it all out. Medium/high acidity accentuates it nicely

    overall: surpisingly open at this young stage, but definitely has room to improve. Very lovely and pure with a nice lighter touch that makes it very enjoyable

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Flight 3 - Perrot Minot (7 Notes)

  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Bourgogne 86 Points

    France, Burgundy, Bourgogne

    nose: good and correct nose of brown spices and red cherries. Nice and easy that acts as one would expect from a bourgogne

    taste: light and easy with medium/low acidity and one dimensional notes of red cherries

    overall: a good bourgogne. One dimensional and correct but not much more

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  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Gevrey-Chambertin 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin

    nose: lovely and pure nose of red cherries, earthen tones, raspberries and small berry tones. Light and aromatic but with good depth for a village wine

    taste: excellent light and fresh feel with medium+ acidity. Nice and pure tones of red cherries, earth and small berry tones

    overall: a lovely village wine. Very terroir driven with great purity and a light touch

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  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey St. Denis En la Rue de Vergy 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis

    nose: pretty, nuanced, and hi-toned nose of red fruits, red and purple florals, red currants and bits of spices. Extremely aromatic and demure

    taste: lovely light feel with medium/high acidity. Pretty tones of red fruits, red currants, spice and floral bits balance well with each other

    overall: a very pretty wine. Hi-toned and really shows off the terroir very well

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  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Echanges Vieilles Vignes 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru

    nose: lovely delicate and feminine nose of red fruits, loads of florals, bits of chalk tones and nice round tones of red cherries. very alluring and chambolle in nature

    taste: high acidity with a nice delicate touch of red fruits, florals and soft tones of red cherries. Lovely and demure with a whole lot of class

    overall: a lovely wine that needs some time on its side to let the acidity calm down and let more depth to come about

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  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Riotte Vieilles Vignes 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru

    nose: hi-toned and aromatic nose of spices, red fruits, bits of roses and lovely tones of raspberries. Very light on the nose, but with depth

    taste: light feel with good medium/high acidity. Fresh and lovely tones of red fruits, spice tones, bits of wood, roses and fresh picked raspberries

    overall: very pretty and very open at this young time. Lovely and hi toned with pretty aromatics and a elegant feel

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  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Perrières Vieilles Vignes 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru

    nose: good, classic gevrey nose of earthen tones, wood spices, dark red cherries, and raspberries. Good robustness to it, but with a lighter touch at this time and good purity

    taste: excellent and more round feel with well balanced tones of strawberries, earthen tones, dark red cherries and raspberries. Good medium/high acidity that is definitely present, but doesn't get in the way

    overall: an outstanding wine. Lovely with classic aromatics that really draw you in. Pure Gevrey expression that is very alluring

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  • 2007 Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Vieilles Vignes 94 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

    nose: extremely deep, pure, and layered nose filled with black cherries, raspberries, loads of dark red fruits, and black spices. Heady and dark that just wraps you in and wants to take hold

    taste: great purity and depth with very well layered tones of black cherries, raspberries, dark cherries, and loads of black spices. great medium/light feel with high acidity with amazing length

    overall: a wine that leaves your head shaking. Kaliediscopic on the nose and expressive on the palate, this is a wine that needs time to come together and be a truly profound wine

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Flight 4 - Chevalier (7 Notes)

  • 2005 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Ladoix 87 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Ladoix

    nose: nice straightforward nose of red cherries, spice tones, bits of earth and red fruits. Nice and balanced with decent depth

    taste: good light feel with medium+ acidity providing tones of red cherries, red fruits and hints of spice

    overall: a nice village wine. Easy drinking and should be ready to fully go in a year or two to fully get the acidity in check. Not getting any of the reduction that the previous taster did, so hopefully they had an off bottle

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  • 2005 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Aloxe-Corton 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Aloxe-Corton

    nose: very good nose of dark red fruits, red currants, and dark berries. Very pungent with defined tones that meld very well together

    taste: an extremely sexy feel along with medium+ acidity bring about well balanced tones of dark red fruits, bits of earth, dark berries, and bits of red currants. The feel and tones are much better then one would expect from a village wine though it doesn't posses the depth that a 1er would

    overall: a really sexy wine. Great feel for the pedigree and nice length. Will need a couple more years to round out and fully emerge into what it can be, but is extremely good right now

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  • 2005 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Ladoix 1er Cru La Corvée 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Ladoix 1er Cru

    nose: really good nose with excellent depth of black spices, dark red fruits, black cherries, black currants and raspberries. Very aromatic that is extremely pungent, but the youth of it makes it seem to be holding it back at this time

    taste: very pretty feel with medium/high acidity that give way to tones of of black spices, dark red fruits, black cherries, and raspberries. Good depth and complexity, but its just too young at this time to really shine

    overall: loads of promise. The acidity is a bit over powering and it seems to be holding back at this time, but this has the ability to turn into something really good in about 8-12 years

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  • 2005 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Corton-Rognet 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

    nose: extremely deep nose showing off its class. Filled with great tones of black cherries, loads of black spices, dark florals and all sorts of red and black currants. Extremely pungent at this young stage

    taste: great balance with high acidity. Very youthful with good tones of black cherries, all sorts of black spices, dark tones of raspberries, and red and black currants

    overall: extremely good at this very young stage. Surprisingly open, but this needs some time to really show of what it has

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  • 2004 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Ladoix Bois de Grechon 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Ladoix

    nose: interesting and smokey nose with roasted nuts, citrus tones, lemons, and a nice zesty mineral undercurrant

    taste: nice medium feel with medium acidity providing tones of roasted nuts, citrus', and good mineral tones. Nice depth on the palate

    overall: a really good wine. Very interesting with a really good feel. A quality village white from an appellation that I'm not familiar with. Shows off good 04 typicity in the feel and mineral base to it that makes it very enjoyable

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  • 2004 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Ladoix 1er Cru Les Gréchons 90 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Ladoix 1er Cru

    nose: really good depth with a nice smokey backdrop along with tnoes of nuts, loads of minerals, wet stones and nice tart apple tones

    taste: youthful on the palate with medium+ acidity that provide well defined tones of wet stones, apples, loads of minerals, and some smokey tones

    overall: a very interesting and fun wine to taste. There is a chassagne aspect to it while having a more puligny-like feel. Very different and very interesting at the same time that really draws me in

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  • 2006 Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

    nose: fairly tight nose, but still giving off nice tones of oils, pears, minerals and apples. Really clean on the nose with a good precision and grand cru depth that one would expect

    taste: excellent depth and purity with well balanced tones of pears, minerals, red apples, and citrus tones. great medium feel with high acidity, though the acidity is relatively in check at this young stage

    overall: has a really good life ahead of it. Shows off its pedigree very well and is really good on the palate right now. Will need a bit of time to let the aromatics come together

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Flight 5 - Other burgs (4 Notes)

  • 2004 Domaine Emilian Gillet (Thévenet) Mâcon-Viré Quintaine 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Viré

    nose: hi-toned and airy nose with great tones of lemon peel, apples, white florals, and mineral tones. Really good depth while having a lightness to it

    taste: extremely balanced with lovely tones of apples, pears, white florals and minerals. Good crisp acidity gives this a nice spine, though it seems rather ready to drink

    overall: a lovely white burg. Nice hi-toned aromas and flavors but has nice depth to it. Easily the best Macon that I've had

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  • 2003 Domaine Emilian Gillet (Thévenet) Mâcon-Viré Quintaine 88 Points

    France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Viré

    nose: fairly forward and somewhat ripe nose of melons, apples, bits of pears and slight hints of minerals. Solid depth with nice round tones

    taste: good medium feel with medium/light acidity that provides tones of melons, apples, and pears. Nice semi-ripe tones on the palate

    overall: a really good feel with nice easy and semi-ripe tones make this an enjoyable wine. Shows off the vintage and is drinking very well right now

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  • 2003 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Cuvée Tradition 87 Points

    France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé

    nose: nice balanced nose of pears, peaches, and bits of green apples. decent depth with a bit of ripeness to the tones

    taste: good medium feel with lowish acidity. Good balanced tones of pears, peaches, green apples and bits of citrus'

    overall: a nice wine that is fully ready to go. Not a whole lot of depth or acidity, but still retains a burgundian sense with some ripeness to it

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  • 2004 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Viré-Clessé Cuvée Tradition 89 Points

    France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé

    nose: very intriguing nose of green apples, pears, apricot pits and some lychee tones. Nice medium depth with good roundness to the aromas

    taste: nice fat medium feel and medium acidity with tones of green apples, smoke tones, pears and slight tones of apricots

    overall: an excellent wine. Nice depth along with good aromatics and flavors. A perfect food wine that can also easily be drunk on its own too

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Flight 6 - Rhones (7 Notes)

  • 2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 94 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    nose: extremely deep and luscious nose of melted licorice, loads of black and red fruits, a healthy dose of black pepper and bits of garrigue lurk underneath. A very heady nose that is just all about class

    taste: great length and polished medium feel of red currants, red and black fruits, melted licorice and a good dose of garrigue. Good tannins showing off the youth, but they don't get in the way

    overall: a wonderful wine with ridiculous balance. Very heady and exudes class at every turn. Obviously young, but it has the ability to be something really amazing with a bit of age

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  • 2006 Domaine de Pignan Châteauneuf-du-Pape 92 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    nose: rich nose of white and black pepper, garrigue, black licorice and loaded with red fruits. Very expressive with excellent depth and class

    taste: very classy medium feel with good, but unobtrusive tannins providing rich tones of red fruits, black pepper, and garrigue with hints of spices

    overall: an outstanding young CdP. Lots of promise with really good depth and a lot of class on both the nose and palate

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  • 2006 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah 91 Points

    France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône

    nose: dense, rich nose of black and red cherries, red currants and a good helping of black pepper. well defined with excellent depth

    taste: really good medium/full feel of black cherries, red currants, spice tones and black pepper. Firm tannins show off the youth of the wine

    overall: great length and feel with a good richness to it, this should be a beautiful wine in 5-8 years

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  • 2005 Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage 1920 87 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage

    nose: good straight ahead nose of bacon fat, black cherries, and black fruits. Good medium depth with classic flavors, but doesn't bring a lot of complexity. Just right in the pocket and everything that you'd expect from a northern rhone

    taste: good medium feel with nice tannins that provide tones of black pepper, bacon fat, black cherries and good black fruit tones

    overall: a good solid crozes. Brings everything it should, but nothing really stands out and doesn't bring in a lot of depth or layering. Straight ahead and enjoyable

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  • 2006 Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Albéric Bouvet 84 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage

    nose: rather simple nose of red and black fruits with some dark berry tones. Not much depth and very pedestrian

    taste: straight ahead and simple tones of red and black fruits. nice medium feel, but lacking in depth and complexity

    overall: a decent wine. Very simplistic and uninspiring. Lacking in depth and complexity, its a rather forgettable wine

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  • 2006 Gilles Robin Crozes-Hermitage Papillon 89 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage

    nose: nice and savory nose of red and black cherries, bacon fat, and charcol. Good depth that is well balanced and has everything I enjoy about northern rhone syrah

    taste: excellent depth with good medium tannins along with tones of pepper, black cherries, bacocn fat and charcol tones. Very good medium feel to go along with it and extremely well balanced

    overall: an excellent wine that may improve with a slight bit of age. Very savory and has a nice expressiveness to it. Classic northern rhone flavors and fully delivers everything that one would want from a northern rhone at this price

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  • 2006 Gilles Robin St. Joseph Cuvée Andre Pealat 89 Points

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph

    nose: pungent and savory nose of charcol, black cherries, smoke, and a dash of pepper. Very enjoyable with good depth

    taste: lush medium/full feel with good medium tannins that give way to tones of black cherries, pepper, and smoke tones. Excellent depth, though lacking a bit in complexity

    overall: delicious. Great savory flavors that just balance well together and work great

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Closing

I was short on time as I rushed over to the tasting after class, so I had to be choosy as to what I was going to taste. What was presented was really good and gave a great chance to check out a lot of burgs

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