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Red

2007 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets

Pinot Noir more

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, Chris Kissack
March 2012
Attractive hue, bright tone fading to a clean pink at the rim. Chalky blackcurrant leaf on the nose, notes of cherry skin too. Quite well defined. Attractive palate, quite straight, supple but with a mildly austere grip beneath, quite savoury and mouth-watering. Attractive tension in the finish. Nice wine with some potential here. 15.5 points
Red

2009 Folding Hill Pinot Noir

Central Otago Bendigo more

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, Chris Kissack
March 2012
Bottled under DIAM agglomerate cork. A pure, cherry-red tinge in the glass. The nose opens up over half an hour or so to reveal something very relaxed, fruit-dominated and accessible. The style kicks off as bright and strawberryish, but it soon becomes apparent that this is ripe and rich, but happily not sweet or over the top. The plummy fruit is concentrated and lightly savoury, with a little dark chocolate and mushroom polish laid on top. There’s a touch of truffle to it as well; this is certainly no simpleton! The palate has a gentle concentration with a fresh and acidic brightness, showing the mouth-watering tartness of just-ripe raspberry alongside the more savoury tones, and in the finish more challenging hints of pepper, spice and some tannic lick. Lovely stuff this. 16.5 points
Red

2009 Folding Hill Pinot Noir Orchard Block

Central Otago Bendigo more

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, Chris Kissack
March 2012
Like the domaine cuvée, bottled under DIAM agglomerate cork. Just 75 cases produced. This has perhaps a touch more concentration on inspection, the core of the wine a little darker, but the hue is still bright and vibrant. The fruit here is slightly more high-toned and elusive in character, but it also has that mushroom and dark chocolate character to it. The truffle isn’t here, but there are slightly wilder, more gamey feathered notes instead. Very solid and forthright on the palate, a much more reticent style than the first wine which is certainly more open and ready. This wine needs more time yet, and it says this more clearly on the finish with a seam of spicy tannin which will keep this wine going in the cellar for years. Savoury, slightly cerebral, and definitely worth a punt. 17 points
White - Sparkling

2007 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Cuvée Huet Brut

Chenin Blanc more

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, Chris Kissack
March 2012
The wine has a good colour, with some evident richness, and a full pétillance. The nose is fascinating; it is immediately seductive with its rich, toothsome fruit aromas, but this is a fleeting impression on opening the bottle, and the prevailing style is more restrained than this comment suggests. There are notes of honey-drizzled sponge but these co-exist with vibrant, exuberant citrus fruits, even little hints of mango and peach. The character here is so exotic, so characterful, it is small wonder that Noël avoided using a première trie for the dosage, opting for a less rich demi-sec blend instead. I note that there is also a stony firm character to the aromatic fruit as well, though, giving some hint of balance. Rich and seductive in terms of texture, but with a very straight, lean, steel-tinged fruit character, with a good sense of frmness to the fruit. Sappy, restrained, almost a hint of sourness to it at the edge as well, so in the mouth this is certainly less seductive than the nose suggested, also less rich in comparison to some other recent vintages. A fine style. 17.5 points
White

2010 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

Melon de Bourgogne more

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, Chris Kissack
March 2012
This is my first taste of the wine since it was bottled. It has a good colour in the glass, bright but pale. The nose is fresh and defined, showing lemon-citrus and pear fruits, all gritty and aromatic, and this certainly has a very confident style. It has a very slightly saline note, but perhaps it is a slightly too rich and bold style for this character to show through too strongly. This is followed by rather a full character on the palate, with a rich depth to it, but with an appealing substance and firm, full and rather solid acid backbone. There is nothing filigree or delicate here, this is a wine with tangible extract and a big, dense, minerally core. The lively zestiness of youth has given way to a firmer, more substantial character on the palate. Good now, with solid minerality, really clamping down on the finish, and full of future potential. A different style to 2009, which I think I preferred very slightly (having been sucked in by the ripe exuberance of the wine) but this vintage should keep classicists, and those looking to age the wine, very happy indeed. 17.5 points
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