Knightsbridge 2011 Burgundy Tasting and Sale
Tasted April 6, 2014 by Burgundy Al with 662 views
With all the chatter about the 2011 vintage in Burgundy, particularly for red Burgundy, our friends at Knightsbridge thought it was time to open 100 bottles of 2011 Burgundy and have a tasting for 100 of their customers. To start...I mostly like the vintage.
I probably tasted 50+ red 2011s last summer in Burgundy, then even more than that last month at La Paulee. Last summer the wines were very fresh, forward and expressive. I thought they were almost as forward and charming as 2007s when tasted June/July 2013, with slightly more structure. Based on last month and this Knightsbridge tasting, I think the structure has become more pronounced and the wines will need more cellar time than I initially thought. Most are still good, transparent and accessible, but the wines have changed.
A small percentage of the reds (15%? 25%?) do have a somewhat bitter or green trace. I have no real opinion or insight related the ongoing ladybug/pyrazene discussion, other than my observations that the "green" character is (1) far less pronounced in 2011 vs 2004, (2) far less common in 2011 vs 2004, and (3) seeming to emerge later for 2011s (many months after bottling) vs 2004s (shortly after bottling).
Flight 1 - Red Burgundy (56 notes)
Tasted all the reds to start.
2011 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Tasting, brief note. Ripe and dense fruit with good spice aromas. Slightly more black, dense and meaty flavors than I normally expect from Volnay, but this is long and very balanced. Definitely good.
2011 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées
Tasting, brief note. Certainly the most complex aromas and flavors of the Pousse d'Or lineup with lots of red and black berry, clove, licorice and green peppercorn. Lots of ripe character, but also firmly structured for the long-haul, so will need some cellar time to soften. Very good potential.
2011 Domaine Anne Gros Echezeaux Les Loachausses
Tasting, brief note. Great spice, bright red cherry and berry flavors and aromas with a sweetness and charm that hide serious energy and minerality. Not the most concentrated Grand Cru, but an excellent 2011.
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Bonnes Mares
Tasting, brief note. More burly and brawny vs Amoureuses just tasted. Meaty with lots of ripe black fruit, modest spice. Slightly backward finish today. Less accessible today vs most 2011s, but an ageworthy wine. Very good potential.
2011 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. All black fruit with subtle spice. Came across as backward today, despite the bottle being opened the night before. Very large scaled flavors on finish, this will just need plenty of rest in the cellar to soften and show its pedigree. Also good potential here.
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée
Tasting, brief note. A very pretty wine that is unmistakably Vosne in its fruit and spice profile with lots of texture and nuance. If served blind, I would have thought it 1er, and I actually enjoyed this as much as the Grivot 1er Beaux Monts tasted next. Very good for its level.
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot
Tasting, brief note. It's always interesting to taste a producer's Clos Vougeot alongside the Echezeaux and this was no exception. This Clos Vougeot has exceptional red fruit along with espresso, dark chocolate, anise and fried herbs. Very firm finish is a bit mouth puckering for now, but this is serious, cellar worthy wine. The Echezeaux was prettier, more charming now.
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux
Tasting, brief note. It is always interesting to taste a producer's Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot side by side. This Echezeaux was all about bright, ripe berries and baking spice. Comes across as easy and forward to start, but a density emerges on finish. I clearly prefer this Echezeaux vs Clos Vougeot for the next decade, but the latter's concentration might make for a better wine longer-term.
2011 Lucien Le Moine Clos St. Denis
Tasting, brief note. This is often one of my favorite Le Moine wines, and the 2011 does not disappoint. Intense floral start that showcases the vineyard perfectly, with great strawberry and raspberry. Same red fruit on palate with some black berry hints, great spice and textures. A highlight of today's tasting.
2011 Cecile Tremblay Bourgogne
Tasting, brief note. A small step up from the Charlopin-Parizot Bourgogne just tasted. A little more ripe red fruit and good spice. Fun wine for the next few years. Very good Bourgogne.
2011 Domaine Lignier-Michelot Bourgogne
Tasting, brief note. Also very forward and fun, nice red fruit with some kirsch hints, good spice. Not quite as interesting as the Tremblay just tasted, but a great value Bourgogne.
2011 Domaine Francois Lamarche Bourgogne
Tasting, brief note. A big contrast to the three other producers' Bourgogne just tasted, this has some firm tannins complementing the red berry fruit flavors. This will need another year or two to soften. Good.
2011 Camille Giroud Maranges 1er Cru Le Croix Moines
Tasting, brief note. My brief tasting note was simply "Tasty!" but this wine had lots of bright red fruit with good mineral notes and acidity to provide real nuance and interesting textures. An exceptional value wine, and a highlight of the tasting based on value.
2011 Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Les Roncerets
Tasting, brief note. Tough wine to assess today. Somewhat darker than most young Volnay with subtle spice hints. Became more dense and more firm from start-to-finish. This will need more time than most comparable wines from the vintage.
2011 Patrice Rion Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées
Tasting, brief note. All red fruit with lots of spice, with perhaps a touch of new oak that needs another year or two to integrate. Very fresh strawberry and red cherry flavors with very good textures and length. A very charming wine for the medium-term. A highlight of the tasting.
2011 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée
Tasting, brief note. Lots of ripe, forward and concentrated red fruit well supported by baking spice and some subtle new oak already nicely integrated. Everybody who likes Pinot Noir will like this wine, even some people who don't like Pinot will enjoy. Even though pricey for its level, this is a very good Villages wine.
2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny
Tasting, brief note. consistent when tasted a few months back, this has lots of charming, sweet red fruit and a nice floral hint. Good spice support and well structured for pleasure starting in a year or three.
2011 Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting, brief note. All black fruit with some meaty/gamy spice and overall character. Good overall, but I slightly preferred the more nuanced Bachelet and Serafin Gevrey also tasted today.
2011 Serafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting, brief note. Fresh black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors with subtle spice. Moderate intensity, but probably the best balanced of the 5 Gevrey Villages tasted for near-term consumption.
2011 Sylvain Cathiard Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers
Tasting, brief note. This is a very charming, ripe but balanced 2011 with that charming NSG meets Vosne character I often admire in Murgers. A very pretty wine. Over the past decade I have increasingly become of fan of Cathiard wines, but over the past 3-4 years less of a fan of their price and corresponding value.
2011 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Echezeaux Les Rouges du Bas
Tasting, brief note. Very fresh, bright aromatic start with red and black berries, floral notes and sweet baking spice. Palate start with similar flavor profile, perhaps a little darker, then becomes very firm and auster middle to finish. No bitter or green elements here, just very tannic. This will require a decade in the cellar.
2011 Domaine Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot
Tasting, brief note. Charming red, black and blue fruit with good spice. Some new oak stands out for now, but overall good balance and structure. Slightly less exciting to me vs the Echezeaux and Grand Rue also tasted, but very close. Very good.
Flight 2 - White Burgundy (17 notes)
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