Knightsbridge 2011 Burgundy Tasting and Sale

Northbrook, IL

Tasted April 6, 2014 by Burgundy Al with 222 views

Introduction

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.

Red
2011 Dureuil-Janthial Rully En Guesnes France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Rully
Tasting, brief note. Floral start with bright red cherry. Same flavor profile with good weight and a slightly rustic edge. Good.
Red
2011 Dureuil-Janthial Rully 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Rully 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Nicely floral start. To me this was a good step up from the Guesnes, with similar red cherry aromas and flavors, but longer, more refined, better textured. Very good value.
Red
2011 La Pousse d'Or Santenay 1er Cru Clos Tavannes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Santenay 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Dark red fruit aromas, slightly earthy, hint of dark chocolate and baking spice. Similar on palate with some rough edges at finish.
Red
2011 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
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.
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Red
2011 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. More red fruit, better spice vs Caillerets, more enticing. Good balance throughout, more power and concentration middle to finish. Very good.
Red
2011 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos d'Audignac France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Red and black berries with slightly more firm textures vs the other Volnay cuvees in the lineup. Good.
Red
2011 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
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.
Red
2011 La Pousse d'Or Pommard 1er Cru Les Jarollieres France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Ripe, all black fruit with some espresso hints. Good length, very firm in a classically Pommard fashion. Good.
Red
2011 Domaine Anne Gros Echezeaux Les Loachausses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
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.
Red
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Bourgogne Passetoutgrains France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Passetoutgrains
Tasting, brief note. Sweet fruit, forward, balanced and very enjoyable right now. 90% Pinot Noir mostly (entirely?) from Morey St Denis,10% Gamay.
Red
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting, brief note. Slightly reductive for now, as were many of the Groffier wines today. Moderate fruit intensity, firm in the middle with Gevrey animale faintly starting to emerge on finish. Similar to when tasted last year. Good.
Red
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Hauts-Doix France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Also slightly reductive, showing good red fruit and spice, forward and enjoyable, even if slightly simple. Still, good today.
Red
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Less reductive than most of the other Groffier cuvees tasted today, this has a good cross-section of ripe red and black fruit, spice hints throughout, firm middle to finish. Also good.
Red
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Excellent spice with bright red berry that is ripe but with great balance. Lots of depth and nuance, very good length and texture. My favorite today from the Groffier lineup, certainly very good.
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Red
2011 Domaine Robert Groffier Bonnes Mares France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
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.
Red
2011 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
Tasting, brief note. Good cross-section of red, black and blue fruit aromas. Dense and powerful on palate, but firm and slightly backward today. Needs time. Good potential.
Red
2011 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, 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.
Red
2011 Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Santenots France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Exactly what you want from a Volnay in a forward vintage, this was all about red fruit with sweet spice. Very pretty and nicely accessible. Very good.
Red
2011 Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. A little more ripe and concentrated vs the Santenots, but also more firm. Probably more medium-term potential, even if not as pleasurable today.
Red
2011 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Like all the reds, this had been opened the night before, but seemed very reductive and unapproachable today. Serious and concentrated, but impossible for me to assess.
Red
2011 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Alluring spice with lots of ripe red cherry and berry. If served blind, this would seem very Vosne...and I wouldn't be far off. Seems simple and forward to start, but good, sneaky structure at the end. A highlight of today's tasting.
Red
2011 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
Tasting, brief note. Spice and floral driven start with lots of red berry. Black and red berry flavors, with great textural energy from acidity and minerality. An excellent 2011 Villages level wine.
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Red
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, 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.
Red
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Good spice, reticent fruit. Seems very backward today, with little to be coaxed out. Will need time.
Red
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. In contrast to the Grivot Vosne 1er Beaux Monts which was backward, this was more forward and fresh, perhaps with slightly less spice. Here the concentration didn't come across as brooding, but as fleshy, balanced and pleasurable.
Red
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
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.
Red
2011 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
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.
Red
2011 Lucien Le Moine Clos St. Denis France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos St. Denis Grand Cru
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.
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Red
2011 Domaine Philippe Charlopin-Parizot Bourgogne France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
Tasting, brief note. Good red fruit with some Gevrey-like Sauvage. Easy to drink now, very pleasant and balanced.
Red
2011 Cecile Tremblay Bourgogne France, Burgundy, 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.
Red
2011 Domaine Lignier-Michelot Bourgogne France, Burgundy, 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.
Red
2011 Domaine Francois Lamarche Bourgogne France, Burgundy, 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.
Red
2011 Camille Giroud Maranges 1er Cru Le Croix Moines France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Maranges 1er Cru
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.
Red
2011 Benjamin Leroux Savigny-lès-Beaune France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune
Tasting, brief note. Slightly reduced, somewhat firm, but good red fruit with a gamy character I'd normally consider Gevrey-like. Good.
Red
2011 Comte Armand Auxey-Duresses France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Auxey-Duresses
Tasting, brief note. Ripe black berries, some meaty character, with a rugged character throughout and a very firm finish.
Red
2011 Nicolas Rossignol Volnay 1er Cru Les Roncerets France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
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 form the vintage.
Red
2011 Benjamin Leroux Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Cave des Ducs France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Red and black fruit with some earth and subtle spice. Also a bit firm and reticent today. Good.
Red
2011 Chauvenet-Chopin Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny
Tasting, brief note. Forward and ripe red cherry and berry with good overall balance to drink young. Slightly simple, but good.
Red
2011 Maison Patrice Rion Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
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.
Red
2011 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, 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.
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Red
2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, 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.
Red
2011 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting, brief note. Much like when tasted at La Paulee last month, this is dense, meaty and concentrated, perhaps a little backward for right now, but with very good potential.
Red
2011 Domaine Philippe Charlopin-Parizot Gevrey-Chambertin Les Terres Blanches France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting, brief note. Both black and red berries, very ripe and forward, with a slightly harsh edge at the end.
Red
2011 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Tasting, brief note. Slightly floral start with all black fruit accompanied by black pepper and anise. Some firm woodsy character that I fully expect will soften. Very good potential for its level.
Red
2011 Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, 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.
Red
2011 Serafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, 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.
Red
2011 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Nuits St. Georges Les Chouillets France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges
Tasting, brief note. Black and red cherry coming across somewhat austere and borderline rustic. Good, but this is a Villages wine that certainly needs 5+ years in the cellar.
Red
2011 Domaine Lignier-Michelot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Mostly black fruit with nice degree of ripeness. Good minerality and textures start-to-finish, but there is a faint green edge and some new oak that needs to soften/integrate.
Red
2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. This is the 4th or 5th Time I'm trying this wine and it keeps getting better. Not a powerhouse, but lots of charming and elegant ripe red cherry and berries. Very good value.
Red
2011 Sylvain Cathiard Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
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.
Red
2011 Domaine Dominique Mugneret Echezeaux En Orveaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
Tasting, brief note. Ripe fruit, slightly less robust than Grand Cru caliber for me, with some good supporting earth and subtle spice.
Red
2011 Domaine Francois Lamarche Echezeaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
Tasting, brief note. Restrained red and black berries to start, more energy and density emerge on powerful finish. Another highlight today.
Red
2011 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Echezeaux Les Rouges du Bas France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru
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.
Red
2011 Domaine Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
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.
Red
2011 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, La Grande Rue Grand Cru
Tasting, brief note. Floral start with red berries, licorice and dried herbs. Like the Lamarche Echezeaux, picks up weight and intensity as you are tasting the wine. Good.
Red
2008 Domaine du Clos de Tart Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Forge de Tart France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Mostly red cherry aromas and flavors with savory spice and tarragon. Moderate length and intensity, easy to enjoy, but perhaps slightly pricey. Entering its peak drinking window.

Flight 2 - White Burgundy (17 notes)

Then the white Burgundy.

White
2011 Yves Boyer-Martenot Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Slightly subdued aromas with more robust, almost tropical flavors, with very intense mineral-driven start-to-finish. Needs time. Good.
White
2011 La Pousse d'Or Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Le Cailleret France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Funky start with lots of sulfur, so tough to assess today. Huge, ripe stone fruit underneath with signs of good structural support and balance.
White
2011 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru
Tasting, brief note. Ripe apple and pear with lots of acidity and minerality. Comes across today as powerful with lots of uncoiled energy. Very good potential. Several similar prior tasting notes.
White
2011 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs-Gain France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. This was a personal favorite of the Niellon 1ers tasted at the domaine last summer and it didn't disappoint today. Lots of apple and pear with some lemon peel hints at the end. Good density, energy and length, very good overall for its level.
White
2011 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Lush and ripe fruit aromas and flavors with a fat and pleasurable character, moderate energy and length. Certainly good.
White
2011 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavoillon France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Lots peach aromas and flavors with supporting spice and some lemon and lemon peel notes. Lush and fun, very tasty already now. Very good.
White
2011 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine
Tasting, brief note. Ripe apple, some lemon hints. Very easy to enjoy, excellent value for drinking near-term.
White
2011 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Viré-Clessé France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Viré-Clessé
Tasting, brief note. Also showing apple and some lemon. Slighter ripe vs Lamartine, also greater concentration. Up step up in quality and price, this is another very good value.
White
2011 Comte Armand Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc Condemaine France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc
Tasting, brief note. I've never heard of this wine before. Fresh and energetic, very balanced with surprising intensity for Bourgogne. Great value.
White
2011 Vincent Dancer Meursault Les Corbins France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
Tasting, brief note. Nutty with apple aromas and some floral hints. Good overall for its level, but pricey for its level as well.
White
2011 Domaine François Mikulski Meursault France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
Tasting, brief note. Slightly less rich fruit vs Dancer Meursault just tasted, a little more energy. Also good.
White
2011 Hubert Lamy Saint-Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Apple and lemon aromas and flavors with some good spice and floral notes. Long, elegant and well textured. Very good.
White
2011 Benjamin Leroux Puligny-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
Tasting, brief note. Good apple and floral aromas to start with restraint, similar on palate with some spice and good depth. Very good, but also pricey Villages.
White
2011 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Tasting, brief note. Lush with very good balance. Very good now, this should be interesting for a long time.
White
2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
Tasting, brief note. Peach and lemon with good spice that seem lush to start, firm up in middle. Very good, this was probably my favorite white Villages of the tasting.
White
2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Tasting, brief note. Spice and floral start with ripe stone fruit. Very good intensity and balance. This will be very interesting in another few years. Also good value.
White
2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bâtard-Montrachet France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Tasting, brief note. A step up in power, length and intensity from the beautiful Folatieres. Excellent potential, just not sure it is worth 2x the price of Folatieres.