"Wines mostly from lime stone" (Chris Home): Nose: At first you get a bit of a cheese component like a ripe brie, behind that you can find more of a dark fruit like dark sour cherry, amarena cherry and a bit of water melon. Appeals fresh & super young for a 12 year old wine. Palate: Very good acidity, tannins are recognisable, good power and tension. Medium+ finish. Nice showing.
Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): This vintage was rocking. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cherries and slight cherry jam qualities. Great lush texture. Cherries and anise on the palate. This is ripe fruit and quite tasty but certainly not over the top with a nice acidity.
Delightful nose. Fully ready and open. Very spicy with added aromas of chocolate, liquorice, cherries, blueberries and hints of medicinal herbs. Good complexity. Medium-fullish body with some development, but also a bit austerity. Tannic and acidic. Dark fruit, spice, earth and herbs. Tasted half-blind this was identified as the Beaune Grèves. I tasted this wine a year or two ago, and it made a very different impression this time. Then it stood against a series of Chateau d'Angludet and gave a much more juicy and smooth impression. This time it was compared with three Volnays and made a much more austere and dark impression.
A translucent wine with a crimson core and slightly browned edges, with slight barnyard aromas, cherries, raspberry liqueur, undergrowth, roasted game, and sweet spices. Densely flavored revealing sour cherries with raspberries on entry, the midpalate has an excellent amount of acidity that leads to a long spicy and mineral finish with sappy texture and chewy tannins. A light to mid bodied Burgundy that still has some life ahead of it, delicious and very easy to drink.
Typical PN-nose, raspberries, sweet cherries, violets, spice and cinnamon. Transparent and elegant. Lovely to sniff. Light to medium body in the lush and kind style. Soft tannins but good grip makes for a nice and elegant structure. Integrated oak and sandy minerality. Tasted blind as a reference versus a vertical Ch d'Angludet we guessed on Volnay (not so bad). A kind wine this won over all the Clarets. From wine litterature I've understood that this wine often can go on for ever. The back-bone helps.
We had this as a quick pop and pour at the end of the night - everyone wanted another glass - a suboptimal circumstance for objective evaluation. Hard to follow the other wines and not enough time to breath, but still nice on its own. Seems to have good material, but only time will tell.
Woof! This is a big wine at the moment. I had a bottle a year or so ago and it was as tame as a little kitten - this is much more aggressive and tangy with a pronounced dry-wood element. Obvious heat on the palate at times but this has some depth and meatiness to it and a very pronounced cherry fruit tang. Needs more time - has impressive depth but lacks the wow factor.
A Long Weekend of Burgs and a Few Others; 5/17/2012-5/20/2012 (Scottsdale, AZ): Drank at the end of an evening of pinots to accompany cheese. It had been open a few hours. Deep ruby color with a nice complex spicy nose that brought back memories of Baby Jesus' past. Medium body with plenty of red and black fruit, it's good but doesn't have the complexity or length on the palate that I would hope for. Still young, I think it can develop. My discrete CT scale: 95-extraordinary; 90-very good; 85-good; 80-fair; 75-poor
Ah, Burgundy the fickle wine. I had attended a very nice tasting this past Wednesday at a local wine shop where the focused on 4 burgundies from the same producer(Ambroise) from Borguone thru Grand Cru. The 1er Cru and particularly the Grand Cru where spectacular. It whetted my appetite for a premier cru for this weekend. So this Friday, which is Pinot night in our house, I decided to open the "baby Jesus" as the 10 year mark seemed just right. I opened and poured a couple of small pours in our glasses and we walked the dogs while letting the wine open. On the nose it had that initial Burgundy funk, which was promising. The color was that translucent crimson associated with Pinot. Good fruit and balance on the palate but the finish lacked that length that would have scored this higher.
on a fruit day; 2 hours bottle breath; intense alcohol -- need to allow it stays in glass for another 30 mins to let go the heat; under the heat is charming strawberry, raspberry and spices bouquet; smooth texture with good acidity; finish is quite flat though; good QPR
(Opened this wine because it had been left in the sun on a hot day and was showing signs of seepage. Turns out that did it no harm).
Light Red. A 'grown up' but not mature rim. Beautiful nose. mushroom and bracken. hints of sweet fruit also. Palate: packed with sweet fruit, but balanced by tons of acidity. Very flavorsome. Light on tannin. Very bracing, but delicious for that.
Very soft on the entry - almost reminds me of a higher end NZ pinot at first. Nice earthy aromas cut through with fennel. Smooth on the palate - low tannins, the wine is pushing into maturity. Decent but for the price the expectation is for more terroir.
This wine has kept it's freshness, balance and structure well. Tasting of red fruits, cherries and spice, the tannins are holding well and there is plenty if life left. It's a pretty simple but enjoyable wine. My only quibble is vfm.
Initially very firm with incredible structure. After some air it loosens up and improves dramatically; beautiful aroma and delicious palate. Still very young Beaune, will improve with aging. Wait at least three more years, but will possibly last at least 15 more years.
Waited a good while to drink this, moving from place to place over the last 7 years, and it paid off. A polished, warm burgundy, still with some brightness. Had this with roast pork and potatoes. Very good. Viva le jesus!
Good showing here. Fairly dark fruit and minerally notes to the aromatics with a little sweet barrel notes to round them off. Sweet dark cherries, bitter chocolate and some discreet spices that are well-integrated into a medium bodied wine that has very good balance. Not incredibly complex but lovely to drink for the charms that it has. Good stuff though I don’t see much more in the way of upside here although it certainly isn’t going to drop off anytime soon.
Bouchard 2006 (Washington DC): Thanks to Ken Barr for this contribution for another mini vertical. I found the 2002 more disciplined than the 2006, more linear and focused. But just as deep if perhaps slightly less rich than the 2006? I love the pepper aspect and the length. Another fine 2002: lovely wine and another candidate for top red honors?
Deep in a night of serious drinking, this stuck out as delicious. Over-ripe strawberries, tannins still fully intact, balanced acidity. A seriously beautiful bottle of wine that even a drunk man could pin as a standout.
Dinner at French Kitchen (Central Mall, Singapore): I thought this was very good. Really interesting nose - it opened with soy, black chicken soup and a whiff of matchstick flint, and moved into darl cherry and cassis, smoke, earth and leather with plenty of wood spice. With time, the meaty note came out even more, taking on an unusual canned luncheon meat whiff with a little touch of vinaigrette. It all came together very nicely though. Quite, quite lovely. However, it was on the palate where the wine really shone for me. Clearly showing off the quality of the vintage, it had impeccable balance with plenty of depth. Clean acid caused the mouth to salivate at the attack, before fine and silky, but still grippy tannins carreid focused flavours of dark cherries, damson plums and a touch of preserved lime into a long, round finish that showed a toss of dried earth, some orange peel and more of that Beaune spice. Very integrated and showing pretty well. This went very nicely with foie gras, beef and even the little side of asparagus.
A little bubble gum/cotton candy take to the nose initially even after a 2+ hour decant. That eventually blew off and this was a very ripe, overt and sweet style Pinot Noir that had more of a New World feel and taste to it than I expected. Low tannin, lots of ripe, dark, sweet fruit in an appealing and well done sort of way. Not especially complex but certainly not simple. I can see this evolving into something more than it is at this point. Quite enjoyable.
A fantastic bottle of wine - popped and poured at the restaurant, the wine was aromatically opulent with the pure scent of red berries just wafting out of the glass like a Côte de Beaune perfume! Silky smooth on the palate and just drinking fantastically right now. I told the sommelier we liked Volnay and Chambolle Musigny, and he went down to the cellar and fetched this wine and he totally hit a homerun.
Violets, saffron, raspberry and a touch of licorice on the nose. Very nice flavour and texture on the palate. Medium bodied and very stylish. Very young, and even though it is drinking well now, it will get even better over the next 7-8 years.
Very good. Actually quite fleshy and plump for this bottling. Still loaded with black currant, blackberries, tobacco, stoniness and plenty of tannin. Maybe because of the vintage this is a bit more showy and plush than other vintages at this stage. I did have it open for 24 hours prior to consumption (by accident) so that may have played a role in the drinkability but I think the wine is more open for business than one might expect from this usually fairly restrictive bottling.
Excellent wine. Followed a Kistler chard at Lunch. Light in color, violets on the nose, good tannins. This wine has definitely gotten better since the purchase several years ago. It opened up in 30 minutes. Did not decant. Very elegant example of Beaune Greves. Seems to have some age left in it.
Delade flaskan med Muren fick kaffeböner som tack, fan de var från NK!! Ärligt hade han och Kristie kunnat komma tomhänta, att få dela denna flaska med nån är nog. Är ju riktigt såld på Pinot och en någorlunda misslyckad risotto till funkar ju. Det är nästan så att samvetet säger ifrån att skicka i sig så ljuvligt gott vin inför våra gravida fruar, tur att de inte vet vad de går miste om. Har lovat mig själv att resterande flarror ska delas Ankan. Kvällen avslutades med min första kuban tack för den för mycket nybörjare än för att uppskatta den fullt ut. betyg: mer drickbart
This bottle had a suspect cork with apparent leakage. It did not affect the taste of the wine that I could tell but it did seem further along that previous bottles. Balanced Burgundy with florals, smoke and spices.
After my Burgundy tasting the other night I just had to open a Burg. Still hanging in there at 92 points but perhaps a bit more closed. I have a few of these and a good supplier so I'm not worried about having these down the road. Very good.
Full, deep ruby red in color -- I'd call it burgundy in color if it wouldn't seem trite -- with a somewhat closed nose of unsweetened cherries and fennel. More forward with sweet but restrained fruit than I expected, even for a Beaune, but a firming structure of tannin is presented mid-palate without heat or imbalance. This wine is a particular favorite of mine in "good fuit years" going back to 1976, 78 and 85. A tasting of the 1990 during 2002 confirms for me that the wine maintains a similar balance of darkening fruit it's second decade, but I've never tasted this wine when it was so young. So given some ageworthiness, I am a bit surprised at how approachable it is now, with peak drinking in 2 or 3 years (say 2007) and I believe continuing for another 8 years. I had this with a dinner of potato & cheddar soup, asparagus and a tenderloin of venison with a marinated dried cherry/volnay/onion and walnut compote (great!). The wine conflicted a bit with the asparagus but worked well with the tenderloin -- the dried cherry sweetness perhaps quelling the fruit a bit. I like this wine a lot.
Dinner at Rays with Jill's parents pre Jill heading to the hospital. Purchased on recomendation, decanted at the table, very floral with violets, and sweet fruit, strawberries with a hint of rasberry. Jill's Dad and I drank this over about an hour were it remained very feminine. Nice finish, not tannic. Lovely wine.
2002 Red Burgundy (Vinexpo Chicago): Affectionately known as "baby Jesus". This is a small 12 acre monopole vineyard owned by this producer. I liked this much better than Pierre Rovani who gave it an 86-88. A dynamite nose of fresh cut flowers. Elegant and well rounded. Subtle red fruit with soft tannins. Drinking very well for just being bottled. 92 points.