Executive Wine Seminars: 2010 Red Burgundies: The 1er Crus: A very pretty nose of sour cherries mixed with a hint of crushed walnuts. The wine is tangy, viscous, vibrant and long. Delicate, perfumed and just excellent now. Together with Dominique Laurent's Vosnee-Romanee, my favorite wine of this round. Group score: 19.
Committing Infanticide, not once but twice, 2010 Le Moine Les Cazetiers and 2009 Trotanoy (Fairfax, Va): Start a bit tight, sweet, floral and sappy. With air, it opens up beautifully, perfectly ripe blackberries, flower, sap, clove, stem and earth. Beautiful silky palate, very bright acidity and sweet tannins that are beautifully integrated already. The 10 displays more pronounced acidity and structure, also a bit deeper and darker fruit expression. Once again, I highly recommend this wine to those who like generous and opulent ripe fruit of Cali pinot and are exploring Burgundy. The expressive nose displays beautiful sweet ripe fruit yet it also maintains beautiful tension and vibrant energy. I don’t anticipate this wine shutting down hard but it will need at least eight to ten more years of cellaring to reach the peak.
Lucien Le Moine Cellar Visit and Tasting with Mounir Saouma (Beaune Burgundy): Barrel tasting. Very good floral start with fresh herbs, black fruit and dark chocolate. Red and black fruit on palate with lots of power and fine tannins on long finish. I definitely preferred this to the Lavaux St.-Jacques today, but I've also liked this Le Moine cuvee almost every vintage. Very good for its level.
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