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Louis Jadot 2006 Givry

April 27, 2011

Givry is a village in the Cote Chalonnaise lying halfway between Montagny and Mercurey. Wines from these area can provide a good alternative to the lesser Cote D’Or villages. This one from Louis Jadot is a fine example.

Day1: Brilliant crimson, beautiful in the glass. Etereous, gentle bouquet in which the purity of the fruit mingles harmoniusly with the sweet spice character. Almost undetectable touches of smoke and leather add a dark element that enhances the raspberry and sour cherry perfumes. This is quite stylish.

Day2: The overall impression is still in line with that of the previous day. It actually kept very well. The red fruit aromas are still intact. Maybe a little bit darker in character, still clean on the nose and fresh and polished on the palate. Considering the price, definitely a rebuy.


Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune du Château 1er Cru

April 21, 2011

Ruby red of medium intensity. The nose is understated at first and seems dominated by a strong toast, oak accent. This gives the wine more of a dark tone rather than the typical unpleasent vanilla nuances. The oak presence becomes less noticebale as the wine stays uncorked in the bottle. The fruit is somewhat hid away but its presence is still well detectable. Undertones of brandy-soaked cherries lie underneath a current of intensely piquant and sweet spices that provides tension and depth. Some violet is there as well. In the palate, the remarkable strenght and depth of its spiciness functions as supporting nerve and bring into balance the obvious toast accents. The grip of the tannins grab the flavour and leads it to a very long finish. Requires good oak tolerance. Rebuy: yes

Bouchard Père et Fils 2005 Mercurey

April 3, 2011

Another fine wine from the Cote Chalonnaise.

Ruby red of medium intensity. Typically Bourgogne in character displaying good depth and an elegant balance between oak and fruit. The initial masculinity from the animal, roasting elements channels the nose into a refined spcied fruit and floral dimension with reminiscences of pan d’epices and violet. The attack is fresh, the spice and fruit (sour cherry) elements are fully reproposed on the mid-palate. Tannins are grainy and wll integrated. The finish reveals a balanced extraction. Rebuy: yes

Bruno Sorg 2007 Riesling

December 30, 2009

This Riesling did impress me already when I tested it at the Domaine a few weeks ago but could not really remember the details. It’s the only bottle I had but decided not to wait and reasses it. This is serious, serious value for money.

Pale, brilliant gold in the glass. Honeyed, full and round on the nose, with remarkable depth and thickness of aromas. On deeper smells you get that sort of waxy tightness which gives the nose some kind of intriguing reticence. Packed with sweet candied lemon aroma and a nervous dried fruit undercurrent. No disappointment on the palate where the body and weight you expect is retained in an almost viscous texture. Good correspondence to the nose. Dry and concentrated, all elements are kept revolving n the mouth through a vivacious, striking lemony acidity, typical of the good Riesling. At EUR 6.10, this is to be bought in cases.

A profile of Domaine Bruno Sorg is available here