tasting notes 2013
The 2013 vintage was another nerve-racking one for Burgundy winegrowers. Diseases were present throughout the season, which began with an exceptionally cold and damp month of May, causing a very late harvest.
During the flowering in the second half of June, the unsettled weather brought about coulure and millerandage (small berries), and thus a harvest that was 20-25% smaller than usual. These small bunches, however, finally reached perfect ripeness in spite of the mixed summer weather, with the exception of July that was hot and sunny. They also made the grapes less sensitive to botrytis - which in the last stormy days before harvest might have wiped out the crop - and helped reduce the proportion of juice, which explains the deep colour of the wines, their natural concentration, without too much tannin, because the partial fertilisation reduced the number and the size of the pips.
The late ripening in fairly cool temperatures made it possible to retain intense fruit aromas, the distinctive markers of each terroir, as well as a high level of acidity, the guarantee of long life. This acidity, however, is not noticeable when the wines are tasted, thanks to the very soft tannins and the rich texture which diminish our perception of it.
In the end, these wines have turned out to be a magnificent gift from nature. The first people to taste them all agree and stress the tightness, which was to be expected but also, and above all, the preciseness, the fruit, the openness and even the voluptuousness of all these cuvées. They bear witness to the unique character of our region of Burgundy, capable of fashioning wines which are both fresh, ripe and easy-drinking.
Very fine nose, both ripe and fresh: floral aromas, ripe mandarin, peach, ... It's expressive and complex, not exuberant, but very pure.
On the palate, the attack is pleasant and well rounded, and that is followed by mouth-watering density and freshness.
A fine Burgundy with attractive balance, and complex, too. Drink it now until 2020.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St Philibert
An intense nose, very ripe and sweet, of pear, apricot and tropical fruit (pineapple). A slight hint of wood.
On the palate, the flavour is fat, quite straight, however, with a touch of acidity in the finish.
A truly entrancing wine, with fascinating aromas, which still lacks a little integration (usually the case for this wine at this stage of its development). Taste it from 2017 onwards.
A newcomer, contributing to our collection of fresh terroirs!
A touch of wood and a hint of freshness on the nose, which make you think of apricot and plum.
The palate is smooth and easy-drinking. The wine is direct and the finish has a mineral touch.
Another variation of a high terroir, with a little acidity to liven up the vintage's ripeness, which here, once again, can be easily perceived.
But what the devil are they doing in that galley? Well, Meursault is fascinating and it's a nice plot in the north of the village, contiguous with the Santenots, so come on, why not?
A very fine, ripe nose, redolent of pear, apricot and vanilla.
The nose is full and generous, almost a little heavy, if it weren't for an acidic touch that brings freshness in the finish.
This wine is very true to its appellation, but it's still not fully integrated and should be polished by its ageing.
From 2018 onwards.
Acidic notes of pear, plum and apricots. Its mineral character is also perceptible; like smelling a wet stone. And on top of all that, aromas of honeysuckle ...
On the palate, it's both robust and compact, but possessing finesse. The finish has something of a bite to it.
Overall, there's a lot of structure, with the mineral character present, and ageing should bring balance and greater depth.
From 2020 onwards.
At first, the nose is slightly reduced (some aromas of cooked poultry), before red fruit (raspberry, cherry) appears; it is then a little vegetal, with a touch of spiciness to finish.
On the palate, the tasting gives the impression of straightness, uprightness and fineness, with a little tannin and acidity in the finish.
All of Burgundy is concentrated in this bottle, already very drinkable, but which will also profit from a few years of ageing. From 2016 onwards.
The nose, dominated by black fruit, is quite fresh, almost cold, but also expresses wild strawberry and flowers, and promises fine concentration.
The palate is dense, confirming a fleshy wine, but the finish is still slightly austere and acidic. You should wait for 2 or 3 years to taste this at its best.
Morey Saint Denis
Aromatically open, with a pleasant nose of sweet, ripe fruit (strawberries and cream ...)
The palate gives the impression of straightness, with the influence of the cask more noticeable than on the nose; the overall impression is quite coherent, with an acidic and spicy finish.
A pleasant wine, not too strict given the context of the vintage, and which should soften up quite quickly, as early as 2017.
A little newcomer in our range! So a new venture into the Côte de Beaune, and why not? It's a pretty little vineyard, producing pretty little grapes (even when they're not damaged by hail), and the grapegrower here (the same one as for the Meursault plot) is someone close to us.
The red-fruit nose has a spicy side to it, with sweet notes too, particularly liquorice.
On the palate, the attack is quite fluid, sliding, while showing a fine sweetness. The finish is quite well structured, slightly tight, and will need a little time.
So very Pommard! From 2018 onwards.
The nose is still quite discreet, but the depth can be felt and there are hints of spices, which is not unusual in a Gevrey.
The palate is fresh and sliding and has an agreeable menthol character, with pleasant balance between the texture and the tannin. A saline finish.
An excellent bottle, to be drunk from 2020 onwards.
From the start, this is a very open wine: you get the impression of a basket of red and black fruit, and this is stimulated by the touches of wood, coming across as liquorice and caramel. In general, it's very aromatic, reminiscent of those sweets you used to love when you were a child ...
The texture on the palate is very good, fine and fat, with a slightly acidic finish. The wine gives the impression of being very coherent.
It's direct, pleasantly charming, with more integration than usual, a wine that will provide some very fine bottles starting in 2018.
Nuits Saint Georges
A wine now bearing our négociant label, even though it's still made up, partly, of our Bras de Combe plot, which is being replanted.
On the nose, you will find some fine red fruit with some soft black fruit (blackcurrant) too, giving an overall impression of maturity and freshness.
A very elegant attack on the palate, rich and charming, with a fine sweetness, fleshiness and a pleasant finish based on its structure.
Quite imposing for a village appellation; you can taste it from 2018 onwards.
A few aromas, to start with, of smokiness and fine herbs, tea ..., which give way to fine black fruit (mainly cherry) and hints of caramel.
At the beginning, the palate is very silky, and even caressing, but the finish is a little harder.
As always, this wine is full of potential and will need a little time. Let's wait till 2020.
Fixin 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre
A fairly ripe nose of black and red fruit, almost jammy; some floral notes lighten this impression.
On the palate, the attack is imposing: both round and rich, with a certain sweetness and quite a strong underlying structure. A mineral finish, as is often the case.
This wine, a little more closed than usual, will have to wait at least until 2017 to be tasted.
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Cras
Various aromas can be detected, including fruit, obviously (raspberry, cherry, strawberry), but also dulce de leche, smokiness, some small vegetal traces ...
On the palate, it's very soft, charmingly easy to drink. But this flattering impression is moderated by a more acidic finish that straightens up the wine.
It appears to be approachable, but because of its touch of acidity, will still need ageing in order to stabilise it. From 2018 onwards.
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Feusselottes
A discreet but fresh nose, with fine aromas of red and black fruit.
On the palate, it's very velvety, with a very smooth touch; ripe but possessing a lot of freshness ...
This real charmer, almost a caricature of Chambolle and more integrated than usual, should be ready to drink starting in 2017.
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Chaumes
The nose is very open and charming, and you can detect cherry, raspberry and a few sweet aromas redolent of almond.
On the palate, the wine seems both generous and fine but nevertheless, the finish is a little tight, with a bite to it.
In general, this wine has a lot of volume and appears to be very promising, even if overall, it still lacks a little harmony. Best to wait until 2021.
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru aux Argillas
Attractive aromatic complexity, in which you can find black cherry, caramel and even floral aromas. On the palate, the wine is concentrated and harmonious, even if today, it seems a little difficult to drink and massive. The sugariness is self-evident and the acidity provides a fine structure.
The ageing will teach us a lot about this wine that possesses fine intensity and should fully seduce us from 2021 onwards.
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Perrières
To start with, the nose is dominated mainly by the aromas of the maturation in oak: smokiness, toasting, a little vegetal with some blackcurrant buds; then the fruit appears, principally red, and a hint of white pepper is noticeable in the finish.
On the palate, the wine is quite robust, concentrated and direct, but it seems to be very well balanced, with a slightly acidic finish.
An attractive wine that needs a little time to unfold. From 2020 onwards.
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru aux Murgers
A nose that is immediately open and charming, in which fruit plays the leading role (cherry, strawberry, raspberry), underpinned by aromas of pastries (frangipane).
On the palate, the wine appears very much as it should be, well defined, both elegant and concentrated. The finish is completely soft and smooth and very long.
There's a huge amount of charm to this wine, which already appears fulfilled, confirming that it's one of the stars of this vintage. We could try it as early as 2017, but its ageing should be very harmonious and you need to be in a position to discover it again after 2021.
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru aux Boudots
When it's opened there's a slight reduction in the form of simmered poultry, which quickly gives way to red fruit (principally cherry); there's an impression of wood and some hints of eucalyptus to make everything complete.
A huge presence on the palate, a texture that lines the mouth, but with everything finishing a little tightly, despite its fine length.
An imposing, majestic wine, representative of this great terroir and this old vineyard, with its tiny grapes! Should be left to age until 2020.
Clos de Vougeot (single cuvée in 2013)
The nose is open, fine and elegant: some slight hints of wood (vanilla, smokiness) and a lot of red fruit (raspberry).
The palate is equally fine and elegant, with lots of latent strength; the finish is at the same time soft and complex and above all very long.
An attractive wine, which charmed us throughout the period of maturation in oak for the wines of this vintage (which weren't all easy) and whose enchanting character can be found in the bottle. Try it from 2019 onwards.
Corton la Vigne au Saint
A very fine, spectacular nose, in which cherry, blueberry and hints of smoked China tea can be found.
On the palate, there's a pleasant impression of volume. The wine is soft and smooth, elegant, and the finish is just acidic enough, with a welcome mineral touch.
The overall impression is excellent, a wine that is both charming and serious and will improve even more with ageing. From 2020 onwards.
The aromas are a little held back, but there are hints of fresh red fruit like cherry or raspberry ... Also some sweet touches.
To start with, the palate appears fine and elegant with a lot of promise in reserve; the finish is tighter and more mineral, and the hints of fruit reappear.
There's a lot of potential in this wine, which will acquire density with ageing and which, consequently, it's best to leave until 2021-2.
Corton Clos Rognet
A very fine nose, in which blackberry, raspberries and redcurrants try to outdo one another, with graphite, and a pleasant wooded character, which makes you think of dried fruit.
The palate is magnificent: a concentrated but elegant attack, with very fine extraction, an impression of density without being heavy, and great energy that generates tension right up to the finish, saline, mineral and agreeably tannic.
Ooh la la! Approachable some time between the end of 2018 and 2020.
Échezeaux les Rouges du Bas
First of all, the colour is very deep, which is the sign of things to come: powerful aromas of black and red fruit (cherry, blackcurrant) that you discover to start with, before remarking smoky and vegetal touches too.
The palate is big, silky, soft and smooth, very charming. The finish is a little harder than expected but that gives the wine great length, in which you can discover acidity, tannins, spices ...
A very open wine, almost intense, more coherent and approachable than usual. We could try it starting in 2021-2022.
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru aux Brulées
A nose of black fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry), and aromas of wood smoke (a little burnt ...) that are definitely present. A few sweet touches, but overall you get the impression of freshness.
A very big majestic palate which gradually unfolds and impresses you. In such conditions, you expect a structured, even hard finish, but not at all: it sparkles, lively, fresh and mineral and is persistent without being overpowering.
Superb. From 2020 onwards.
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru au Cros Parantoux
On the nose, you can detect a lot of fruit aromas: raspberry, cherry, blueberry; also meaty and sweet aromas and to end with, a touch of menthol and eucalyptus.
On the palate, it's very dense, robust and compact. It opens up, lining the palate, before coming back with a rather tight, but unaggressive finish.
There's more integration than usual in this wine, which is impressive and has fantastic potential. 2025.
It's a rather discreet - or perhaps we should say reserved - wine that presents itself at the outset. Then you become aware of its potential, its elegant concentration, its immense distinction ...
Drink it for some great event, but not too soon!