2019, following the legend of vintages ending in "9"
It was a hot year indeed, which is almost normal for a "9" vintage. Note, however, that we have had a succession of warm years since 2015.THE SEASONHARVEST AND VINIFICATIONTHE WINESTASTING NOTES - WHITE WINESTASTING NOTES - RED WINES - BOURGOGNE AND VILLAGESAll the News
This season, including winter, is marked by a fairly significant rain deficit. Spring was not particularly precocious, with in particular a fairly cool month of May. The end of flowering foreshadowed a start of harvest between September 18 and 20th. A normal year then ...
It was without counting with a summer arriving suddenly and allowing a very rapid growth. Then there were a few heatwave episodes ... Powdery mildew has been a constant concern throughout the season but other diseases have left us alone. The situation was therefore very healthy at harvest, with just a little bit of dried berries to sort.
During this time, heat and sunlight caused the maturation to evolve rapidly, leading us to constantly re-evaluate the harvest date. Finally, the starting signal was given on September 13th, almost a week before the initially planned date...
Despite a sometimes heterogeneous flowering, we found very ripe grapes, good to harvest everywhere, including Clos St Philibert, which did not not had the usual difference with the vineyards below on the « Côte ».
The degrees have gone up and are very high (almost all the wines are around 14°) but the good surprise was to see beautiful acidity, quite biting even at the start of fermentation, with deep color extractions from the start. Few difficult endings of fermentation and in total, vinification without problem despite the high maturity.
The wines were exciting right from the start: rich, deep, powerful but very smooth... Of course, marked by maturity, with a lot of sweetness and smoothness, but also a significant acid support, much more intense than in 2018. A very good starting point...
In this case, all there is to fear is the "great vintage" syndrome, ie a little too much power that would erase the terroirs. This is not the case, the aging has played its part and the wines have progressed in finesse, each one conforms to its character!
By the way, this is reassuring about the effects of climate change on our region, Burgundy is not distorted...
Wines from which we can probably expect the following development: a rich youth but all in pleasure and appeal, some bottles being to seize in this state, for pure pleasure; a more closed period, after 2-3 years in the bottle, during which it would be better to leave the wines alone; a rebirth after 8-10 years, where wines with more tension than at the start will begin to show their true face and their magnificent balance. An evolution like in... 2009!
A nice open nose, on ripe yellow fruits, where we can still distinguish a freshness of good caliber. The wood is light and well integrated.
On the palate, the wine is frank and lively at first, then unfolds, showing a nice roundness (and even a hint of heat) but ends by tightening on the acidity.
The whole makes an excellent impression, pleasant, balanced, appealing, the wine seems accessible from the end of 2021 and should remain at its optimum until 2026.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Clos St Philibert
The nose is very expressive, nonetheless delicate: notes of exotic fruits (lychee, pineapple), a hint of pepper and greens, a well-integrated woodiness ...
In the mouth, the wine is subtle, fine, direct. Some leanness is obvious, for those who visualize the plot, one has the impression of tasting its pebbles ... The acidity, traditional in this wine, carries it and gives it a good length.
A very well balanced and gourmet "Clos St Phi", even if the wine is still quite discreet and can progress. Wait until the end of 2022 for consumption until the end of the decade.
A generally pleasant nose, where white fruits stand out, but also a hint of reduction, announcing a certain austerity.
On the palate, the wine is direct, quite dense and compact, with quite a bit of tension. The acidity is present on the finish.
A wine where appeal is not absent but which currently has a reserved and somewhat closed profile. The élevage is still a little present, as well as some sulfur notes. This is promising but needs to wait until at least 2022 for further refinement to allow tasting.
Saint-Aubin 1er cru 2018
Yellow and white fruits and a well-integrated oak characterize the nose, even if it is necessary to go beyond a certain sulfur reduction at first.
The palate is beautiful, with good fatness and a fine and spicy finish. A remainder of angular acidity remains at the end of the tasting.
Characteristic of St Aubin, with an austerity of good quality, this wine would benefit from waiting another two or three years before being consumed. From 2023 to 2030.
Bourgogne Côte d'Or « hémisphère sud »
An open nose, where we find black fruits, figs and a touch of vegetal.
On the palate, a fleshy and round side, dense and coherent, with a rather fine finish, where a certain warmth is felt.
Very nice wine, which already shows a beautiful finesse and can therefore be tasted now. Will keep without problems for the next 10 years.
Bourgogne Côte d'Or « hémisphère nord »
An intense nose of crushed red fruits (morello cherry, strawberry, fresh fig), very ripe but seductive.
In the mouth, an obvious maturity, some fatness but we avoid heaviness. The finish is tighter, with fiery tannins, which prolong the wine more than they tighten it and which are enveloped by a nice sweetness.
The whole constitutes an astonishing mixture of accessibility, appeal and seriousness. Very open, it can already be consumed for its generous fruitiness, but it will keep well for the next 10 years.
Bourgogne Côte d'Or « Etienne Camuzet »
The nose is a little more discreet on this wine but gradually reveals itself: red and black fruits, flowers, damp pebbles ...
On the palate, very supple, even tender, the tannins are smooth, the finish light and very gentle. The whole is very coherent.
Despite a very nice tasting, this wine does not seem completely ready to drink, and appears a little behind. To be kept until the end of 2022, for a tasting until 2027.
An open nose of ripe red fruits. Also spices and some smoky notes.
On the palate, the wine is fleshy and very present, almost imposing. The texture is silky and warm, but the finish is almost tense and the acidity stands out.
Here is an expressive, pleasant, multi-faceted wine that can be approached now although, in all probability, it will gain in finesse over the next few years and in any case until 2027.
Red and black fruits are present, although the nose is quite discreet. Despite this, there is an impression of depth from this first contact.
As is often the case with this wine, the palate is tender, fine even at first glance, then the frame seems to become denser to finish again on a very elegant impression.
Still a lot of charm for this very supple cuvée, which could however gain in balance and density over the coming months. To be approached at the end of 2022 for a tasting until 2028.
Morey Saint Denis
Nuits Saint Georges
Here is a nice subtle nose, composed of red fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, wood ... The whole is open, delicious and well integrated.
On the palate, the texture is caressing and ample, the tannins firm but refined. The result is good length, with an impression of sweetness and finesse.
This wine is both harmonious and structured, complex and deep. It has a great future, while being approachable now. Certainly one of the emblematic wines of the vintage, that we can start drinking from 2022 on but will keep without problems until 2030.