2021: classical, despite exceptional conditions
One swallow does not make a summer ... Exceptional temperatures in February and March were able to delight us after winter, allowing aperitifs on the terrace but also favored a quick start of the vine. Which was therefore particularly vulnerable when the cold was back in early April ... The damage was more important than in 2016: variable in intensity but generalized and some appellations were strongly affected.
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The rest of the season is bumpy: a rainy May does not foster the regrowth of the vine, June on the contrary sees the return of summer conditions and the vegetation "explodes"; the return of rains at the end of June and thunderstorm conditions in July slow down its progression: this allows us to catch up in the vineyard but the pressure of the mildiou and powdery mildew is beginning to be felt. It is then acquired that the vintage will be rather late, especially since weather continues to be mixed. Beautiful summer periods in August and September, however, allow the grapes to mature, not without a few alerts: the pressure of diseases increases, while we are rather used to considering ourselves out of the woods during this period. And botrytis, latent so far, becomes apparent ...
Harvest began on September 21. It took place in good conditions: in good weather, however under the threat of rains, which will finally fall in limited quantities. The work was fast: a homogeneous maturity, therefore not requiring to wait and a botrytis ultimately less developed than expected, made sorting quite manageable; And a small harvest, curiously, takes less time to pick ...
Reflective of the frost and the rainy season, natural degrees are lower than in recent years (12.4 on average), acids are fairly low also, and we see clusters with big berries and therefore a large proportion of juice in the tanks.
During the vinifications, no higher extraction than usual, even if a slight chaptalization was used also to somewhat prolong the maceration; gentle treatment of the juices, then of the wines; Slow élevage, with delayed malos as much as possible, and bottling without precipitation for this delicate material.
The ageing process, completed with the last bottlings at the very beginning of April 2023, suggests that this will be a gentle, accessible vintage. Many people describe it as 'traditional', because they are rediscovering the finesse of the Burgundies they loved 30 years ago...
However, this is not a cold vintage: the ripeness reached would have made people dream in the past, and the low acidity does not favour freshness, let alone greenness. But of course, the character of the wines is a complete departure from the warm, concentrated vintages harvested since 2018, and while heaviness may have been a concern in recent years, that's not the case at all in '21!
This season is unlike any other, but the profile of the wines is reminiscent of the 2007s or, for those with a lot of ... bottle(s), 1992; a little 2017 too... The 2021s may have less sparkle, but they seem more caressing and therefore very approachable.
Everything points to this vintage being a good one for early tasting. That's not to say it can't age, but it's a question of opportunity: it's rare to have wines (including grands crus) whose complexity is revealed early on, and we owe it to ourselves to make the most of it! We're hoping for a gradual evolution, without any real closure, with perhaps a little tightening, which would be beneficial and contribute even more to their elegance.
Attractive from the first nose, it offers an open and mature bouquet. It is characterized by notes of fresh fruit such as pineapple, pear but also a floral note such as hawthorn. A touch of butter and brioche adds to the complexity of the aromas.
The mouth is fresh and tonic with a chiselled matter and carried on citrus fruits. The final is precise and salivating, with beautiful noble bitters.
When young, one can appreciate its aromatic freshness and its tonicity. With a few years in bottle, it will gain in roundness, richness and integration.
Keeps for 5 to 7 years.
BOURGOGNE HAUTES CÔTES DE NUITS BL " Clos St Philibert"
Open and subtle nose. It reveals fragrances of nectarine, white flowers like acacia and chalky notes. A seductive fruit with an obvious minerality. Its woodiness is finely assimilated.
Superb tonic and dynamic mouth. Ample texture. Its acidity perfectly integrates the matter and offers a stretched and sustained finish. A lot of coherence, the mouth corresponds to the expectation of what the nose can offer. On the whole, the wine is harmonious and already presents a lot of pleasure.
Can be kept for 7 to 10 years or more.
BOURGOGNE CÔTE D'OR rouge "Hémisphère Sud"
Crushed red fruit on the first nose. Raspberry and blueberry clearly stand out. Very charming and desirable.
Supple and graceful mouth, with subtle tannins and a crisp mid-palate. We find the fruit detected in the nose. The finish tightens and still needs to mellow but it also prolongs the wine.
Extremely seductive overall.
Keep for 5 years.
BOURGOGNE CÔTE D'OR rouge "Hémisphère Nord"
Slight reduction at this stage. It opens up slowly but reveals itself to be powerful and on intense black fruits. Also an animal touch and smoky and spicy notes. The mouth is promising, supple with soft tannins. On the finish, the matter tightens.
An intense wine with wild aromas. It needs to become more complex.
Keeping time 5 to 6 years
BOUGOGNE CÔTE D'OR rouge " ETIENNE CAMUZET "
Beautiful aromatic intensity. Clean and pleasant fruit, which evokes ripe black fruits. After aeration, smoky, chocolate and leather notes are revealed.
Nice juice in the mouth, fleshy with velvety tannins and a greedy matter. The finish is fresh and sustained.
A high-flying Burgundy. It is a very seductive wine by its balance and its complexity.
Can be kept for 8 to 10 years.
Nice nose on fresh candied fruits. An earthy side.
The mouth is in the same line, tonic with energy and a nice grain of tannins. Still tense, with a promising length, it will blossom.
The whole is homogeneous. Its freshness contributes to its salivating finish.
Keeping time 7 to 8 years
Fresh, pure and fine nose with notes of cherry and raspberry.
The attack in mouth is juicy and ample. The heart is enticing and rich, with satiny tannins. The finish tightens but remains subtle and tasty.
This wine needs to gain in complexity but already reflects a beautiful presentation of the appellation. Accessible, it can be appreciated when young. It will gain in complexity with time.
Can be kept for 7 to 8 years.
NUITS ST GEORGES
An immediately bewitching nose, with stewed fruits such as strawberry, cherry and flowers such as peony; also underlined by a subtle and well integrated woody note. The empyreumatic side complexifies and intensifies the olfactory aspect.
The palate is suave and crisp, with a generous body, showing noble and racy tannins, with a caressing texture. A long, spicy and smoky finish.
Very charming, as much by its aromatic profile as by its gustatory aspect. One finds great pleasure in drinking it now.
Potential for cellaring: 5 years.
Discreet at the opening with a toasted reduction but quickly reveals itself. Notes of redcurrant and blueberry. Aeration intensifies the fruit and gives way to a nice wood influence.
The mouth is enveloping and fleshy. Tonic moreover, with a beautiful energy and a fresh matter. Sharp and sapid finish.
Overall, the nose is in retreat, the mouth reveals itself more and offers a nice volume. Very promising and harmonious, it still has many years ahead of it.
Can be kept for 8 to 12 years.
Intense and charming on the nose: The aromatic expression is focused on black fruits such as burlat cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant, in addition to rich aromas such as fine, woody and smoky notes, mocha and spice.
Complex and intense on the palate: dense on the attack, the wine is both broad and lively in the middle, with acidity taking over on the finish.
A serious and very harmonious wine. There is a reserve of power, which is not yet expressed, but it is still young and has a bright future. To be kept for 8 to 10 years.
Starts with complex aromas of red fruit purée, followed by flowers and light smoky notes. The wine opens up slowly, gaining in intensity and complexity, and in the second wave it graces us with scents of blueberries and pastries, offering fruity and delicious sensations.
After a punchy attack, the mid-palate is invigorating and salivating. The tannins are long and subtle. The whole is structured, with a lively, persistent finish.
A rewarding wine, which perfectly reflects the image of Chambolle-Musigny, even if the power is not absent. Fine, fresh and pure, it will keep for 6 to 8 years.
FIXIN 1ER CRU CLOS DU CHAPITRE
The bouquet is dominated by crushed red fruits, especially raspberry and strawberry. This sweetness gives it a great delicacy. A spicy character then emerges.
On the palate, the wine is very seductive, with a lacy and delicate texture. The tannins are silky and velvety - an immediate pleasure!
It may be criticised for having a short finish, but its crisp, juicy character makes it an extremely accessible wine. No fuss, immediate pleasure! Still primitive at this stage, it will gain complexity with a little ageing, around 5 to 7 years.
NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU AUX ARGILLAS
Often on the reserve and tight, the vintage completely liberates this wine. Enhanced by deep, complex aromas, it is very fragrant and of fine intensity, revealing scents of black fruit, orange zest and smoked bacon.
Smooth and full-bodied on the palate, the wine remains consistent, tasty and well-balanced, with generous fruit and lovely freshness. It tightens a little on the finish, but that is the hallmark of this appellation. The tannins are elongated and racy, with a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. The oak is well assimilated.
Overall, its caressing texture and freshness make this a surprising and bewitching wine, with good ageing potential of around 10 to 12 years.
NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU LES PERRIÈRES
Flattering and deep nose. The wine expresses itself easily and reveals a bouquet with aromas of black fruits, tobacco, frangipane and spice. A subtly integrated oak accentuates the complexity. The mouth is tender but generous. Fine grained tannins embellish it, as well as a fresh and pure finish.
A very nice wine, on the whole quite powerful, which still has to integrate. In any case, promising!
Can be kept for 8 to 10 years.
NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU
From the Hauts Pruliers, this cuvée has concentrated, precise and fine aromas of black fruit, blueberries, violets, cocoa, fresh leather and spices that appeal to us right from the start. The ageing process enhances and intensifies the aromas, but is still omnipresent at this stage.
The wine is harmonious, with the fruit still very much present, fleshy, fresh and with good length on the palate. It has a silky, enveloping texture, with a delicious grain of tannin and great elegance.
Very pleasant, rich, in keeping with its appellation without being rustic, this wine should be laid down for 8 to 10 years.
NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU AUX MURGERS
The nose is expressive, with notes of stewed black fruit. It reveals scents of smoke, spices, rosemary and cinnamon. The ageing is finely integrated with the fruit. The attack on the palate is generous, dense and full-bodied. The tannins are racy. This is a wine for the long haul, with a very long finish and a lively, persistent aftertaste. We appreciate its volume, balance and substance. Very promising, with excellent ageing potential of around 10 to 12 years.
NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU AUX BOUDOTS
A very pretty nose, perhaps a little subdued at first, but soon revealing aromas of red and then black fruits and a woody note of caramel.
On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and intense. The finish is tangy, so the initial creaminess does not make the wine too soft.
A very fine presentation for this voluminous, rather impressive but seductive wine. The tannins on the finish guarantee a long life and one should wait until 2027 before enjoying it.
CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1ER CRU LES CRAS
A subtly open nose, which delivers a charming bouquet and evokes red fruits, citrus fruits and faded flowers. The entry of mouth is finely refreshing. Lacey tannins and a caressing texture offer a supple mid-palate. Fresh and distinguished finish. Slight smoky note in retro-olfaction.
Very digestible, thanks to its delicate and fresh appearance. Lots of pleasure now!
Can be kept for 6 to 8 years.
CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1ER CRU LES FEUSSELOTTES
The aromas are subtle and evoke a more ready-to-drink wine: floral, strawberry and red fruit, citrus aromas, complemented by a touch of wood and cinnamon.
On the palate, it has all the caress of a Chambolle, with fine amplitude. There's a lovely ripeness, even a slight warmth, the tannins melt away and the wine is very supple overall.
This wine has a pleasant, rewarding side and seems easy to drink now. It could be drunk as early as 2024.CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1ER CRU LES FUEES
An intense nose of sweet black fruit. The whole is refined, with fruit and wood combining to give an impression of complexity and concentration. On the palate, the wine is caressing, even luscious. The finish is subtle, round and light. The tannins are very soft, barely protruding. You can't help but be moved by this dynamic, very typical Chambolle, which still has room to grow. It should be drunk from 2027 until at least 2035.
CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1ER CRU LES CHARMES
The nose is quite open and rich, with ripe black fruit, plum, liquorice, woody and smoky aromas. It looks very promising and invites the tasting.
On the palate, the wine also appears rich and even imposing... Or is it the generosity of a very racy Chambolle? The amplitude is quite incredible, the texture caressing, the finish stretching out on fine tannins and blossoming ... A Chambolle of stature, with power and great potential. Drink between 2027 and 2037.
VOSNE-ROMANÉE 1ER CRU LES CHAUMES
A lovely nose of ripe red and black fruit greets us. There are also smoky, liquorice and juniper berry aromas, suggesting a structured wine. The palate is invigorating but fine and elegant on the attack. It becomes more biting in the middle of the tasting, finishing with tannins that are sharp but not clinging. A great deal of elegance, a wine with a "mannequin size" but which is easy to approach. It should drink well from 2026 and last for around 10 years.
VOSNE-ROMANÉE 1ER CRU AUX BEAUX-MONTS
The nose is perhaps a little reserved at first but soon reveals its black fruit, woody and peppery aromas, all of which seem promising.
On the palate, amplitude dominates: imposing, the texture is very coating but the aromas are discreet and the finish is long, with rather firm tannins. A wine with obvious potential, but which today lacks a little expression and has a power that needs to be tamed over time. Drink from 2028-9.
A seductive, clean nose. At first, white flowers and stone fruit appear; the oakiness then takes over, giving way to aromas of nougat and vanilla. On the whole, the nose is charming and shows great maturity, making this a very pleasant wine.
The palate is more lively, with a vibrant attack supported by citrus aromas such as candied lemon and grapefruit. This freshness leaves a tangy, salivating finish. To date, however, there is a certain gap between the nose and the palate. The core of the wine is a little severe but, with time, this nervousness should round out and give a smoother sensation.
Still young and dynamic, this wine will acquire wisdom with a little ageing: probably 5 to 8 years.
Subtle ruby color, nose of black and red fruits; fresh, mentholated and slightly vegetal notes support the overall aroma.
Round on the palate, not particularly powerful but fine and elegant. The mineral, saline finish tightens the wine without hardening it, giving it length and freshness.
A lovely wine, already well harmonized, ultimately rather demonstrative in its delicacy.
Aging potential: 10 years, but drinkable from 2024.
CORTON LA VIGNE AU SAINT
The nose is generous, evoking ripe cherries and redcurrants. Fresh, menthol and floral notes add further complexity.
The attack is full-bodied and caresses the palate, but also seems condensed and tightens on a lively (but not biting) finish.
All in all, a seductive, delicious wine with room for improvement in terms of balance.
A tasting between 2027 and 2035 should suit it best.
CORTON CLOS ROGNET
Crushed red and black fruits, pastry aromas, a touch of spice and greenness make up a very luscious bouquet, very much in the vein of this wine.
On the palate, there's an immediate caress, coupled with a lovely fullness. It then gains even more volume, the fruit returns on the mid-palate and the tasting ends with a slightly acidic but savory impression.
This is a wine of great intensity, without seeming imposing.
A little cellaring wouldn't do it any harm, however, and tasting between 2028 and 2035 is recommended.CHARMES CHAMBERTIN
The bouquet is pretty and pleasant, with a fine range of aromas that promises to deliver: strawberry, raspberry, spices, camphor, rosemary, vanilla ...
On the palate, the wine begins with a lovely texture, very caressing and very pleasant. The wine gradually gains in power, finishing with tannins that are assertive but clean and fresh. There's no let-up for this complete, long wine, which still needs to mature. We'll have to wait until 2029, or open the bottle well in advance ...
A little reserved at first, the nose gradually unveils cherry aromas, a little vegetal, sous-bois and frangipane. You have to go looking for it, but it blossoms in the end.
The palate, on the other hand, is generous, full-bodied, lush, very smooth, with a lingering finish and fine tannins.
A relatively powerful wine, deep but with precision and delicacy.
It should be able to overcome its current reserve and be enjoyed from 2024 for around 10 years' cellaring.
A ripe, open nose, dominated by cherry and black fruit, complemented by an interesting bouquet of licorice, spices and sweet, pastry aromas...
The attack on the palate is vibrant, but the mid-palate gives an impression of uprightness; the finish is precise and long, if a little tight at this stage.
The usual energy and power are there, but the wine deserves to relax a little.
Best consumed between 2030 and 2040.
VOSNE ROMANÉE AUX BRULÉES
The nose is open and charming, with red and black fruits, especially blueberry; aromas of custard, spices and Provençal herbs add complexity and freshness.
The palate is full-bodied and concentrated for the vintage; it shows great energy, which lengthens the wine and contributes to a slightly tight but vibrant and salivating finish.
Lots of intensity and balance for this wine, which also shows a certain uprightness.
Ageing is therefore probably necessary, and the best tasting recommendation is between 2028 and 2035.
VOSNE ROMANÉE AU CROS PARANTOUX
The nose is open and even intense, leaning on cherry and black fruit aromas. But we never tire of discovering notes of smoke, tea and licorice... and much more with aeration.
The palate is spherical, dense, still compact on the attack. The mid-palate is crisp, the finish persistent, supported by acidity.
Lots of potential in this juicy wine, which still needs to age to perfect its integration and acquire subtlety.
Best kept for drinking between 2030 and 2040.
A nose that you have to search for at first, but which quickly opens up to aromas of red fruit, complemented by a bouquet of licorice, menthol and spices, the whole displaying obvious seduction.
The palate is naturally beautiful, fleshy and full-bodied. A touch of gourmandise appears in the middle of the tasting, and the finish is lively and continues to develop.
This is a solid yet rewarding wine, already showing great complexity.
One can imagine it being ready to drink from 2026, right through to 2035.