THE 2010 VINTAGE

Rating for the Vintage

                                       Red Wine:  18.5                White Wine: 16.5


THE SIZE OF THE CROP

                                                        
                                         RED                   WHITE                   TOTAL                 
                                          

Grand Cru                              10706                    3375                   14081

Village and                           141006                   58677                  199683                          
Premier Cru                              

  
Total                                 151712                   62052                  213764

Compared with 2009, these figures represent a deficit of 25 percent in red and 16 percent in white.

It was a cold, drawn-out winter, some two degrees cooler than the average, though rainfall and sunshine were normal. There was one severe attack of frost on December 22nd, just before Christmas, which caused widespread damage on the upside of the main road from Beaune to Dijon. In many places the road is on higher ground, and the land dips before climbing up towards the premiers crus, thus causing a frost pocket. It is here, just as in 1985, that the damage has been done. Some vines have been killed outright; others managed a late push of vegetation which was either unproductive or far to late to be useful. This, and further depredations later in the season, have led to a crop some 25 percent less than the average (which is some 250,000 hectolitres, excluding generics, for the Côte d'Or).

Apart from a brief interlude in April the cold climatic pattern persisted right through until June 22nd. The vines flowered late and irregularly. Coulure and millerandage were widespread. There were isolated attacks of mildew. Conditions were the opposite of promising. The harvest would be late and maturity would be uneven unless there were to be a dramatic improvement in the weather.

Happily Burgundy then enjoyed a fine, even hot, period of several weeks until July 21st. The downside was that there were, inevitably, the usual storms, and in places, hail damage. On July 10th parts of northern Beaujolais and the southern Mâconnais were affected: Moulin à Vent, Saint-Amour, Leynes, Chaintré, Pouilly-Vinzelles, and the village of Fuissé. There was hail in some of the left bank vineyards in Chablis, especially in Vaillons. But the Côte d'Or and the Chalonnais seem to have been spared.

The weather in August was uneven; nice and warm, but with no lack of rain. We had oidium, here and there, and black rot elsewhere, in vineyards not properly looked after, especially in southern Burgundy and parts of Meursault. Together with the hail this has resulted in uneven quality in the Mâconnais, while further north the vintage is much more consistent.

Once into September the weather changed again. The wind changed to the north. It began to be much cooler during the night. Most days were dry and warm (though not hot – 25° maximum) but above all very sunny. It is sun, rather than heat, which ripens the fruit. Photosynthesis was able to continue right to the end, as the vegetation remained green. Acidities did not plunge; while the grapes continued to pile on sugar. Except where there had been prior hail or cryptogamic damage the fruit remained very healthy.

Apart from a few gloomy days around Tuesday September 7th, and a brief tempest in the evening of the 12th, which occasioned hail damage in Santenay and the southern end of Chassagne-Montrachet, the fine weather continued until Friday September 24th, by which time everyone was into their harvest. Picking began across Burgundy at more or less the same time: the 16th in the Beaujolais, the 18th in the Mâconnais, the 20th in the Côte Chalonnaise, the Côte d'Or and Chablis, though some waited until the 23rd. Following a pause on the 24th the good conditions continued with but brief stoppages for what turned out to be showers rather than more prolonged periods of rain. Most growers had finished by the week-end of October 1st.

All reports underline the same conclusion about the 2010 harvest. It has turned out a great deal better than one could possibly have imagined at the end of June. If only it had been drier in August! Not that August was wetter than the average, indeed in southern Burgundy precipitation was the same as in 2009.

The Beaujolais are not as abundantly seductive as in 2009, but they are perhaps more classic. The fruit is fresh and delicious. The crop is small and quality is less even than in it was in the previous vintage. The wines are in their prime now.

Quality in part of the Mâconnais has been compromised by the July 10th hail. It is here that the 2010 vintage is at its most heterogenous. But nevertheless, where the fruit has been correctly sorted, we have a combination of good fruit, correct levels of alcohol, nice supporting acidity and no lack of character. The best are delicious now.

Growers in the Côte Chalonnaise are very happy, especially with their red wines. 'That makes three highly successful vintages in a row.' said one, adding that the crop was saved by the anti-rot treatments he had had to apply. Again the whites are fully ready and drinking very well.

As elsewhere a small crop in Chablis, as much through a lack of juice in the grapes as to the size of the crop. Good alcoholic dregees – indeed more in the premiers crus than in the grands crus – healthy fruit and nice austere acIdities.

Which brings us to the Côte d'Or. Once again not a lot of juice, owing to widespread millerandage, but more concentration as a result. The red wines showed very good fruit and the grapes were in a very good state of health. Alcohol and acidity levels are more than satisfactory, as are the initial colours. So if the red wines were not as glorious at the outset as in 2009, they were certainly very good, above the current average. And as they developed they seemed to get better and better. The character is more classic than in 2009 and the wines will probably last longer. This was not a vintage to go heavy on the extraction, particularly in communes such as Volnay and Chambolle. That aside, these red wines are consistent; in the Côte de Beaune said to be at their best in Pommard; while the quality in the Côte de Nuits was noted as 'très joli'. Indeed the more you travel north, as is so often the case, the better the wine. The Côte de Nuits benefited not only from a slightly later harvest, but from lower precipitation in August. It is here that the 2010 vintage is at its finest. It is a vintage which shows the petits fruits rouges flavours of a medium weight, ripe, but not that concentrated a vintage. The wines are more marked by their terroir than in 2009, according to Aubert de Villaine.

It was more difficult in the early days to pronounce on the whites than on the reds. One wine-maker spoke about 'explosive' aromas, on the side of the exotic, and colours which were less deep than he feared. There are good acidities, but the vintage will be less classic than the 2008s in his opinion. I'm not sure that I agree. Now that the wines are in bottle one can see in the very best wines a striking success: the grip of the 2008s and the richness of the 2009s. That said, it must be pointed out that the storm of September 12th 'turned' much of the Chardonnay fruit. If one did not pick immediatedly, one's wine was comprimised. The result is a heterogenity between the village and minor premiers crus on the one hand and the wines from the better-sited vineyards, not to mention the grands crus, on the other. This is clearly apparent in the wines of Chassagne-Montrachet: wines of only average quality, and many showing too much botrytis, in Morgeots and the vineyards on the north side of the village, such as Chenevottes, Macharelles and Vergers, but fine wines from the slope which runs from Caillerets down to Embazées. Of the three main villages, Puligny and Meursault are better than Chassagne. Proportionately the higher one goes up the hierarchy, the better the wine. At the very top levels there are many white wines which, as they should, promise to be still improving after the age of five, rather than, as seems to be more and more the norm, depressingly, by that time beginning to lighten up. Overall – and there are a few wines which already hint at premature oxidation - this is clearly a better white wine vintage than 2009. And firmer than 2008.

Prices rose, but not by much. Growers were already aware of the deficit in quantity when they announced their 2009 prices, so a gentle shading upwards (I speak in Euros), was the order of the day, except that the elastic between the village wines and the less fashionable premiers crus on the one hand, and the grands crus and top village premiers crus on the other, continues to widen. You will pay increasingly higher prices for Richebourg, Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières and Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, while Savigny-Lès-Beaune, premier cru and Paul Jacqueson's Rully, La Pucelles remain a bargain.

The Wines of the Vintage

White Wines

20.0 19.0 18.5

Red Wines

20.0 19.5 19.0 18.5

The Tasting

The Group tasted the 2010 white wines in May 2013, and sampled the reds at the end of August. I have added notes on other wines (particularly the range from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) which I tasted sur place or elsewhere in recent months.

Mark out of 20 Optimum Drinking

WHITE WINES

Saint-Aubin, Les Champlots, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils 15.0 From 2014

Some depth here on the nose. Fresh, stylish, medium weight. Decent fruit. Good.

Saint-Aubin, En Montceau, Domaine Marc Colin et Fils 14.0 From 2014

Forward, stylish fruity nose. Medium body. Not a lot of charcter or dimension. Forward. Quite good

Saint-Aubin, Les Murgers des Dents de Chien, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils 14.0 Drink soon

Soft, forward, fruity nose. Medium body. Balanced and stylish. Positive at the end. But this is for early drinking.

Saint-Aubin, Les Murgers des Dents de Chien, Domaine Prouhon 13.0 Drink soon

Fruit salady nose. Medium weight. Quite forward. A bit hard on the palate. Lacks style. Quite evolved.

Saint-Aubin, Les Perrières, Domaine Proudhon 12.5 Drink soon

Light nose. Rather neutral. Light and forward. Rather weak.

Saint-Aubin, En Remilly, Domaine Marc Colin et Fils 14.0 From 2014

Forward, stylish fruity nose. Medium weight. Not a lot of character or dimension. Quite forward. Quite good.

Saint-Aubin, En Remilly, Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin Morey 15.0 From 2014

The nose is quite closed. Fresh and attractive on the attack. Ripe, balanced and positive. Finishes well. Good.

Meursault, Blagny, Domaine Antoine Jobard 12.5 Drink soon

A little more colour than most. Lemon verbena flavours. Rather too ephemeral. Foward.

Meursault, Blagny, La Genelotte, Domaine Martelet de Cherisey 13.0 Drink soon

Clean but not much too it. Pretty but forward.

Meursault, Blagny, Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot 15.5 From 2015

Good fruit and backbone on the nose. Depth and class. Rich and ripe. A touch of oak. Good follow through.

Meursault, Blagny, La Pièce Sous Le Bois, Domaine Paul Pernot 13.0 From 2015

Some weight here on the nose. Decent backbone and balance. But it lacks a bit of class.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Henri Boillot 16.5 From 2017

Good depth and backbone on the nose. Slightly adolescent at present, but this will last well. There is depth and concentration here, good grip and a very promising follow through.

Meursault, Charmes, Les Dessus, Domaine Michel Bouzereau et Fils 15.0 From 2014

Good volume and depth on the nose. But not as much as some. Good fruity atack but then it tails off a bit. Stylish though. Good. But not for the long term.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Alain Coche-Bizouard 16.0 From 2016

Quite concentrated on the nose. Good volume too. Ripe, fullish body. Good grip. Good style. Finishes well. Very good.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaaine Joseph Faiveley 16.0 From 2016

Ample and fruity on the nose. Good volume. Good grip. It is a little closed at present and slightly oaky. But there is balance and a good follow through. Will keep.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Antoine Jobard 15.5 From 2016

Good depth but slightly closed on the nose at first. Only medium volume on the attck. But good grip and follow through. Improved in the glass.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 17.0 From 2018

Clean, brisk, fruity nose. Good style. Cool on the palate. Medium-full body. Good grip and backbone. Classy too. This is very good indeed. And it will keep. Needs time.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Latour-Giraud 14.0 From 2014

A slight touch of lemon verbena on the nose. Flowery and pretty. Nicely balanced. But quite forward.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot 13.0 Drink soon

A bit of premature oxidation on the nose. Decent fruit. But it won't last.

A bottle tasted in the USA a month preciously showed no sign of premature oxidation. It was full and vigorous if without that much elegance. I awarded it 16.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Francois Miluski 15.0 From 2014

Some sulphur but good depth and backbone on the nose. Medium body. Decent attack showing good fruit. This has class but not the depth of the best. Not for the long term but good.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine du Pavillon (Albert Bichot) 17.5 From 2018

Ripe and spicy on the nose. Good concentration. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. Finely balanced. Attractive fruit. Long and complex and classy. Fine.

Meursault, Charmes, Domaine Roulot 18.0 From 2018

Closed in on the nose. Still very youthful. Fullish body. Rich, concentrated, classy and profound. This is lovely.

Meursault, Les Chevalières, Domaine Bernard Boisson-Vadot 12.0 From 2014

A bit of oak and a bit of sulphur on the nose. Rather ungainly. Better on the palate. Ripe and fullish body. But it lacks style.

Meursault, Les Chevalières, Domaine Alain Coche-Bizouard 14.0 From 2014

Crisp, youthful, stylish, forward nose. A touch of oak on the palate. Balanced. Gouleyant. Not for the long term.

Meursault, Les Chevalières, Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet 15.0 From 2015

A little SO2 but there is depth and backbone here. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. Rich. Good grip.

Meursault, Les Chevalières, Domaine Joseph Voillot 14.0 From 2015

Fullish, rich, good grip. Plenty of depth and character. Good fruit. A touch of spice.

Meursault, Genevrières, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 17.0 From 2017

Soft, perfumed, apple-blossom nose. At first I found this wine quite forward, but it developed in the glass. Medium-full body. Classy, balanced, fresh and long on the palate. Long and complex at the end.

Meursault, Genevrières, Domaine Michel Bouzereau et Fils 17.5 From 2017

Full, ample, oaky nose. Good depth and backbone. Medium-full body. Fresh, clean and full of fruit. Long and impressive. Will keep well.

Meursault, Genevrières, Domaine Antoine Jobard 15.5 From 2016

I found a slight lack of style on the nose: the wine seemed to be a bit hard. Medium body. Decent grip. Evolved to show a flowery style and a positive finish. Good plus.

Meursault, Genevières, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 16.5 From 2017

Rich, spicy nose. Good volume. A bit closed at first. Plenty of grip and depth. Good grip. Quite oaky. Stylish and positive. Will last well.

Meursault, Genevrières, Domaine Latout-Giraud 12.0 From 2015

H2S on the nose. Seems a bit raw and coarse underneath. The fruit is a bit dry.

Meursault, Genevrières, Maison Olivier Leflaive 18.0 From 2016

Classy, profound, concentrated nose. Some oak. Fullish body. Excellent grip. Lots of dimension and real class. This is lovely. And it will last well.

Meursault, Genevirères, Domaine Francois Mikulski 16.0 From 2016

Some evolution on the nose, and the attack lacks style. Better as it evolved. Medium-full body. Quite firm. Somewhat raw. But decent fruit and grip. Positive at the end. Very good.

Meursault, Goutte d'Or, Domaine Alain Coche-Bizouard 16.0 From 2017

Closed nose. Some depth. Good volume and fruit on the palate. Quite rich. Good grip. Finihes well. Will keep.

Meursault, Goutte d'Or, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 13.5 From 2014

A bit of sulphur on the nose. It could have been richer and riper. Lean and crisp and quite forward. Good grip. Lacks a bit of fruit.

Meursault, Goutte d'Or, Domaine Arnaud Ente 15.5 From 2017

Good depth on the nose. Medium-full body. Quite rich and ripe. A touch of oak. Balanced and positive at the end. Finishes well. Good plus.

Meursault, Perrières, Domaine Michel Bouzereau et Fils 17.5 From 2017

Clean, pure, stylish fruit on the nose. Closed in and youthful on the palate. Good grip. Medium-full body. Ripe. Lovely finish. This will keep well.

Meursault, Perrières, Domaine Vincent Girardin 17.5 From 2017

Everything in place on the nose. Very good fruit. Lots of grip. Very clean and stylish. Still young. Medium-full body. Good concentration. Elegant too.

Meursualt, Perrières, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 15.0 From 2016

Ripe, fullish, quite concentrated nose. Medium-full body. Just a little four square. But reasonable balance and depth. Quite oaky.

Meursault, Perrières, Domaine Latour-Giraud 13.0 From 2014

Grassy, herbal elements on the nose. Other odd flavours on the palate. A bit thin at the end.

Meursault, Perrières, Domaine Jacques Prieur 18.5 From 2018

Classic nose, with a little oak. Plenty of depth and grip. Very stylish. Still youthful. A quite concentrated wine which has been made for the long term. Profound and posituve at the end. Very fine.

Meursault, Perrières, Domaine du Château de Puligny-Montrachet 14.0 From 2014

Flowery nose. Does it lack weight? Odd herbal, seaweed elements as it evolved. Only medium body. Decent acidity, but it lacks the grip and depth.

Meursault, Poruzots, Domaine Antoine Jobard 16.5 From 2017

A little more colour than most. Good backbone and concentration on the nose. Still a bit closed. Good fruit and balance. Stylish, long and complex, especially at the end. A classy wine which should keep well. Very good plus.

Meursault, Le Poruzot, Maison Benjamin Leroux 13.0 Drink soon

A touch of sulphur on the nose. Somewhat thin on the palate. Forward.

Meursault, Poruzots, Domaine Francois Mikulski 14.0 From 2014

Decent fruit on the nose. Quite forward. Medium weight. Ripe enough without being really classy. Decent length. Quite good.

Chasagne-Montrachet, Les Blanchots Dessus, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils 12.0 Drink soon

Some evolution in the colour. Evolved on the nose too. This is prematurely oxidised. Decent fruit originally and decent grip too. But no future.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Boudriotte, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard 17.0 From 2016

Good colour. Ripe and fresh and quite firm on the nose. Good grip and depth. Full bodied, balanced and positive. A bit more alcohol than most, I would judge. But there is plenty of wine here and it will develop well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Boudriotte, Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard 13.0 Drink soon

Strange white flower nose, plus a touch of botrytis. Light to medium body. Awkward acidity. Odd flavours here.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Blain-Gagnard 16.0 From 2016

Good fruit and balance on the nose. But on the delicate side. Medium to medium-full body. Subtle, elegant, full of fruit. Very good. For the medium to long term.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Marc Colin et Fils 16.0 From 2016

Refined, balanced, medium-full nose. Nicely austere. Medium-full body. Good grip. Stylish and balanced. Nice and fresh. For the medium to long term. Very good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey 17.5 From 2017

A little sulphur on the nose, but a rich, balanced wine behind it. Medium-full body. Good vigour. Very good fruit and grip. Plenty of wine here. And it is very classy too. Fine.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard 18.5 From 2018

Rich, full, ample, classy, profound nose. Fullish body. This is very lovely. Very good grip and depth. Long and very classy. Will keep very well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Vincent Girardin 17.5 From 2017

Ripe, ample, succulent, plump nose. Medium-full body. Good grip and very good fruit. Long and complex. Fine. Will keep well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Champ-Gains, Domaine Michel Niellon 13.0 From 2014

Light nose. Quite clean, but it lacks a little concentration and depth. Medium weight. Pretty but rather short. Tails off. Forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumes, Maison Henri Boillot 14.0 From 2014

Quite evolved on the nose. Not a great deal of depth. Light to medium body. Decent fruit on the attack, but short and rather anonymous. Forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumes, Domaine Vincent Girardin 16.0 From 2016

Decent weight and class, even zip, on the nose. Quite forward but at least balancd and classy on the palate. Medium to medium-full body. Stylsh and positive at the end. Very good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chevevottes, Domaine Chanson 12.5 Drink soon

H2S as well as SO2 on the nose. Some grip and some volume underneath. Medium to medium-full body. Rather coarse on the palate.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chenevottes, Domaine Philippe Colin 14.0 From 2014

Fruit salady nose. No great weight or grip. Medium body. Quite fresh but a bit short and one-dimensional.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chenevottes, Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard 14.0 From 2015

Good grip on the nose. Earthy flavours. Not too four square though. Medium body. Quite fresh. A little anonymous. Forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chenevottes, Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils 14.5 From 2015

Attractive flowery, high-toned fruit on the nose. Decent attack, but then it tails off.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Embazées, Maison Benjamin Leroux 17.0 From 2017

Clean and stylish on the nose. Good depth. Lovely fruit and very good acidity. Medium-full body. Good energy and fine on the finish. This will keep well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Grande Montagne, Domaine Paul Pillot 17.0 From 2017

Good fullish nose. Balanced and classy. Fullish body. Good grip. Ripe and stylsh. Very good fruit. Really quite profound. Very good indeed.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Grandes Ruchottes, Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils 16.5 From 2017

Ample, ripe, full nose. Very good fruit here. Medium-full weight. Good grip and vigour. Still youthful. Will keep well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Macharelles, Domaine Jacques Carillon 14.0 From 2015

Flowery-fruity nose. Decent balance. Medium body. Ample and fresh but it lacks class. Quite forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Macharelles, Maison Jean-Yves Devevey 13.5 From 2015

Fruity nose, but no great class or depth. Medium body. A little astringent. A bit thin too. Quite forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Maltroie, Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey 12.5 From 2014

Clean but somewhat anonymous on the nose. Light to medium body. Lacks grip and personality. Forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos de la Maltroye, Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard 13.0 From 2014

Fresh nose. Quite pure. Some depth. On the palate light to medium body. But rather hollow in the middle. It lacks grip. Lacks personality too. Forward.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos de la Maltroie, Domaine Michel Niellon 16.0 From 2016

Decent depth and fruit here on the nose. Medium-full body. Good grip. Quite concentrated. Stylish, balanced fruit and a positive finish. Very good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Morgeot, Domaine Blain-Gagnard 16.5 From 2017

Good fruit and depth on the nose. Good freshness too. Medium weight. Good grip. Pure and profound. This has depth and class and a positive finish.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Morgeot, Marquis de Laguiche/Drouhin 10.0 Drink soon

Quite an evoved colour. Evolved on the nose too. Fat, ripe, oxidised and nobly rotten. Prematurely oxidised. No future.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Morgeot, Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard 14.0 From 2014

Spicy fruit salad flavours on the nose. Lacking distinction. Medium weight. A bit rigid and four square.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Morgeot, Clos de la Chapelle, Duc de Magenta/Jadot 15.0 From 2014

Soft, fruity, forward nose. Balanced and elegant. Nice fruit. Just a little short at the end. Not for the long term but good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Morgeot, Domaine Olivier Leflaive 14.5 From 2015

Somewhat four square on the nose. Developed in the glass though. Decent grip and volume. Not the greatest nuance but quite good plus.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Morgeot, Domaine Bernard Moreau et Fils 15.0 From 2015

Some evolution on the nose. Ripe and ample. Quite spicy. A little short but decent fruit and style. Good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Romanée, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard 17.0 From 2017

Good depth of fruit and a touch of oak on the nose. Medium-full body. Plump and ample. Good grip. Long and stylish. Will keep well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Romanée, Domaine Paul Pillot 17.5 From 2017

Clean, pure, elegant, quite substantial nose. Lovely fruit. Fullish body. Very good fruit and energy. Quite concentrated. Fine at the end. Will keep well.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Clos Saint-Jean, Domaine Baron Thénard 12.5 From 2014

Pretty fruit on the nose. Rather dilute on the palate. Lacks acidity. Forward. Not much future here.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Vergers, Domaine Philippe Colin 15.0 From 2015

Medium-full weight. Decent succulence but a lack of grip on the nose. But as it developed showed peachy fruit, and good crisp acidity on the palate. Positive at the end. Good.

Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Vergers, Domaine Ramonet 13.5 From 2014

Quite a full aromatic nose. Medium body. Fruity. But it lacks zip and it tails off a bit.

Chassagne-Montrachet, La Vide Bourse, Domaine Marc Colin et Fils 14.0 From 2015

Broad nose. Some sulphur. Ripe, ample, medium-full bodied. A little four square. Some noble rot. There is depth and backbone here.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine Michel Bouzereau et Fils 18.5 From 2018

Clean, pure, vigorous fruit of high class on the nose. Fullish body. Cool, composed. Very lovely concentrated fruit on the palate. Splendid harmony. Very long. Will last well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Caillerets, Domaine de Montille 18.5 From 2018

Classy, restained, concentrated nose. Lots of depth. Lovely fruit on the palate. Fullish body. Still youthful. Finely balanced and lots of finesse. This is very lovely. Will last well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Chalumeaux, Maison Roche de Bellène 15.5 From 2015

Quite a ripe nose. Some depth and backbone. Medium to medium-full body. A touch of oak. Good fruit, style and grip. Nice long finish. For the medium to long term.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Chalumeaux, Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot 10.0 Drink soon

Sulphur in a nasty vegetal way on the nose. Oxidised quickly in the glass. Prematurely so. Not for me.

Puligny-Montrachet, Le Champ-Canet, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot 10.0 Drink soon

Some botrytis on the nose. Flabby underneath. A bit oxidised. Medium body. Slightly sweet. Not for me.

Puligny-Montrachet, Le Champ-Canet, Domaine Jacques Carillon 18.0 From 2017

Rich, ripe, fullish, positive. No lack of grip. Medium-full body. Lots of energy, class and depth. Lovely finish. Fine plus. Will last well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Le Champ-Canet, Domaine Latour-Giraud 17.0 From 2016

A bit of sulphur and reduction on the nose, but a good wine here. This has weight and depth. Medium-full body. Good grip. Long and classy. Elegant and complex. Very good indeed.

Puligny-Montrachet, Le Champ-Canet, Domaine Etienne Sauzet 13.5 From 2015

A bit of H2S as well as sulphur on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. Difficult to see the class. Doesn't sing today.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Champ-Gains, Maison Olivier Bernstein 14.0 From 2015

Decent fruit and grip on the nose if a little four-square. Similar on the palate. Medium to medium-full body. Some decent wine here but it doesn't sing.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Champ-Gains, Domaine Dominique Lafon 16.0 From 2015

Medium to medium-full weight. Succulent fruity nose. Balanced and attractive but quite forward. Good grip. Ripe at the end. No lack of energy. Very good.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Champ-Gains, Maison Olivier Leflaive 14.0 From 2014

Fruity but rather weak and ephemeral. Fresh. Light to medium bodied. Good fruit on the attack, but then it tails off.

Puligny-Montrachet, La Clavaillon, Domaine Leflaive 14.5 From 2015

Ripe, ample, but somewhat clumsy nose. A little botrytis. Medium-full body. Slightly four-square. Good fruit. Good balance. But it lacks class.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Combettes, Domaine Vincent Girardin 16.0 From 2016

A bit closed in on the nose. But good depth and class here. Rather reduced on the palate. Medium to medium-full body. Slightly rigid. But long and positive and with a good grip. Certainly very good, perhaps better.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Combettes, Domaine Jacques Prieur 17.5 From 2017

Fullish, ripe, balanced, succulent, ample nose. High quality here. Fullish body. A touch of oak. Very goog grip and lovely fruit, class and energy. Will last well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Combottes, Domaine Etienne Sauzet 14.0 From 2014

A little botrytis on the nose. Medium body. Soft and ripe and fruity, but not really very elegant on the follow through. Quite fresh nevertheless.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Enseignières, Domaine Coche-Dury 16.0 From 2016

Village appellation controlée. An ample nose showing good fruit. Nicely concentrated on the palate. Medium to medium-full body. Good acidity. Stylish. Long. Very good.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot 17.5 From 2017

Subtle, ripe, succulent fruit on the nose. Lots of style here and good weight. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. Youthful, vigorous, classy and with a good grip. Will last well. Fine.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine Louis Chavy 15.5 From 2015

Some oak on the nose. Some depth. Still a bit tight. Developed in the glass. Fullish body. Ample. Good fruit. A lack of nuance at the end though. Good plus.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine Joseph Drouhin 15.5 From 2016

Lots of oak here, dominating the nose. Somewhat less on the palate. Medium-full body. Good grip and vigour. Finishes a bit hard because of the wood, but a good wine underneath. Needs keeping.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine Joseph Faiveley 14.5 From 2014

Lots of concentration and a touch of oak on the nose. Quite oaky on the palate. Medium to medium-full body. The wine is ample and fruity, but it tails of in the glass. Will not make old bones.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine B. and T. Glantenay 16.5 From 2016

Ripe, accessible, plump, fruity, attractive nose. Medium-full body. A cool, composed example. Harmonious and subtle. Very good plus.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine Louis Jadot 16.0 From 2015

Flowery nose. Ripe and subtle. Lots of class and depth. Lovely balance too. A touch of oak underneath. Soft, ripe and graceful on the palate. Medium bodied. Peachy. But will evolve quite soon.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine Paul Pernot 15.0 From 2015

Just a little botrytis on the nose. Ripe and stylish enough underneath. Medium weight. Ample and fruity. Good grip. Quite a lot of botrytis on the palate. OK if you like that sort of thing.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Folatières, Domaine du Château de Puligny 12.0 Drink soon

Broad, herbal nose. Somewhat green and weedy. Lean and thin and astringent on the palate. Medium weight. A bit of a disgrace.

Puligny-Montrachet, La Garenne, Domaine Etienne Sauzet 15.0 From 2015

Good rich nose for a Garenne. Plenty of fruit. Plenty of depth on the attack. The follow through does not add much more but this is a well-made, balanced, stylish example.

Puligny-Montrachet, Clos de la Garenne, Duc de Magenta/ Louis Jadot 14.0 From 2015

Quite a lot of rather rigid oak on the nose. A very good wine underneath. Fullish, balanced. Quite concentrated. Good vigour. But too hard. It may round off. But I doubt it.j

Puligny-Montrachet, Hameau de Blagny, Domaine Martelet de Cherisey 15.5 From 2016

Good fruit, decent grip and some depth on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. A good example which is positive and balanced., especially on the follow through. Finishes well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Clos de la Mouchère, Domaine Henri Boillot 15.0 From 2016

A bit reduced on the nose. Medium-full body. Basically a good wine here. Good grip and backbone. Currently a little four square.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Perrières, Domaine Henri Boillot 18.5 From 2017

Medium to medium-full weight on the nose. Very ripe and classy. Profound, vigorous, very good grip. Lots of depth. Substantial. Concentrated. Backward. This is a keeper. Very fine.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Vincent Girardin 18.0 From 2018

Ripe nose. Just a touch of botrytis. Ample, fullish, balanced and classy. Medium-full body. Very good grip. A composed wine. Complex and profound. Lovely. Will keep well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Leflaive 14.0 From 2014

Quite a lot of oak here on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. But rather submerged under the wood. Seems to be drying out at the end. And not enough grip.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Olivier Leflaive 17.5 From 2017

Good nose. Good grip. Fresh, ample and full of fruit. No lack of depth. Fullish body. Still a bit closed. A touch of oak. Good grip. A bit adolescent at present but fine quality. And it will keep well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Pucelles, Domaine Paul Pernot 13.0 From 2014

Some botrytis on the nose. Medium body. Fresh and fruity. But a lack of grip and depth. Ripe but not serious. The finish is a bit cloying.

Puligny-Montrachet, Premier Cru, La Quintesssence, Domaine Thierry et Pascale Matrot 15.5 From 2015

From vines in Les Chalumeaux and La Garenne, given a bit more new oak than in their other cuvées. A touch of sulphur but good fruit on the nose, if currently a little four square. Medium to medium-full body. Good acidity. A little ungainly at present but good stuff here.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Referts, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot 15.0 From 2015

Some development on the nose. And some botrytis too. Over-evolved despite good acidity. A bit sweet-sour. Medium to medium-full body. Decent follow through. Good if you don't mind the botrytis.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Referts, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot 16.0 From 2015

Quite closed in on the nose, but good depth here. Medium to medium-full body. Good fruit and backbone. Good class and energy at first. Just lacks a little grip at the end. Very good nevertheless. But for the medium term.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Referts, Domaine Arnaud Ente 18.5 From 2017

Classy nose. Nice pure, balanced fruit. Fullish body. Concentrated, ample, harmonious. Lots of grip and energy. Very fine. Will last well.

Puligny-Montrachet, Les Referts, Domaine Jean-Philippe Fichet 15.0 From 2015

A bit of sulphur on the nose. But good depth and grip underneath. A bit reduced on the palate.. Ripe and succulent though. Difficult to see the class, but at least 'good'.

Puligny-Montrachet, Sous le Puits, Domaine d'Ardhuy 14.0 From 2014

Pretty, but rather weak, if fruity nose. Light to medium bodied. Rather insubstantial. But decent fruit. Will evolve soon.

Puligny-Montrachet, Sous le Puits, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils 14.5 From 2014

Soft, evolved, somewhat weak nose. Pretty at best. Better on the palate though. Medium body. Forward. But decent fruit.

Puligny-Montrachet, Sous le Puits, Maison Olivier Merlin 15.0 From 2015

Soft and fruity but no real depth or grip on the nose. Better on the palate. Decent acidity. Medium body. Some substance here, and good positive fruit. Good.

Pulignu-Montrachet, La Truffière, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot 15.0 From 2015

Fresh, if not very forthcoming on the nose at first. Better as it evolved. Only medium body. But reasonably fresh, balanced and stylish. Tails off at the end. But good for the medium term.

GRANDS CRUS

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine d'Ardhuy 12.0 Drink soon

Some sulphur here. But somewhat feeble underneath. Weak and oxidised. Aging fast. No.

Corton-Charlemagne, Maison Henri Boillot 13.5 From 2014

A touch of sulphur on the nose. Lacks depth. Medium weight. Not much grip or concentration. Dull and forward.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 15.0 From 2016

Elements of stewed apple on the nose. Better on the palate. Medium-full body. Decent grip. Fruity and balanced but good rather than great.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Bonneau du Martray 18.5 From 2018

Ripe, quite firm nose. Good depth and style. Fullish body. Classy. Concentrated and composed. This is most impressive. Lovely follow through. Very fine. Will keep well.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Bruno Clair 15.5 From 2017

Ripe, balanced, stylish, profound nose. Medium-full weight. Decent fruit. Lacks a bit of concentration and flair. Yet the follow through is promising.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine des Croix 17.5 From 2018

Very ripe fruit on the nose, but not over-ripe. Medium-full body. Succulent, juicy and balanced. Long. Lots of charm. Fine.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Joseph Faiveley 18.0 From 2018

Fullish, ripe nose. Good class and depth here. Quite closed. Fullish body. Ripe and clean and balanced. Good energy. Plenty of character. Long and elegant on the finish. Needs time. Fine plus.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Follin-Arvelet 13.5 From 2014

Somewhat appley on the nose. But good fruit. Medium weight. Rather flat and lean on the palate. Lacks succulence and is rather one dimensional. Quite forward.

Corton-Charlemagne, Maison Camille Giroud 17.0 From 2018

Ample, firm, succulent nose. Good backbone. Medium-full body. Youthful. A bit hard at first but better on the follow through. Very good depth. And good style.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Louis Jadot 17.0 From 2017

Accessible, succulent nose. Quite forward. Medium-full body. Some oak. Good fruit on the attack. Good grip. Could have done with a bit more concentration but rich on the finish and very good indeed.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Patrick Javillier 14.0 From 2015

Flowery nose. Quite forward. Medium weight. Not enough depth for a grand cru. Advanced and slightly dilute. Clean though.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Louis Latour 17.0 From 2017

Some sulphur on the nose. But good richness and backbone here. Fullish body, ample, youthful and a touch of oak. Good grip. Quite firm. A bit ungainly at present but promising.

Corton-Charlemagne, Maison Olivier Leflaive 18.0 From 2017

Clean, classy, ripe, balanced nose. Medium-full body. Lovely very stylish ripe fruit all the way through. Not a blockbuster, but long and with promising minerality.

Corton-Charlemagne, Maison Benjamin Leroux 13.5 From 2014

Just a little sulphur on the nose. Only medium weight. Fresh, fruity and quite forward. A bit of oxidation too. This is not grand cru quality.

Corton-Charlemagne, En Charlemagne, Maison Sylvain Loichet 14.0 From 2015

Firm, youthful nose. A bit hard and neutral perhaps. A little sulphur. Fullish body. Quite closed. A bit ungainly at present. Good grip though. But lumpy.

Corton-Charlemagne, Le Corton, Maison Sylvain Loichet 14.0 From 2014

Ripe nose. Stylish but delicate. Medium weight. Ripe and pretty but too ephemeral and forward.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine de Montille 18.0 From 2018

A little closed on the nose. Rather four square at first. Better on the palate. Fullish body. Good grip. Good dimension. Long, positive and classy.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine de Pavillon (Albert Bichot) 17.0 From 2018

Quite a firm, closed in nose. But good concentration and depth here. Fullish body. Some oak. Good grip and backbone. Youthful and still firm at the end. Finishes well. Needs time.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Rollin 17.5 From 2018

Good depth and concentration on the nose. Finesse too. Medium-full body. Ripe and balanced. Long and classy. Still youthful. Fine finish. Will keep well.

Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Tollot-Beaut 12.5 From 2014

A touch of reduction on the nose. Thin, fruitless and lacking grip. A poor effort.

Corton-Charlemagne, Le Charlemagne, Domaine de la Vougeraie 16.5 From 2016

Good depth and volume, but should it have more class? Ample, fresh, juicy, balanced and nice and cool. For the medium to long term. Very good plus.

Corton-Vergennes, Domaine Chanson 17.5 From 2018

Full, clean and classy on the nose. Depth and balance here. Some oak. Rich, full bodied and concentrated. Good energy on the follow through. Needs time. Fine.

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet 17.0 From 2016

Some development on the nose. Ripe on the palate. Some oak. No lack of syle or depth but quite forward. Medium-full body. Attractive fruit. Plump and balanced. Good follow through. Classy. Not for the long term but very good indeed.

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Vincent Girardin 18.5 From 2018

Quite a firm nose. Some oak. Fullish body. Ample. Classic. Very good fruit on the attack. Real depth and energy on the follow through. Very fine. This will keep;

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaaine Paul Pernot 17.5 From 2017

A closed nose. But the wine has plenty of depth. Full body. Quite firm. Good grip. Ripe and balanced. Lovely fruit. This will keep.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot 13.0 From 2015

A little pinched and vegetal on the nose. Rather thin and asringent on the palate. Light to medium bodied. Forward and sweet. Uninspiring.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Blain-Gagnard 17.5 From 2017

Ripe, accessible, oaky nose. Succulent, medium-full body. Good grip and plenty of depth. Fresh and positive. Finishes well. Will keep.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Joseph Faiveley 15.0 From 2015

Plump, vanilla flavoured nose. Oaky. Medium to medium-full body. There is good fruit on the attack, but then it tails off. Not for the long term.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard 17.0 From 2017

A little more development on the nose than most. But on the palate plump, clean, succulent and stylish. Good lenth. Positive and classy. Very good indeed.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive 16.0 From 2016

Clean, ripe, quite closed nose. Good fruit on the palate. Medium to medium-full weight. Not quite the grip, but stylish and positive enough. Very good, but not for the long term.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Olivier Leflaive 18.0 From 2018

Quite youthful and closed in on the nose, with a touch of sulphur. Medium-full body. Good energy. Good grip. This has class, depth and a positive finish. Fine plus. Will keep well.

Bâtard-Montrachet, Domaine Etienne Sauzet 16.0 From 2016

Quite developed on the nose. Some oak. Ripe fruit. Medium to medium-full body. Decent grip. Needs a bit of depth and concentration, but it finishes better than it starts. Stylish. Very good.

Chevalier-Montrachet, La Cabotte, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 18.5 From 2018

Ample, succulent, virile fruit on the nose. Fullish body. Some oak. Reserved. Concentrated. Very good grip. Still youthful. A lot of depth and dimension here. Very fine. Will keep well.

Chevalier-Montrachet, Domaine Philippe Colin 19.0 From 2019

Good firm, composed, gently oaky nose. Plenty of depth and quality here. Fullish body, vigorous and very classy. A profound wine with excellent grip and fruit. For the long term. Excellent.

Chevalier-Montrachet, Les Demoiselles, Domaine Louis Jadot 19.0 From 2018

Discreet, classy, complex, balanced nose. Fullish body. Some oak. Fine grip. And lots of finesse. Vigorous and complex. Lovely fruit. Very fine. Will keep well.

Chevalier-Montrachet, Les Demoiselles, Domaine Louis Latour 10.0 Undrinkable

Some development on the nose. Prematurely oxidised on the palate. No.

Chevalier-Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive 17.5 From 2017

Some oak on the nose. And this tends to mask the fruit. Better on the palate. Fullish body. Complex. Good fruit. Not the class and composure for great but fine. The finish is long.

Montrachet, Domaine Marc Colin 20.0 From 2019

Ripe, ample, full, profound nose. Very lovely fruit. Full body. Lots of vigour and concentration. Very fresh and minerally. Splendid dimension and still very, very young. This is excellent.

Montrachet, Domaine Marquis de Laguiche/Joseph Drouhin 15.0 From 2016

Some development on the nose. Some botrytis too. Medium to medium-full body. This is rather too loose-knit and over-ripe for a Montrachet. Decent acidity, but where is the energy and depth?

Montrachet, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 20.0 From 2019

Discreet, frim, classy, closed in, backward nose. Splendid fruit on the palate. Full body. Ripe and beautifully balanced. Very pure. Excellent.

Montrachet, Domaine Jacques Prieur 18.5 From 2018

Fine, profound, concentrated, backward nose. Lots of class here. Medium-full body. Ripe and harmonious. Subtle and complex. Lovely fruit. Great class. Lovely but not the virility and concentration of the very, very best.

Montrachet, Domaine Baron Thénard 16.0 From 2017

Full, closed in, backward nose with a touch of sulphur. Is it a bit clumsy? Fullish body. Plenty of wine here. But a slight lack of real finesse.

RED WINES

Volnay, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Joseph Voillot 15.5 From 2016

Medium colour. Good fragrant nose. Reasonably forward. Medium body. Balanced and fruity. No lack of character. Soft and ripe at the end.

Volnay, Les Brouillards, Domaine Louis Boillot 17.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Quite a substantial nose. Firm, concentrated and backward. Medium-full body. Good grip. Plenty of depth and class. A little tannin to resolve. This will keep well. Impressive finish. Very good indeed.

Volnay, Les Caillerets, Domaine Henri Boillot 16.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Closed, concentrated nose. Medium to medium-full body. Very good grip. Ripe tannins. Vigorous, complex and backward, but just a little four square at the end.

Volnay, Les Caillerets, Ancien Cuvée Carnot, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 17.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe nose. A touch of oak. Good succulence. Good freshness. Medium to medium-full weight. Good grip. Ripe tannins. Good intensity and class. Lovely finish. This is very good indeed.

Volnay, Les Caillerets, Maison Camille Giroud 15.0 From 2016

Medium colour. Forward, round, oaky nose. Only medium weight. Fruity and fresh but a little simple. Good style though. Good.

Volnay, Les Caillerets, Domaine B. and T. Glantenay 17.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Good class and depth on the nose. Quite substantial but complex and harmonious. Medium-full body. Very good grip. Still quite closed. An impressive, concentrated wine for the long term. Fine.

Volnay, Les Caillerets, Domaine Bernard Moreau 17.5 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Soft, plump, ripe nose, with good acidity and class. Medium to medium-full body. Silky-smooth and very Volnay. Very harmonious fruit. Long and classy. Fine.

Volnay, Les Caillerets, Clos des 60 Ouvrées, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 18.0 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Rich, concentrated, profound, very classy nose. This is lovely. Medium-full body. Excellent very concentrated fruit. Ripe tannins. Very good grip. This has a lot of dimension and class. The best of the Volnays today.

Volnay, Carelle Sous La Chapelle, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot 14.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Closed in nose. Slightly hard and green. Medium-full body. Chunky. Some tannin. A little austere. It lacks succulent fruit. Good grip and some depth, but a lack of charm. Quite good at best.

Volnay, Clos de la Bousse d'Or, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 15.5 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe but slightly loose-knit on the nose. Yet good substance underneath. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Good depth and grip. More to it than on the nose. Finishes well. Good plus.

Volnay, Clos du Château des Ducs, Domaine Michel Lafarge 15.5 From 2017

Medium colour. Soft, ripe nose. But it lacks a little grip and definition. Medium weight. Good acidity. Pleasant ripe fruit. Balanced and positive at the end. Better than I thought from the nose.

Volnay, Clos des Chênes, Domaine Francois Buffet 15.5 From 2017

Light to medium colour. Soft nose. Pretty but neutral. Medium to medium-full body. Good fruit. Decent grip. Lots of charm. Nice and fresh at the end. Better than I thought on the nose.

Volnay, Clos des Chênes, Domaine B. and T. Glantenay 16.5 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Already surprisingly accessible on the nose, and even on the palate too. Fragrant, soft, round and supple. Yet with good drive and class.

Volnay, Clos des Chênes, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 14.5 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Firm, full nose. Some extraction here. Some tannin to resolve. Medium-full body. Good grip. Just a little four square. Decent finish but it lacks flair.

Volnay, Clos des Chênes, Domaine Michel Lafarge 17.5 From 2018

Medium colour. Laid back, balanced, classy nose. Not a blockbuster but very harmonious. Medium-full body. Lovely fruit. Very elegant. Long, complex and composed. Fine.

Volnay, Les Champans, Domaine Francois Buffet 13.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Soft, fruity nose. Quite forward. Medium body. Lean, stemmy, green and weedy on the palate. No future.

Volnay, Les Champans, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 16.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Quite a substantial, closed in nose, with a touch of reduction. Medium-full body. Some tannin. No lack of depth. Despite the reduction I think this is going to be very good.

Volnay, Les Fremiets, Domaine Henri Boillot 16.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Soft, oaky nose. Nice and ripe and stylish. Medium to medium-full body. Good grip. Ample and succulent. Positive at the end. Good depth here. Very good.

Volnay, Les Fremiets, Domaine Francois Parent 15.0 From 2016

Medium colour. Some development. Light nose. Pretty, but not much depth or concentration. Medium body. Fruity and balanced. Soft but reasonably positive. A touch of oak. Good.

Volnay, Les Lurets, Domaine Dominique Lafon 17.0 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Round nose. Some oak. Ripe and generous. Medium to medium-full body. Ripe. Good tannins. Good grip. This is balanced and stylish. Very good finish.

Volnay, Les Mitans, Domaine de Montille 13.5 From 2015

Medium colour. Light, fruity nose. But a bit weedy and stemmy. Quite developed. Light to medium body. Rather one-dimensioal. Lacks grip. Decent fruit but unexciting.

Volnay, Les Pitures, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot 16.5 From 2020

Medium-full, youthful colour. A bit adolescent at first on the nose. Medium-full body. Slight touches of reduction and as a result a touch astringent. Doesn't sing today but very good plus at least.

Volnay, Les Santenots, Domaine Henri Boillot 13.5 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Rather closed on the nose, and a bit hard. Chunky and inflexible on the palate. Medium-full body. Only fair.

Volnay, Les Santenots du Milieu, Domaine Arnaud Ente 15.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Good depth on the nose. But a little closed in. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Just a little over-extracted. But good fruit and grip.

Volnay, Les Santenots, Hospices de Beaune, Cuvée Gauvin, Maison Benjamin Leroux 17.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full body. Something a little hard on the nose, but better on aeration and on the palate. Medium-full body. Firm and vigorous. Good grip. Classy fruit. Very good indeed.

Volnay, Les Santenots du Milieu, Domaine des Comtes Lafon 17.5 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Succulent, oaky nose. Splendid fruit. Most attractive. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Seductive while being quite firm underneath. Harmonious and vigorous. Long and impressive. Fine.

Volnay, Les Santenots du Milieu, Domaine Francois Mikulski 16.5 From 2017

Medium-full colour. Ripe, succulent, round nose. Lots of attraction here and a touch of oak. Medium to medium-full body. Some tannin. Good grip. Essentially ripe, soft and charming. Very Volnay. Balanced and positive at the end. Very good plus.

Volnay, Les Santenots, Domaine du Pavillon (Albert Bichot) 17.5 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Quite closed on the nose. Very good concentration. Quite full body. Lots of depth. Lovely fruit. A refined wine. Fine.

Volnay, Les Taillepieds, Domaine Francois Buffet 14.0 From 2016

Light to medium colour. Somewhat weak on the nose. Forward. Medium body. Lacks a bit of grip as well as personality.

Volnay, Les Taillepieds, Domaine de Montille 14.0 From 2016

Light to medium colour. Medium weight nose. Soft and pretty. But forward. Medium body. Lacks grip. Slight astringency at the end. Decent fruit though.

Pommard, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Joseph Voillot 15.5 From 2016

Good colour. Somewhat earthy on the nose. But not as much to obscure the fruit. Medium to medium-full body. Good fruit and grip. Quite stylish.

Pommard, Les Argillières, Domaine Lejeune 13.5 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Soft, forward, plump, fruity nose. Medium body. Somewhat astringent at the end. One dimensional. Dull.

Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, Domaine du Comte Armand 17.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. At first rather closed, a little solid and four square. But it improved in the glass. Medium-full body. Good grip. Good energy. Very good tannins. Posutive at the end. Needs time. But fine.

Pommard, Grand Clos des Epenots, Domaine de Courcel See note From 2019

This was corked, but one could see that this was one of the more sophisticated Pommards. Balanced and intense. Long on the palate. At least 'very good'.

Pommard, Les Epenots, Domaine Francois Parent 17.5 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Classy plump nose. Balanced and poised. Medium-full body. Good ripe tannins. Plenty of energy. Stylish fruit. Good dimension. Finishes very well. Fine quality.

Pommard, Les Epenots, Domaine Joseph Voillot 16.5 From 2017

Medium-full body. Elegant, fragrant nose. Good depth. Good balance. Medium to medium-full body. This has vigour and style and good fruit. Finishes well.

Pommard, Les Fremiers, Domaine Louis Boillot 14.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Sweet, spicy, high-toned nose. Medium body. Slightly astringent at the end, but basically balanced and fruity. Not dense. Quite good.

Pommard, Les Jarollières, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot 10.0 No future

Medium to medium-full colour. Odd nose: not reduced but shitty. Not corked but solid and astringent.

Pommard, Les Jarollières, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 13.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. A little four square on the nose. Rather dense too. Medium to medium-full body. Lacks flair. Rather astringent. Decent fruit and grip though.

Pommard, Les Pézerolles, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 16.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Ripe, oaky nose. Good substance. Not hard. Medium-full body. Balanced, succulent, quite concentrated. Intense and classy. Very good plus.

Pommard, Les Pézerolles, Domaine A.F. Gros 14.5 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Stylish nose. But only medium weight. Ample and fruity. Good grip. Good fruit. Positive but it lacks abit of dimension.

Pommard, Les Putures, Domaine Lejeune 17.0 From 2019

Medium colour. Slightly austere on the nose, but not dense. Some structure. Some new wood. Classy. Medium-full body. Very good fresh, even concentrated fruit. Cool and stylish. Long and profound. Very good indeed.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 17.0 From 2019

Medium colour. Good substance on the nose. Backward and concentrated. Stylish too. Medium to medium-full body. Good energy and depth. Good grip. This has class and length. Very good indeed.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine de Courcel 14.0 From 2018

Medium colour. Some stems here. Ample, ripe. Good acidity, even if I find a lack of class. Medium to medium-full body. Fruity and balanced but not very ripe and stylish on the palate.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine Faiveley 14.5 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Fresh if not very substantial nose. The fruit is pretty but the wine is a bit one-dimensional. Medium body. Ripe and plump. Decent grip. Quite good.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine B. and T. Glantenay 14.0 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Some substance on the nose. Just a little rustic. On the palate medium body. Rather clumsy. Decent acidity but a lack of richness.

Pommard, Rugiens du Bas, Domaine de Montille 14.0 From 2018

Light colour. Fresh, plump, stylish nose. Not at all as weedy as it looks. Medium body. Somewhat four square. But decent balance if no great class.

Pommard, Rugiens, Domaine du Pavillon (Albert Bichot) 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. This is very classy on the nose. Rich and profound and vigorous. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. Backward, concentrated and most impressive. Very good grip. Lots of dimension. Fine.

Pommard, Les Saussilles, Domaine B. and T. Glantenay 14.5 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe nose. Good substance. Slightly dense and four square as usual. But better than most. Medium to medium-full body. Good grip. Lacks a bit of real style but quite good plus.

Beaune, Grèves, Domaine Joseph Drouhin 17.5 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Soft, fragrant, stylish, quite forward nose. Good intensity. Lots of class. Medium-full body. Long and harmonious. Fine.

Beaune, Clos des Ursules, Domaine Louis Jadot 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Soft, fragrant nose. Lovely ripe fruit. Medium-full body. Succulent, plump, very good energy and grip. Good acidity. Fine.

Aloxe-Corton, Les Maréchaudes, Domaine du Pavillon (Albert Bichot) 17.0 From 2018

Good colour. Ripe and round and rich on the nose. Yet quite full and tannic at the same time. Medium-full body. Good grip. Just a touch rigid, but that is Aloxe. Very good indeed.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Boudots, Domaine Georges Noëllat 14.5 From 2019

Mdium-full colour. No lack of substance on the nose. But a bit rustic. Ripe and with quite concentrated fruit underneath. Medium to medium-full body. Lacks a bit of elegance.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Cailles, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 18.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Full, rich, concentrated, classy and multi-dimensional on the nose. Fullish body. Very rich fruit. Balanced and vigorous. Long on the palate. A lovely seductive wine. Fine plus.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Cailles, Domaine Robert Chevillon 17.0 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. A touch reduced but no lack of fruit, depth or class on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. Because of the reduction there is an astringent touch. But good balance underneath and plenty of finesse. Long and very good indeed.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Chaignots, Domaine Bellène 15.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. A bit pinched at first on the nose. But good ample fruit underneath. Medium to medium-full body. At first a little astringent, but it improved on aeration.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Chaignots, Domaine Gouges 13.5 From 2017

Medium colour. A bit loose-knit, even weedy on the nose. Light to medium body. Decent acidity, but not much ripe fruit. This is a disappointment.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Chaignots, Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg 18.0 From 2020

Full colour. Rich, ripe, concentrated, quite substantial nose. Plenty of depth. Fullish body. Ripe tannins and voluptuous fruit. Very good acidity. Lots of succulent wine. Will make a splendidly seductive bottle. Fine plus.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos des Argillières, Domaine Michèle et Patrick Rion 15.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. A touch of reduction on the nose, and as a result a bit dense underneath. On the palate medium-full body. Some tannin. Not too over-extracted. This has good depth. Needs time.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos de l'Arlot, Domaine de l'Arlot 14.0 From 2018

Medium colour. Whole bunch vinification here. Ripe and fresh on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. Some astringency. Less ripe on the palate than on the nose. Lacks charm.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges 16.0 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. A balanced, ripe, stylish wine with evidence of the stems on the nose. Medium-full body. Good fruit. A positive finish. Attractive. Very good.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos des Grandes Vignes, Domaine de Montille 14.5 From 2018

Medium colour. Ripe, soft, slightly spicy nose. Lacks a bit of bite. Medium weight. Decent fruit and grip. Fresh and balanced but nothing exciting here.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos de la Maréchale, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier 15.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Quite a sturdy nose. A bit lumpy as well. Medium to medium-full body. A bit of tannin to resolve but slightly astringent as well. Rather ungainly. Yet good grip. Better as it evolved in the glass.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos des Porrets Saint-Georges, Domaine Gouges 16.5 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe, accessible nose. Some development. Just a bit of reduction. Medium to medium-full body. Quite rich. Good fresh acidity and ripe tannins. Stylish finish. Very good plus.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos Saint-Marc, Domaine Michèle et Patrick Rion 14.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Fullish and quite extracted on the nose. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Decent grip and fruit, but a bit inflexible.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aux Cras, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 15.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Balanced, stylish nose. Good fruit. Good depth. Medium to medium-full body. A little astringency, because it lacks a bit of grip. The is good fruit here and it is not too short.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Damodes, Domaine Jean Chauvenet 17.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Quite evolved on the nose, and with a hint of reduction. But good, balanced, accessible, gently oaky fruit. Medium-full body. Stylish and quite profound. Succulent and most attractive. Good long positive finish.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Damodes, Domaine de la Vougeraie 15.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. This is a bit tight on the nose. It lacks generosity. Medium-full body. Better on the palate than on the nose. Good grip. Decent tannins. Some depth. Needs time.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aux Murgeys, Domaine Méo-Camuzet 16.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Firm nose. But rich and classy as well as substantial. Medium-full body. Just a bit ungainly at present. But it improved as it evolved. The finish is rich and stylish.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Perrières, Domaine Jean Chauvenet 14.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Just a touch rustic, but there is pleny of wine here on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. Slight astringency. Some acidity but a little ungenerous. It lacks richness.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Porêts Saint-Georges, Domaine Faiveley 16.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Some development here. Juicy and fruity on the nose. Fresh and attractive. Medium to medium-full body. Balanced, accessible and generous. Very good.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Procès, Domaine Joseph Drouhin 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Good depth. Attractive fruit on the nose. Medium-full body. Very good grip. Good energy. Long. Fine.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Pruliers, Domaine Robert Chevillon 17.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Full, rich, concentrated nose. A hint of oak. Plenty of depth. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Good grip. This has balance and plenty of depth and dimension. Needs time Very good indeed.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Pruliers, Domaine Gouges 15.0 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Rather reduced on the nose. Medium-full weight. Some fruit and decnt grip. But difficult to judge. At least good, I think.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Pruliers, Domaine Grivot 13.0 From 2017

Medium colour. A little weedy on the nose. Medium body. It lacks backbone. Forward and reasonablly balanced, but too insubstantial. Atypical for Grivot.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, La Richemone, Domaine Perrot-Minot 17.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ample, rich, ripe and gently oaky on the nose. Very seductive. Medium-full body. Good fruit. Good ripe tannins. Fresh and balanced and sophisticated. Long on the palate.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Rue de Chaux, Domaine Jean Chauvenet 16.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Ripe, fresh, quite concentrated, even rich on the nose. Medium-full body. Good grip. Plenty of fruit. Balanced and vigorous. A little tannin. Positive at the end. Very good.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Saint-Georges, Domaine Thibaut Liger-Belair 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Balanced, stylish and concentrated on the nose. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Ripe and rich and fresh. Good depth and complexity. Intense and classy. Fine.

Nuist-Saint-Georges, Aux Thorey, Domaine Sylvain Cathiard 16.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Slightly dry and austere on the nose at first. This improverd on oxidation. Medium-full body. Good vigour. Some tannin. Plenty of grip. Attractive and promising follow through. Long finish. Very good plus. Perhaps even better.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aux Thorey, Maison Benjamin Leroux 16.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Fresh, attractive, fruity nose with a touch of oak. Medium to medium-full body. Accessible, fresh and succulent. A little tannin. Easy to enjoy. Positive finish.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Vaucrains, Domaine Jean Chauvenet 18.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Backward nose. But rich and profound. This is really fine. Fullish body. No lack of structure and depth. Good grip. Nice ripe tannins. Lots of energy. Long and impressive.

Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Vaucrains, Domaine Robert Chevillon 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Quite a substantial wine on he nose. But not over-extracted. Rich and succulent as well as tannic on the palate. Fullish body. Intense and concentrated and vigorous. A backward wine. But very fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Barreaux, Domaine Anne Gros 17.5 From 2020

Fullish, immature colour. Firm nose, but profound and classy, especially for a village wine. Fullish body. Still a bit closed in. Lovely, harmonious stylish fruit. Some tannin. Rich at the end. Long and complex, lovely.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Beaumonts, Domaine Georges Noëllat 16.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Decent fruit, but not the depth, concentration and personalty of the best on the nose. Medium-full body. Ripe and succulent. Good structure. Ample and long on the palate. Very good plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Brulées, Domaine Grivot 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Some built in sulphur and rather adolescent on the nose. This has the usual Grivot 2010 signature. Medium-full body. Concentrated, profound and ripe. Difficult to see the class. But fine or better.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Brulées, Domaine Michel Gros 15.5 Now-2019

Medium-full colour. Fullish, fresh and upfront on the nose. Somewhat four square. Fullish body. Some tannin. Good acidity. No lack of fruit, but a bit clumsy at present.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Malconsorts, Domaine Sylvain Cathiard 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Rich, ample, gently oaky, succulent nose. Lots of attraction. On the palate a bit disjointed at the moment. Good ripe fruit but a bit astringent on the attack. Some oak. Finishes very well though. Nice and fresh. Fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Malconsorts, Domaine Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) 18.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Fresh, complex and fruity on the nose. Very well balanced. Oaky. Medium-full body. Ripe and succulent. Profound and balanced. Good depth and follow through. Lovely seductive fruit. Fine plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Malconsorts, Domaine Lamarche 17.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ample, soft and oaky on the nose. Medium-full body. Adolescent but fresh and balanced. Ripe if not rich. But a promising follow through.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Petits Monts, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 17.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Ripe, mellow, succulent nose. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. Ample, balanced, classy and quite profound. Impressive finish. Fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Petits Monts, Domaine Georges Noëllat 18.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Ample, ripe, very well balanced, complex nose. A touch of oak. Very seductive on the palate. Medium-full body. Rich, succulent and harmonious. Long and lively. Fine plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Petits Monts, Maison Roche de Bellème 17.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Laid back, classy, harmonious nose. Very good fruit. Medium-full body. Ripe and rich, balanced and concentrated. Still adolescent but a lot of depth here. Needs time. Very good indeed.

Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Réas, Domaine Michel Gros 17.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Slightly animal on the nose. Fresh and ample and fruity nonetheless. Medium-full body. Fresh on the palate. Good grip and good tannins. This has vigour and class. Still youthful.

A bottle in the USA a few month's previously, was not 'animal' and I gave it 18.0.

Vosne-Romanée, Aux Reignots, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 16.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Good fruit but slightly raw at the edges on the nose. On the palate medium to medium-full body. Ripe. Good grip. Not a lot of tannin. Decent style and the wine is positive, but no enormous depth.

Vosne-Roamnée, Les Suchots, Domaine de l'Arlot 15.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Full, firm and rich on the nose. Good depth and class here. Somewhat four square on the palate. Medium-full body. Good fruit but a touch rigid and dry at the end. Good plus.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Suchots, Domaine Grivot 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. A little built in sulphur on the nose. But rich underneath. The attack is medium-full bodied, balanced and very stylish. Intense at the end. Adolescent at present. But fine quality.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Suchots, Domaine Lamarche 18.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Laid back, classy, composed nose. Very stylish, intense fruit here. Medium-full body. Very, very elegant fruit. Harmonious and vigorous. Lots of class and complexity. Very fine.

Vosne-Romanée, Les Suchots, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 17.5 From 2020

Fullish colour. Plump, ripe and succulent on the nose. On top of a wine with good backbone. Medium-full body. Lovely fruit. Very good grip. Nice round tannins. This is most attractive and very harmonious. Fine quality.

Chambolle-Musigny, Premier Cru, Domaine Joseph Drouhin 16.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Soft, ripe, stylish nose. Good balance. Attractive fruit. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Good grip. Plenty of style, depth and energy. Long on the palate. Very good plus.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier 18.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Soft, ripe, quite forward nose, which seemed to put on weight on aeration. Medium-full body. A little tannin. A bit adolescent. Good grip. Ample fruit at the end. Long and complex and increasingly classy. I marked it higher and hogher every time I returned to it.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, Domaine Michèle et Patrick Rion 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Ample nose. Plenty of very ripe fruit here. Almost perfumed. Fullish body. Plenty of vigour and intensity. Good tannins. Very good grip. A backward wine with a splendid finish. Potentially very seductive. Very fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Amoureuses, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé 16.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Quite a firm, substantial nose. Fullish body. A bit adolescent. Plenty of balanced fruit. Plenty of depth and class. But it got rather weedy as it evolved.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Beaux Bruns, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod 15.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. A bit hard on the nose. Medium-full body. Good acidity, but the fruit is a bit austere. Finishes better than it starts though.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Charmes, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod 15.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. A little herbal-vegetal on the nose. Ripe but a little attenuated. Medium-full body. A touch of astringency. Good grip and finishes better than it starts. But it lacks a little charm.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Charmes, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 18.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ripe, fragrant, attractive nose with a touch of oak. Medium-full body. Lovely fruit. Harmonious and very classy. Good grip. Very long and complex. Very fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Charmes, Domaine Michèle et Patrick Rion 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Full, ripe, succulent nose. Very good fruit here. Medium-full body. Balanced and concentrated and most attractive. Fresh and ample. Long, complex, vigorous finish. Fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Cras, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod 18.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Soft, round, ample, stylish, quite concentrated nose. A touch of oak. High class. Fullish body. Very good tannins. Very good grip. A wine of abundant fruit and good energy. Still young. Fine plus.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Cras, Domaine Georges Roumier 15.0 From 2018

Medium colour. A bit attenuated on the nose. The attack is ripe and balanced and fruity, but the follow through is a bit thin. Medium to medium-full body. Quite forward.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Fuées, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Ripe, rich, full and energetic on the nose. A touch of spice and a touch of oak. Medium-full body. Very well balanced. This is a classy and complex wine with a lovely finish. Very fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Fuées, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier 17.5 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Fresh, plump, attractive nose. Medium to medium-full body. Succulent, ripe, fresh and attractive. Fragrant, long and complex at the end. Very Chambolle. Fine.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Groseilles, Domaine Digoia-Royer 17.0 From 2020

Full colour. Plump nose. Rich fruit and ample and succulent. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Ripe and with very good grip. Good depth and concentration. Very good indeed.

Chambolle-Musigny, Les Gruenchers, Domaine Digoia-Royer 17.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Quite full and quite closed on the nose. But nicely fat and rich. Medium-full body. Good intensity of ripe fruit. Good energy. Stylish long finish. Very good indeed.

Morey-Saint-Denis, Clos des Rosiers, Domaine Chantal Rémy 13.0 From 2015

Not a premier cru, and young vines, planted in Chantal Rémy's back garden under the Clos des Lambrays. Light colour. Pretty nose. But too light and insubstantial to take seriously. Forward. Fresh and fruity. Enjoyable but at the level of a very good generic wine.

Morey-Saint Denis, Clos de la Bussière, Domaine Georges Roumier 14.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Rather rustic on the nose. A bit vegetal. Medium to medium-full body. There is fruit here and decent acidity if no great backbone. But it's unstylish and not very well balanced.

Morey-Saint Denis, Les Millandes, Domaine Christian Serafin 16.0 From 2020

Fullish colour. Ample, oaky nose. Good depth and substance. Fullish body. Some tannin. Quite rich. At present a bit undainly, but this will resolve.

Morey-Saint-Denis, La Riotte, Vieille Vignes, Domaine Olivier Jouan 16.5 From 2020

Full colour. Rich. Backward. At first rather ungainly on the nose. Better as it opened up. A wine which needs time. Quite full. Some tannin. Difficult to taste at present, but there is concentration and depth here.

Morey-Saint-Denis, Les Ruchots, Domaine Olivier Jouan 15.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Quite concentrated in a rather artificial way on the nose. Quite oaky too. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Good grip. The oak dominates. A pity.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Premier Cru, Domaine Maume 14.0 From 2019

Medium colour. A touch reduced on the nose. No great distinction here. Medium to medium-full body. A bit astringent. Lacks generosity and style. Good acidity though.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Premier Cru, Domaine J et J.L. Trapet 14.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Soft, ripe and balanced on the nose with a touch of Gevrey spice. Medium to medium-full body. Good acidity. A little tannin. Decent balance and depth, but could have been a bit richer and classier.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Maison Olivier Bernstein 18.0 From 2022

Fullsih colour. Lovely nose. Rich and ripe and voluptuous. Very succulent. Full body. Good tannins. Plenty of backbone. Very good grip. This is vigorous, intense and very classy. Fine plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Bruno Clair 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Quite a substantial wine here. But very elegant. Profound too. Fullish body. Lovely energetic ripe fruit. Rich at the end. Ample and generous and still very youthful. Fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Faiveley 16.0 From 2021

Medium to medium-full colour. Firm, backward but profound nose. Medium-full body. This has very good fruit and grip. Good depth and flair, but very good rather than fine. It lacks a bit of grip.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Armand Rousseau 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Ample and fruity. Good substance and depth. Fullish. Backward. Ripe. Good grip and tannins. Rather closed at present. Discreet and fine quality.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, Domaine Christian Serafin 18.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. High quality fruit on the nose. Ripe, rich and stylish. Fullish body. Ery good tannins. Very good grip. Nicely laid back, cool Pinot Noir fruit. Profound, elegant and very long. Fine plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Champeaux, Domaine Alain Burguet 16.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Slightly reduced nose. But ripe and balanced underneath. Medium-full body. Good fruit and complexity. Ripe and stylish and with a good long finish. Very good plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Champeaux, Domaine Denis Mortet 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Quite rich on the nose. Stylish and profound. Medium-full colour. Fresh succulent fruit. Balanced, elegant, long, complex and composed. Lovely fruit. Fine

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cherbaudes, Domaine Louis Boillot 16.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Good depth and balance on the nose. Medium-full body. Good tannins. A wine of character and good, quite concentrated fruit. Finishes well. Quite firm at present but that is no bad thing.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Combottes, Domaine Dujac 13.5 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Lightish nose. Unaggressive but not much depth. Medium body. More forward than most. Pretty but a bit short and dilute.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Corbeaux, Domaine Denis Bachelet 15.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Fresh nose. Good depth. Good fruit. Ripe tannins. Medium-full body. Quite chunky. Very Gevrey. But the finish is positive and stylish. At least good plus; perhaps even better.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Corbeaux, Domaine Christian Serafin 16.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Good positive fruit on the nose. Plump and balanced. Medium-full body. Haemonious and quite stylish. Ripe tannins. Good vigour. Good follow through.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos de Fonteny, Domaine Bruno Clair 15.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Balanced and quite rich on the nose. A medium-full bodied wine. Some tannin. Good grip. Finishes better than it starts.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Le Fonteny, Domaine Christian Serafin 15.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. A bit neutral at first on the nose. But good fruit and style underneath. Medium to medium-full body. Lacks a bit of richness and concentration. But the finish is positive.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, Maison Albert Bichot 18.0 From 2020

Good colour. Quite an oaky nose. Fullish body. Rich. Good grip. Some tannin. Needs more time but high quality. Fine plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaut-Saint-Jacques, Maison Chanson Père et Fils 15.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Backward on the nose, but with good fruit and depth. Medium to medium-full body. Ample attack. Not as good on the follow through, but reasonable balance and attraction.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, Domaine Louis Jadot 18.5 From 2022

Good colour. Quite closed in on the nose. Profound and very classy for a premier cru. Lovely fruit. Fullish body. Rich and earthy. Some tannin. Lots of depth and energy. Lovely finish. Very fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, Domaine Denis Mortet 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ripe, stylish, profound and concentrated nose. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Fresh and elegant and harmonious. Rich. Lovely finish. Fine quality.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques, Domaine Armand Rousseau 15.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Quite perfumed fruit on the nose. Fat underneath. Medium-full body. Just a little astringent at first. Plenty of fruit but not enough richness and grip. A bit inflexible. Merely good.

Gevrey-Chambertin, La Petite Chapelle, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 15.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Good depth and richness on the nose. Still firm and backward. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Balanced and quite meaty. Good depth. Needs time.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Prieur, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 15.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ripe, succulent, unaggressive nose. Medium to medium-full body. Quite ample. Good tannins. Positive at the end. Good plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Bruno Clair 18.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Ripe nose. A bit closed. Plenty of class. Subtle and laid back. Medium-full body. Quite austere on the palate at first. Very good tannins and grip. A discreet wine which expands in the glass. Lovely complex fruit and long on the palate. Fine plus.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Sylvie Esmonin 17.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Some oak. Rich, ripe, succulent and balanced. But does it lack a bit of grip? Medium-full body. Ripe, ample and balanced. A long positive finish. But not enough depth and distinction for better than 'fine'.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Fourrier 18.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Quite closed on the nose. Very lovely fruit. Very good grip and concentration. Intense and classy. Medium-full body. Very fine pure fruit. Subtle, complex and potentially very fine.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Jadot 19.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Very fine fruit on the nose. Complex, concentrated and very fresh. This is delicious. Fullish body. Lots of energy. Very profound. Great class. Well-nigh perfect.

Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Saint-Jacques, Domaine Armand Rousseau 19.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Marvelous nose. Very concentrated. Quite oaky but very harmonious. Fullish body. Very ample and very delicious on the palate. Very pure refined fruit. Lots of dimension and very fine indeed.

GRANDS CRUS

Corton, Domaine Follin-Arbelet 13.0 From 2018

Medium-full body. Quite substantial but a bit rustic on the nose. Rather more coarse and lumpy on the palate and a bit astringent too.

Corton, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 17.5 From 2021

Good colour. Lovely round, rich, roast chestnutty nose. Quite different from the Echézeaux; which is firmer and more earthy. Full body. Very good grip. This is aromatic and spicy. Long and mouth-filling. Fine.

Corton, Domaine Tollot-Beaut 14.0 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. On the nose the wine seems a bit lumpy and over-extracted. Medium to medium-full body. Reasonable fruit but slightly astringent at the end. Lacks depth and style.

Le Corton, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 16.0 From 2020 plus

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe, firm, quite cool and classy on the nose. Rich and fullish on the palate. Very good grip. Ample and vigorous, yet in the end not quite the style for fine.

Corton, Les Bressandes, Domaine Follin-Arbelet 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Stylish, balanced nose. Very good fruit. Fullish body. Some tannin. Very good depth and concentration. Long on the palate. Needs time. Fine plus.

Corton, Les Bressandes, Domaine Tollot-Beaut 18.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. A bit closed on the nose. But not over-extracted. Medium-full body. Very good grip. Smooth and potentially velvety. Concentrated and composed. This has a lot going for it.

Corton, Clos des Cortons-Faiveley, Domaine Faiveley 18.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Fresh, balanced, quite profound nose. Medium to medium-full body. Smooth and ripe and composed on the palate. Not a blockbuster and all the more elegant as a result. Long and complex on the finish.

Château Corton-Grancey, Domaine Louis Latour 15.5 From 2019

Medium to medium-full colour. Clean and stylish but slightly neutral on the nose. Compared with some this is a bit light and forward. But it's balanced and elegant. Not a bit short. Fresh finish. Not really enough grip and depth but good plus.

Corton, Les Grèves, Domaine des Croix 16.0 From 2020 plus

Medium colour. Quite closed, fruity nose. Just a bit four square at first. Fullish body. Still youthful. Good balance. Quite concentrated fruit. Good energy and style. Needs time. Very good.

Corton, Les Perrières, Domaine Louis Latour 14.0 From 2019

Medium colour. Ripe but slightly lumpy on the nose. Medium weight. Somewhat astringent. Good acidity but lacks balance and flair. Quite good at best.

Corton, Les Pougets, Domaine Heritiers Jadot 17.5 From 2020 plus

Medium-full colour. Good depth and class on the nose. Oaky. Good substance. Medium-full body. Good grip. Still closed. But stylish fruit and plenty of energy. Fine.

Corton, Les Renardes, Domaine Thibaut Liger-Belair See note From 2019

Medium-full colour. Composed, classy nose. Medium body. Ample attack but then it tailed off and oxidized rapidly in the glass. To be reviewed.

Corton, Les Rognets, Maison Camille Giroud 15.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Ample, oaky, plump nose. Ripe and quite substantial. Medium-full body. A little unbalanced and astringent. Lots of ripe fruit, but essentially a bit rustic.

Corton, Clos du Roi, Maison Camille Giroud 17.0 From 2019

Medium colour. Open nose. Full of fruit. A plump, succulent, medium weight wine, with a touch of oak. Balanced and stylish. Not a blockbuster. But long, positive and very good indeed.

Corton, Clos du Roi, Domaine Louis Latour 17.5 From 2020

Medium colour. Firm nose. Quite closed but concentrated and profound. Splendid fruit. Medium-full body. A bit tight, even four square at present, but this will go as it ages. Fine quality.

Corton, Clos du Roi, Domaine de Montille 18.0 From 2022

Medium colour. Backward, fresh, stylish, balanced nose. Medium-full body. Vigorous, harmonious, intense and very classy. Very long and lovely.

Corton, Clos du Roi, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 16.0 From 2017

Medium to medium-full colour. Quite an evolved nose. Some stems. Lacks a bit of flair and harmony. Medium to medium-full body. Soft, balanced, plump and fruity. Very pleasant. But a forward wine.

Corton, Clos du Roi, Domaine de la Vougeraie 16.0 From 2017

Medium-full colour. Despite this only medium weight. Plump and agreeable on the nose. Fresh, forward and very ripe on the palate. Most enjoyable. But not Corton.

Corton, La Vigne au Saint, Domaine des Croix 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Silky-smooth, ripe, gently oaky nose. Medium to medium-full body. Good grip. Fresh, intense and positive. Long and succulent. Fine.

Corton, Clos de la Vigne au Saint, Domaine Louis Latour 18.0 From 2020 plus

Medium-full colour. Fresh, classy Pinot Noir on the nose. Medium-full weight. Harmonious. Good grip and depth. Some tannin. Plenty of energy. Backward. Fine plus.

Echézeaux, Domaine du Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Good depth here but a bit closed in on the nose. Medium-full body. Quite concentrated. Very good grip and tannins. Lots of depth and energy. This is long and fine.

Echézeaux, Domaine Grivot 17.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Adolescent on the nose in the 2010 Grivot style. Meium-full body. Lovely fruit. Up to the standard of his Suchots.

Echézeaux, Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur 16.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Plump but a bit loose knit on the nose. Ripe and accessible. Medium to medium-full body. Ripe, fresh, balanced fruit. No great depth or personality but an agreeable wine. Not short.

Echézeaux, Domaine Lamarche 17.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Rich, ripe, stylish, oaky nose. Medium-full body. Balanced and with good energy. Still rather closed. But good style and depth here. Very good indeed.

Echézeaux, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 18.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Plenty of depth here on the nose. Still a bit closed. Fullish body. Some oak. Very ripe but very well balanced. Intense, vigorous and classy. Very fine finish. Fine plus.

Echézeaux, Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg 17.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Classy, balanced, fresh, succulent nose. Medium-full body. Some oak. Ripe, stylish and harmonious on the palate. Not a blockbuster, but with a good tannic structure. Long and positive. Fine.

Echézeaux, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret 17.5 From 2022

Fullish, immature colour. Rather more classy on the nose than the 2009. Yet again a litle rigid on the palate. Has depth, balance and complexity. This is, finally after many years, of grand cru quality. Still young.

Echézeaux, Domaine de Perdrix 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Round, ample, succulent nose. Even a little fat. Medium-full body. A little closed at first. Good tannins and good grip. A backward wine but fine quality.

Echézeaux, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 18.0 From 2022

Good colour. Rich and meaty on both nose and palate. Less evidence of the stems than usual at this stage. Full body. Very good grip. Quite firm. Lots of depth and class. Very complex at the end. One of the best DRC Echézeaux for years.

Echézeaux, Domaine Fabrice Vigot 14.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ripe, spicy, oaky, atractive nose. Medium-full body. Some tannin. A little rigid and four square. Decent fruit. Good acidity. But only quite good plus. It lacks finesse.

Grands-Echézeaux, Domaine du Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Rich, concentrated, classy and laid back on the nose. Lots of depth here. Medium-full body. A little oak. Ripe and succulent. Lots of lovely intense fruit. Very long and very fine.

Grands-Echézeaux, Domaine Lamarche 18.5 From 2022

Fullish colour. Closed in on the nose. But a high quality wine. Impressive fruit. Fullish body. Still very youthful. Some tannin. Very good grip. Best on the finish which shows very promising fruit. Very fine.

Grands-Exhézeaux, Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur 18.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Some development. Rich, slightly smoky, seductive nose. Nice and fresh. Medium-full body. Good intensity, grip and concentration. Plenty of vigour. Long finish. Fine plus.

Grands-Echézeaux, Domaine Georges Noëllat 18.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Ripe, succulent, almost sweet nose. Quite developed. Very classy balanced fruit on the palate. Medium-full body. Composed, elegant, complex, long and fine plus.

Grands-Echézeaux, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 18.5 From 2022

Good colour. Richer, fatter, firmer, more concentrated and more backward than the Echézeaux. A lot of depth here. Again the substance obscures the effect of the stems. Full body. Very fine grip. A classy, profound, very lovely example.

La Grande Rue, Domaine Lamarche 19.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Lovely very individual fruit on the nose. Very complex, balanced and pure. Fullish body. Very splendid intense fruit on the palate. Youthful, but potentially marvelous.

La Romanée, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 19.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Closed in but not awkward on the nose. Very classy. Aristocratic depth. On the palate equally lovely. Real class. Very intense. Very, very long. Excellent.

Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Domaine de l'Arlot 14.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Rather burnt and coarse on the nose. Medium-full colour. Raw and tannic. Clumsy and rigid. No lack of acidity. This is a bit of a disgrace.

Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Domaine Follin-Arbelet 19.0 From 2022

Fullish colour. Lovely concentrated, rich, ripe fruit on the nose. Splendid quality. Fullish body. Very concentrated. Still very youthful. Very good depth and intensity, and a most impressive finish.

Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Les Quatre Journaux, Domaine Louis Latour 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Ripe, round, soft and at first slightly sweaty nose. Good grip underneath. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Youthful and concentrated. The attack is a little solid but the follow through is better. Fine.

Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 18.0 From 2020

Good colour. Here we do get a bit of the stems on the nose. Medium-full body. This lacks the fat and generosity of the Grands-Echézeaux. Stylish and balanced though. Certainly a wine of great finesse.

Richebourg, Domaine A.F. Gros 19.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Quite an open, opulent nose. An exotic wine. Fullish body. Rich, voluptuous and very concentrated. Fine grip and intensity. Lots of wine here. Still youthful. But very promising.

Richebourg, Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur 18.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Closed in and very concentrated on the nose. Impressive depth of fruit. Fullish body. A touch asrringent on the attack coming from the oak. But underneath the fruit is very pure and classy. And the finish is fine and harmonious.

Richebourg, Domaine Thibaut Liger-Belair 19.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Rich, classy, opulent nose. Very Richebourg. Quite a sizeable wine. Full body. Very ripe tannins. Lovely succulent fruit. Finely balanced. Exotic and full of finesse at the same time.

Richebourg, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 19.5 From 2023 Fine colour. Ripe, rich, profound nose. Very high class. More sensual than the Romanée-Saint-Vivant.

Full body. This is very lovely. Lots of energy and depth. Splendid concentrated fruit. Multi-dimensional. Really very fine indeed.

La Tache, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 19.5 From 2025

A big wine. Rather more backward than the Richebourg. More accessible on the palate. Full body. Very fine grip. Vigorous and succulent but still very much an infant. Potentially very fine indeed.

La Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 20.0 From 2025

Fine colour. Aromatic, minerally nose. Not as fat as La Tache or Richebourg. A bit more of the stems. Best on the follow through. Very, very lovely complex fruit. Marvelous long, lingering finish. Truly excellent.

Clos de Vougeot, Maison Henri Boillot 16.0 From 2020

Fullish colour. Ripe oaky nose, if not greatly stylish. Medium-full body. Good grip. Some tannin. Somewhat austere at present. But good acidity and ripe on the follow through. Not exactly very classy at the moment but it may improve.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 17.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Rich, concentrated, backward but classy nose. On the palate medium-full body. Just a little ungainly at present. But good grip and plenty of depth.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine du Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Nicely abundant, succulent, ripe fruit on the nose. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Intense and with plenty of dimension. Finishes well, despite just a touch of astringency.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Grivot 14.0 From 2020

Fullish colour. Something a little weedy and vegetal on the nose. This is adolescent. Better on the palate. Very good tannins, ample fruit and medium-full body. But at present, like many of Grivot's wines today, I find it not very exciting.

Clos de Vougeot, Le Grand Maupertuis, Domaine Anne Gros 19.0 From 2022

Full colour. Firm, black fruit nose. Profound and multi-dimensional. A very rich, concentrated wine. Full body. Lots of vigour. Excellent.

Clos de Vougeot, Le Grand Maupertuis, Domaine Michel Gros 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Ripe and ample on the nose. But a touch clumsy at present. Medium to medium-full body. Intense, concentrated, balanced fruit on the palate and very good grip and tannins. Fine.

Clos de Vougeot, Le Musigni, Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur 18.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Rich, quite concentrated, classy nose with a touch of oak. Medium-full body. Intense and vigorous. Ripe and rich. Long and delicious.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Louis Jadot 17.0 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe, ample nose with just a touch of spice. Medium-full body. At first there seemed to be lovely fruit, plenty of balance, complexity and style. But it was not as exciting as it developed in the glass.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Lamarche 17.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Ample, ripe, fleshy nose. Good fruit. Medium-full body. A little tannin. Good grip. Plenty of fruit. Balanced and classy. Finishes well. Fine.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Thibaut Liger-Belair 17.0 From 2022

Fullish colour. Quite firm and closed on the nose. Fullish body. Some tannin. A bit rigid at present. Yet abundant fruit and decent if not great acidity. Improved in the glass.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Sylvain Loichet 18.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Rich, ripe, oaky nose. Not a blockbuster. This is delicious. Medium-full body. Very intense and complex and concentrated. Very good grip. This is a lovely harmonious, vigorous example. Very long on the palate.

Clos de Vougeot, Domaine de la Vougeraie 16.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Backward, but balanced and stylish on the nose. Some oak. Medium-full body. Quite chunky on the palate. Good grip. But a touch coarse at the end.

Le Musigny, Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier 20.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Lots of depth and concentration and very high class fruit on the nose. Fresh and harmonious as well. This is very lovely. Fullish body. Splendid fruit and concentration on the palate. Superbly aristocratic and complex on the follow through. Brilliant.

Le Musigny, Domaine Comtes Georges de Vogüé 18.0 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Ripe, plump nose. Still rather hidden. A slight touch of attenuation as it evolved. Medium-full body. Good tannins. Good grip. Plenty of fruit. Not as complex or as rich as the two others. But fine plus.

Le Musigny, Domaine de la Vougeraie 19.0 From 2022

Fullish colour. Rich, closed in nose. Youthful and oaky. Still a touch rigid. Fullish body. Very good tannins. Lots of depth and energy. Lots of class and concentration. Splendid very long finish. This is going to be excellent.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine Bruno Clair 18.0 From 2022

Fullish colour. Ample, rich, oaky nose. High quality concentrated fruit. Fullish body. Ample, profound, rich and backward on the palate. Lots of potential. Needs time. Fine plus.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze 17.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Backward nose. Unforthcoming at first. Good grip. Evolved well on aeration. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Slightly adolescent on the palate, but vigorous and classy and balanced. Lovely finish. Fine.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine Georges Roumier 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Firm nose, a little adolescent at present. A little closed in. Good grip and concentration underneath. Fullish body. Some tannin. Quite backward but rich and energetic. This has fine intensity and very classy fruit. Best on the finish.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé 15.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Weedy and attenuated on the nose. Better as it evolved. Medium-full body. Ripe and succulent. Good acidity. Positive at the end. Yet I'm not entirely convinced. I find a lack of succulence.

Bonnes-Mares, Domaine de la Vougeraie 18.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Rich but closed in nose. But plenty of depth and concentration. Medium-full body. Splendidly rich, cool, high class fruit. Some tannin. Very good grip. Long and complex. Lovely;

Clos de Tart, Domaine Mommessin 18.5 From 2022

Medium to medium-full colour. Quite a substantial nose. Lots of fruit. No lack of oak. Plenty of depth. Fullish body. Here the oak doesn't dominate, to the wine's advantage. Rich, succulent, very harmonious and very classy.

Clos des Lambrays, Domaine des Lambrays 18.0 From 2022

Medium to medium-full colour. Rich, oaky nose. Plenty of depth and class. Fullish body. Rich and oaky and also tannic on the palate. Lovely fruit but a bit tight at present. The finish is very promising. Fine plus; perhaps better still.

Clos Saint-Denis, Domaine Ponsot 18.0 From 2022

Medium to medium-full colour. Quite a full, perfumed nose. Fullish body. Some tannin. Backward but intense and concentrated. Very fine, pure Pinot fruit on the palate. Needs time. Fine plus, perhaps even better.

Clos Saint-Denis, Maison Roche de Bellène 18.0 From 2019

Medium colour. Quite soft but a very intense, stylish nose. Lovely fruit and lots of class and dimension. Medium to medium-full body. Concentrated and complex. Not a blockbuster but subtle and classy and fine plus.

Clos de la Roche, Maison Bichot 15.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Ripe nose. Round and gently oaky. Quite accessible. Medium-full body. Somewhat ungainly on the palate. This is a bit awkward and doesn't have the class and balance of most of the rest.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Dujac 17.0 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Ripe, balanced, composed, gently oaky nose. Medium to medium-full body. A little tannin. Fresh, plummy fruit. Good grip. Somewhat adolescent at present, but at least very good indeed. There is a lot of charm here.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Louis Jadot 18.5 From 2022

Good colour. Rich, plump nose. Very good fruit. Fullish body. Ample. Still a little raw. Some tannin. Rich at the end. Lots of dimension. High quality.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Ponsot 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Laid back, complex, subtle nose. Very classy fruit here. Medium-full body. Concentrated and succulent. Very good grip. A lot of wine here. Very fine finish. Needs time.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine de la Pousse d'Or 16.5 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Fairly straightforward plump nose. Easy to enjoy. Medium to medium-full body. Not the subtlety and class of som. But ripe and juicy. A little tannin. Good follow through.

Clos de la Roche, Domaine Chantal Rémy 18.0 From 2022

Medium to medium-full colour. Flowery, quite perfumed nose with just a touch of oak. Medium-full body. Lots and lots of concentrated fruit. Very good grip. This is backward but very profound and vigorous. Fine plus.

Clos de la Roche, Maison Roche de Bellène 18.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Soft and ripe and oaky with a little development on the nose. Medium to medium-full body. Balanced, composed and easy to enjoy. Very lovely classy fruit. Subtle at the end. Long and complex. Fine plus.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Denis Bachelet 18.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Good substance and depth on the nose. Fresh and fruity and with a touch of oak. Medium-full body. Ample, ripe, even rich. Good tannins and very good balance and class. Very lovely finish. Fine plus.

Charmes-Chambertin, Maison Chanson Père et Fils 13.0 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Broad and fruity on the nose but lacks class. Medium body. Rather astringent. Lacks richness as well as finesse. Disappointing. Will dry out.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Gilles Duroché 14.5 From 2018

Medium to medium-full colour. Discreet, gentle and fruity on the nose. Medium body. Soft and ripe and quite attractive. But not really enough depth and class for a grand cru. Forward.

Charmes-Chambertin, Maison Vincent Girardin 17.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Rich, succulent nose. Nicely ripe. Certainly elegant and with plenty of character. Medium-full body. Very good, balanced fruit. Very good finish. Fine.

Charmes-Chambertin, Maison Camille Giroud 16.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Fresh and fruity on the nose. By no means a blockbuster. Oaky. Medium weight. Balanced and full of fruit. Quite classy too. But a bit light for a grand cru despite length and dimension on the finish.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Olivier Jourdan 17.0 From 2022

Full colour. An ample oaky wine with good class and depth on the nose. Quite backward on the palate. Fullish body. Good grip and good tannins. Plenty of energy. Lovely fruit on the follow through. But not quite the flair for better than very good indeed.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau 16.5 From 2020

Medium to medium-full colour. Fresh, stylish and fruity on the nose. But no great weight or concentration. An elegant, gentle wine. Balanced and fruity on the palate. Good positive finish. I'd like a bit more richness. Very good plus.

Charmes-Chambertin, Domaine Serafin 15.0 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Expansive fruit on the nose, if no great class. Medium-full body. Some tannin. Succulent fruit but at the same time a bit tough on the attack. Better on the follow through. Nevertheless a little ungainly.

Mazoyères-Chambertin, Domaine de la Vougeraie 13.0 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Rather four square and pedestrian on the nose. A little oak. Medium to medium-full body. Rather coarse.

Chapelle-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 16.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Concentrated, fresh, classy fruit on the nose. Complex and discreet. Medium-full body. The palate doesn't quite live up to the nose. Ripe, round, quite concentrated and balanced. But despite a long finish a little flair is missing.

Chapelle-Chambertin, Domaine J. and J. L. Trapet 16.0 From 2022

Medium colour. Ample, quite concentrated, backward nose. Medium-full bodied. Quite substantial. Some tannin. Good grip. Needs to round off. But the after-taste is long and satisfactory. Very good.

Griotte-Chambertin, Domaine Joseph Drouhin 18.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Rich and oaky and seductive on the nose. Medium-full body. Very ripe and vigorous. Long and complex and classy. This has intensity and depth and a lovely finish. Very fine.

Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Chantal Rémy 17.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Good depth here. Ample, concentrated, ripe fruit. Fullish body. A touch adolenscent. Very good grip. Lovely fruit. Long and fine.

Latricières-Chambertin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 16.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Subtle and classy on the nose. A little closed. Medium-full body. Youthful. Good grip and tannins. Lacks a bit of richness and flair ar present, but good length and style.

Mazis-Chambertin, Domaine Faiveley 13.5 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Fruity nose, but rather boiled-sweety, without enough bite. Good grip underneath though. Medium bodied. Juicy but bland and one-dimensional. Even short. Disappointing.

Mazis-Chambertin, Domaine Maume See Note

Medium to medium-full colour. Rather too reduced on the nose to be able to assess. Seems to have a fine grip and plenty of fruit.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Bruno Clair See Note

Medium-full body. Full, ample, concentrated nose. A lot of class. At first fullish body, ripe, rich, concentrated and profound. But it fell apart in the glass. A good bottle would be fine.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Drouhin-Laroze 18.5 From 2020

Medium-full colour. Accessible and classy on the nose. This is subtle and not too sturdy. Lots of depth, volume and concentration. Lots of finesse. Still a bit hidden. Lots of lovely vigorous fruit. Very fine.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Faiveley 18.0 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Ample, fresh, still youthful nose. Fullish body. Balanced and classy. Energetic. The finish is fine and the fruit very ripe. Fine plus.

Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Domaine Armand Rousseau 19.5 From 2022

Fullish colour. Finely classy, gently oaky, profound nose. Fullish body. Very good tannnins. Very rich fruit. Vigorous, intense and really aristocratic. A proper Chambertin. Excellent.

Chambertin, Maison Henri Boillot 16.0 From 2020

Fullish colour. Succulent and almost chocolaty on the nose. Ripe. A touch of oak. Medium-full body. It lacks the sheer elegance and depth of the very best. A little dry at the end. A little adolescent.

Chambertin, Domaine du Clos Frantin (Albert Bichot) 19.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Lovely pure fruit on the nose. Very intense and very well balanced. Ripe, rich and profound. Medium-full body. Really excellent concentration, class and harmony. Splendid!

Chambertin, Maison Camille Giroud 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. High-toned, fragrant and very stylish on the nose. Lovely character. Finely balanced. Medium-full body. Rich and round. Not quite the intensity of the wine above but lovely, elegant fruit. Very fine.

Chambertin, Domaine des Héritiers Latour 16.0 From 2019

Medium colour. Balanced and fruity, indeed stylish on the nose. But compared to most a little light-weight. Medium to medium-full body. Stylish, ripe and harmonious. An attractive, stylish wine.

Chambertin, Domaine Chantal Rémy 18.5 From 2022

Medium-full colour. Very concentrated, very classy and very profound on the nose. Most impressive. Ample, rich and medium-full bodied. Very fine grip. This is very long and very fine.

Chamberrtin, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 13.0 From 2019

Medium-full colour. Rather hard and clumsy on the nose. Too much Brett (unpleasant wild yeasts). Medium-full body. Astringent and lumpy.

Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau 18.5 From 2021

Medium-full colour. Quite closed on the nose, but good depth and fruit here. Clean, fresh, backward and vigorous. Medium-full body. Ripe, complex and very classy. Long on the palate. For once I scored Rousseau's Clos de Bèze higher than their Chambertin. But they were not tasted in the same flight.

Chambertin, Domaine J. et J.L. Trapet 16.5 From 2018

Medium-full colour. Not perhaps the weight and concentration of some but balanced and stylish on the nose. On the palate medium to medium-full body. Ripe and fruity. Elegant and attractive. But a bit light-weight.