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Tasting Notes for Clos Vougeot - Grivot, Jean, 2005:
A 2005 Clos Vougeot offers a nose of blackberry, wreathed in wood smoke. Firmer in tannin and with less surface polish than most of GrivotÕs wines, it exhibits chalky, black-fruited depth, and overt density, palate-coating richness, but also notable freshness and grip all the way through to its long if ultimately rather austere mineral finish. Figure waiting for 5-7 years just to check back on this.
Etienne Grivot aimed this year for gentle extraction (essentially without pigeage), then watchful preservation of the freshness, subtleties and refinement inherent in near-perfect raw material. He performed some very light chaptalization to extend the fermentations. Given the health and natural concentration of his vinous raw material, he felt no need to sulfur or rack the wines until shortly prior to bottling (without filtration), which was the stage at which I tasted.
Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007
Parker Points: 90-91
Drinking Period: -
Tasting Notes for Clos Vougeot ( US Labels ) - Jadot, Louis, 1996:
This saturated and dark colored wine, with its extraordinarily spicy nose of sweet red and black fruits, sent me soaring. This massive, intense, broad-shouldered, masculine, structured, and chewy wine is crammed with super-ripe, rich, and layered blackberries, cassis, licorice, earth, and Asian spices. As if that were not enough, its dense fruit comes roaring back after expectoration, lingering on the palate for nearly a minute. This is an extraordinary Clos Vougeot! Projected maturity: 2006-2014. Bravo! to Jacques Lardiere and Pierre-Henri Gagey. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 93-95
Drinking Period: 2006-2014
Tasting Notes for Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques - Jadot, Louis, 2005:
The Jadot 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques smells of black cherry, charred beef, high-toned cherry pit and almond as well as of an alkaline and wet stone minerality. It has density and real grip on the palate, displaying low-toned meatiness and smoky, stony, salty minerality in its long finish. And for all of this wineÕs manifest extract and tannin, it displays a flattering creaminess of texture that few of JadotÕs wines possess.
Jacques Lardiere has once again presided over a collection for the most part not intended to flatter in its youth, but rather to achieve an eventual balance of fruit acidity with (in this instance frequently quite prominent) tannin. Prolonged post-fermentative extraction promoted a formidably-structured group of wines, which Lardiere expressed no hurry about bottling. Certain of these Ñ particularly from the Cote de Beaune Ñ displayed a slightly drying finishing astringency or simply an austere lack of charm to match their concentration, traits Lardiere suggested might be traceable to drought stress in those sites. A brief July rain that reached the Cote de Nuits but not the Cote de Beaune was critical, he asserts, and all of JadotÕs vines in the northern Cote were picked before the harvest in the south commenced.
Wine Advocate # 171 Jun 2007
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period: -
Tasting Notes for Lafarge Assortment ( x2 ducs x2chenes x1greves x1cai x6vs ) - Lafarge, Michel, 2001:
Michel & Frederic Lafarge, Volnay en-primeur: 2001 production at this domaine was greatly reduced by the hail that swept through Volnay in August 2001. It cannot be said that the 2001 wines are better than 2000 because they are so different. 2001 is a fine, elegant and pure 'pinot' vintage - 'they speak of their origins'. As a result of the small crop we don't have a great deal to go round and have come up with a radical solution at what we think is a great price. Mixed cases containing: 6 bottles of the brambly Volnay Vendanges Selectionees, 2 bottles of the silky Volnay Clos du Chateau des Ducs, 2 bottles of the raspberry infused Volnay Clos des Chenes, 1 bottle of the feral (but nicely so) Beaune Greves and 1 bottle of the elegant red currant flavoured Volnay Caillerets. Marcus Titley
Parker Points: -
Drinking Period: -