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Tasting Notes for Morgon Vieilles Vignes - Bouland, Daniel, 2012:
The 2012 Morgon Vieilles Vignes comes courtesy of 60-year-old vines. It has an understated bouquet of raspberry, tilled earth and briary scents that unfold in the glass. The palate is crisp and fresh with a slightly higher acidity than the Corcelette, but with more tension and vibrancy on the finish. This is another superb Morgon from Daniel Bouland. Drink now-2020.
Readers should peruse Issue 190 for more information on Daniel Boulandís domaine. He cultivates four hectares of vines in Douby, Cote de Py and Delys around Morgon. His fruit is picked entirely by hand and is vinified whole cluster. These were absolutely superb expressions of traditional Beaujolais: serious wines that I suspect will age as well as their more expensive counterparts further north in the Cote de Nuits. They represent outstanding value in the current market and are consumed best with 4 to 7 years of bottle age.
The Wine Advocate June '14.
Parker Points: 92
Drinking Period: 2014-2020
Tasting Notes for Beaune Clos des Ursules - Jadot, Louis, 1996:
The dark ruby/purple-colored Beaune Clos Des Ursules has a delightful violet, blackberry, blueberry, stone and earth-infused nose. This wine's medium-to-full body, silky, and deeply sweet personality is replete with candied red fruits, and possesses a firm structure. It is less lush or dense than the superb 1990, but is the finest Clos Des Ursules since that great wine was crafted by Lardiere. Projected maturity: 2001-2006.
Wine lovers have come to expect first rate Beaunes from the Gagey-Lardiere team at Maison Jadot, and that's exactly what they delivered in 1996. The bright sunny days of September allowed the vines on these hillside vineyards to attain full physiological ripeness, which is not an annual occurrence in these cool sites.
The score, on a range and in parentheses, indicates that the wine was tasted from barrel.
"I am in love with this vintage's purity and its touch of tension," said Pierre-Henri Gagey, Maison Louis Jadot's director. Jacques Lardiere, this negociant house's talented winemaker, shares Gagey's enthusiasm for the 1996s, feeling they beautifully reflect their respective terroirs.
Lardiere bled (a technique of removing the watery juice of a light pressing to increase concentration) many of the 1996s, "but never more than 10%," and performed a 28 to 35 day cuvaison in order to extract a maximum amount of flavor, color, and aromas while softening the tannins. These wines will neither be fined nor filtered prior to bottling. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 88-91
Drinking Period: 2001-2006
Tasting Notes for Bonnes Mares - Jadot, Louis, 1996:
This dark ruby-colored wine is unbelievable, and potentially will be Jadot's finest 1996. An awesome nose of deep black cherries intermingled with sauteed mushrooms, underbrush, stones, and minerals is followed by an amazingly powerful yet tense personality. Complex layers of intense, precise, pure, and earthy fruit cascade over the palate in this full-bodied, thickly-textured, muscular, masculine, and well-delineated wine. The harmonious juxtaposition between this offering's outstanding depth and richness and its elegant focus is mind-blowing. A tour de force! Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 94-96
Drinking Period: 2004-2010