Tasted Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011. A flight of wines in the Bouchard Pere et Fils stable, a major Burgundy negociant. Led by Tim Stanley-Clarke; and in true Burgundian style, the reds were tasted first. Prices are approximate retail.
2008 Bourgogne Pinot Noir 'La Vignee'
Light pale, Mostly red fruits, touch of earthy, wood, nice cherries there, lovely nose, slight alcoholic. Fresh acidity, lovely on the palate, light and nimble, plenty of red fruits, raspberry, strawberry.
2006 Cotes de Beaune-Villages
Mostly red fruits, lifted, slightly baked nose, earthy, damp, some floral, violets. Slightly aged, acidity leading to astringent, fruit dying away, bit drying. Less lively, bit past its best?
2007 Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru
So highly perfumed, lifted, red fruits, slight mint even, floral, definitely earth, damp. Nice mouthfeel, very generous fruit, cherry, the oak can be felt, structure is good, will keep at least another 5+ years, bit woody. Nice length.
Lifted, earthy, damp, woody, definitely a classic burgundian, theres a whiff of animal, lots of spice, also bit of vanilla. So much going on there. Fuller wine, a lot more body, generous, oak, so much fruit, acidity really still bracing, great complexity, structure. Great length, will keep another 10 years, just lasts.
2009 Chablis William Fevre
So much citrus, lean, mineral, touch of flint, stony. Fresh, clean, precise, plenty of citrus, acids still there but not bracing, quite generous, thought it would be more austere, nice fruit expression, ripe. And if below £10 would be good value.
2009 Macon-Lugny Saint-Pierre
Pear, apple, citrus, grapefruit, floral, elder flower, hint of oak? Plenty of ripe fruit, generous, supple, fat perhaps bit dilute. Juicy, not as precise, perhaps a touch flabby, not austere, drinks very well on its own.
2009 Montagny Premier Cru