Saturday, 20 February 2016

2011 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Vosne-Romanee

When Rachelle picks the wine it will be sublime.


20 February 2016


This wine was recommended by Asaf from Grand Millesime.

Grand Millesime is an outstanding proprietor of Burgundy.

A little on the Domaine:

"Domaine Jean Chauvenet is a perfect example of the Burgundian family-run holding; restricted area (10 hectares); numerous appellations (9 in this case); and a single grape variety (pinot noir). Together these make for red wines of incomparable texture, delicate and silky.

The domaine is run by Christophe Drag and his wife Christine who work to a single golden rule; respect for the expression of each terroir to yield a range of different wines. Since 1994 the domaine has turned to low-input cultivation which aims to minimise the use of chemical treatments, and is working towards certification.

Christophe’s wines differ in temperament according to whether they come from the north or south of the Nuits-St-Georges commune. The northern end, abutting Vosne-Romanee, produces delicate and feminine wines that could easily be confused with their neighbour across the border.

The wines from the south, such as Les Vaucrains, growing on rocky clays are more structured, denser, and have longer cellaring potential. All have black fruit and complexity. Only about 33% new oak is used on each premier cru and the wines are bottled without filtration or fining."
-Grand Millesime website.

2011 Domaine Jean Chauvenet Vosne-Romanee



Deep purple.

Powerful nose. Ripe strawberries and blackberries. Tobacco and fresh herbs. Slight hints of chocolate. While not as complex as some Burgundies, there is tremendous weight here.

The palate is texture and flavour. Silky smooth with incredible length. Gripping tannins and balanced acidity combine with incredible fruit weight.

One of the best wines I can recall.

I only wish I had more as this would age extremely well.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

2013 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Morey-Saint-Denis Aux Cheseaux Villages

All roads lead to Burgundy.


13 February 2016.


The Aux Cheseaux straddles a road. The western half of the climat is premier cru. To the east the climat is classified villages.

This Burgundy contains fruit from both but appellation laws dictate this wine is declared villages.

2013 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Morey-Saint-Denis Aux Cheseaux Villages



Deep purple.

Pure pinot fruit. Restrained and classy. Slight spices and sweet pleasant meats. Complexity opens in the glass and the wine constantly evolves to reveal more.

Full mouth feel with terrific length. Balanced acid and tannins.

Great drinking now with real cellaring potential.

Punches above its villages weight. This is more premier cru than villages.

1999 Bests Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon

I draw the line at three.


6 February 2016.


We opened this after the Benno disappointed.

A good look at cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon and their aging potential.

1999 Bests Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon




Cigar box and gentle potpourri. Sweet subtle black fruits. Dusty earth.

Mouth filling with great length. Softening tannins with faded acidity.

Probably at its best.

A very good wine.



Time for bed.

2003 Seppelt Benno Shiraz

When one bottle just will not do.


6 February 2016.


It seemed appropriate to follow the Forres Blend with another 2003 wine. A different variety, from a completely different climate was irrelevant.

At one point it seemed the Benno was held in the same lofty esteem as the St Peters.

Seppelt don't even produce a Shiraz from Bendigo fruit these days.

2003 Seppelt 'Benno' Bendigo Shiraz



Youthful with plenty of fruit on the nose. Plums, fruitcake and white pepper.

Disappointing palate. Big fruit at the front and faded into nothing.

Short in an understatement.

The fruit, while obvious, seemed subdued.

We sat the wine aside and opened a bottle of 1999 Bests Great Western Cabernet (which was stunning).

Coming back to this wine a few hours later it had completely changed.

The fruit on the nose was still common but the palate had opened up. still short, though only marginally, it was balanced and subtle. Very good drinking.

An odd wine.

Of further note, this was bottled under screw cap and appeared to be over filled.



Friday, 12 February 2016

2003 Keith Tulloch 'Forres Blend'

The lottery of buying at auction.


6 February 2016


Backing up after Tuesday night's Gevrey-Chambertin dinner. Who would have thought.

What started with a quiet drink ended in three bottles.

A great night.

I have previously mentioned I am a fan of Keith Tulloch. His attention to detail is almost obsessive. His wines have class, balance and restraint.

Wines from his old vineyards in the Hunter produce some of the regions best examples of Shiraz.

The fruit he sources from outside the area, like the Forres Blend, always deliver.

The Forres Blend is Keith's expression of a Bordeaux. I have little exposure to the classic French style but have plenty of Australian Cabernet in the cellar.

The 2013 was structured and Cabernet dominate. Classic blackberries and fresh herbs. A classy wine with solid cellaring potential.

Shell spotted this at auction. We probably paid a little 'overs' considering this wine has no tertiary market reputation but we have a few in the cellar it this would give us a snapshot of what we can expect.

Of course that theory hinges on how well the wine was cellared. You just never know.

2003 Keith Tulloch 'Forres Blend'




Dominated by cabernet fruit on the nose. Blackberries and liquorice. Some tertiary qualities coming through. Savoury earth and dried herbs.

The palate was well structured with good length. Fading acidity and fine tannins.

The longer it sat in the glass the more it began to fade.

A classy wine but on its decline.

I have no idea how it was cellared but if this is any indication I would think the Forres Blend is a 7-15 year cellaring proposition.

Still thirsty.....

The Premier Crus of Gevrey-Chambertin

A decade of decadence hosted by Grand Millesime


2 February 2016


A big night so early in the week.




Champagne on arrival.

Drappier Rose NV Brut


Bright pink.

Strawberries and citrus on the nose.

Good structure with plenty of crisp acid despite some confectionary.

Flight One.

2012 Domaine J.M Guillon Gevrey-Chambertin Les Perrieres Premier cru



Dark cherries, forrest floor and subtle oak on the nose.

Excellent mouthfeel with a layer of minerals and flint to compliment the dark berries. Well integrated tannins.

A very good wine which will age nicely.

2011 Domaine Georges Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin Les Combottes Premier cru



Pick of this flight, and rated second overall, despite being from a difficult vintage.

Dark cherries, strawberries and cream. Hints of game and cured meats.

Soft and mouth filling. Great length. Extremely dense in flavour.

A brooding wine that will develop well with age.

Flight Two.

Here the much weaker vintage of 2006 held its own against the highly rated 2005. I would suggest the 2006 wines were simply aging faster, making them far more approachable. Regardless, Shell selected the 2006 Domaine Arlaud as one of her top wines of the evening.

2006 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St-Jaques Premier cru



Subtle black fruit. Restrained and elegant with so much going on albeit very subtle.

Same on the palate. Restrained yet masculine. Everything in its place.

Great drinking now but I am not sure how much longer it will maintain its composure.

2006 Domaine Arlaud Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes Premier cru



Earth and blueberries. Hints of flowers. Very complex.

Its a feminine wine that manages to deliver some weight and great texture.

A wine with a future.

2005 Domaine Trotochot Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux Premier cru



Extremely complex. There is so much going on it is hard to pin down. Dark concentrated fruit. Earth, forest floor, mushrooms and sweet flowers all wrapped in subtle yet obvious oak.

Big, textured mouthfeel. Gripping well balanced tannins.

I am inexperienced with the aging potential of Burgundy but had I tasted this blind I would have guessed it to be 2012.

Everything is in balance so I can only assume this has the potential to be exceptional in the years to come.

2005 Domaine Phillipe Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin Combes aux Moines Premier cru



The wine displayed a great deal of reduction when it was poured.

Having come back to it after fifteen minutes it still showed some signs.

Had this be decanted for a few hours we may have seen something different.

Shell called it early. Whiteboard markers....

Flight Three.

2003 Lucien Le Moine Gevrey-Chambertin Cazetiers Premier cru



Savoury yet still dominated by red and black fruits. Flowers and subtle earthiness.

Medium mouthfeel, well balanced and still quite youthful.

The wine danced all over the place. At one point I was considering it for the wine of the night. A few moments later I considered whether to finish the glass.

2002 Domaine Bruno Claire Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St Jacques Premier Cru



Elegant and restrained. Herbs, spices and dark fruits.

This wine was all about texture. Incredible mouthfeel. Balanced and restrained. Great length.

Possibly close to its drinking best.

2001 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St-Jacques Premier cru



Wine of the night.

Remains fruit driven. Dark cherries and chocolate. Countless aromas I can't pin down regardless of how many times I go back to it.

Seamless and elegant on the palate. Distinctly Pinot. Balanced and lovely.

This is the wine I wanted to drink with Shell all night.

2001 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Les Corbeaux Vielles Vin Premier cru



Black berries and all sorts of herbs and spices.

Long and persistent with great balance.

It was unfair to measure this wine against the Denis Mortet.

To finish.

2011 Barros Vintage Port



Young vintage port is lost on me.

Apparently this is from a great year.