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 September 2012 

 19/09/12

Presenter: 

Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseDavid Whitaker

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Maison Louis Latour 2010 Bourgogne Chardonnay
Burgundy
Waitrose
£8.75

Fruity nose. Sweet, toasty flavours at the top of the palate, a little green around the edges and a touch hot on the finish. Fresh citrus acidity, although a little soft and simplistic.
2. Olivier LeFlaive 2009 1er Cru en Remilly St. Aubin
Côte de Beaune
N/K
£25.00
Matchstick and oak nose. Delicate, subtle, integrated flavours. More noticeable texture, a little woody at the front of the palate although a touch one dimensional on the finish.
3. Domaine Darviot Perrin 2008 1er Cru Blanchots Dessus Chassagne Montrachet
Côte de Beaune
(Howard Ripley)
£43.00
Only 150 cases made. Rich, fruity nose, sharp acidity at the front developing a richness on the mid-palate - creamy and elegant, sharp and complex with a long finish.
4. LeFlaive & Associes 2009 1er Cru Sur la Velle Monthelie Côte de Beaune

(Corney & Barrow)
£21.00
A mature colour but youthful nose. Modern fruit, a touch candied and a little one dimensional. Young fruit with strong tannins, yet still smooth with a simple, lean finish, going a touch bitter.
5. Maison Roche de Bellene 2009 1er Cru Clos des Chenes Volnay (Nicolas Potel)
Côte de Beaune

(Berry Bros)
£23.00
160 cases made. More restrained than expected. A typical Pinot Noir nose with some wood and spice. Smooth attack, mushrooms on the mid-palate mellowing in the glass, also going a little bitter on the finish.
6. Domaine Martin DuFour 2006 1er Cru Haut Marconnets Savigny les Beaunes
Côte de Beaune
Hennings
£18.99
Only 150 bottles made. A strange wine with enamel/cassis on the nose. A little green and vegetal, edgy on the palate - textured, tannins and concentrated with a touch of chemical to it. Likened to a "Chilean Cabernet", not what you expect for Burgundy.
7. Domaine Pierre Labet 2009 1er Cru Clos du Dessus des Marconnets Beaune
Côte de Beaune
(Corney & Barrow)
£33.00
1/3ha estate making 50 bottles of this wine! Youthful fruit nose, smooth spicy tannins with a tang of acidity. Clean, good texture and a precise finish makes this a very drinkable wine, balanced, typical, has what you go looking for.
8. Domaine de la Vougeraie  2008 1er Cru Les Damodes Nuits St. Georges
Côte de Nuits
(Berry Bros)
£57.50
Savoury-mulchy nose with a clear, pure colour. A touch of sulphite, light and thin BUT carries so much flavour with it, showing its class, gentle and subtle, makes the most of what it is, which is a superb wine.
9. Domaine d'Ardhuy 2005 1er Cru Les Chaumes Vosne-Romanée
Côte de Nuits
(Burgundy Basement)
£39.00
Integrated nose, fruity, extracted with a little (root) liquorice. Spicy & smoky, a little savoury. Tannin and concentration, slightly bitter mid-palate but dense flavours, a touch new world in style.

Reviewed on the North East Wino Blog posting "Night of the Premier Crus"
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