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 September 2012 



Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseDavid Whitaker

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Maison Louis Latour 2010 Bourgogne Chardonnay

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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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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