I haven’t had access to my computer over the last couple of days, so here are brief notes about some of the tits wines I’ve had.
Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru les Ruchottes 2000, Domaine Ramonet
This had a wonderful, expressive nose of minerality, nuts and ripe lemon fruit. There was a good Chassagne flat Champagne aroma to it. It was really complex and stylish on the nose, with obvious concentration and class. The palate had some good weight and concentration, but was really elegant and refined. Quite beautiful, in fact. The finish was quite superb. A really great bottle of Chassagne.
Meursault les Tillets 2001, Domaine Roulot
Strangely, this seemed slightly more oaky on the nose than [link2post id=”1393″]last time I had it[/link2post]. Still, very floral and mineral. Very nice fruit. Real complexity here too, and good style. Nice mineral complexity on the palate and it had real length. Lovely, but the Ramonet was better.
Cornas Domaine de Rochepertuis 1998, Domaine Jean Lionnet
A lovely nose of mushrooms and really ripe blackberries. Nice and earthy, but not rustic or dirty. Again, this was really quite complex. The palate was smooth with good, ripe tannins and plenty of fruit. Real length to the finish and a great persistence of complex, earthy flavours. Delicious. Shame Jean Lionnet retired after the 2005 vintage, make sure you buy any of this wine you see knocking around, it has always been one of the incredible bargains of the wine world. Much as I love Clape, Verset and others, I really think this is my favourite Cornas.
Chablis Premier Cru Vallions 2005, Domaine Fevre
This had a delicious nose that was so fruity it had a hint of Muscat about it. Its nutty, honey, stoney aromas showed it to be very good Chablis, though. Perhaps the palate lacked a touch of concentration, but it was a really refreshing, enjoyable drink. 2005 is very obviously a hit is Chablis.
Côte-Rôtie 1997, Domaine Bernard Burgaud
A lovely earthy nose with plenty of dark ripe fruit. Although it smelled completely ripe it seemed very restrained and balanced. The palate had real elegance and refinement, with finely-grained tannins and a very long finish. Perhaps the acidity was a tad high, but it didn’t really detract from what was a lovely bottle of Côte-Rôtie. The Lionnet was better.