Stewed and confected red fruit notes with spice and graphite background. Sweet almost cloying blackberry fruit and cherry pie on the palate. Perhaps a bottle issue but not very enticing. — 14 days ago
Bright with blueberry and black raspberry fruit with hint of tomato leaf. Textured with fresh acidity over black fruit with integrated tannins. Drinking know but tannins seem to indicate good upside for next 3 or 4 years. — 19 days ago
This was a dynamite single parcel Chardonnay from the Marne. It is full of bright lemon curd, lemon peel and green apple fruit with a salty, mineral touch. Palate has a nice plush texture with orange and lemon fruit and a spicy mineral accent. There is great cut and focus but totally different from Cotes de Blanc champagnes. — a year ago
Bright lively fresh notes of lemon zest, tangerine, green apple, wet stones and subtly nutty notes. Palate is layered with citrus fruit, pear and incisive mineral aspects. Just hints at maturity with a almond and lactic accents. This is really a fabulous village wine that transmits the character of the vintage. — a year ago
First bottle corked. Arg!
Dark, rich sweet black raspberry with cassis and plum fruit. Enticing accent notes of graphite, tamari, violets and white pepper. Palate is still primary with black fruits and mineral, salty touches wrapped in superb fruit based tannins. Fresh on the finish with red raspberry and plum with mineral spine. Throughly enjoyable now and I expect over the next 3 to 5 years. — 15 days ago
This is the third 2008 lieu dit I have tasted recently and so different than the others.
Nose displays a decent touch of reduction with lemon, lemon peel and tangerine fruit aromas wrapped in a pile of warm dry stones. Palate is racy and quit youthful with lots of citrus fruit and a touch of hazelnut with piercing mineral content. Finishes just a touch lean with the mineral component at the fore. I am not sure how this develops as it did not expand or change much over 2 hours in a decanter. — a year ago
From a double-magnum on New Year’s Eve Vibrant youth full color with nary a sign of age. Blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry fruit that is still very primary. Great graphite accents with a hints of pepper and nutmeg. Lush and textured palate with berry fruit tones, round tannins that provide structure but never intrude. Acidity is bright adding freshness to the fruit. I would have expected a bit more development even with the bottle size. Superb with rabbit braised with white wine and shallots and beef daube. — a year ago
Notes of crushed rock, soy and allspice mingle with red plum and black raspberry fruit. Mineral and linear on the palate with juicy tannins. Fruit is red current and plum with subtle notes of cardamom. This is drinking well but missing a touch of complexity and length. — 15 days ago
Just stellar. Cherry, raspberry, pomegranate fruits intertwined with earth, all spice and hint of barrel. Superb texture with supple tannins with a hint of whole stem flavors. Red fruits and nice vibrancy with a mineral jolt. Close to peak but should be fab for 5 to 8 more years. — 19 days ago
Lovely waxy, spice inflected Chave nose with pear skin, tangerine and peach fruit. The nose has a touch of mineral that adds to its freshness. Palate is dynamite with round, ripe pear, yellow apple peel fruit set off by honey, mineral, white pepper accents. Long polished finish. From magnum this wine is just entering it prime drinking window. Lucky to have 1 more to cellar for 3 or 4 more years. — a year ago