Took an hour+ to open up. Continues to evolve. This is lovely. Very well balanced acidity and puckering tannins throughout. I’m 90 minutes in and think the fruit may still be holding out. Not dull though, the fruit is still bright for a 16 year old. As it is there is boysenberry and raspberry but not delicate. Good thing as the fruit stands up to the acidity and tannins well.
Like the fruit, the nose remains subdued 90 mins in. There’s strawberry, a little mushroom, and clove.
In my Burgundy ignorance, I may be underscoring here. Really enjoying this. — 2 days ago
Huge ebullient nose of black and red cherries. Gorgeous spice, blackberry and licorice. Lovely Stoney minerality. So Volnay. Stunningly sweet fruit. Unreal purity and freshness and so so young. Sappy and dense but also light on its feet. Raspberry cake, raspberry coulis. Good extract, purity and freshness but as this is a barrel sample it’s maybe lost a little bit. Nose is showing huge minerality and earthiness. Palate is more engaging with air. It’s more precise and juicy. Very gamey. Nose is super sick now with air. Cherry liquor. Very fresh. Palate is elegant and fresh. This is a wine for laying down. So much potential. — 6 days ago
The top wine at Rebourgeon and this may be the best wine he’s ever made. Stunningly, deep, fresh, complex nose of cherry flower, spice cake, pulverized stones, licorice, mid to late season cherry and spice. Unreal complexity. But this 9.6 nose is still holding back. That’s what elite vineyards do. The nose is so harmonious. Wow, that is super elite. Just so elegant. One of the most elegant wines I’ve ever had from William if not the most elegant. This is only giving 15% of itself but that 15% is stunning. A sphere on the palate. So balanced, so much synergy. Stoney, floral, fruity and endless depth. Going deep in the ocean. You can sniff this nose as hard as possible and it still gives off unlimited depth. Outrageous nose. 9.7 ish. Palate is also a 9.7 but has so much room to improve. Unreal sweet fruit and wonderful slippery character. Tannins, acid and fruit all in perfect harmony. Just a stunning bottle of Rugiens and the best bottle of wine young William has made so far. — 11 days ago
Drouhin did some phenomenal wines in these lesser years of 2012 to 2014. This is among the best we tasted. Ver bright rubi red robe, oriental spices and violets on the nose, very fine tanins and an ever so slightly rustic finish that added to the quality and personality of this cuvée. We loved it and enthusiastically recommend it. — a month ago
Like a lot of 17s, very approachable in its youth. Pop and pour, but notes from 1.5 hrs open. On the nose: violets, blackberries, wild strawberry, soft red earthy notes. On the palate: fantastic acidity, a touch of baking spice, good density, if leaning lighter in style, more nice red and black fruit and soft, finely grained tannin on the finish. Yum! — 16 days ago
The last vintage of this PN made in a ocean of Chardonnay. Light in color with a beautiful nose of earth and dry wild mushrooms. Red cherry, spice on a frame of adequate acid and melted tannins. Light weight but not simple. Pleasurable.
— a month ago
On s’ouvre un autre délicieux Chassagne Villages 2017 de Bernard Moreau. Toujours aussi savoureux. Un petit côté citronné et salin au nez, mais finement, avec une touche beurrée. La bouche est généreuse, charmante, une certaine rondeur avec une touche de richesse, mais aussi avec suffisamment de tension appuyée et qui donne du corps au vin tout en ayant une belle fraîcheur et une longueur fort appréciable, toute une réussite pour un Villages. 91-92
Once again another great bottle if this decently priced Chassagne Villages. Some lemon, touch of butter nd definitely a salinity on the nose and palate. A generous and chrming wine with some roundness and richness yet with enough acidity to make it a great balance, good length too, delicious simply and now my 4th bottle in the last year and they were all spot on. — 6 days ago
Huge classic Rugiens nose. Super super stoney, matchstick, so stoney, primal stoniness. Candied earthy herbal perfume. Wow. Candied licorice. Impossibly complex. Iodine? Salty. Wow, so elegant and fine but muscular and has epic sweetness. But finishes Stoney with classic Rugiens pulverized rock dust. Nose is getting more and more complex. Just a stunning bottle of Rugiens. Velvety, citric and perfectly balanced. Ripe and sweet tannins. Really epic. Super pure. Big structure. Just ridiculous. — 6 days ago
Talmettes is on a limestone parcel and therefore gives very mineral wines, almost like white ones.
This is in indeed very stony and mineral, but has flesh and lots of red fruit together with dollops of rose fanée and spices. Medium bodied, very complex and elegant, just about ready but no rush. A fine bottle very much to our taste. — 13 days ago