I have been sitting on this for a while, waiting for the right time to re-taste. Tonight just happened to be it! I noticed a little bricking when I was pouring the glass, which seems a little premature for a 12 year old Burgundy. It’s quite opaque considering the varietal though. Swirling like mad to get something on the nose I finally notice an earthy note, some cherries, but not much else really- I’m intrigued. The palate is where it’s at folks- strawberry puree, cherry, barnyard, straw and some really edgy tannins. I have a hard time discerning them in Pinot Noir, but they are most definitely present in this bottle. I get a grippy dryness to the gums, the mouth is puckering and they meld very well with the acidity. This wine is not bad! I just re-read my review of it from 2012, It really did what I expected, and then some! The funkiness is not as much as I had hoped for but it does exist, somewhat muted. I am going with 91 points and 4 stars for the $50 bottle. Drink till 2025 at the least. Salut….
I wrote about the 2008 Louis Boillot Volnay back in 2012 and promised to re-taste. It was not a year later, but several. Anyway, here goes.
Almost an orange purple see-through complexion. Signs of middle age perhaps? The nose has an earthiness to it alongside cranberries, strawberries and some wheat kernels. You probably never saw that one as a descriptor! The wine tastes much better than I remember, with a nice intro to some strawberry, barnyard and green peppers. It is very smooth with barely perceptible tannins until they reach a crescendo on the finish. The wine’s acidity is on pointe with a nice cut to it. The mid palate is all about secondary flavors. The development is a treat. This wine has evolved very nicely from what I thought was atypical Burgundy, into the quintessential Pinot Noir that defines Old World charm and character. I am loving it! I paid $40 per bottle back in the day and it looks like I ordered 6 bottles, I am hoping to cellar dive and come up with the other 4! 92 points and 5 stars. Salut….
I don’t think I have seen a lighter opacity in a wine before. It is see-through and barely purple, more of a red. After a swirl in the BAG (Big Assed Glass), shaped like a tulip and made specially for Burgundy wines- I get an amazing cherry meets forest floor and mushrooms kinda scent. Strawberries feature, but only just. On the palate, super smooth offerings of violet, bing cherry, some acidity and a touch of dryness. The mid palate has an earthier component to it and the mushrooms pop up again. The acidity is prevalent here and continues to makes its presence known throughout the rather long finish. This is an elegant wine that is still too young at 7 years of age. It will mellow more and develop some nice secondary flavors IMHO. I would drink until 2025 at the least if not more. I’m grilling up some bourbon/honey marinated skirt steaks and sauteed creamy Kale. I think the combo will work. I reckon this is a 91 point effort that gets 4 stars for its $40 quality to price ratio. Salut….
Merry Christmas! I have family over for the holidays and we opened this bottle for a Christmas Eve potluck dinner. I know it is extravagant for this type of Cru Burgundy to be opened with a pasta casserole and spiral baked ham, but it works!
Very pale in the glass with some orange hues of bricking appearing- maybe pre-mature for a Burgundy wine, we shall see. On the nose a revelation, this wine is young, fresh and full of fruit yet tertiary notes are starting to appear. Cherry, strawberry and wildflowers dominate with barnyard and a touch of oak also appears. On the initial attack I’m getting super smooth cherry notes with cinnamon and grille backing it up. The meatiness is slight but present along with super sleek tannins that are perceptible yet unobtrusive- this wine glides. The mid palate is a seamless transition from the front with the addition of some barnyard funk- my kinda Burgundy. The finish is decent in length and gives off leather and some pale berry notes. This is a very complex wine that is shockingly smooth and very pleasing. I am hoping it will evolve into a behemoth old school Burgundy in the next few years. 92 points from me which coincides with WS. Drink now, but sparingly until it fully matures. 4 stars for the $50 price point. 2019-2027 is a good window for maximum effect. Salut….
A Burgundy bottling that comes with great acclaim and which I have waited long enough to try. See through light purple, hinting at refinement and class. The nose has strawberry, pomegranate and twizzlers. All typical of good Pinot Noir! The initial taste is very elegant, light and juicy. Strawberry, rhubarb and juicy acidity merge into a mid palate of cherry kirsch. The finish is long and laced with tannins as well as that bracing acidity. This wine is exuberant and young. The earthiness and funk that I crave in Burgundy wines has not yet evolved. I would imagine another 4 years in the cellar might extract the results I’m looking for. 91 points for now and I am excited for the next bottle in a few years! 4 stars for this $55 offering. Salut….
Burgundy, and Pinot Noir can seem like such a minefield. The nuances of the grape coupled with the intricacies of the Burgundian wine system leave me with a headache sometimes. Having said that, I am trying my hardest to discover and having fun doing it.
See-through pinkish purple, as would be expected of a Pinot Noir. The nose intrigues me- but kinda thin. It offers shades of cherry, straw, dust and perhaps some pomegranate. The initial attack is very subtle and smooth. Cherry for sure, some capsicum, and spices. Violets come to mind as well. The mid palate is where the wine opens up- cherries, berries and some nice juicy tannins show up. The pomegranate re-appears on the finish as the wine closes out in a slightly acidic note. The whole package is quite delicious but lacks depth for now. I’m thinking it may evolve somewhat. 90 points from me (the pro’s gave it 92). Drink from now until 2025 and pair it with Cornish hens, maybe even some Salmon on the grill. For $50, it is a pricy wine, but very typical of small production Burgundy. 3 stars. Salut….
Louis Jadot has to be one of the more prominent wineries in our local wine shops. You can’t glance over the Burgundy section without seeing the telltale label. They own their own vineyards and also buy in grapes. I tried to count how many different wines they produce but lost track. They have numerous labels at all levels of quality and price. This particular bottle was bought a few years ago for about $25.
An intriguing pale, see-through purple that reminds me of other delicate Pinots I have tried. Quite a deep nose of strawberry and pomegranate. On the palate- still a young and fresh wine with flavors of cherry kirsch, cranberry and a nice acidic touch. It warms up on the mid palate and offers up some strawberry along with sour cherry. The finish is dry with tannins and acidity bracing each other. I have a hard time detecting tannins in Pinot Noir, but this one serves them up, albeit all on the finish. I’m glad I sat on this wine for as long as I did, it is just hitting its stride now. It offers a mature, refined approach to old world Pinot that I enjoy. It only lacks the earthy components I look forward to in Burgundy. Overall, I like this wine quite a lot. 90 points and 4 stars as this wine is only a Village level yet acts all grown up and has lasted well past it’s recommended drinking window yet shows another 2-3 years at the very least. Newer vintages will run you $35 or so for this delicious offering. I would pair it with roast Cornish hens or perhaps flank steak with chimichurri sauce. Salut….
This one started out a pale purple in the glass with a crimson cherry nose with green notes, very fruit forward for a Burgundy. The thing that makes this region so alluring is the terroir and what it brings out of the finicky Pinot grape. I always think of earth, barnyard, funk and restrained fruit. This one is different with initial tastes of strawberry, tart rhubarb and violet. Streaking acidity with gentle tannins balance each other well. A decent, if short finish of floral notes and some cherry with acidity swirling around the gums along with the tannins. I think this one needs some cellar time. 2017-2022. 88 points for this tasty yet atypical Burgundy. 3 stars for this $24 effort. Salut….
ED Note. I found this article in drafts from May of 2015 and just now published it.
A Burgundy I bought back in 2008 and sat on for a few years, forgetting I even had it. Pouring the first glass reminded me of a Malbec, rich and purply. Not what I was expecting from a Pinot Noir, but let’s see what comes of it.
A nose of bramble, dark plums and an earthy component. I am intrigued… The first sip is smooth, with hints of cherry, cola, a touch of acidity and a barely noticeable amount of tannin. The second sip reveals strawberry/rhubarb crumble and some spicebox. The mid-palate exhibits a smooth transition for the tannins to come out along with the dark fruits and mushroom (Ps. The label has a picture of a truffle, perhaps hinting at something). The tingling on my gums is evident after a fews sips. The wine is still very young and slightly closed. The finish shows off the Burgundian earth, some cherry and lashings of fine grained tannins. I hardly ever sense tannic components in Pinot Noir, but this wine most definitely has structure with tannins and acidity that will allow it to develop for another 10 years at the least. I am going with 92 points on this wine and wished I had another bottle to open in 8 years or so, I bet it goes all funky with secondary flavors of earth, barnyard and everything else that aged Burgundy has to offer the patient amongst us. I found it online for $72, making this a 4 star effort for the cellar. Drink 2022-2026. WS gave it 93 points BTW. It comes in at a very enjoyable 13% alcohol, which is a major shift from today’s highly extracted monsters that weigh it at 15+%. Enjoy this one all by itself when it is ready to go, or perhaps with a rustic roast Chicken, maybe even braised beef ribs. Salut….
I bought this bottle at a wine shop that was closing and sat on it (forgot about it) until recently. Nice, rich looking see-through purple in the glass. A nose of cherry, cola and earth. On the initial taste I got blue berries, lingonberry and a swath of swirling acidity. After a few minutes of air time the wine opens up even more, with sharper concentration of fruit with some tannins mingling with the acidity. A mid palate of plum puree hits me now and the tannins are defined, which for Pinot is rare. This wine is 10 years young and has much life left in it, I reckon maturity will hit in 2020 at the earliest. An entry level Burgundy that I really enjoyed. 88 points. $17 or so make this 3 stars in my books. Salut….