The 2017 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru, two new barrels out of three in total, has a very refined, supremely focused bouquet of perfumed scents of black cherries, strawberry pastilles and subtle orange blossom aromas.
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2012 tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chevalier Montrachet la Cabotte Grand Cru from Bouchard Père & Fils has a slightly more exotic bouquet within this flight with touches of white chocolate and almond originating from the more generous and conspicuous use of new oak.
The 2016 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru was the first vintage farmed with biodynamic methods, and Tremblay pruned in April to avoid frost; however, the pruning wounds bled and the sap frosted, resulting in just as much damage to the buds as if she had pruned earlier. Farming is never simple!
The 2011 Cornas is drinking beautifully right now, 10 years after the vintage. Nicely developed notes of leather and faint herbal flourishes accent redcurrants on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is plush and velvety, capped off by a long, elegant finish. 94/100. Drink: 2015-2030.
The 1995 Lafite-Rothschild (only one-third of the harvest made it into the final blend) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine was showing spectacularly well when I tasted it in November, 1997.
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes is showing brilliantly, mingling notes of raspberries and dried flowers with hints of sweet spices and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it`s lively and precise, with fine tannins and a long, mineral finish.