We try some more Burgundies to drown out those expensive '05 Bordeaux en primuer blues!!
1999 Marc Colin Chassagne Monrachet 1er Cru "Les Caillerets"
Upon opening, strong burst of sweet oak from the bottle. After 15-20 minutes this seem to balance out and one could smell the acidity coming through. Some bottle age evident - not so primary, well balanced, fresh, good acidity, nice finish - perhaps not enough minerality. 90pts.
2002 Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin. 1er Cru Petite Chapelle
Charming nose, but frankly very disappointed at the concentration on the palate. Almost as if it was diluted - bad bottle, high yields ?? Who knows - This is atypically pathetic showing for an '02 especially a 1er cru. Will blame it on a bad bottle. 87pts.
2002 Denis Mortet Gevrey Chambertin. Combe du Dessus
Completely opposite from the Laurent. On the nose much more concentration and power. Red fruits, earthy, good acidity. On the palate multi-layered, fine tannins and just so much more here. Decent finish though not ultra long. 92pts. 1er Cru material.
2003 Meo-Camuzet. Bourgogne
Concentrated and powerful but somehow did not have the richness and persistent of flavor compared to the Mortet du Dessus... This however is an unfair comparison. Harsher tannins, defintely from a hot year. 89pts.