Friday, April 29, 2016

Domaine Pierre Guillemot (Savigny-les-Beaune) -- 2013s Tasted from Bottle

Guillemot is one of those producers who seem to get it right no matter what the vintage, and 2013 is shown very well in these wines, some of which are even more impressive from bottle than they were from cask. My earlier review of these and other Guillemot wines of the vintage is here. (Continue reading here.)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Recently Tasted Red Wines from the Beaujolais and Southern Burgundy

I continue to find 2014 a reasonably good vintage, but with some inconsistency and with fewer highs than I have found in many other vintages. If the wines of Jean-Claude Lapalu reviewed below are indicative of the 2015s to come, that should be a truly exciting vintage.

Other reviews of Beaujolais that may still be on the market are found herehere, and here. (Continue reading here.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Domaine Rollin Père & Fils (Pernand-Vergelesses) -- 2013s Tasted from Bottle

Tasting through a selection of 2013 reds from bottle shows success for the vintage, the difficult conditions from the late July hail notwithstanding. A description of the vintage at Rollin, including notes on tasting these and other wines in autumn 2014, is found here.

Rollin’s wines age well and provide outstanding value. (Continue reading here.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Domaine Camus-Bruchon (Savigny-les-Beaune) -- 2013s Tasted from Bottle

Vintage conditions and review of these wines and others of the estate from cask are here. As you can see by comparing that report with this one, despite the very difficult conditions of this tiny vintage with serious hail at the end of July, these wines are in line with what I tasted from cask in autumn 2014 and it is a good vintage at Camus-Bruchon. (Continue reading here.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Eugen Müller (Forst, Pfalz) -- 2014s Tasted from Bottle

As I said in my review of Mosbacher’s wines, Forst is the Vosne-Romanée of the Pfalz. Most of the great vineyards are owned by the great VDP producers: von Bassermann-Jordan, von Buhl, von Winning, Mosbacher, Acham-Magin, etc. But Müller, not a VDP member, has been making outstanding wines for at least several years, and the wines sell at most attractive prices. The 2014 vintage is particularly successful and worthy of your attention, should you have access to the wines.  (The Spätlese trockens are the equivalent to the VDP’s GG’s.) (Continue reading here.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jean Chauvenet (Nuits-Saint-Georges) -- 2013s Tasted from Bottle

Details on the vintage as well as my notes on tasting these wines and others from cask are located here. As with the past few Burgundy estates on which I reviewed 2013s from bottle, I am pleased to state that the wines here performed at the top of the range, or above, that which I evaluated them when tasting from cask. Christophe Drag has produced an excellent vintage. (Continue reading here.)

Robert Weil (Kiedrich, Rheingau) -- 2014s Tasted from Bottle

This selection of 2014s shows good quality in Weil’s 2014s. Weil has long practiced a policy of putting grapes of higher quality in wines than one would expect from the label, and one sees that here, yet again, justifying prices that initially might seem high compared to those of some neighboring estates. (Continue reading here.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier (Chambolle-Musigny) -- 2013s Tasted from Bottle

The wines reviewed from cask and background on vintage conditions and winemaking are located here. As you can see, several of the wines show even better from bottle than they did a year earlier from cask. The vintage here is outstanding, topped by great wines from Amoureuses and Musigny. (Continue reading here.)

Wagner-Stempel (Siefersheim, Rheinhessen) -- 2014s Tasted from Bottle

This estate, located at the northern border of the Rheinhessen with the Nahe, really is at least as much of what is thought of as Nahe in style as it is Rheinhessen (there is a general perception, I think of what Nahe is; for Rheinhessen, the interest in the wines other than along the Roter Hang may be too recent and the terroirs too diverse to provide a single idea of the region’s wines). At any rate, this is one of the great star producers to emerge in Germany in recent times. (Continue reading here.)

Saturday, April 9, 2016