Saturday, March 12, 2011

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2005 Mischief and Mayhem Bourgogne Pinot Noir...$19.99
only 550 cases made.
A great 2005 Red Burgundy and a real bargain for the quality here. This wine could easily pass for a Nuits St. Georges.

"Bright ruby red in colour with a touch of pink at the rim. Extremely fine, warm nose of damsons, red cherry, clove, nutmeg and raspberry fruit. Excellent, soft mouth feel, nicely integrated supple tannins, smooth and full with cherry pie, plum and vanilla notes, all nicaly balanced with a subtle acidic structure. Lovely even grip and balance leads into a dry, well rounded and full finish. Very nice indeed." -- winery

Very, very limited Burgs...

2008 Lucien Le Moine Corton Renards....$109.99
Only 50 cases made
The twin barrels of Le Moine 2008 Corton Renardes are even more tender in texture than their Bressandes sibling, as well as sweeter in their still-tart fruit (here strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb). Brown spices, browned butter, and hints of caramel make for an appealing cookie dough-like aspect on this wine’s subtly creamy and palpably dense yet buoyant palate. Nor are herbal or floral nuances entirely neglected in the complex performance. A smoky, Latakia-like note graces this wine’s long finish. I suspect 12-15 years will prove a sufficiently conservative estimate of its potential.
Rated 92-93/100 Wine Advocate

2008 Lucien Le Moine Volnay Clos des Chenes....$89.99
Only 25 cases made
A single barrel of Le Moine 2008 Volnay Clos des Chenes smells of smoky-sweet machine oil, resin, fresh ginger, and cherry. Its abundant primary fruit juiciness has to negotiate slightly rough shoals of tannin that are doubtless a legacy of the hail that afflicted this site. But this displays impressive depth of flavor, including a clean, marrowy meatiness and saline savor that mingle with pungent spices and smokiness as well as with bitter notes of fruit pit in a long finish. I’d speculate on a decade or more of satisfaction here, with the proviso that one keep close tabs on its evolution. Rated 90-91/100 Wine Advocate

2008 Lucien Le Moine Nuits St.-Georges Les Vaucrains ....$99.99
Only 50 cases made
The two barrels of Le Moine 2008 Nuits St.-Georges Les Vaucrains are memorably scented with game, smoky-sweet machine oil, hibiscus, heliotrope, and black raspberry preserves, which then inform a rich yet brightly and beautifully focused palate, leading to a finish of cut and complexity, its animal and mineral dimensions as fascinating as they are hard to pin-down in words. Overall, this silken-textured cru is more forward and winsome than its Les St.-Georges counterpart, and while I would not be surprised if it rewards two decades of cellaring, I suspect it will not insist on bottle aging.
Rated 93-94/100 Wine Advocate

2008 Le Moine Pommard Grands Epenots....$99.99
Only 50 cases made
The two barrels of Le Moine 2008 Pommard Grands Epenots is unremittingly brightly-fruited, with blond tobacco and peat joining red raspberry preserves and fresh berries on the nose and on a palate boasting tenderized tannins, and aspects of fruit preserves folded into a butter-pastry envelope. The finish here is refined, long, vibratory (for all of the wine’s textural richness) and transparent to mysterious mineral nuances. Saouma comments on the extreme (dark-light) contrast in personality of this and the Epenots as a classic instance of Burgundy terroir difference, noting that the latter was picked two full weeks ahead of this Grands Epenots. This Pinot became more hauntingly complex as it opened to the air, and I suspect it will be worth following for at least a decade.
Rated 92-93/100 Wine Advocate

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