2012 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant (Savennières)88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Golden yellow. Aromas of tobacco, ripe yellow peach and brioche. A multilayered wine with its own distinctly “orange” character, the broad-shouldered apricot flavor is accented by tea leaf and lime. Concentrated, warm and deep, finishing with an unmistakable extract sweetness and a supple texture. This was my favorite of the six Chenin Blancs I tasted at the estate, but question marks remain in my mind. (12/2014)
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Coulée de Serrant is a small AOC located within Savennières and is only about 17 acres in size. Originally planted by Cistercian monks back in 1130 the average vine age is between 35-40 years of age with the oldest being around 80 years old. The dense red schist soils give this wine its renowned concentration, structure and power. The winery converted over to biodynamic farming back in 1980, before it was so hip, and they are committed to bottling a natural "wine-of-place". This is one of the most powerful wines of the world. Cellar for 10+ years or decant vigorously for a few hours.
2012 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges BurgundyWine anthology web site:
"This is a blend of 7 plots ('Les Plateaux', 'Les Crots', 'Les Belles Croix', 'Les Fleurières', 'Les Brulées' and 'Les Chaliots') for a total area of 3 hectares. Most of these plots are situated to the South of Nuits-St-Georges, on the lower slopes, where the soil, a mixture of clays, alluvial deposits and limestone gravel, is deep. Only 'Les Crots', a plot of 1 hectare, is situated on the upper slopes, where the brown limestone soil is shallow. These frank, generous wines need to be laid down for a few years to be fully appreciated. This is when they will reveal their true potential!" —winemaker
"The 2012 Nuits St. Georges is utterly exquisite. Sweet floral and spice notes lift out of the glass, followed by a host of blue/black fruits, spices, mint and licorice. The flavors are classic Nuits but the villages is surprisingly weightless, aromatic and polished. I especially like the freshness of the finish. Drinking window: 2015 - 2027." —Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"Mild reduction renders the nose difficult to assess. There is more depth, weight and punch to the detailed and solidly well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that exhibit good balance on the appealingly persistent finish. This is sufficiently tender on the mid-palate to permit early drinking yet it has the clear potential for aging." —Allen Meadows, Burghound
Beaune 1er cru "Les Perrières" 2011From www.demontille.com
We harvested from the 27th of August through the 8th of September.
2011 was a truly beautiful vintage with a succesful combination of a vintage like 2007 (low alcohol, high acidity, very good phenolic maturity with still-crunchy fruits) and a vintage with more substance and sappiness like 2009. The alcohol levels are low, generally around 12.5%, and the acidities are high without sticking out. If we had to choose a few adjectives to characterize this vintage, these would be the ones : freshness, energy, transparency, fluidity, balance and harmony.
The aromas are very fresh and crunchy with red fruits (raspberry, strawberry and red currant) with touches of spices (cinnamon and cardamom) and flowers (peony and poppy), especially in wines vinified with whole clusters. Transparency is another important quality of the vintage with the clear expression of the terroirs – more so than in the three prior vintages – with plenty of nuance and detail.
As is often the case, the wines surprised us and the quality of their tannins is well beyond what we expected given the results of the analyses of sugar, acidity and maturity. The mouthfeels are long and seductive with bright tannins that are well-integrated with the fruit, giving absolutely no astringence. The texture is fine and vibrant with a fluid development on the palate that gives a sensation of energy along with excellent persistence on the finish.
During the harvest, we had a good feeling about the quality and maturity of the tannins, which gave us the confidence to work with whole clusters. The following cuvées included two-thirds whole clusters: Volnay Mitans, Pommard Pézerolles and Pommard Rugiens. For Volnay Taillepieds, Nuits-St-Georges Les Thorey, Corton Clos du Roi, Clos-Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée Les Malconsorts and Vosne-Romanée Les Malconsorts Christiane, 100% whole clusters were used.
Most, such as the Beaune Premier Crus, will be ready to drink between 2015 and 2020, but the others (Volnay, Pommard, Corton and the Côte de Nuits cuvées) will age very well and can wait until 2025 or 2030. They will be magnificent bottles.
Notes de degustation
-A highly perfumed nose of plum, red currant and soft earth nuances leads to slightly rounder and more voluminous flavors that also display a lovely minerality on the balanced, persistent and ever-so slightly austere finish. There is just a bit more here and the finish is marginally firmer as well. Allen Meadows
Chateau des Quarts Pouilly-Fuisse ‘Clos des Quarts’ 2012From Austrailian WIne Review (ozwinereview.com)
This is outstanding. Great value compared to white Burgundy too. Lots of oak and sulphide banana funk, there’s some lovely fruit underneath all that winemaking though – a real clean mineral streak. Long and fine, with a real refreshing finish. Yes. Drink: 2015-2023. 18/20, 93/100Château des Quarts was created in 2012 through a joint partnership between two old friends, Dominique Lafon and Olivier Merlin.
For over a decade, Olivier had tasked himself with sourcing and making wine from the best sites within Pouilly-Fuissé and bottling them under his own label. After buying grapes from Clos des Quarts for several vintages, he was one of the first approached with the news that it was for sale. Having been already convinced of the terroir's integrity he jumped on the opportunity.
The vineyard is located in Chaintré, the southernmost village of Pouilly-Fuissé. At just over 2 hectares, the oldest vines are almost a century old and are planted on clay-limestone soils.
One bottle each:
2011 Beaune 1er Cru Les Perrieres
2012 Chateau des Quarts Pouilly-Fuisse Clos des Quarts
2012 Coulee de Serrant
2012 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges Burgundy