After a late bud break in mid-April, vegetation exploded in growth in May tu June that condensed all the green works (debudding, tying up, thinning, treatments, trimming…) on two months instead of four.
It was also our first tiny production of Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge, very nice small berries wich gave yields of 25hl/ha.
Our two white wines Bourgogne Blanc and Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc are promising with a great acidity, freshness and a lot of citrus notes.
Bourgogne Rouge 2000 :
Burghound.com – January 2002 : (30% new oak). While not quite as good as the stunning ’99 version despite coming from much lower yields (45 hl/ha versus a whopping 65 hl/ha for the ’99), the ’00 Bourgogne offers beautiful red fruits with soft and pure flavors with much better finesse than the average Bourgogne. This will drink well early and is a very pretty wine (83-85)/2002-6
The Fine Wine Review – n°91 : The Bourgogne has spicy red fruit, even a touch of oriental spice hinting of Vosne. The wine also has good concentration and balance, and enough tannin to suggest 2-3 years to its peak.
Chambolle-Musigny “La Combe d’Orveau” 2000 :
Burghound.com – January 2002 : (50% new oak and yields of 40 hl/ha). Also quite light, in fact a bit too light though it does offer the same beautiful purity of expression and classic Chambolle elegance. Red fruits dominate the nose and the flavor profile is one of crushed raspberries. Pretty but one wishes for more density and extract. (84-87)/2002-6
Richebourg 2000 :
The vine – Clive Coates – juin 2004 : Suprisingly good colour. Soft nose. A little light but no lack of fruit, elegance, harmony or succulence. Medium to medium-full body. This is excellent for the vintage. Surprisingly voluminous. Fresh and balanced. Ripe and classy. Very lovely. 2012-2042. 19
Burghound.com – January 2002 : (from a .6 ha parcel and 100% new oak). This too shows quite a bit of wood spice but there is better aromatic volume and intensity to handle it. The palate impression is quite refined and not nearly as robust as classic Richebourg. The complexity is impressive as is the finishing richness. Classy juice with firm finishing tannins though this should come around over the medium term. (89-92)/2007-2014
Clive Coates Février 2012 : medium colour. Mature nose, but no great depth, size or energy behind it. A pleasant, quite fresh, fruity wine. But one-dimensional. not a patch on the 2001.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge
Burghound.com – January 2002 : Stunningly pure and elegant fruit with a flavor profile that is equally fine and beautifully precise. There is not much density here but this is lacy, stylish and supple with good finishing structure. A great choice for a house red. (85-87)/2002-6
Burghound.com – January 2002 : (80% new oak). Quite a bit of oak spice and expressive black fruits with supple, full-bodied flavors underpinned by firm, ripe, round tannins and excellent length. Young Clos de Vougeot typically is quite reserved and even austere but this is both expressive and remarkably elegant. There is a subtle complexity here and assuming the oak integrates well, this should make a lovely if not profound bottle. (88-91)/2005-10
The Fine Wine Review – n°91 : The Clos Vougeot has bel pepper and cassis in the nose. In the mouth, the wine shows black fruits, especially cassis, with a touch of black licorice and some spice, plus just a touch of flatness on the mid-palate. I’d wait 3-5 years to drink the wine.
Burghound.com – January 2002 : (a lieu-dit situated high on the Vosne slope above Cros Parantoux – 50% new oak). Trace of toasty new wood mixed with black fruit extract and spice followed by flavors that offer excellent density. Quite elegant for this wine as it often is fairly rustic in character. (86-88)/2004-8
The Fine Wine Review – n°91 : The village Vosne, Barreaux, from a vineyard next to Petits Monts and above Cros Parantoux, shows spicy red currant and red cherry fruit with moderate depth and length. I’d drink the wine over the next 5-8 years.