A real stunner!!! Pear, minerality, butter, crisp, and beautiful body. Thankfully I have four more bottles in the cellar. — 11 days ago
Really like this French Chardonnay from Lush. — a month ago
Blinded, KP thought this was a Grenache which I felt was an excellent guess due to the ripeness and structure of the wine (notably, “Grenache” would only have led us down the path towards one producer 😉). Plus, I honestly think Grenache is just warm-climate Pinot 😂 (there I said it!).
With Grenache ruled out, I gave perhaps my best performance in a blind tasting during the trip - Burg, at least a premier cru from Morey or Gevrey, and a warm vintage (2000 I claimed!). Safe to say I got pretty close.
With games done and dusted, we were finally free to enjoy the wine, and what a wine it was. Boah! So good. My red and wine of the night. Terrific nose of dark cherries, earth, musk, black tea, dried roses and herbs, as well a touch of oak spice and meatiness. Powerful palate with an inner sweetness, assertive stoniness, and beautiful balancing acidity. It just caresses your mouth with layers of fruit and minerals, prompting the next sip before the brain could even register swallowing the last. I could chug this really, but that would be uncouth and a terrible disrespect to the wonderful nose. A wine that fits the coveted bill of “power with weight” perfectly. Thanks MJ for sharing this. — 2 months ago
Okay, so there are haters out there that don’t appreciate Joly’s approach to winemaking and question his vineyard practices. Something about his commitment to biodynamics and not doing his vineyards justice. Well, people are entitled their opinions and if those opinions keep his wines away from some people, that’s okay because it just means more for me. The 2014 Clos de la Bergerie is a wine of tremendous soul. For the uninitiated, it’s going to bend the mind. Visually, it pours an almost alarming, burnished gold color that is slightly turbid. On the nose and the palate, it’s a wonder. Bruised apples, marmalade, honeysuckle, lanolin…whoa. The acid makes the whole thing work so well. This is drinking really well right now but I expect these will drink well over the next 5-10 years…possibly more. These wines really need a crazy amount of air. Like…insane. I really wish I could drink them more often. Unfortunately, I’m not that privileged. — 22 days ago
Alec Seysses is a big believer in his ‘06, says it’s better than the ‘05. Still, a group at our table found the intensity of the ‘10 made it the Clos de la Roche to put away. The ‘09 was related by Seysses as their first vintage with over-ripening concerns, however deftly handled. The ‘14 had large support as delicious and most enjoyable at present. Ripe, dense, and quite open was the ‘19 with a huge future. The ‘17 Clos de la Roche was also served. Sneaking into the picture, and maybe my favorite of the night, was the ‘17 Clos Saint-Denis (see score). — 7 days ago