The wines are grouped alphabetically by producer (sur)name and within those groups are ordered whites before reds, ascending from generic through village, premiers and grands crus. You can change the order as you prefer using the menu below.
Domaine Bruno Clair (Marsannay-la-Côte)
Tank sample. Pretty pretty and not expensive. Though it lacks the savour and purity of a wine made at the south of the Côte d’Or. Dry finish.
Tank sample. Rather full and even a little heavy. Bitter-lemon flavours. Lots of bang for the buck. Chewy finish.
Cask sample. Dark crimson. Doesn’t sing. But it’s solid and not too ripe! A little oak note. Still quite chewy. But I think it has the guts and freshness to stay the course.
Cask sample. Scented and polished. A little muscular for a Chambolle but very honest and straightforward. Good peacock’s tail on the end which is a good sign. But this is not for lovers of finesse above all.
Juice and polish but perhaps not quite the edginess and raciness of a perfect Vosne. But certainly a solid effort.
Cask sample. Sample smells just a little tired. Juicy and sweet with enough acidity and freshness so it will probably be fine. A little saltiness. Lots of honest yeoman character.
High-toned and really very sweet and fresh. Pure pleasure! Very accessible for a wine that’s really a grand cru. Too sweet for purists, but really a lovely wine – with undertow. Spookily approachable.
Grating texture with some coffee-grounds impression and massive weight. Very serious stuff. Not yet magic but it probably will be.
Heady, liqueur-like on the nose. Rich but (just) not too sweet. Arguably there is more life on the Bonnes Mares. Seems to be a little more precocious than the Bonnes Mares.
Domaine Françoise et Denis Clair (Santenay)
2018 was very difficult – slow fermentation and malo often finished before the alcoholic fermentation. Which is why these are not...