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The 2012 Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting: 2010 Burgundy


Entrance with Spring Portfolio Tasting Sign

The Robert Kacher Spring Portfolio Tasting presented a large number of wines from Burgundy.  This selection of the 2010 vintage was reason enough to attend and could have engaged ones attention for the entire afternoon.  I have been fortunate to taste wines from several of the producers before but these have been assorted bottles.  If I generalize about the wines tasted I would say they bore fresh fruit with the ripeness in balance with the lively acidity and approachable tannins.  With determination and focus we set about tasting through a fair number of these wines.  Though we did not get through all of the Burgundy we tasted our fair share.  You will find my tasting notes in the order the wines were tasted.

Entrance To the Main Tasting Room From the Lobby

Domaine Marc Morey

Marc Morey first begin bottling his own wine in the 1950s.  Today the domaine is run by his daughter Marie-Joe and her husband Bernard Mollard.  The wines are produced from 25 acres of vineyards.  The fruit is whole bunch pressed, fermented in cask with indigenous yeast then aged in barrels.  As a whole these were lovely wines with interesting noses and almost luscious flavors in the mouth.

2010 Marc Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru En Virondot
There was a light to medium nose of ripe white fruit.  In the mouth the flavors were focused with notes of stone.  There was a good mouthfeel with a drier finish.  This young wine leaves nice spice flavors in the aftertaste.

2010 Marc Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Vergers
This had a more textured nose compared to the En Virondot with fresh floral aromas and a hint of ripeness.  The wine was mouthfilling with structured white fruit that was a bit tart and mixed with watering acidity.

2010 Marc Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Caillerets
The light nose revealed low-lying heavier white and yellow fruit with a floral component.  In the mouth there was focused power with good integration.  The wine was almost chewy.  Notes of stone came out before some drying tannins.

Domaine Xavier Monnot

These wines are produced from a 17 hectare estate which is farmed organically.  The fruit is hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeast, along with controlled use of new oak.  The white wines tilted towards white fruit with strong flavors and will definitely benefit from aging.  The red wines revealed grapey and black fruit with lively acidity, quite refreshing.  Of the whites I particularly liked the Les Chevalieres and Les Charmes.  Of the reds I would single out the Beaune Toussaints, the Pommard Les Vignots, and the Volnay Clos des Chenes.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Bourgogne Blanc “Les Grandes Coutures”
The nose was light with fresh fruit.  In the mouth the up-front acidity was watering and lighter.  The white fruit mixed with some white citrus and a bit of tartness.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Monthelie Blanc, Les Duresses
The light nose revealed more focus and texture to the aromas.  In the mouth the flavors were interesting with flavors of stone fruits.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Meursault, Le Limozin
This tasted young and a bit brawny with delicate flavors.  There was an underlying creamy apple note with drying tannins on the teeth.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Meursault, Les Chevalieres
This started with a powerful wave of flavors with some puckering before good, subtle ripe flavors and a touch of sweet spice.  Nice.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Meursault, 1er Cru Les Charmes
There was a good, medium-strength nose with rich aromas.  In the mouth the wine was youthful and tighter.  There were some white apple notes with a dry finish.  Nice.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Folatieres
This tart wine showed vigor as it filled the mouth.  There was a good soft feel and tangy aftertaste.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Maranges, 1er Cru Clos de la Fussiere
The nose revealed grapey fruit and old perfume. In the mouth the flavors were very grapey with a pepper note.  It was a little racy with flavors of black and red fruit, some pepper, and good acidity and grapey tannins.  Nice aftertaste.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Beaune, 1er Cru Cent Vignes
There was good youthful depth to the nose.  In the mouth the grapey fruit had fine focus with old perfume, spice, and more fine+ tannins.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Beaune, 1er Cru Toussaints
This nose was subtle and tight.  In the mouth the wine was chewy with flavors of fresh, darker red fruit.  There was structure and stones in the finish with racy flavors left on the tongue in the aftertaste.  Clearly young with a good future.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Pommard, Les Vignots
The nose was young with not-quite-brambly aromas and youthful power.  The purple and black fruit was tasty with a little spicy aspect and very fine, coating and drying tannins.

2010 Xavier Monnot, Volnay, 1er Cru Clos des Chenes
The youth nose revealed purple fruit with black fruit hints.  In the mouth there was a good core of black fruit, pencil shavings, and spicy, drying tannins.

Domaine Albert Morot

This is an old domaine that produces wine from 8 hectares of vines.  It has been run by Geoffroy Choppin de Janry since 2000.  The fruit is fermented in stainless steel with the red seeing less than a third new oak.  Geoffrey commented that this vintage saw approximately 40% reduction in yield.  The wines showed quite well all around.  I found the aromas to be somewhat subtle right now but there were determined flavors in the mouth…which I really liked.  Robert Kacher provided a magnum  of the 2003 Teurons for fun….and it sure was.  Grab a selection of these wines for your cellar!  I had a hard time describing the Aigrots so I would love to hear from others.

Geoffroy Choppin de Janry, Domaine Albert Morot

2010 Albert Morot, Savigny les Beaune, 1er Cru La Bataillere aux Vergelesses
There was darker redf ruit on the nose with a hint of red grapefruit.  The mouth followed the nose with quite nice fine grained, drying tannins.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Cent Vignes
This nose revealed focus, subtle ripe fruit with a bit of grapiness.  In the mouth the red fruit was well structured in this precise wine with a hint of pepper and perfumed spices.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Toussaints
The nose was subtle with dark fruit and hints of ripeness.  In the mouth the red fruit had good expansion, red citrus acidity, and very fine drying tannins.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Aigrots
The nose was lifted but subtle with red fruit and red grapefruit.  In the mouth the red fruit mixed with coffee and had a hard to describe component that stood out.  Good and quite unique.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Bressandes
The nose was subtle.  In the mouth the flavors were darker, tighter with fresh, almost chewy red fruit.  The fine+ tannins dried on the lips.

2010 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Teurons
The nose was of focused red fruit.  In the mouth there was controlled power, stones, really quite nice, good depth, chewy, and a racy finish with black fruit.

2003 Albert Morot, Beaune, 1er Cru Teurons, en magnum
This was lovely with an earthy and open nose.  In the mouth there was beautiful texture and mineral flavors in this maturing but still youthful wine.  It had a good ethereal character.  Beautiful.

Domaine Joblot

These wines are produced from 14 hectares of vines.  These wines are fermented and aged in barrel for up to 16 months.  These are strapping, interactive wines that will clearly benefit from age.

Domaine Joblot

2010 Joblot, Givry, 1er Cru Clos du Cellier aux Moines
The brambly nose lightly mixed with spices, quite a lot was going on.  In the mouth the red and black fruit was cool and tight, showing a similar spice as on the ose.  The tannins were chewy.  This has good potential.

2010 Joblot, Givry, 1er Cru Clos de la Servoisine
The nose revealed blacker fruit and stones.  In the mouth there was a subtle perfume to the fruit with was tart and red with a black core.  This definitely needs time and is very young.

Domaine Claude Dugat

These wines are produced from 12 hectares of vineyards which are farmed organically.  The wines are fermented and aged in barrel for up to 16 months.

2010 Claude Dugat, Bourgogne Rouge
This had a good mixed berry nose that stood out.  In the mouth there were tart red fruit, though a touch thinner than the nose.

2010 Claude Dugat, Gevrey-Chambertin
Again there was a good mixed berry nose with some ink.  In the mouth the tart red fruit had plenty of acidity, dryning tannins, and a delicate perfume.

Domaine Chauvenet-Chopin

These wines are produced from 17 hectares of vineyards.  The Village and Premier Cru wine see up to one-third new oak with the Grand Cru seeing up to two-thirds.  These fruit driven wines are meant to be drunk younger.  They were easily approachable with the Argillas being a clear step up in quality.

2010 Chauvenet-Chopin, Bourgogne Rouge
The nose was fruity with some old school notes.  In the mouth the creamy red fruit mixed with pastilles and grapefruit.  This is easy-going for near term consumption.

2010 Chauvenet-Chopin, Cotes de Nuits Villages
The light nose had a core of brambly black and red fruit aromas.  In the mouth this wine was fruity, dense, with good acidity as it turned tarter with spicy tannins.

2010 Chauvenet-Chopin, Nuits Saint Georges, Argillas
This wine stepped up with a refined fruity and grape nose with quite nice depth. In the mouth the tart black and red fruit bore similar depth with racy flavors and good concentration.

Maison Ambroise

This is an old domaine dating back to the 18th century.  Bertrand Ambroise took over the domaine in 1987 which produced wine from 17 hectares of vines.  He works organically.  The wines are left on their lees for one year and may see 100% oak in barrels less than two years old.  Starting with the Cotes de Nuits Villages these wines all bore beautiful aromas.  They are vigorously youthful and need time in the cellar.  My favorites were the Nuits St Georges, 1er Cru Les Vaucrains and the Corton, Grand Cru Le Rognet.

Maison Ambroise

2010 Maison Ambroise, Aries, Bourgogne
This is produced from 70-year-old vines farmed organically, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and raised in 30% new oak.  The nose revealed old-school perfume and grapefruit.  In the mouth there was focused red fruit with a little tartness.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Bourgogne Rouge
This is raised in 20% new oak.  The nose contained redder fruit with old perfume.  In the mouth the flavors were focused with crisp acidity, and black flavors in the finish.  Quite tight.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Cotes de Nuits Villages
This wine had a good nose with a little bit of inky perfume.  The perfume note follows into the mouth with focused red fruit and acidity.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Nuits St Georges, Vieilles Vignes
This nose was a bit restrained with good inky perfume.  In the mouth the redder fruit was pure with less tartness and no inky character.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Nuits St Georges, Hautes Prulieres
The light nose bore low-lying aromas.  In the mouth the black and red fruit was chewy with acidity.  Perhaps a touch of oak came out as the flavors became tart and tight with chunky acidity.  The finish was spicy with fine, powerful tannins. Quite nice.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Nuits St Georges, 1er Cru Les Vaucrains
The nose bore lovely red fruit and floral aromas.  In the mouth the black and red flavors mixed with dried herbs and integrated acidity.  There were similar spicy, powerful tannins.  Quite nice.

2010 Maison Ambroise, Corton, Grand Cru Le Rognet
The beautiful nose revealed black and red fruit with brewed black tea aromas.  In the mouth the flavors were lively on the tongue with a good core and black fruit in the aftertaste.  This wine was tight but shows strong potential for its long life.  Quite nice.

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