From 40+ year old vines and whole cluster fermentation, fermented entirely in a small 100% new wood tank. As one would reasonably expect, this is much more defined aromatically by earth tones rather than fruit. Dark berry fruit aromas introduce exceptionally rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract levels and an opulent mouth feel yet the hugely long and slightly woody finish tightens up considerably and is quite youthfully austere despite the sap. Allen Meadows 91-93 points
Clearly showing its pedigree and class, the 2006 Clos Vougeot is a work of art. Big, big aromatics, raspberries, lilacs, incense, figs and brown sugar. A very sexy wine that comes in waves on the palate and should be an early maturing by Grand Cru standards due to its supple and ripe tannins. But who cares when the juice is this good? Tremendous! Drink this 2011 through 2020.
All of Jean-Michel’s 2008s merit your attention, but if you’re only buying one, this is it. Petite Chapelle approaches Grand Cru levels of concentration, depth, and complexity but at a price that’s very reasonable even for a 1er Cru. And the finish this year sails on and on and on…
“From 50+ year-old vines in 100% new oak but with lower toast levels. Visible but not bothersome wood sets off bright, elegant and fresh red pinot fruit aromas trimmed in subtle wet stone notes that complement well the refined and sophisticated middle weight flavors that culminate in a cool, balanced and wonderfully long finish. This is also a lovely effort with a beguiling mouth feel of precision and tension that is clean and dry without leaning toward the commercial. Sweet Spot Outstanding.”Allen Meadows 90-92 points
The very fine 1er Cru Clos Prieur vineyard sits on the hill just under the Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin. The heavier soils here lead to a darker, deeper, more savory set of Pinot flavors than you'll find elsewhere in Gevrey, although there's still fine elegance and harmony.
"Here too there is a touch of wood spice that is noticeable but not really invasive. There is good density to the fruit on the sauvage and underbrush suffused nose that, like the La Perrière, is also very Gevrey in character which continues onto the quite finely detailed flavors that are more refined if a bit less complex."Allen Meadows 88-91 points
One Case Remaining Like always a voluptuous wine but she's been to finishing school this year. Perhaps more Sophia Lauren than Raquel Welch. Very fine mineral and focus over ripe dusky fruit and a lovely floral perfume. Tempting now.
“Outstanding. A ripe, elegant and quite pure nose of stone-infused wild red berry fruits leads to obviously mineral-inflected middle weight flavors that possess quality definition on the rich and sappy finish where a discreet touch of wood surfaces on the long finish. This is worth a look.”Allen Meadows 90-92 points
As always, the 1er Cru Clos Prieur is a sauve, elegant, wine although there’s certainly plenty of stuffing here. Deep and layered, the 2006 Clos Prieur is absorbing its wood nicely and revealing pretty aromas and flavors of crushed raspberries, red flowers, spice and just a hint of coffee. Long and complete.
Always Jean-Michel’s most forward, silky, and even “sexy” wine, the 2008 bursts from the glass with gorgeous red fruit and spice aromas. Then, wonderfully giving in the mouth with fine weight and balance. The best of these for drinking near-term, but with plenty of cellar potential.
“A different and redder but even riper fruit profile leads to rich, round and overtly generous mineral-infused middle weight plus flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration and excellent length. This is a lovely combination of power and finesse. Sweet Spot Outstanding.”Allen Meadows 89-92 points
A great vintage for this excellent Village level red made from Jean-Michel’s oldest vines – all 50 years old or older. As always, this delivers plenty of power and structure, but there is an extra level of ripeness and grace here as well. This will drink nicely with decanting now and really hit its stride in another 5 years.
“From 50+ year-old vines raised in 100% new wood. This is extremely primary, in fact so much so that residual fermentation aromas are still evident though the red berry fruit appears clean and pure and is followed by impressively rich and full-bodied flavors blessed with ample dry extract that confers a beguiling texture to the mouth feel and renders the firm tannins almost invisible on the impeccably balanced finish. Recommended as villages level wines typically do not have this kind of completeness. Outstanding Top Value.”Allen Meadows 89-91 points
One of the more "fun" wines from Jean-Michel, the 2006 Pere Gailland is a beauty and ready to enjoy tonight. On the nose, black raspberry, black cherry, spice and just a hint of fine oak aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth, the wine is plump, round, and generous with its ample black cherry fruit complemented by baking spices, some black raspberry elements, and a nice, gentle, earthy character. The wine finishes long with very fine, ripe, suave, tannin. A Gevrey you can just drink as a fine glass of Pinot Noir, although even better with food.
Comfortably the best vintage yet of this always delicious Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Intensely aromatic from the first pour with a heady perfume of violets, ripe blackberry, black cherry and plum fruit, black tea, and fresh earth. Mouthfilling but very detailed and precise with generous cranberry, pomegranate, strawberry, and red cherry fruit, a touch of citrus and spice, and a very finely textured finish. With air, the spice strengthens and a hint of mocha emerges. Just as ripe as the excellent 2009, but more feminine and graceful with lovely purity of aroma and flavor. Irresistible now and for a half decade or more with salmon, duck, lamb, or anything laced with mushroom.
“OUTSTANDING TOP VALUE. A ripe, fresh and very pretty nose features notes of violets, blue berry, plum and earth. There is good richness to the delicious and energetic flavors that possess fine volume and notably better than average length for its level. A lovely Bourgogne that could be drunk now or aged a few years first if desired.”Allen Meadows 86-88 points