Burgundy 2011 Day Two: foray into the Côte de Nuits

Côte de Nuits, Burgundy After the warm weather of yesterday and our team barbecue at our gite in the evening, the mist and cloud was not a welcome site today, making the slopes of the Côte impossible to see at times. As the full group was now in the region, we split into two groups this morning and headed off on our various visits.

The first team out of the doors had a packed day, including visits to Clos des Lambrays, Humbert Frères, Arlaud, Domaine de l’Arlot, Jean-Marc Millot, Michel Gros and Mugneret-Gibourg. There are mixed views as to the highlights of the day – by all account there were too many – but it seems that Clos des Lambrays, Arlaud, Mugneret-Gibourg and Domaine de l’Arlot featured highly in most accounts.

The second team, of which I was a part, headed across to Comte Armand, before heading speedily north to Lamarche, Georges Noellat, Taupenot Merne, Duroché and finally to Cathiard. Taupenot Merne and Duroché are not producers currently listed by L&W and Georges Noellat has only featured in our lists from this year, but all had very impressive wines. Lamarche’s Echezeaux and La Grande Rue are exceptional and the wines of Cathiard are unsurprisingly excellent. 2011 is the first vintage with Sébastien Cathiard at the helm, but the wines have not suffered in transition at all – Malconsorts is still the beauty it always is!

So far, the 2011 vintage has impressed us. Purity and freshness seem to be watchwords in both the reds and whites. The reds are relatively approachable compared with the 2010s at the same time last year, with very pretty and expressive fruit. The whites are generally more reined-in and austere, very classic in style, but mouthwateringly delicious when at their best. We will have some great wines to offer this year and for our clients to taste in January.

We’re now back at our abode, comparing notes on the wines and the best toilets in the region, as we enjoy a couple of beers and a few glasses of wine. Another busy day tomorrow…

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