Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Caillerets 2009

Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Caillerets 2009: Pale yellow-green.  Effusive notes of jasmine oil, oak, and crushed rocks.  On the palate, this is tannic and soil driven with notable lemon-lime flavors, a flinty character, piercing acidity, and a long finish.  Medium- to full-bodied.  Slightly disjointed now but will come together in time.  Drink now-2016.  (92 points)

Piuze Chablis Vaucopin 2008

Piuze Chablis Vaucopin 2008: Palest grain-yellow.  A honeyed, floral bouquet leads to flamboyant oak and a haze of rock dust.  Ample acidity on the tongue.  The flavors gain complexity in the mouth, with notes of minerals, hay, and honeysuckle on the backend.  Drink now-2015.  (90+ points)

Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005

Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005: Green-tinted yellow.  Stunning aromas of petrol, flowers, apples, and a hint of honeysuckle are plush and intoxicating.  Fine concentration.  On the palate, restrained flavors that call to mind pear, lychee, wet stones, and even ripe asparagus are only starting to reveal themselves.  For those with children born in 2005, this is a great wine to lay down for long-term cellaring.  Drink 2013-2035.  (93 points)

Wine of the Week: Domaine Bertheau Bonnes Mares 2009


Domaine Bertheau Bonnes Mares 2009: To date, this is my favorite red Burgundy of the 2009 vintage.  Light ruby-garnet.  A beautiful, complete, intense wine with mouthwatering aromas of deep red strawberries and stones.  Great acidity on the attack.  On the palate, spicy red berries are perfectly balanced atop a bed of firm, ripe tannins.  This wine epitomizes the phrase “power without weight.”  A finesse-driven, never-ending finish bodes well for decades of cellaring.  Drink now-2050.  (96 points)