I spent the morning tasting with Fanny (notes below) at her tiny winery loctaed in the center of Beaune. She is an exceptional person – working alone in this small space. She is older (wiser) – it is nice to see her contiue to grow and refine the wines. They are better – more typical of their appelation. Still natural but cleaner, more defined. Still wines for true Burgundy lovers who understand and defend this light, precise, elegant style. The big news is that Fanny is pregnant – expecting her first child in October – thereby breaking the official rule… no babies during harvest. With the exceptionally warm weather so far in 2011 harvest might well be over before the baby arrives. She is all of 26 – she continues to make truly wonderful wines.
2010 Aligote (from barrel) – very lean, tart but expressive
2010 Bourgogne Blanc (from barrel) – Nice, low alcohol. Mouth filling.
2010 Meursault “Sous la Velle” (from barrel) – Sweet and very rich
2010 Meursault “Charms” (from barrel) – young hints of lime, butter and chalk soil. Tight and VERY GOOD.
2010 Sauvigny les Beaune Blanc (from 500 liter new barrel) – showing alot of wood
2010 Pommard (from barrel) – light, very gassy at this point. Nice tannins and structure. Leesy. GOOD.
2010 Beaune 1er Cru, Chouacheux (from barrel) – a little reduced at this point. Nice old world aromas, complete wine and lean at this point. This should develop into a beauty VERY GOOD
2010 Beaune 1er Cru Les Ceaux (from one of two barrels) – GOOD
2010 Bourgogne Rouge – one month in bottle. Taste way above a Bourgoge Rouge. Rich full with some beautiful oak intergration. Made in a new large stand up wood barrel that is beautiful! See the photo.
2008 Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches – EXCELLENT. Rich and reductive – opened up in the glass perfumed and full of exotic fruits and earth
2009 Volnay – VERY GOOD. More like a Beaune – softer and delicate. Perfumed and sweet core fruit.
2009 Beaune 1er Cru Les Ceaux – Elegant and softer than the rest – long finish. VERY GOOD