Thursday afternoon I stopped at Vino Vino Wine on California Avenue in Palo Alto to taste some premier cru burgundy wines from some of my favorite producers that have been marked down for the clearance sale (link below). The tasting of one white and three reds was $27, notes below.
2000 Colin-Deleger Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Vergers", $34 - Bright yellow hue, buttery-creamy nose with some tertiary develpment and a hint of nutty oxidation. Very sweet and rich fruit of buttery ripe pears layered with vanilla oak and brioche. Medium-heavy body, zesty acidity of the vintage with warmish alcohol, expressive upfront with a somewhat attenuated and lean finish. Hard to tell what direction it's headed, yet it's pretty interesting now for a taste of the Cote d'Or for a song. VERY GOOD
1998 Jean-Marc Boillot Volnay "Les Pitures", $39 - Some browning/lightening at the rim with a garnet core. Tight nose then some volatile lift with aeration. Licorice, black fruit, green olives and french vanilla aromas and flavors of moderate intensity. Tannins have softened and rounded but still some green raspiness in the finish. Lacking the sweetness and focus of a riper year and tilting further out of balance. Time to drink up. GOOD plus
2000 Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Cazetiers", $56 - Red-black center pulling from the rim. Overly volatile nose with some carmel/nutty aromas. Vanilla and floral notes mingle with black fruit and barnyard. Open-knit and almost blowsy now with overt new oak shadings. More advanced and tasting much more mature and less intense than the Maume. Ready now, starting to tire. VERY GOOD minus
2000 Maume Gevrey-Chambertin "Premier Cru", $49 - Dark garnet with slight clearing at the rim. Pungent and well-formed nose with dark wild berries, animale, smoke, chalky minerality, and walnut skin. Not quite as expressive on the palate, still tight with weighty extract and concentration signaling better things to come. Fascinatingly complex and starting to become approachable. Great carriage and balance, ripe polished tannins, lots of verve with a tangy aftertaste and a very long finish. EXCELLENT