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This is pure and nuances, deep and electric, with racy minerals, juicy acidity, with not a trace of oak. I know 2011 is meant for relatively early drinking, but this has a lot of growth potential over five plus years. If one is into petty comparisons, I think it could well go toe to toe with an excellent Puligny Premier Cru, but I believe it merits attention and praise in absolute terms; drop dead gorgeous, with such juicy acidity that I'm sure it wouldn't easily succumb to premox.
Bourgogne Crown, 360 NIS.
Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes, 2011
Fresh Pinot fruit, silky and juicy, with a hint of sweat and a saline finish. It has a very complimentary impact on the palate - that is, it's very moreish - but it lacks complexity at this stage. Taking into account the domaine's track record, I'm willing to blame the wine's age, despite the vintage's reputation for early drinking.
Wine Route, I believe,
Domaine Georges Roumier, Chambolle-Musigny, 2000
Arguably beyond its peak, at least to the point where it doesn't show any obvious Chambolle character (although Daniel Lifshitz says the wine in older vintages was sourced from vineyards on the Morey border and was usually atypical at any age) , but it's tasty. More of a cross of Nuits and Gevrey, with a light veneer of exotic spices. I was very surprised it was as lively as it was, it really is quite a coup for Roumier to produce such a village wine in 2000.
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Saint-Joseph, 2012
This takes time to hint at Northern Rhone pepper, but it's off to a good start with its languid fruit, which is in need of time to show nuances, such as a lovely, meaty stink.
Wine Route, 300 NIS. Dubious return in investment, as I feel Graillot, at two thirds the price, would trash and thrash it.
Kalleske, Barossa, Clarry's GSM, 2013
Once again, Avi Feldstein brings a wine that beats most Chateuaneufs at their own Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre game. A bros wine.
Mersch, 169 NIS.