2 ha. South of Morey, lots of clay. Very Morey. Quite intense on the nose. At this stage very slightly reduced. But very finely built for the future. Lots of acidity and tannins – wait! Serious, solid wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
The 2011 Morey-Saint-Denis Clos de la Bussière 1er Cru is a wine that I derided at the "Burgfest" tasting that was under blind conditions. This bottle seems to reconfirm my view because however much I try, I cannot like this wine. The problem is that it feels like the stem addition does not gel with the rest of the wine. It juts out on the nose, sings from a completely differently hymn sheet to the fruit or the tannins and after a couple of hours it still feels like two different wines inadvisably blended together. The palate is the same – the ripe black cherry and blueberry fruit marred by a stemmy, bell pepper note that never melds together. Readers will know how much I admire Christophe Roumier’s wines…just not all of them. Tasted at a private dinner at La Trompette.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032
Robert Parker 85
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Morey Saint Denis Clos de la Bussiere from Christophe Roumier has a rather dense bouquet with blackcurrant pastilles, dried herbs, sous-bois and stemmy scents that become more intense with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a stern entry. There is a tinny tincture in the mouth, the finish missing the complexity of a premier cru, the aftertaste spicy with a dash of black pepper. I have to be honest, this did not put in a good performance and I was not the only taster to criticize this wine before its identity was revealed.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020