Robert Parker 89
Moving on to Coche-Dury’s underrated reds, the 2011 Bourgogne Rouge has a crisp briar and raspberry-scented bouquet, one that is imbued with a sense of nonchalance " a spring in its step. The palate is smooth and silky on the entry with fine tannins, a fine thread of acidity and a refined breezy finish that feels long and tender in the mouth. This is one to look out for on restaurant lists for those seeking a relatively affordable introduction to Coche-Dury. Drink now-2017. As I had anticipated, Raphael Coche requested that I visit after he had clocked off for the day. No problem " I’d rather he focuses on the vines than appease the demands of us a oepeskya wine writers. This was actually my first visit to the domaine, which seems odd because it is many moons since I first fell in love with Jean-Francois Coche’s wines at a memorable tasting in London in the late 1990s. Since then, Raphael, still in his early thirties, has deftly slipped into his father’s shoes. Tall and the spitting image of papa, I had been forewarned that Raphael can be reticent at times. On the contrary, he was refreshingly garrulous, chatting not only about his own wines but enthusing about Pomerol after I espied a dusty bottle of 1987 Petrus incongruously perched on the shelf. In my opinion, and indeed others’, Raphael has subtly tweaked the style and perhaps even improved on what was already a winning formula. Recent vintages seem more consistent, perhaps even more aligned with their respective terroirs. On this visit, we tasted through most of the domaine’s 2011s that had been bottled the previous spring and are currently on the market. Raphael spoke enthusiastically about the 2011 vintage and rightly so. There is a natural sensibility to these wines, an approachability that is not always evident in their wines, proceeding to compare them to the 2001 vintage. My experience of this domaine’s wines means that I am happy to put long drinking windows for even the village crus, which I often reward a decade in bottle. Personally, I have found less premature oxidation at this address than others, in particular with respect to younger vintages, though nobody is totally immune. Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, CA; tel. (510) 524-1524 and Berkmann Wines in the UK.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2017
The 2011 Bourgogne is an excellent introduction to the domaine. Tension, energy and focus are the signatures in a wine that announces the Coche-Dury house style beautifully. Citrus and white flowers abound on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2014