Cote de Beaune stars

Maison Ambroise, Corton, Le Rognet Grand Cru 1997
Quite youthful at this point, with nuttiness and cedar, earthiness and fruit on the ground. In the mouth this wine is still packed with flavor and the structure is still vivid. There’s great length and I expect some years of enjoyment to come. Vinified and mis en bouteille by Bertrand Ambroise in Nuits-Saints-Georges 13.5% $84.99 at Bottle Barn Ambroise

Leroy, Volnay, Champans 1er Cru 1999 Cherries, dried cherries, fennel and chicory meld in a mix of fruit and interesting green from the spice cupboard.  The mouth is drying a bit yet the elegance is there, the polished remnants of ripe tannins still lingering. The flavor goes on and on.13% $170.99 at the Wine Club

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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