Beaune 1er Cru "Grèves" 2011, Michel Lafarge
This Beaune 1er Cru from the Grèves lieu-dit featured in my week long Thanksgiving food and wine fest. Not being a turkey fan we dined on wild mushroom parcels, duck and pork pate en croute, rack of lamb with an Ottolenghi herb, soy and red wine vinegar marinade and a gorgeous apple tart. And that was just for breakfast! Onto this wine: dark cherry almost plum colour, looks older than a 2011, lovely ripe berry nose of strawberry and raspberry, floral and very pretty; tremendous style on the palate with a layer of ripe berry fruit, a layer of aniseed and wildflower honey, complimented by an elegant tannic structure. This is delicious stuff... knocked off its perch only slightly by a dry tea finish which is a 2011 vintage characteristic from the hail-affected Cote de Beaune. Scores 22-24/30 for a Beaune 1er cru and I am sure will age gracefully. Thank you Gandalf. Here is the tasting note for the 2010 vintage of the same wine which was showing far better than the 2011 when tasted at the domaine in Volnay.