Tradition and Garde
(Concoeur et Coboin - Hautes Côtes de Nuits)
Since we discovered this Domain that is situated above Vosne-Romanée a few years ago, it is more and more developing into one of our favourite Domains of the Hautes-Côtes. The wines, Chardonnay and Pino Noir, are very fine and are worth a longer storage. We degusted with the vinter's mother.
Pale colour. Good fruit. Lemon and apple. Soft acidity. Goes along very well as a Kir with the fine Cassis that the vinter's brother produces.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits blanc 2000
Light yellow. First elderberry blossoms and acacia. Then pineapple, pears. Then mineral. In the mouth fat, mineral, flowers and pink grapefruit.
Oliver-Gard produces two Cuvées of his reds. The Cuvée Tradition is a good, typical representative of the Appelation Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, whereas the Cuvée Garde is made for longer storage. It is fuller and deeper and opens up more brilliantly during maturing. The '95 Garde is not yet ready for drinking, the '96 begins being fun.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Tradition 1999
Red with slight blue tones. Small red fruit, like blueberry and red currants. Later cherry stones. In the mouth black currant and cherry stones. Good tannins. A good typical wine of the Hautes-Côtes.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Tradition 2000
Similar colour, less blue. In the fragrance very good, some pepper, forest berry and black currant. In the mouth red and black currants, good fruit, good tannins, good balance.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Garde 1999
The colour is darker than the Cuvée Tradition. In the nose plenty of black currant, pepper, red grain capsicum. (In the phase when we tried it, the nose reminded one amazingly of a Bordeaux.) In the mouth black currant, raspberry, and liquorice. Still too young, but in its youth already irresistible.
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