Tasting Olivier Bernstein’s 2011s


Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

Today we were lucky enough to be able to taste Olivier Bernstein‘s line up of 2011 wines. Below are tasting notes from various members of our Fine Wine team.

2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze, Grand Cru

Gentle, but building, fragrant black fruit on the nose, restrained and regal. Fabulously lush black berry-fruit on the palate with the finest of tannins framing the fruit perfectly, while a lick of crisp acidity freshens the finish. A very serious wine indeed. (Chris Pollington)

2011 Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru

Dark, rich spicy and fragrant fruit on the nose, beginning to open up nicely. Savoury dark fruit in the mouth with a full, yet in-balance structure, this is a very big, deep wine and is built for the long term. This will be an amazing wine in 5-10 years time. (Chris Pollington)

2011 Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru

Big, rich and toasty on the nose, which is reflected on the palate, where notes of butter and rich and ripe (but not overripe) citrus fruit are added into the mix. This is more savoury and serious than many a Corton Charlemagne and is a much better wine for it, in my opinion. Both richness and finesse are the hallmarks of this excellent wine, which is balanced by well-judged, mouth-watering acidity. (Chris Pollington)

2011 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Lavrottes, 1er Cru

A characteristically full throttle Chambolle from Bernstein; full and dark, laden with bright blueberry, and black cherry fruits. Well maintained acidity, lovely balance. (Martyn Rolph)

Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Cazetiers, 1er Cru

Good density with a solid core of fruit dark fruit, supported by ripe but firm tannins. There’s attractive bramble spice throughout, and well balanced and so a silky, svelte feel on show here. (Martyn Rolph)

Puligny-Montrachet, Champ Gain, 1er Cru

You’ll be treated to an exuberant nose of apple, melon and toasty oak, but this leads to a more restrained and focussed palate, very typical of Puligny. Fine acidity provides the energy that drives the flavours along, well balance with an attractive finish. There is more texture here than you’ll find in many a Puligny, it will mature beautifully over the coming 3-5 years. (Martyn Rolph)

2011 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru

Simon Staples in a glass! Big, bold , flashy with finesse, in about 15 years’ time. Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Palate was not the easiest to taste but I’d hope the abundance of red and blue fruits will mature to give one a spectacular glass of wine and with this will come the finesse that was hiding around of many complex corners of this wine. (Ben Upjohn)

2011 Meursault, Les Charmes, 1er Cru 

What a wine! Fresh, zingy complex and well structured. Perfectly balanced and although could do with a bit of aging surprisingly approachable now. Would give some of the more well know Charmes a run for their money! (Ben Upjohn)

2011 Gevrey Chambertin

This is very serious village wine, no doubt about it. Laden with fennel and fresh liquorice notes, this is already showing a complex, pure palate. With the trademark Bernstein elegance this is one to enjoy now or over the coming 3 to 4 years. (Gary Owen)

2011 Gevrey-Chambertin, Les Champeaux, 1er Cru

70 year old wines contribute hugely to a precise, very well made Champeaux. The combination of rich oak and round tannins coat the mouth elegantly and this delivers a weighty finish. Detailed throughout with layer upon layer of fruit and sweet spice. (Gary Owen)

2011 Mazis-Chambertin, Grand Cru

First things first – this is top draw, textbook Mazis. Persistent, detailed, & balanced structure yet with lacy sweet red, and almost meaty fruit. There is a distinct sweet ‘Game Larder’ nuance to this most intriguing of wines. Refined, supple yet wonderfully powerful. (Gary Owen)

Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru

This was the first of the Grand Cru’s I tasted and the step up was impressive. Oozing the sexy opulent fruit that you would expect from Charmes and the class comes on the finish where everything focusses in with the cherry fruit being joined by spice and texture. (Matt Tipping)

Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru

Dark brooding, very Bonnes Mares nose, palate is laden with sappy dark brambly fruit, lots of layers and this is a big wine that fills the mouth and lasts on the finish for an impressive amount of time. (Matt Tipping)