Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru " " 2011, Comte Armand
This is a blended premier cru and does not therefore merit a lieu-dit name. The hamlet of Auxey is tucked behind Meursault en route to Saint-Romain -- a great cycling valley if you are tempted. And the beauty of the tributary valley translates into an incredibly pretty, gamine nose. Violets, blueberries, vanilla, so coquette! There is evolution to the comingled blackberry and apple juice. Surprisingly linear, fresh and raspberry-driven on the palate with a strong dose of blood orange. Elegance requires substance so I would call this willowy and a touch severe. To be retasted in 3 years when it may have added weight. Scores 21/30 for an Auxey premier cru. Could reach 26/30 in the future but 2011 is a light vintage my friends.