Only us two vendangeurs posting of late Bill ?
Off topic, the Jasper book sounds ace - looking forward to getting a copy. Your note on the Meursault Les Cras had me reaching for Pitiot & Servant's The Wines.... (ordered before I went to Arlaud but only to hand on my return) to recall where that was.
Back on topic, tonight finished last night's Arlaud 2008 Aligote and Chauvenet 1996 NSG Vaucrains and..........drum roll (!), opened, which I'd 'threatened' to broach a few weeks ago:-
Michel Gros, 1996, Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Clos des Reas Monopole (my first of 3)
This is quite something and very different from any red Burgs I can recall previously. Quite light and pale in appearance to the full on Chauvenet NSG, slightly hazy (rather than cloudy) but what an evocative nose (and my nose ain't great) ! Sous bois, vegetal, forest floor, secondary, hints of tar, liqourice, espresso, red fruits - tres complex and very 'giving'.
Super cool on the front palate (13%), mainly red, some black fruits, very silky indeed, at first I didn't 'get' the acidity but on further tastes the atypical 96 vintage acidity is there, very slightly green, to give a little 'bite', but beyond this the slightly chewy finish moves to softness, red fruits and a little spice. Not as anywhere near as 'biting' as some '96s.
I remember well Michel Gros' wines doing very well in the 'old' IWC, as the only 'real' Burgundy domaine entry against the then mediocre usual red burg selections from 'lesser' negotiants which seemed the make up the entries to so devalue the Old World Pinot entries to such a competition. Tasting this wine now its easy to see how MG was the winner in several years even if I'm sure there are plenty of more tres serieux Vosne's out there than this. If the '95 is heaps better as M.Coates suggests then yum yum.