three jacks to start the week…

Update 14.10.2006(2.10.2006)billn

clos staint jacquesThe first two wines were drunk last week with the legendary Vinotas in Beaune:
2000 Bernard Morey, Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embrazées
Pale gold. The nose starts with plenty of brioche, slowly tightening and hardening and showing a little honey. The palate has some minerality and nice acidity, the finish is also not bad, but I’m missing both depth and concentration. It’s quite a linear presentation and this bottle would not convince me to repurchase.try to find this wine...Rebuy – no

2002 Bruno Clair, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.Jacques
In hindsight it was more of a mistake not to ask for larger glasses in the restaurant than to delay the request for a decanter – this wine was a missed opportunity. Over about 90 minutes the wine never opened out on the nose, subdued aromatics of red fruit with a faint black edge. From time-to-time I imagined more, but then it was gone. The palate is that of a perfectly balanced, linear light-middleweight that is fine of tannin and shows good freshness. On this outing the length is also unremarkable. Too tight for interesting.try to find this wine...Rebuy – maybe

But don’t feel sorry for us, the food was good! As solace the following were opened tonight:

2001 Louis Jadot, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.Jacquestry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour – still holding onto cherry-red – but only just. The nose starts with considerable width but not much depth, there’s an undertow of sweet creamy earth but little else. Slowly the nose begins to blossom with tight red fruit, cranberry and red cherry, eventually redcurrant too. In the mouth this is superbly intense and after you swallow; it’s very much like the sides of your mouth are leaking as the finish goes on and on. The overall effect is of a taught and wirey wine with tannins that are quite smooth with faint astringency and just a trace of bitterness. Rebuy – Yes

2001 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.Jacques
try to find this wine...
Medium ruby-red colour straight to the rim. The nose starts deep and rather oakier than I normally associate with Fourrier, above the oak the vista slowly opens with higher tones and an impression of sweet vanilla. Slowly a core of red fruit starts to develop, but if anything it becomes a little more diffuse. The palate is fatter, smoother and sweeter than the Jadot, less direct but equally intense from the mid-palate into the finish. The finish is also a little vanilla influenced and also very slightly bitter – though less-so than the Jadot. In its first hour and despite the extra plushness of the palate I’m leaning toward the more athletic, focused and precise pose of the Jadot. Rebuy – Yes

Half a bottle of each remain in the fridge for day 2, but the result of the 01’s sofar are exactly what I didn’t expect! Tonight I’d be scoring Jadot-92, Fourrier-90…

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