Just to jog your memory, the following wines make up our tasting you only have to guess which ones!
- 2004 Denis Bachelet, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Corbeaux
- 2004 Ponsot, Chapelle-Chambertin
- 2004 Haegelen-Jayer, Clos de Vougeot
- 2004 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques
- 2004 Fourrier, Griottes-Chambertin
- 2004 Geantet-Pansiot, Charmes-Chambertin
- 2003 Cornu, Corton
- 2003 Guyon, Echézeax
- 2002 Tollot-Beaut, Corton Bressandes
- 2002 Guyon, Vosne-Romanée Les Charmes de Mazières
- 2002 Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots
- 2001 Armand Rousseau, Chambertin
- 2001 de Vogüé, Musigny Vieilles Vignes
- 1999 Gros Frère & Soeur, Richebourg
- 1999 Hudelot-Noellat, Romanée Saint-Vivant
Arranged in blind flights of three. A leisurely 20 minutes or-so was given to each flight. I went from wine to wine to contrast the aromatics before tasting – given that the first was obviously a 2003 I initially chose to taste it last given the expected extra ripeness. Then went backwards and forwards between the wines. We were requested to mark the wines out of 20, quarter-points allowed.
PS There’s no clue intended from the picture above
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. A soft and dusty fruit nose, red fruit, some cream and relatively modest toasty/spicy oak – eventually coffee/mocha overtones. On the palate the ripe fruit is a little oak-marked, and that oak is slightly bitter and for a while dominates the quite long finish. Slowly some creamy fruit comes through, eventually aeration provides a nice balance.
My mark: 17.5/20, group average 17.5/20
Medium, medium-plus cherry red colour. Initially the nose is very tight with faint estery notes, slowly going deeper and a little spicy – eventually this becomes plusher, more red and with quite creamy sweet oak. The fruit is quite high-toned in the mouth, with well-covered tannin. There’s a fantastic length on display – even longer than wine #3 – there’s also quite a lot of oak on display but it’s not in the slightest ‘untasty’ and quite creamy. I came straight in with a 19/20 for this but given a close grouping of high scores later on I edged this up a quarter!
My mark: 19.25/20, group average 18.0/20
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour but just starting to transition to ruby. Initially it’s a narrow and high-toned nose that hints at a red fruit depth, eventually some pretty red fruit comes through. Good concentration, the tannin seems to have some grain at the first encounter but they seem to smooth out with the very good acidity. This wine is long, very long. I had a reasonably good score coming through – perhaps 18+ – but if you taste this after wine #1 it seems quite unripe and the tannin becomes very astringent. Eventually I marked it below wine 1…
My mark: 16.0/20, group average 16.6/20