What a nightmare, here I am with a lovely glass of wine that I can hardly concentrate on. Even someone who visits the Côtes every second month or so gets excited when the next issue of burghound is released – particularly so when it’s his first look at the 2005’s. I know some laughed at the hyperbolé of “these wines will define the benchmarks for a generation” – but Allen basically exhorts you to sell your house, wife and dog to buy these wines…bugger…what about the tax-man(?), on second thoughts, I have no chance of selling him!
Back to this wine:
2002 Nicolas Potel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Malconsorts
Medium, medium-plus cherry red – there is very little colour development. The nose starts faintly sweet over a brooding base that threatens at anytime to explode – but never does – slowly there is a cool fruit aspect with just an edge of cream and eventually something a little more savoury. The palate has an understated entry, but with the help of some flowing acidity it really comes to the boil in the mid-palate and onwards – nice, complex density here. If you look hard you will find some fine grained tannin. Despite the understatement of the finish, it has exemplary length – if a touch saccharin – but it’s young. In a word – yes!
Rebuy – Yes
Note by clicking the green dollar sign above I found out that this wine is cheaper than many Vosne villages from 2005 – now that’s silly!