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!
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With all of the excitement being generated for the 2005’s (which, based on my limited tastings of a few lesser appellations trickling into the midwestern U.S., does appear to live up to the hype), there are bargains out there on the 1999’s and 2002’s remaining in many wine stores’ inventories. I picked up a six-pack of 2002 Lucien Boillot Volnay Les Caillerets for $29.99 per bottle. I snagged four bottles of Michel Magnien’s 1999 Morey St. Denis Les Monts Luisants for $29.99 each as well, along with four bottles of 1999 Remoissenent Beaune Malconsorts for $24.99 each (by the way, much to my surprise, this wine is very very good and drinking wonderfully). I have my eye on several bottles of 2002 Pierre Guillemot’s Savigny-les-beaune Les Serpentiers sitting quietly gathering dust at one of the out of the way wine shops I visit every few weeks. The manager told me those bottles are going on sale real soon if they don’t move early in the new year.
Read your post and bought a case from BBR! One remark though: it may be cheaper than some 2005 villages….but it is also the same price (10£ difference) than the Gevrey Vieilles vignes from Sylvie Esmonin 2004 that you recommend…I hope it had no greeness…
Hi Antoine – I shall have to ask BB&R for commission 😉
Seriously though, this is a very well-made 2002 from a good premier cru which will inevitably have more complexity and dimension than even a very good villages. Whilst I think Sylvie’s 2004 Gevrey VV definitely worth rebuying, if it’s the same price as the 02 Malconsorts, then one wine is overpriced – or alternatively one wine is great value…
PS No green in the 02’s