musigny, richebourg or chambertin? #2


Wine #2 – now we’re talking!
The first 20 minutes:
Deeper colour, a core of garnet with a ruby rim. The nose is very deep, and quite reduced. A fresh palate with laser-like intensity – this is excellent – plenty of velvetty tannin and certainly longer than wine #1, though that length (like wine 1) is quite oak based and initially slightly bitter. The fruit needs five minutes to provide a nice sweet black impression, still quite primary, but it starts to come through on the finish too – with just an edge of creaminess.
After 45 minutes:
The nose is now much fresher with higher-toned jellied fruit – almost confiture – creamy black-skinned fruit forms its base – this is now lovely. It’s softer on the palate now, which is becoming fuller – still, there are plenty of tannins bathing the mid-palate and finish but they seem quite round.
90 minutes on:
The nose continues to really impress, the higher tones have become ever redder though the base remains black and creamy. It’s the palate that remains the most unformed, but it’s concentrated, still rather linear and certainly very young. The last bottles should wait a minimum of five years in the cellar, probably much longer – but they will be excellent.

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There are 5 responses to “musigny, richebourg or chambertin? #2”

  1. dwdj13th March 2007 at 10:30 amPermalinkReply

    I’m guessing #2 is the ’98 Musigny and #1 the ’97 Richebourg – which sounds disappointing, would have expected this to be all the fun of the fair by now.
    I guess there’s little hope for my one and only ’94 Grivot Richebourg…

  2. bill nanson13th March 2007 at 11:50 amPermalinkReply

    I also have one or two bottles of the 94 – I hope it’s something like the 94 Meo which was light but very fine when drunk in February.

  3. dwdj13th March 2007 at 2:23 pmPermalinkReply

    I hope so too! Will let you know either way as I plan to open it pretty soon…

  4. dwdj30th April 2007 at 11:36 amPermalinkReply

    As promised…’94 Richebourg by Grivot note:

    One opened last Friday with venison sausage casserole. “Clunky” was the first word used to describe it. Nose was muddy though certainly not in any way faulty. Then typically rich/masculine but totally lacked obvious class of a Richebourg. Seemed to smack of too much wine-making not enough wine by half. This was my one and only – I hope your bottles fare better! (To make up for the disappointment we opened a 2000 Bachelet Charmes which was everything the 94 Grivot was not – a stunning bottle…)

  5. bill nanson30th April 2007 at 12:33 pmPermalinkReply

    Many thanks for that David – sorry it didn’t excite more. One thing’s for sure, sounds like I’ve no ‘imperative’ now to open mine – it can slumber for some time to come.

    Interesting though that this wine seems to retain such size – all the best wines I’ve tasted from 1994 have been rather ethereal – perhaps herein lies the issue…
    Cheers, Bill

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