five from beaune in 1997

Update 11.7.2007(13.7.2007)billn

1997 Champy, Beaune 1er Clos des Avauxtry to find this wine...
(Magnum) Deep and dark on the nose. Sweet and ripe fruit runs through the palate, no problem with the tannins but the acidity seems not all that well integrated. Overall this is not bad, indeed quite drinkable.
Rebuy – No
1997 Château de Chorey, Beaune 1er Les Crastry to find this wine...
(Magnum) Medium-plus colour. On the nose you note the much fresher fruit than many. Lots of ripe concentration on the palate backed by forward but ripe tannin. Understated length too. This is very very good for the vintage.
Rebuy – Maybe
1997 Lucien Jacob, Beaune 1er Cent Vignestry to find this wine...
A wide and interesting nose of red fruit that largely avoids roast notes. High-toned in the mouth, concentrated and somehow masculine. Plenty of ripe tannin and good depth. Also very good in this vintage
Rebuy – Maybe
1997 Michel Lafarge, Beaune 1er Grèvestry to find this wine...
An understated, tight nose. Sweet red strawberry fruit on the palate couples to understated tannins and reserves as yet untested. Understatedly impressive.
Rebuy – Yes
1997 Bouchard Père et Fils, Beaune 1er Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésustry to find this wine...
The nose is reasonably fresh and quite wide. In this company the palate is very fresh yet still appears balanced. The fruit is tight yet ripe, but is wrapped in fine tannin that adheres to your teeth – they seem ripe enough. This is the youngest wine I’ve yet come across in this series of ’97’s, I would not hesitate in saying leave these for another 5 years. Seems to have real potential.
Rebuy – Yes

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There are 2 responses to “five from beaune in 1997”

  1. Ed13th July 2007 at 11:11 amPermalinkReply

    I read, forget exactly where, that L’enfant Jesus has always possessed extreme longevity, even outlasting some bigs from the the Cote de Nuits.

  2. bill nanson13th July 2007 at 10:55 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Ed,
    Bouchard have some very old bottles that they break out from time to time – and I mean bottles over one hundred years old. This cuvée does indeed have a reputation for longevity, though I don’t expect 1997 will in that respect be a front-runner, it shows its roots!

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