Having failed to land the ‘Best Job in The World‘, I suppose I should open some wine. [As an aside did anyone see the Johnny Cash bio on UK BBC2 the other night? – stunning.] Anyway, after the two 2000s from Vougeraie, what better time to benchmark a third?
I found this aromatically superb at an en-primeur tasting and whipped out the plastic without hesitation – seven years later it’s time to take a look. The longer corks of the Vougeraie wines look much higher quality, and as if they were only recently bottled – by comparison the wine-soaked Clavelier corks would concern me if I was planning to wait 20 or more years (see below). Overall this Brulées is less fat than the Clos de Vougeot, but clearly with more freshness and youth on it’s side – it’s more ‘classic’ too. Clearly I don’t have enough Clavelier in my cellar!
2000 Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Brulées
Medium ruby-red colour. The nose is round and delicately sweet and, at its core, retains that gorgeous crystalline dark cherry fruit of my original tasting – for the vintage that’s a rare treat. Good acidity also for the vintage and just enough fat to give a silky texture. You can find a little tannin if you’re prepared to work for it, but frankly, why bother? The fruit remains quite primary and shows a subtle creaminess as it lingers. Also a little bitter chocolate in the finish too that harks to oak. Young, but a beautiful drink today.
Rebuy – Yes