2001 frédéric esmonin, chambertin

Update 2.6.2009(3.6.2009)billn
2001 Frédéric Esmonin, Chambertin
2001 Frédéric Esmonin, Chambertin

This, and the previous wine illustrate the context of being a négoce – don’t expect the style of one bottle to be reflected in the next bottle. F.Esmonin is a domaine for sure, but they also buy in grand crus, e.g. Clos de Vougeot, the Bèze from last week (just lower down the page) and this Chambertin. This is certainly a very good wine, and not badly priced for what is in the glass, yet this is merely ‘good’ in the context of the appellation – or maybe my expectation – and behind the Bèze in terms of absolute quality – and, I think, potential.

2001 Frédéric Esminin, Chambertintry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour – certainly paler than the Bèze. The nose starts with coffee/caramel oak and sweetly browning sugar – slowly it develops a very pretty red berry note. In the mouth there’s good intensity that is driven by great acidity – the acidity also helps push a very good length. Quite linear and not overtly powerful. The nose gets better and better – it becomes a gorgeous and complex melange of candied and jellied red fruits. It doesn’t appear to be a ‘great’ Chambertin as today I miss a punch and complexity in the mid-palate, but it’s a very lovely wine and certainly has the balance to age very well.
Rebuy – Yes

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “2001 frédéric esmonin, chambertin”

  1. bmcq11th June 2009 at 6:10 pmPermalinkReply

    Have you had any experience with older F. Esmonin vintages?

  2. billn12th June 2009 at 4:30 amPermalinkReply

    @bmcq – only a very few bottles from 1993 spring to mind – some still lie in the cellar. They were not as virile as some from the vintage, but were very tasty. I have a smattering of 99’s and perhaps I’ll open a couple of those over the summer.

  3. bmcq12th June 2009 at 11:32 amPermalinkReply

    OK… I’ve found them pleasantly overlooked, maybe a little “primary” or simple, but satisfying.

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