faded beauty, or lady in waiting ?

Update 8.8.2012(6.6.2009)Peter Sidebotham
1998 Confuron-Cotetidot, Clos de Vougeot
1998 Confuron-Cotetidot, Clos de Vougeot

1998 Confuron-Cotetidot Clos de Vougeottry to find this wine...
Medium pale ruby, just touched with garnet. Medium tapering rim, clear at the very edge. Paler than I expected from a “modern” producer in a robust vintage. Nose is robust and earthy, and also high-toned, with some sweet red cherry fruit sandwiched in the middle. It comes across as sappy and loose-knit, but quite oaky. Not really attractive – a touch of the beauty salon about it, but slipping behind the front. Mouth entry is also loose-knit, even dilute, and smoky. Mid-palate shows dark earthy tones and a little tannic grip. But those tannins – while not too big – turn bitter on the finish. There is so little delight here I wonder whether it is closed, but I suspect not and decide not to list it on this showing. Just about nice enough to suggest drinking up if you have it (though you may prefer to hold and hope), but not a buy if you don’t !
Rebuy – No

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

There is one response to “faded beauty, or lady in waiting ?”

  1. billn7th June 2009 at 1:02 pmPermalinkReply

    I guess it depends how the wood further develops Peter. It does sound to have a few things in common with my 98 Jadot Bèze of last week, though the tannins were pretty good in that. Let’s not sit on the fence though – I’ll say lady in waiting!

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