I don’t remember a burgundy cork with ‘Grand Vin de France’ on before!
1985 Tortochot, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Corvées
A beautiful, bright, medium-intensity colour. My that’s smooth! Getting ahead of myself, sorry. The nose on first pour is a little meaty, but only a few seconds are needed for that to clear and show a pretty and sweet strawberry over a slight undergrowth depth that eventually develops a jam tart (baked) fruit – it seems very clean. There is sweet depth, the (aforementioned) silky texture and there’s depth and intensity to the mid-palate that still shows more than a hint of a fine tannic spine. In a way I’m sad, but only because this wine deserves a wider audience than it’s getting tonight.
Rebuy – Yes
A good vintage and a perfect performance for a villages Gevrey – it seems that only 25 years are needed – though if I remember, the ‘juvenile’ 1990 was also performed rather well! Hmm, I guess the 1976 can’t be on the same level – can it? Watch this space…