After the 99 Château de Chambolle-Musigny villages, this 96 Château de Chorey 1er is clearly a much better wine – at least, from these 2 half-bottles anyway. I expect the ‘general market’ chooses to position these wines differently, but the market often occupies a world where taste is irrelevant. Not as tannic and (perhaps) concentrated as the Grivot Roncières, but that’s a blend of Nuits vs. Beaune and Grivot vs. Germain! Equally engaging in it’s own way though.
I really should open another Mugnier to see if it that performance is consistent – later this week perhaps…
1996 Château Chorey-lès-Beaune, Beaune 1er Les Teurons
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is wide, and reasonably deep – lovely warm red fruit aromas that are edged with a little green seasoning – eventually the nose fills with floral top-notes too, aromatically this gets better and better, peaking after about 90 minutes. In the mouth there’s good acidity and extra density, hence, texture too after the Mugnier. Much less ‘ephemeral’ than the Mugnier but here is much more flavour and dimension, indeed there’s a core of density that implies a few more years are required to fully unwind it. Lovely wine. Very drinkable in this format today, but clearly it’s still a baby.
Rebuy – Yes