I already know what you’re going to say:
“My, my Bill, that’s rather darkly coloured, isn’t it!(?)”
And I suppose that would have been expected of twenty year-old white Rully, even before the current oxidative paradigm – yet, there is no oxidation here – the chromophores (or auxochromes) responsible for this colour have nothing to do with the aromas and tastes of Jerez.
1991 H et P Jacqueson, Rully 1er Grésigny
Medium, medium-plus golden-yellow. The nose shows some toasted bread and a faintly caramelised lemon. In the mouth there is an impressive intensity of flavour – starting narrow but forging wider and wider. The acidity is rather understated – like an average 2006 – but it comes more to the fore in the mid-palate, emphasising the cooked lemon of the nose and further padding it out with butterscotch. Yes the finish seems a hint astringent – mouth-puckering without the texture of astringent tannin. Very interesting and eminently drinkable – though probably more from the standpoint of curiosity. I expect that I’d have enjoyed it much more in 1994!
Rebuy – No Chance