I met a couple of RTs at the Gevrey Syndicat 2010 tasting, this time last year (Hmm, must be time for 2011s!). And I was so happy to see that they’d left behind their overwhelming 1990’s ‘wall of toasty oak’ era and you could actually taste and smell the wines – good they were too. Of-course, I’m completely glossing over the wonderful 1990 RT Latricières we had with dinner last month! Anyway, last year I tasted their villages Etelios, rather than this VV, and have the impression that the former should be better than this wine – but bottled and side-by-side, who knows…(?)
2010 Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose starts with a faint whiff of toasty oak with some higher tones. Time blows away the toast, still with a little high-toned spirits but a slowly growing red fruit and mocha note too – the last drops in the glass are beguiling acid-red notes. In the mouth you need a little time for this to fill out, but even then I feel that it is ‘a bit thin’ yet, the balance is fine, and there’s a nice edge to the tannin. There’s good intensity and an unexpected extra dimension of flavour in the mid-palate and a long, slightly coconut edged, mineral finish. I have enjoyment and disappointment in equal measure. This really needs to add weight to be a rebuy, but the glass is emptying quite easily. Day 2, and the wine has filled out more – acceptably so – the tannin seems more to fore too – but this should be hairy forearmed Gevrey! Okay – good!
Rebuy – Yes