There was a time when such bottles were easy to come by, not so today, but that’s no reason to forget:
2000 Hudelot-Noellat, Romanée St.Vivant
It’s a long cork, and just as well, a red line follows a crease almost to the very end – not much time to spare I think! Medium-plus colour. The nose offers plenty of turned, dry leaves – this seems a H-N speciality! – below is a dark plummy core and some green vegetation. In the mouth this is the antithesis of most 2000s, less obviously ripe – both fruit and tannin – but with a certain grand cru volume and intensity. It’s a velvet tannin but still edged with astringency, the finishing flavours are quite long with a little raisin fruit – there’s plenty of depth to the flavour too. Overall, this is a savoury wine, with a hint of astringency and a twist of bitterness to the finishing flavours. It is certainly a wine of interest and character, but it definitely needs food, it’s also not what I might expect from 2000, maybe some 1998…
Day 2 and this has softened up a little – so (not surprisingly) there’s no rush to drink. Yet charm remains in short supply.
Rebuy – Maybe
There are 3 responses to “2000 – vivant?”
I still have a 2004 which I don’t dare to open. Do you have any experiences with Pyrazine-Issues here?
Hi Joachim – sorry, but I don’t think I’ve tasted an 04s from H-N – none that I can remember or have notes for anyway.
I had three bottles of 2004 Vosne a couple of years ago and they were very nice. The 2004 Chambolle and Vougeot, however, both had some issues.
Funny, I’ve now had 3 bottles of the Follin-Arbelet RSV from the same vintage and I could almost transpose your notes to my impression from these. Strange. (I’m trying to figure out if they just need more time, poor storage, or drink remaining 3 bottles ASAP.)
It didn’t seem on a down-slope, but it did lack charm. I don’t think it’s storage, as I bought mine in late 2002. Over the weekend I’ll dig out a Thomas-Moillard 2000 RSV – I remember this as being quite friendly (unlike the 1999!) – so it should tell us if it’s simply a ‘2000 RSV phase…’