I haven’t delved into my 1996s for some time – it is alleged that they are turning a corner – let’s have a look.
1996 A.-F. Gros, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Clos des Guettes
Medium-plus colour – there’s a little age to the colour but it remains quite deep. Dark aromas hinting at prunes, accented with herbs and spices – wait 2 hours and there are interesting flashes of red fruits and licorice. Clean flavours that tend towards savoury notes but there is just enough sweetness to keep me interested; fresh and intense too though the tannin is very understated. Concentrated dark fruit flavours that are quite long, but honestly(?) this is still too early to drink. This wine gives me the impression that its oak was prominent when it was younger, but it is now melting. It is a balanced, but still rather architectural wine, and probably needs another 3-5 years I expect.
Rebuy – Maybe