Hmm. A bottle of this drunk during the 2012 harvest was just a beautiful bottle of wine – I had to have some. Yet here is a bottle that really didn’t light many fires to start with – the pistachios that I took some solace in, also didn’t taste all that good. Maybe my palate was having a root day…
2001 Camille-Giroud, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Malconsorts
Deep colour. Aromatically – oh yes, I’m interested! Decaying leaves, sweetened at their edges with just the last vestige of a dark rasping textured fruit but a rather herbal note too, that said, the last drops leave a gorgeous acid-cherry impression. Wide, fleet of foot with very good acidity. The flavour starts with just a little metallic taste but there’s a peak of impressive, intense flavour in the mid-palate – the wine seems impressive and disappointing in equal measure because the whole impression is a little (only a little) astringent. Day two and either it, or me, is in more harmony; there’s just a measure of sweetness that buffers that astringency – there was never any doubt about the weight and clarity of flavour. I’m still not as bowled over as I was with bottle number 1, but I’d happily drink my day 2 impression of this wine, anytime.
Rebuy – Maybe