I bought a mixed six-pack of Lachaux’s innaugural (I think) négoce offering. Now this is opened, a solitary Griotte-Chambertin remains since I made a gift of the Chambertin (now you know what sort of gift I expect from you 😉 ) Having enjoyed the NZ style in the last weeks, I thought I would dovetail back into burgundy with something quite ripe – but even here, the accent is very different.
2003 Pascal Lachaux, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Lavaux St.Jacques
Deep colour. Deep and dark, slightly stewed fruit – not in a bad way, rather a way that is hinting of a little aromatic development. Time in the glass brings out a lovely violet aromatic. Concentrated, with decent-enough acidity and even a mineral component. The fruit has a hind of cordial ripeness to it, but this character is rather modest next to the dark, charcoal style oak flavour that abuts it, which also seems to correspond to a salty mid-palate impression. In its vintage context, this is nice enough wine – and very immature wine at that. The mid-palate becomes ever-more succulent with air – good wine. Day two, it was a little spicy and pruney – best on day one.
Rebuy – Yes
Did I mention holiday snaps?
NZ is the reason that the panorama function on my camera was invented: