What a contrast with yesterday’s wine: here the cork is dirty and damp under the capsule and is completely soaked through with wine, it’s also very spongy and crumbly. It looks more like a wine from the 1960s/70s – not opened a day too soon it seems…
2000 Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Brûlées
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose begins with a bang – perhaps a little over the top – with bright warm fruit and plenty cocoa/chocolate. After an hour the nose is (fortunately) a bit thinner but retains a warm spicy base of fruit. The flavours are pure, sweet Vosne fruit and the glass empties very quickly. Clearly this is less structured than yesterday’s Clos de Vougeot, perhaps with an extra width of fat too but it remains bright enough – and, it seems, it was just drunk in time!
Rebuy – Yes
Postscript: I think I worked out why the cork was in such bad shape – my usual glass stopper which I always use for the last 1/3 to 1/2 a bottle, simply would not fit in the neck. It’s my only experience like this – clearly a miss-shaped bottle-neck.