This bottle had something in common with this week’s Bruno Clavelier – furry mold on the top of a cork which is soaked right through with wine – hopefully (once more) it will be okay. In this case the cork seems a little creased, rather than caused by a mal-formed neck.
2001 Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots
Medium colour – looks fine. Sometimes (02s for instance) H-N’s wine quickly take on a sous-bois quality, but here it is very modest, with a gorgeous sweet, partly-roast red fruit note – like jam tarts. I could sniff this all evening, which is just as well, the wine seems flawed on the palate: spiky harsh acidity though sweet enough fruit behind. I can drink it, with a wince. In this condition, certainly not a wine to buy.
Rebuy – No