Doing my rounds of the cellar, and after much case moving, I came across a couple of 6-packs of 2004s, this one and Bouchard’s Volnay cuvée Carnot. Both seemed clean of pyrazine when I last tasted them (years ago) so it would be interesting to see if that was still the case – and if it was, then the perfect duo to take a view on what 04 had the potential to offer. Let’s start with the Jadot…
2004 Jadot (Héritiers), Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules
A rather beautiful medium colour when it catches the sun. The nose starts understatedly unimpressive but I can’t be sure there’s any pyrazine here. Time in the glass and this opens, becoming very pretty indeed, showing a lovely transparent red fruit and yes pyrazine, but at the most, P1. I thought this was a ‘clean’ wine when tasted in its youth, but at this level its honestly not a negative. Middle-weight, with very understated tannin and quite nice texture. High-toned fruit never displays the pyrazine on the nose. Drinkable, indeed quite tasty wine.
Rebuy – Maybe
Whilst most wines from 04 (that are not taint dominated) have a delivery that reminds me of the generally hard and miserly ’94s, this wine seems more like a good ’92 – and I like good ’92s very much. This is a wine where I would eventually pick out the vintage, but also one I’d be quite happy to drink again
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Perhaps whole ladybug inclusion should be adopted as a regular practice, in the must deliberately to enhance complexity ; )
Have you drunk many 94s recently, Bill? there are lots of pleasant surprises.
A mere three in last last 6 months Tom – 2 CdB, 1 CdN – a small but consistent sample…
It’s been quite a while since I had a CdeB but in the last 6 months Barthod’s Veroilles and Cras, Faiveley’s Clos De Beze, Gouges’ Porrets and Laurent’s Bonnes Mares have been tremendous, in some ways better than their counterparts from 93, 95 and 96 simply because they are mature in a way that wines from those other vintages will have to wait a long time for.