not really heresztyn…(?)

Update 22.8.2013(17.8.2013)billn


I have to say, I’m slightly at a loss how to describe this wine. The cheap plastic capsule and the cork bear a stylised ‘MB’ (possibly!) but the label has no more info, except that the wine was selected in the cellar of Stanislas – but by who? I’ve recently seen other Burgundies at auction 1991-1993 with identical labels/capsules but for other producers such as Rapet. So a négoce wine that puts the producer name centre-stage, but anybody’s guess who!(?) Well, that would be one interpretation, anyway…

1991 “Stanislas Heresztyn”, Clos St.Denis
Medium colour. The nose is clean and has a little pinot interest, but far from a 1991 grand cru I’d say. In the mouth this is also spotlessly clean, balanced and I would go as far as to say rather tasty – yet some way short of my expectations for a Côte de Nuits Grand Cru from 1991. Nice wine but maybe it was triple-filtered to make it clean and long-lasting but without significant interest…(?) I have a couple more, but they are quite drinkable, so no great loss…
Rebuy – No

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “not really heresztyn…(?)”

  1. claude.kolm@gmail.com17th August 2013 at 10:27 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill – Where did you purchase the wine? Can you give a better (fuller) picture of the label and capsule/cork? Was there no back label?

    • billn19th August 2013 at 3:10 pmPermalinkReply

      At auction Claude – will rustle up an image when I next have the opportunity. No back label – did anyone do that 20 years ago?

    • billn22nd August 2013 at 9:31 amPermalinkReply

      As you may note Claude, all the fills are excellent and the capsules identical. I’m a little suspicious so won’t buy any more…

  2. claude.kolm@gmail.com19th August 2013 at 10:31 pmPermalinkReply

    If you weren’t there, it might be very surprising how different things were 20 years ago, but grands crus (and all Burgundies) weren’t necessarily easy to sell back then. DRC’s generally sat around on the shelf (and at modest prices — $70 for 1990 RSV, $60 for 1991 RSV); and Clos St-Denis had a substantially lower reputation than many accord it today (in his “Côte d’Or”, published in 1997, Clive Coates indicated that he thought it was a mistake to add St-Denis to the Morey name — la Roche would have made more sense (Tart not being an option since it was a monopole). At any rate, the supermarket shelves in Beaune were packed with grands crus from all sorts of anonymous and unfamiliar negociant labels. Perhaps the only surprise is that Herestzyn’s is on the bottle. I know that in the late 1980s, he worked with the courtier Charles Moncaut, and probably others, who might well have assisted the bottling of this wine.

    • billn21st August 2013 at 9:20 pmPermalinkReply

      There’s a couple of extra pics for you Claude – I’ll add some non Heresztyn ones tomorrow.

      The cork had the same emblem as the capsule, but nothing more, no vintage, no words…

  3. Tom Blach23rd August 2013 at 1:39 pmPermalinkReply

    Bill, the design on the capsule is extremely similar to the Lucien Lemoine logo though not quite identical. I don’t know if that’s any sort of clue.

    • billn23rd August 2013 at 1:44 pmPermalinkReply

      I agree Tom, but I’m assuming there is no relationship as these are (despite quite high fill levels) older bottles – and the corks bear the same branding (only), so it’s not just a re-labelling…

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