2004 mischief & mayhem gevrey 1er ‘crazy love’



The moment I pull this from the rack, I think ‘quality’ – no, actually I think it’s a magnum because this bottle is so damn heavy – even when empty! It’s been at least 4 years since I last checked-in on one of these, but recent tastings of 2004s, where the tasters detected no vintage character made me think about breaking out a bottle – is it really on the wane? Well, last time round it was on a relatively low level in this wine, so maybe a good candidiate for a turnaround(?)

Note from 2009:
2004 Mischief & Mayhem, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Crazy Love
Medium colour. The nose starts very tight, just a little warmth, slowly it develops a heavy floral scent – in-part it’s derived from a little of the vintage character, but on a low and ‘nice’ level. There is some fat, silky texture, high-toned fruit, balance and a very impressive length that shows some licorice. Initially I noticed the ‘character’ more in the flavours than the aromas, but the flavours seemed to clear completely. A lovely wine, and indeed a very serious wine…
Rebuy – Yes

Today’s note:
2004 Mischief & Mayhem, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er, Crazy Love
Medium colour – but certainly none of the ‘browning’ that some wines show. The nose offers width and a depth of rather nice dark-red fruit, still quite primary too – lovely – but none of the P. Give it 20 minutes, however, and there is the aroma, centre-stage, buttressing a little florality – and subtle it is not! Comparing my notes, I have to assume ‘the character’ is on a higher level now. On the palate you can taste it a bit in the finish too, but in all honesty, this remains a really great wine for the vintage, with concentrated, complex, sweet fruit, and you can almost taste the violet flowers in the finish – brilliant. Super wine!
Rebuy – Yes I really think I would!

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