Okay, Clos de Vougeot is close, but not quite Vosne, but elevage was there – surely the yeasts count for something 😉
1997 René Engel, Clos de Vougeot
Okay, I’ll admit – this is a little cloudy. And whilst the nose starts wide, Vosne in style, with a little beef and mocha, it slowly settles down in to a less interesting, more beef, potential brett mode. Luckily, it tastes brilliant; sweet, but focused and showing fine clarity and acidity – all of which are hard to come by in a 1997. To be honest, and despite the nose, I drank this with relish. This is clearly a ‘drink now’ wine but despite its issues, it was delicious!
Rebuy – Yes
Out with the old…
2012 Robert Sirugue, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Petits Monts
Medium, medium-plus colour even a little purple at the rim. It’s a lovely, faintly spiced, sweet and deep cherry note. It is clearly a wine of Vosne – and an appealing one too. Crocquant, sweet, good depth of flavour – the flavour has the faintest bitter-coating – but that’s a positive as there’s even more interest. Good, round, perfectly balanced. Maybe it could have a little more intensity for a 1er, but it’s so delicious today, I really don’t care – and it’s far from an expensive bottle… Super!
Rebuy – Yes