1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay
Ouf! This smells gorgeous – just a little leaft development and a fine floral note. In the mouth too this is really exellent and has the density and complexity of a much more self-important label. The finishing structure is a hint strict – so it’s still young, but this was really excellent!
1998 Bruno Clair, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Dominode
Hmm – the nose is a bit bretty (it’s been in my cellar only 12 years but I can’t account for it’s first couple) so not really to my taste, but not enough to stop me taking a sip. Yum! Get past the nose and this is very tasty indeed – half of a very good wine.
2007 Camille Giroud, Gevery-Chambertin 1er Les Cazetiers
Good clarity on the nose if rather tight. The palate has very nice depth of flavour and quite good energy too. Not a wine you’d take (blind) to be an 07 – another very tasty wine.
1985 Clos Frantin, Richebourg
You have to take bottles like this with a pinch of salt; having bought at auction, you’ve never an idea if it will be super, average or terrible – this, though, was was much better than super! Round, complex, inviting nose. Big in the mouth but with all the sweetness and friendliness of 1985 as coating to serious complexity. A wow wine – really something…
Rebuy- No chance!
2002 Louis Jadot, Vosne-Romanée 1er Petits Monts
A very junior version of the Richebourg but tasty enough. The last 1/3rd of the bottle was left in the fridge overnight – it was a shadow of itself on day two…
2000 Bruno Clavelier, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Brûlées
A round and pretty aromatic, though without great weight. The palate is also a middle-weight but with very fine transparency and a gorgously sweet acidity as the glue. Super!
2000 Thomas-Moillard, Bonnes-Mares
First evening this is the standard semi-brutal, gravelly, T-M nose – simply, not special. Big in the mouth but lacking any finesse. Next day (overnight in the fridge) and the nose is really a lot finer and very interesting – the palate likewise has intensity and (unbelievably!) clarity plus real GC dimension – this drinks superbly on day 2. Very yum!
2011 Nicolas Rossignol, Volnay 1er Santenots
Here is a lovely nose with a nice floral component. The mouth is middle-weight tastiness. Balanced though with no obvious structure. Tasty yet complex. An easier drink than Santenots should be at this age, but that’s the vintage. Yum!