1990 Michel Juillot, Corton Perrières
There’s clearly a little age in the colouring, but nothing brown. The nose is modest but sweet, with a little deep fruit compôte. In the mouth there’s a little fatness to the texture – some weight too. Overall a wine that is balanced and drinks easily but is modest of flavour, energy and character. Tasty enough, but some way from the expectations set by the words ‘1990 grand cru.’
2010 Christophe Ferrari, Irancy Le Paradis
Of-course, there is not the weight or fatness of texture of the last wine, but here is all energy, character and flavour you could wish for – ebullient, fresh, pure pinot nose and up-and-down energy and a certain darkly fruited complexity. Clearly ‘thin’ after the 1990 but with way more flavour and character.
2009 Chézeaux/Ponsot, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Charmes
Here the nose starts a little out of sorts – I assume its a type of savoury reduction, but 30 minutes later it’s fine and fruity. The flavour, right from the start is round, succulent, and of beautiful ripe fruit. This is adorable/drinkable – indeed I felt it unfair to goto bed and leave any in the bottle – sometimes you have to do these things!
1976 Thomas-Bassot, Nuits St.Georges
Ouf! This started magnificently. The nose a wonderful, almost an textured, thick perfume of roses and deep, roast fruit pie – simply gorgeous. The palate also had fat and silk and roast but reasonably fresh fruit. This wine went downhill quite quickly though, taking on a some oxidation of both aroma and flavour – but those first 10-15 minutes were a bit of a wow!
Rebuy- No-chance – but I have a couple more!