pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!



Actually, even with help, I didn’t finish these, so I think the Engel and Esmonin will live on – for tonight at least 😉

2008 Paul Pillot, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Clos St.Jean
Medium lemon yellow colour. A toasty reduction lasts about 5 minutes to be replaced by a fresh, bright yellow, slightly padded citrus fruit. Wide with a lovely freshness and a bead of mineral acidity that runs through the core. Despite that forward mineral/acid blend there is width, balance and very pretty fruit. A beauty – it sings across the palate – really lovely wine!
Rebuy – Yes

1995 René Engel, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Brûlées
Medium-plus colour and certainly with some browning of the colour. Comforting, stewing plums, spiced plums – slowly it adds both depth and a slightly floral top-line too. a wide flavour panorama, very good acidity and the tannin resembles a ‘3 day beard’ it’s there, and almost looks like it should be there! A long, spiced, faintly sweet finish that gives a more mineral than fruit impression. Tasty wine indeed, but really not a special wine to search for…
Rebuy – Yes

1993 Frederic Esmonin, Ruchottes-Chambertin
A little deeper colour than the Engel – looks just a little younger too. Ooh! Wide, complex and with beautiful depth – also a little plum aroma here but much fresher-shaded versus the Engel – becomes more floral too – lovely, lovely! Direct, but then widens with much more intensity and concentration of sweet, energetic fruit borne on beautiful acidity. Fresh finishing with the merest suggestion of tannin. If anything this is still a young wine, but one that is singing today. Simply, deliciously super!
Rebuy – Yes

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There is one response to “pillot, engel, esmonin – thursday’s training for christmas!”

  1. Sycamore19th December 2015 at 4:02 amPermalinkReply

    Thanks for the notes, Bill. That Esmonin Ruchottes sounds fantastic. I have a bit of a “Ruchottes fetish” I’ll admit, so this is really intriguing……

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