1999 Nicolas Potel, Volnay Vieilles-Vignes
Medium-plus colour A little herb and a lot of sweet, plummy fruit. A middle-weight, but one of sweet silkiness, supple delivery of flavour, widening and intensifying a little in the mid-palate. The finish is tasty and medium-plus length, slowly fading on a more floral register. Very drinkable now – one might even say ready! Tasty and enjoyable wine.
Rebuy – Yes
1996 Jean Grivot, Richebourg
I decided that 20 years should be enough to consider ‘approaching’ this wine – I was wrong: Deeper colour. A wide nose that begins with a hint of jarring herb, but slowly fading herb, then a more floral top note and a weighty core of relatively tight fruit. Mouth-encompassing, every space is filled. There’s a faint rasp of tannin and plenty of acidity too – yet the overall impression is neither sharp nor dry. Large-scaled as this is, the finish is really the thing that impresses. This may never be a wine of grace – though its power, and mid-palate punch will never be doubted. I love the bold finishing flavour very much – there’s great fruit in there, it’s nicely sweet too – but if you ignore today’s obscene price for this wine, today at-least, it’s easy to move onto something less challenging to drink – like the Potel – as opposed to staying, only to academically dissect. I think I’ll wait another 5 years for the next one, yet, there’s no doubt that this is impressive stuff…
Rebuy – Yes – at the original price 😉