This Fixin has, for a long time, been sub-optimal in terms of approachability, but it seems to have turned the corner now, albeit with this bottle bringing a little extra something that was unwanted.
1998 Pierre Gelin, Fixin 1er Clos Napoléon
Medium, medium-plus red colour – not a very mature colour but still with some age of-course. The nose has a fine and silky red berry fruit with a just a little faint roast impression and, less attractively, a subtle, but present, impression of brett. In the mouth this is fresh, with fine energy – red-fruited again, and actually with a very nice clarity of flavour. The (previously harsh) tannin is really now something of an anecdote. Overall – the brett excepted, and every bottle will be different – this is a big turnaround performance. Tasty wine.
Rebuy – Maybe
2010 Camille Giroud, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Les Vergers
Medium, medium-plus lemon yellow. Fresh, mineral, a hint of citrus – a warmer ripeness of yellow citrus at the core – very attractive! Fresh and citrus in personality with a growing intensity – this is very light and seemingly mobile over the palate – faint sweetness that brings a hint of oak flavour to the fore too. Less full, seemingly finer in shape, than the Tête du Clos from earlier this week. A super crescendo of finishing flavour, here with a very late arriving suggestion of firework reduction. Simply lovely!
Rebuy – Yes
And I think I have a third 1998, a red grand cru lined-up for later today 😉