2 x pv


That’s PVs, not PBs – older muscles keep finding a new route to blocking the latter – but the PVs were good medicines!

1995 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Ile des Vergelesses
Good colour, not overtly aged. The nose begins in very attractive fashion, with a silky smooth width of spiced red fruit. Despite a good-looking and robust cork – only 60% saturated with wine – the the first flavours suggest an accent of oxidation, but subsequent glasses don’t show it at all – I assume that must have just been the wine in the neck(?) The wine is smooth and tasty with fine balance, though not particularly extra-special in any way. Just a pretty middle-age wine. One third is left over for day two and it’s just a little more balsamic in style – very drinkable – but not as good as day one.
Rebuy – Yes

2009 Chandon de Briailles, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Ile des Vergelesses
A little deeper in colour. The nose, unsurprisingly has a younger fruit and is more primary – just a little tightness to start with. In the mouth this has more volume, a little less smoothness but definitely a more persistent and intense finishing flavour. Really another level of mid-palate and finishing flavour, yet less balanced and certainly less easy to drink than the 1995 – to start. One-third stays in the bottle for day 2 – and what a change! Balanced, younger impression, just delicious wine – here for the first time with a small accent of whole-clusters. Delicious and with real depth too – Right now I’d suggest decanting – the aeration really made a difference!
Rebuy – Yes

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There are 2 responses to “2 x pv”

  1. Gilberto18th August 2017 at 6:22 amPermalinkReply

    About the accent of oxidation of the first pour: I have had similar experiences with old (older than 1995) Baroli/Nebbioli. The first pour in the glass may show such signs and then tends to accentuate these very fast. So much that I often thought, the whole bottle might be gone, only to be surprised by later pours, which show a pristine wine.
    I am not sure the explanation of the wine in the neck may be right, but in such matters you should have the experience and know the science better than anybody else…

    • billn18th August 2017 at 6:29 amPermalinkReply

      Not much ‘science’ behind that thought Gilberto 🙂 and clearly a bottle laid and then upright is already mixed. But it is often the case with older wines (much older) that the cork and bottle-neck stink of oxidation – such that you almost reject the thought of tasting the wine – but more often than not, it is the oxidised wine from the cork that ‘clings’ in the neck of the bottle – which you can try to clean away with a damp cloth, or may e the first pour washes it away…

  2. Gilberto20th August 2017 at 8:18 amPermalinkReply

    Well, science was perhaps a big word, but I couldn’t find an explanation for that phenomenon, and now you provided one. I’ll try the trick of cleaning the neck with a damp cloth. I usually do it only just to the border.

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