At this tasting in Nuits St.Georges, I anticipated sipping my way through dozens of 2007’s. As it was open to the public and the producers were also selling wine, the vintage distribution was much wider – selling what’s in stock I suppose – but many young wines made it too. All of the 2004’s were disappointingly showing the ‘vintage character’…
Medium, medium-pale colour. Slightly smoky aromas followed by jammy elements. Medium weight and only late appearing tannins. Subtle length makes this wine quite nice.
A 2004 nose, but not in excess and drowning out the other aromas. Nice flavours of ripe fruit and good acidity. A bit of 2004 flavour on the finish too.
Medium, medium-plus colour. Depth and density on the nose – only very faints stems. A very nice width of ripe fruit aided and abetted by some barrel flavour. Long finishing and very tasty.
Quite deeply coloured. A nose of 2004 plus mushrooms. Mouth-filling with some tannin – this is a big bourgogne – and slightly tart acidity. Not much fun here.
Medium-plus colour. A characteristic 2004 nose. Riper fruit than the bourgogne, good tannin and acidity balance – it tastes much better than it smells.
Medium-plus cherry-red colour. High-toned floral notes over fresh fruit. Lots of astringent tannin, good acidity and good fruit. Very young but almost good. Three years in the cellar should tame it a little.
Deep colour. High-toned, slightly estery aromas. Wow – now that’s astringent – like sifting sand between your teeth. Good width of flavour but I find the flavour fading quite quickly. This is a toughie that will need some cellar time.
Medium colour. A melange of red fruits on the nose that slowly brings more emphasis to red berry notes. Mouth-filling and showing faint astringency and good acidity. Has the flavour character of a ‘warm vintage’ wine. But is nicely polished.
Medium. medium-plus colour. A very nice nose, shaded a little more to darker fruit than was the case for the villages. Ripe, very tasty fruit sits with good acidity and a grainy tannin. A little licorice flavour and good length. This is very nice.
Medium colour that fades to a salmon-pink rim. The nose is a mix of sweet, candied fruits and leaves, and slowly takes on a red-fruit dimension. Slowly widens in the mouth, aided by lovely acidity. Still some tannin and slowly lingering flavours. Lovely.
Medium cherry-red colour. A pretty nose of fruit and faint oak. Young fruit, tasty, slightly oaky in the finish but very good.
A very nice, complex red fruit nose with hints of wood and vanilla. Fuller, silkier, more concentrated. Tannin with faint grain. Good dimension and length. Very good wine.
A slightly deeper cherry-red colour. A core of pure cherry fruit. More tannin, more masculine in stance and very nice fruit. Fine, barrel inflected length.
Medium-plus colour. The nose is deeper and wider but not quite so focused as the Bousselots. Super acidity and lots of very fine tannin. Long finishing with flavours of barrel and licorice. This will need lots of time but it’s very good and only €23 ex domaine…
Medium-pale colour. A deep impression gives way to powdery red fruit on the nose. Ripe fruit, slightly tart acidity but good length. Okay
A deeper nose, slightly sweeter nose that gets prettier and prettier with time. Again the acidity is rather tart though the length is good.
Once more the nose goes a little deeper than the previous wine. Full and ripe, yet the same tart acidity as the last wines.
Some depth, a nice impression of sweet fruit and extra mature notes. In the mouth it’s wide and interesting, has good dimension and maturity, but that apparently tart acid style still spoils it for me.
Medium cherry red. The nose is a little diffuse though slowly tightens in the glass and shows hints of vanilla. Wide, fresh and with very interesting depth. This is long too. It’s not a wine of impact, rather one with layers of interest.
Medium, medium-plus colour. Slightly herbal aromas. In the mouth there’s a higher level of concentration and intensity. It’s starting to show some sous-bois and savoury notes. A little bitter chocolate on the finish and plenty of astringency that clings to your gums. Certainly quite interesting, but way too young.
Medium. Medium-plus colour. The nose is quite spicy. Ripe, with good width and tannin that only shows itself later and with a hint of astringency. This is quite nice.
Medium-plus colour. The nose has width despite a tight but silky impression – slowly opens up to show darker notes and a hint of spice. Mouth-filling, again with a little spicy impression. Plenty of tannin and very good acidity. A little more licorice flavour. This clearly needs plenty of time, but it’s very nice!
Lots of barrel toast on the nose, quite hard to get at what’s below. Ripe, with good width and a nice acid/tannin balance. Sweet and oaky – which isn’t my preference, but there’s no doubt that it’s a very tasty beverage.
Medium colour. High toned, slightly estery aromas, whilst not obviously a 2004 to start with, there is a little some element slowly showing itself. Nice mouth-feel and some high-toned fruit. Overall this has a very good balance and is actually quite nice.
Medium colour. Faint 2004 aromas before red berries reveal themselves. This doesn’t come across as powerful, rather very complex and interesting. Not at all masculine, rather nice.
Medium-plus colour. No real impact from the nose, but there is nice, understated complexity that doesn’t seem at all barrel-derived. Very fine grain to the tannin and is set against lovely fruit. The finish is long with some barrel influence. Rather good and currently quite drinkable.
There’s plenty of 2004 about this nose but there’s also good, mainly high-toned red fruit too – it’s very pretty. Plenty of tannin that shows some astringency but a good length – a bit of 04 flavour too. This is currently drinking, but compromised.
Lots of 2004 character on the nose. Ripe and actually quite rich flavours. Good tannin and a nice red-fruit flavour in the finish. Currently compromised, but the base is super.
Medium, medium-plus colour. A ripe, fresh and forward nose. An equally ripe mouthful of concentrated fruit – super impact for a bourgogne. The finish is merely ‘okay’, but for €8.50 on the day, super!
(From Brochon fruit) Medium, medium-plus colour. Deeper, more concentrated aromas – serious without being ‘too serious’. Narrower entry onto the palate versus the Bourgogne but widens nicely in the mid-palate. At a ‘today’ price of €12.50, this is another winner.
Henri & Gilles Remoriquet
Medium-pale colour. High toned, slightly diffuse aromas. A good, honest mouthful of wine with nice tannin/acid balance. Perhaps a hint of bitterness in the finish but incredibly nice at €9 to take away…
Medium colour. Bright red fruits and nice depth – a very pretty nose. The impressive flavour belies the colour, very nice mouthwatering acidity, faint astringency and a fading, vanilla edged finsih – this is very nice villages.
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is bright with polished, slightly darker fruit – wide but perhaps less deep than the ‘Allots’. More intensity, more tannin and more flavour. Harder to drink now, but this is a very good wine.
Slightly jammy and spicy nose that only gradually fills the glass. Sweeter fruit than the Nuits, very complex if less intense. Seems much longer finishing though. Very pretty indeed.
A deep and impressively young colour – still some purple when many from the vintage are already browning! Very tight but nice fresh fruit aromas. A mouthful of width and plenty of tannin. The fruit is ripe though not obviously from 2003. I’m very impressed by this.
Medium cherry-red colour. Aromatically a little tight. High-toned ripe fruit in the mouth with faint tannin and good acidity – very pretty.
(Reminds me I should dig out that 6-pack of 1997 I have somewhere!) Medium, medium-plus young colour. Some oak, but also very pretty fruit with a faintly spicy width. Good concentration, the intensity builds aided by super acidity and equally super mouth-watering length. Very good.
Medium, medium-plus colour with a little salmon colour at the rim. Slightly herby over tight red fruit notes. Plenty of grainy, though not astringent tannin. There’s good acidity and decent length too. Competent and reasonably interesting.
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. Deep, concentrated red fruits on the nose. Ripe and intense with good acidity, and length that’s edged with faint astringency. Young, but will be very nice.
A dark, spicy nose that’s set against high-toned, focused fruit. Plenty of tannin, but there’s vigour and flavour here – I like this a lot.
The nose is slightly diffuse, a little spicy and shows traces of coffee. In the mouth this shows high-toned fruit, reasonable acidity and slightly forward, though not astringent, tannin. This finishes well but doesn’t seem all that ‘together’ despite decent ‘parts’.