Visited and tasted 28th June 2010.
Interesting that I came away wanting to buy Corton – and at my age too! – preferring the stricter, and much more precise, Cortons in preference to a range of very good xxx-Chambertins. The old wines still surprise here – if not beguile – they are far too bold for that!
Medium colour. Ripe red fruits with hints of coffee and minerality. Wide with a little more acid balance after the Cras if not the same density. A very pretty wine.
Medium colour. The nose delivers warm, slightly creamy red fruits. Width, warmth, plush, unctuous mid-palate. Very tasty though after an 08 you will miss some acidity.
Fresh red fruit with hints of mint. The palate is equally fresh but with plenty of concentration in reserve. Super balance, this is finely wrought.
The aromas have more power here, floral hints too. The texture has extra fat and while it’s quite linear there is volume a-plenty. The nose just keeps evolving – this is lovely.
Again, full-on aromatics – red fruit and mineral – the last drops smell fabulous. Silky texture, more mineral flavours and very intense – a totally different personality to the Rognets. Super.
More breadth of aromas, perhaps more complex too, but nowhere near the precision of the Cortons. Really wide impression in the mouth – full-flavoured with good texture. This is very long.
Deeper if less wide aromas – there is a similar, almost grainy, complexity to the the nose that the Charmes shows again it is almost ‘fuzzy focus’ versus the Cortons. The palate here is tighter and equally intense. Good balance and finish – I like this very much.
The aromas are wider again and dominated by red fruits. There is plenty of intensity here and a super mineral length too.
Aromatically this is very wide and complex. Round, full, textured and complex – pretty much everything is here – and good as the previous wines were, by an easy margin the most complete of these Gevrey grand crus.
The aromas seem stricter – they are certainly more savoury – but the are not ‘difficult’. In the mouth, while less kaleidoscopic, this is more focused and precise than the Chambertin in exactly the same way the Cortons were to the xxx-Chambertins. This is really an excellent wine.
The aromas are deep and just a hint musky, below lies very young fruit. This is full-bodied – there is still plenty of tannin. Really good dimension – this has a full and very outgoing personality that jumps out of the glass – clearly very impressive.
The nose seems a little fecal though opens up in a glorious polished leather way. Sweet fruit, still some tannin too. This is forward, showing plenty of volume and balance – it is also very long. Not a hint of fading I assume – I didn’t taste it 20 years ago 😉