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musigny, richebourg or chambertin? #2

Wine #2 – now we’re talking!
The first 20 minutes:
Deeper colour, a core of garnet with a ruby rim. The nose is very deep, and quite reduced. A fresh palate with laser-like intensity – this is excellent – plenty of velvetty tannin and certainly longer than wine #1, though that length (like wine 1) is quite oak based and initially slightly bitter. The fruit needs five minutes to provide a nice sweet black impression, still quite primary, but it starts to come through on the finish too – with just an edge of creaminess.
After 45 minutes:
The nose is now much fresher with higher-toned jellied fruit – almost confiture – creamy black-skinned fruit forms its base – this is now lovely. It’s softer on the palate now, which is becoming fuller – still, there are plenty of tannins bathing the mid-palate and finish but they seem quite round.
90 minutes on:
The nose continues to really impress, the higher tones have become ever redder though the base remains black and creamy. It’s the palate that remains the most unformed, but it’s concentrated, still rather linear and certainly very young. The last bottles should wait a minimum of five years in the cellar, probably much longer – but they will be excellent.

5 responses to “musigny, richebourg or chambertin? #2”

  1. dwdj

    I’m guessing #2 is the ’98 Musigny and #1 the ’97 Richebourg – which sounds disappointing, would have expected this to be all the fun of the fair by now.
    I guess there’s little hope for my one and only ’94 Grivot Richebourg…

  2. dwdj

    I hope so too! Will let you know either way as I plan to open it pretty soon…

  3. dwdj

    As promised…’94 Richebourg by Grivot note:

    One opened last Friday with venison sausage casserole. “Clunky” was the first word used to describe it. Nose was muddy though certainly not in any way faulty. Then typically rich/masculine but totally lacked obvious class of a Richebourg. Seemed to smack of too much wine-making not enough wine by half. This was my one and only – I hope your bottles fare better! (To make up for the disappointment we opened a 2000 Bachelet Charmes which was everything the 94 Grivot was not – a stunning bottle…)

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