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a brace of 2003 combe aux moines – a shame the performances weren’t bracing…

These two bottles had been standing side-by-side for a while, so I decided the football semi-finals would be a good time to broach them.

2003 Dominique Gallois, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Combe aux Moines
Quite a young colur – seemingly holding onto just a hint of purple. The nose – oops – sweet, medium toast oak is the dominant note, and on a wine that’s approaching its first decade too. The flavour is of oak and a faint impression of reduction too. Day 1 I didn’t think much of it – albeit sweet and easy to drink – indeed it reminds me exactly of why I didn’t enjoy some of the Pousse d’Or wines. It’s quite a feat to dominate Gevrey in a similar way to Chambolle and Volnay! Day two and this is a different proposition; there’s ripe red fruit on the nose and little obvious oak. The palate is plush and textured – all that oak flavour is but a memory so it must be quite a volatile element. This wine is starting to talk of Burgundy now, albeit 2003 Burgundy, so you’d hardly guess it was from Gevrey – but at least today there’s clear interest on my part.
Rebuy – Maybe

Leaving this wine to try something that won’t show too much oak…

2003 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Combe aux Moines
Nope, it’s not oak on the nose, it’s cork – cork taint – such a shame…
Rebuy – No

3 responses to “a brace of 2003 combe aux moines – a shame the performances weren’t bracing…”

  1. Alvin Seah

    For what its worth, I have had a higher than expected of corked bottles from Fourrier over the years. Just wondering if there is a feedback loop for the domaine to be aware of this problem and do something about it with the cork supplier. Such a waste of good wines.

  2. burgundyfan

    Bill from 2003 I would like to have the cellar full of Serveau(only 3 left). I was in burgundy on the 8. – 10. of june and was looking at your book and I was very impressed. Congratulation.

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