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1996 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Les TeuronsNov. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is wide, and reasonably deep – lovely warm red fruit aromas that are edged with a little green seasoning – eventually the nose fills with floral top-notes too, aromatically this gets better and better, peaking after about 90 minutes. In the mouth there’s good acidity and extra density, hence, texture too after the Mugnier. Much less ‘ephemeral’ than the Mugnier but here is much more flavour and dimension, indeed there’s a core of density that implies a few more years are required to fully unwind it. Lovely wine. Very drinkable in this format today, but clearly it’s still a baby.
2005 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Les Cras Vieilles VignesJul. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has a creamy dimension to the fruit. Again, super-silky though this time the structure is less demanding – well to a degree! Very mineral again – super.
2008 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Sur Les GrèvesJul. 2010
Blanc. Sited toward Teurons the chardonnay vines, planted by Benoit’s great-grandfather, are about 70 years old. 1.5-2.5 (big) barrels each year. Biscuity, savoury aromas. This is soft and a little fat after the reds. There is really a nice dimension of toffee’d fruit. Long finishing on good acidity. After a few 2005 reds this is a very compelling drink.
2007 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Sur Les GrèvesJul. 2010
Similar aromas to the 2008, just a little less rich. Stricter (narrower) impression on the palate though it widens in the mid-palate and shows very good acidity.
2008 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Vignes FranchesJul. 2010
Only in bottle for 1 week – it was the only one of the domaine’s wine that had a really extended malolactic fermentation. All the rest of the (red) cuvées had been bottled in March/April. Medium colour. Very high toned aromas, but perhaps that the recent bottling. Full, weighty and showing really good intensity – lovely precision and balance.
2008 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Les TeuronsJul. 2010
Denser, deeper red fruit aromas after the Vignes-Franches. Much more intensity but it is matched by more tannic structure. Not a brute but certainly a wine to lay down.
2008 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Les Cras Vieilles VignesJul. 2010
Medium colour. Soft, comforting but never heavy fruit aromas. Again this is intense, but with a much more pronounced mineral spine. A really good burst of complexity in the mid-palate.
2005 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Vignes FranchesJul. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. Perfumed! Super texture but clearly very tight. There is late developing intensity and eventually some good flavour too. Will be great!
2005 Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain, Beaune Les TeuronsJul. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. Wide with deep dark-red, fresh fruit. Again silky, then more velvet as the tannin builds. Perfect acidity and intensity though this also very tight.
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