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2008 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les PerrièresDec. 2010
Bigger glass, more aeration; yet the fruit holds onto a creamy-vanilla coating which I don’t remember being so obvious back in Nuits in the (11°!) cellar. The fruit, however, is a summer pudding of black and to a lesser extent red berries and is quite captivating. Plenty of acidity which turns into real intensity in the mid-palate and towards the finish – plenty more of that summer-pudding fruit flavour as go into the finish. There is just enough concentration of sweet-sour fruit to avoid the acidity taking over. You really have to search out the tannin; I cool it down in the fridge and there’s that glossy dark fruit impression that I noted in Nuits – at least it’s the same wine then! Intense, even a bit cerebral – I love this wine.
2008 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.GeorgesDec. 2010
Assembled from three separate parcels. Medium-plus colour. The nose has lovely dark fruit with a floral hint. Fuller, rounder and with lots of velvety tannin that attaches flavour to your gums. A nice fresh face with dark flavours in the finish.
2007 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les PerrièresDec. 2010
This is still quite a dark colour. The nose has a chocolate accent. In the mouth this is about dark fruit and a very similar tannin to the 2008 – a very nice extra dimension of fruit in the mid palate too. A really good 2007!
2008 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les BousselotsDec. 2010
The nose delivers dark aromas, accented with coffee. Lots and lots of fine tannin but balanced by sweet, fresh, dark fruit in the mid-palate, though the fruit decays faster than the tannin so it’s the predominant finishing experience – I expect they will slowly fade to bring better finishing balance though.
2008 Chauvenet Jean, BourgogneDec. 2010
A nice medium-plus colour. The nose has an almost textured depth of dark red fruit. A little CO2 spoils the presentation of the tannin, but this is fresh in a good way and slowly lingering. Another six months in bottle plus a decanter will provide all the roundness needed.
2008 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Rue de ChauxDec. 2010
Deep colour. Mainly dark fruit aromas – some is even blackcurrant. Full and powerful yet the tannin remains in the background. With its dark, sweet fruits this is a very convincing wine!
2008 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les VaucrainsDec. 2010
Deep colour. Again an expression of dark fruit, though I have slight preference for the precision offered by the Perrières. Wide, perhaps a little too full, good tannin. The one area where I feel this ‘betters’ the Perrières is the slightly more interesting complexity of the finish.
2007 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les PerrièresDec. 2010
This is still quite a dark colour. The nose has a chocolate accent. In the mouth this is about dark fruit and a very similar tannin to the 2008 – a very nice extra dimension of fruit in the mid palate too. A really good 2007!
2008 Chauvenet Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les DamodesDec. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. A beautiful nose of warm, sweet dark fruit. Full and round with more sweet dark fruit, hints of licorice – lovely flavours that leach across the palate and into the finish. Despite the power there is some delicacy of delivery.
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