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2009 Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée Les MalconsortsMar. 2011
Medium-plus colour. The nose shows herbs mixing through plenty of high-tones. Full, more structure than the 08 Amoureuses, slightly sticky tannin and absolutely flavour-packed. The overall profile is very ripe but this is clearly a wine that rewards a little wallowing…
2008 Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée Les MalconsortsMar. 2011
Beautiful top to bottom aromas though less width than the 09, eventually with coffee and a little baked, spiced bread. There is plenty of tannin here – well structured. Fine flavours show themselves as your mouth waters for more.
2009 Clos Frantin, EchézeauxMar. 2011
Aromas of ripe fruit-conserve – dark fruit too. Fine tannin with lots of cream-edged fruit. This wine makes an impression this lingers well in the finish.
2008 Clos Frantin, EchézeauxMar. 2011
Tighter aromas. This seems rounder than the 09 and has managed to almost completely bury its structure. The acidity draws out more and more flavour in the finish.
1972 Clos Frantin, Grands-EchézeauxDec. 2009
A slightly porty fruit quickly, but not entirely gives way to beef, almonds, width and warmth – impressive and very complex. The acidity just has a hint of balsamic character, so probably best not to leave this for another 30+ years, but there is width and dimension on the perfectly textured mid-palate and it’s very long. This was savoured over about 3+ hours and it never faded. Super.
2007 Clos Frantin, Gevrey-Chambertin Les MurotsApr. 2009
Higher tones, a little herb and nice red fruit – this is very pretty. Ripeness and good tannin. Velvety with good, high-toned red fruit also into the finish. Pretty wine.
2007 Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanée Les MalconsortsApr. 2009
Drunk directly after the Clos de Bèze, this was still a wow! High-toned aromas over a tighter base of very pretty fruit and faint spice – slowly it opens more. Gorgeous sweet fruit, a little tannin ‘grab’ before building in the mid-palate then slowly fading – super.
2007 Clos Frantin, EchézeauxApr. 2009
Broadly a higher-toned nose than the Malconsorts. Narrower entry but it fills the palate with plenty of dimension and faintly astringent tannin. Has a little more density, but not the impact of the Malconsorts. Long finishing with a little barrel flavour.
2007 Clos Frantin, Grands-EchézeauxApr. 2009
A gorgeous blend of spice and depth and width to the nose, that’s dovetailed to a melange of black and red fruit – it’s almost a velvety aroma. More tannin, a little grained, but very ripe. The fruit takes over much later into the mid-palate though flows through a very impressive length.
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