Why Big Red Diary?
4 notes
2005 Ecard Maurice, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les JarronsApr. 2008
Medium red. Wide, slightly creamy, smooth red fruit dominates the nose. Smooth entry that runs swiftly into an intense mid-palate where the acidity starts to flow and augments a long finish. The mid-palate has some impressive complexity and weight of fruit. This wine delivers impressive concentration and complexity without obvious extraction and tannin. It clearly needs some slumber in the cellar but I’m pleased that I have some bottles waiting.
2004 Ecard Maurice, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les JarronsApr. 2007
Medium cherry-red colour. The nose starts soft, sweet and quite oaky – though not very toasty – over one hour from opening and you have high-toned estery notes over what is frankly a super, griotte-like red fruit nose. As with the nose, some time is required before real interest is found – it starts rather flat – so-much so that I wondered if there might be a little taint. One hour of patience reveals a light-medium-weight wine of elegance and real complexity; the acidity is quite fresh and the wine is lithe rather than fat, but there is an array of red fruits and a little raisin edge to the subtle but long finish. Tannin slips by virtually un-noticed. This is a world away from dense, blockbuster wines and I suspect it will disappoint some drinkers, but for me, despite the wait, it delivered.
1999 Ecard Maurice, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les NarbantonsNov. 2005
Medium ruby-red. Lots of funk on the nose to start, but slowly an rather fetching red-berry note starts to dominate. The palate is quite linear with a tight presentation of red-framed fruit swept allonge on really good acidity. Medium length and no obvious grab from the tannin. Just a little closed, but the overall effect was positive. A good wine. Domaine Jean Grivot, Nuits Saint Georges Les Pruliers Medium ruby-red, just starting to take an amber shade at the rim of the glass. A sweet, meaty nose that takes quite some time to reveal a red-fruit cocktail above the savoury tones. The texture is almost good, though the tannins are still quite forward, if velvety. The acidity is prominent though not unduly so. Certainly in an ‘awkward phase’, I’d suggest waiting another 3 years before revisiting.
2000 Ecard Maurice, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les NarbantonsJul. 2005
Medium, medium-plus ruby. The nose is heaviliy influenced by spicy oak – initially the palate is similarly affected. The palate is just a little sweeter and denser than the other 2000’s drunk in this report with an interesting creamy burst in the mid-palate. Really needs a couple of hours in a decanter to show it’s style. This 2000 is a nice wine but a couple of levels below Pavelot’s Dominode from the same vintage.
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