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2009 Esmonin Sylvie, BourgogneJan. 2011
Good colour. There’s a depth of dark fruit. In the mouth this is quite full with ripe fruit. Good but understated structure and slowly lingering flavour – a success!
2009 Esmonin Sylvie, Côte de Nuits VillagesJan. 2011
A depth of dark fruit aroma. Fuller than the Bourgogne, with velvet tannin that has a little grab, but just about stays in the background. Higher quality here than many Gevrey Villages. Nice enough finish – lovely wine.
2002 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesJan. 2011
The nose is slightly smoky; tight but still some dark fruit shows through – eventually very, very pretty. Very silky, mineral too. This starts quite Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has hints of musk and warm, ripe berries. Soft and velvety – seems a little lush. Nice width and a growing note of flowers.
2002 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.JacquesJan. 2011
Medium, medium-plus colour. Soft and very complex aromas. A lush impression and the lovely acidity is seemingly a perfect balance for the still young tannins. I’d say this is showing rather well for a ‘middle-years’ wine.
2004 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesApr. 2007
Deep cherry-red colour. Slight reduction can’t hide earthy, creamy blackberry and blackcurrant aspects on the nose. The palate is ripe and again very black-fruity – brambly – and with helpful acidity moves seamlessly through slightly grainy tannin to a black finish edged with cream – maybe a hint of coconut too.
2004 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.JacquesApr. 2007
Deeper colour than the villages – edged with purple. The nose is much tighter and less giving, but earthier. The palate is denser and smoother – executive beefcake here. Perfect acidity and a very impressive length. Just like the villages, this wine is mainly about a black fruit profile with fine dry tannin that is completely covered by the soft fruit. I was very happy until I returned to the last half glass that had overnighted in the fridge – the earth has turned to cedar on the nose, less plush in the palate and the tannins stuck out. Day 1 fantastic, day 2 not! Many wines made in a reductive style won’t survive overnight in the fridge – Fourrier is a good example – based on this I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt because it was super on day 1.
1999 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.JacquesDec. 2006
(From magnum) Medium ruby-red colour. It’s a wide and mineral nose with an almost corky element. With time the corky element takes over – I never found it on the palate though – still, a shame.
2004 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-ChambertinDec. 2006
Deep cherry-red colour. Slight reduction can’t hide earthy, creamy blackberry and blackcurrant aspects on the nose. The palate is ripe and again very black-fruity – brambly – and with helpful acidity moves seamlessly through slightly grainy tannin to a black finish edged with cream – maybe a hint of coconut too.
2000 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesNov. 2003
Quite deep, extracted looking ruby – still cherry red at the rim. The nose starts very dumb, given time it starts to betray a little oak but also quite deep cherry – shaded to black. The palate is quite smooth with good acidity and strong fruit. The finish is woody from the oak. Nice fruit, but currently trapped in a wooden box – I’d be interested to try this again in 4/5 years – hopefully it will be starting to coalesce.
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