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1995 Rion Daniel, Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux MontsOct. 2011
Medium-plus colour. The nose here is of just faintly roasted, spice-edged deep red fruit – not roasted enough to be off-putting but enough to be slightly sub-optimal for me – but it’s wide and involving and rather forward too. In the mouth this has a concentrated, velvet texture that if you really roll the wine around in your mouth becomes slowly a little astringent – but that’s your choice! Full flavoured with plenty of intensity and a very good underlying acidity – there’s almost a hint of almond flavour in the finish, bitter chocolate too, which is probably barrel-derived – but eventually majors of a mouth-watering mineral note. Highly drinkable despite a nose that punches you, rather than seduces you.
2007 Rion Daniel, Vosne-Romanée Les BeaumontsMay. 2011
Medium colour. A nose to wallow in; faintly spicy with dark plummy fruit and flashes of clean red fruit. In the mouth there is now a nice balance, understated acidity and a good core of dark stony fruit. Slowly finishing, this is now a very tasty wine.
1999 Rion Daniel, Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux MontsMay. 2010
Medium, medium plus colour. The nose starts with a waft of dark, dank, slightly reduced, earthy toast that fades to be replaced with a slowly building crescendo of dark and impressive cherry fruit. Good, perhaps slightly lifted acidity abets the mid-palate intensity and length. The fruit in the mid-palate has a nice high-toned impression and the lingering note of the finish is stony/mineral. Acid-o-philes will like this a lot, I did!
2007 Rion Daniel, Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux MontsDec. 2009
Medium cherry-red. The nose starts with ultra-young barrel-type fruit aromas, Slowly it beds down to good red fruit with a very understated spice background and eventually lovely red berries. Fresh, slightly plump red fruit that finds an additional if understated mid-palate dimension, relatively fine tannin and a lingering finish. Not much power here, but fine and elegant. Very pretty.
1997 Rion Daniel, Nuits St.Georges Les Vignes RondesMay. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour still. The nose is full of sweet-edged undergrowth and below there’s still a dark edge of oak-toast. In the mouth there’s a silkiness and good, if not totally seamless acidity. The dark flavours mirror the nose but have a nice extra creamy dimension, there’s still a bitter-chocolate edge to the tannins too. No sharp edges and only just beginning to enter its drinking window, despite its oaky beginings being still on display, this is becoming a very above average 1997.
2006 Rion Daniel, Côte de Nuits VillagesApr. 2009
Medium cherry-red colour. Aromaticly a little tight. High-toned ripe fruit in the mouth with faint tannin and good acidity – very pretty.
2005 Rion Daniel, Nuits St.Georges Les Grandes VignesApr. 2009
Medium, medium-plus young colour. Some oak, but also very pretty fruit with a faintly spicy width. Good concentration, the intensity builds aided by super acidity and equally super mouth-watering length. Very good.
2001 Rion Daniel, Vosne-RomanéeApr. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour with a little salmon colour at the rim. Slightly herby over tight red fruit notes. Plenty of grainy, though not astringent tannin. There’s good acidity and decent length too. Competent and reasonably interesting.
2006 Rion Daniel, Nuits St.Georges Les Vignes RondesApr. 2009
(Reminds me I should dig out that 6-pack of 1997 I have somewhere!) Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. Deep, concentrated red fruits on the nose. Ripe and intense with good acidity, and length that’s edged with faint astringency. Young, but will be very nice.
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