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2007 Tardy Jean, Vosne-Romanée Les ChaumesJan. 2012
Medium colour. The nose has some herbal elements above an understated but quite complex mix of fruit; cherry, strawberry and eventually a long redcurrant note. There is a hint of spice too, though I’m not sure if it’s from the soil or the barrel. I find a herbal element on the palate too – not quite green, but hinting at green. The texture is reasonably smooth, and seems to have an element of weight – tannin is there as a faint rasp on the end of your tongue. Decent length in a red register. I expect this had a bit better balance 18 months ago; today it’s far from seemless, the acidity just seems to be approaching ‘sharp’ if not quite there yet, though sweet and sour with emphasis on the sour could certainly be used. Day three: (only stoppered and left at about 17°C) and this wine is suddenly delicious; all herbal references have faded to relative insignificance and the fruit has a beguiling, understated sweetness – how did that happen? I don’t know, but I’d buy it again now!
2009 Tardy Jean, Nuits St.Georges Aux Bas du CombeDec. 2011
High tones, some herb notes too that float above lovely red fruit – this is very pretty! In the mouth this seems finely boned and with good acidity too. This finishes well with beautiful red fruit note. Very good wine indeed, but in an elegant, less forceful way – I certainly wouldn’t guess this was a Nuits.
2009 Tardy Jean, Chambolle-Musigny Les AthetsDec. 2011
The nose has a really nice depth, cushioned with a little musk. This seems nicely round in the mouth and shows a very nice concentration for a villages. There’s just a little grab from the tannins, but they are quite understated. Balanced with a nice finish – there’s a little oak flavour throughout the wine today but it is far from jarring and will fade – still a lovely wine.
2006 Tardy Jean, Fixin La PlaceFeb. 2010
Medium colour. High tones, slightly volatile, a hint of leaf and beef broth, eventually a blue-skinned fruit comes through – actually, nicer than the description may sound. Also a high-toned fruit impression in the mouth. There is a little fat but it quickly falls to the background as the slightly astringent tannin covers it. Good acidity and medium length, nice flavours. Not much density. The initial slight volatility makes me think to drink young, but the tannin needs one or two years to melt a little. Day two this seemed better. Despite the astringency, this is far from a traditional ‘rustic’ Fixin. It’s well made yet quite expensive for a ‘villages’, or at least one that could offer a little more density…
2005 Tardy Jean, Chambolle-Musigny Les AthetsDec. 2008
Medium, medium-plus colour. A deep, slightly baked fruit impression intertwined with a dark oak note – I think the oak is influencing the fruit. In the mouth the texture’s okay but I have the impression there’s some dissolved gas here making the tannin a little forward and the acidity slightly prickly. There’s some extra dimension, but it’s clearly not showing its best. Day 2 and the nose starts less interesting, but slowly a red-currant note tries to assert itself. The ‘rasp’ that I associated with dissolved gas is still there on the palate, though the tannin seems less forward. Tight? For sure, but versus some other village chambolles I could mention there’s little here that demands a second look…
2006 Tardy Jean, Chambolle-Musigny Les AthetsDec. 2008
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour. Mainly soft red fruit aromas though a hint of darker fruit too. In the mouth it’s a little tight, compact and little obvious structure. It grows in the mid-palte though, before finishing as fast as it appeared.
2006 Tardy Jean, Vosne-Romanée Les ChaumesDec. 2008
Spicy, high-toned fruit, and very focused fruit on the rather classy nose. Ripe, strucured and complex – tannin that clings to your lips. Slowly lingering, this is a big surprise, it’s excellent and over-achieves for Chaumes.
2006 Tardy Jean, Nuits St.Georges Les BoudotsDec. 2008
Medium-plus colour. Red-black fruit that is quite high-toned. Great texture with velvet but not astringent tannin. Lots of dimension. The ‘just right’ acidity lets the flavour linger. This is also very good
1997 Tardy Jean, Chambolle-Musigny Les AthetsAug. 2007
A high-toned, rather nice nose. The palate is understated, with faintly astringent tannin. Has good length though. Quite nice but not the full package.
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