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2000 Chézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesMar. 2012
Medium colour. The nose is a symphony; there’s still a pure red fruit note towards the top of the range, but there’s a musky undergrowth that cushions it, lovely depth too – you could just sit and sniff this – which is just fine! Actually the palate’s not that bad either, but the nose gives you the impression that there should be more. It’s still pretty good with a (more) linear (than you expect) but still slightly cushioned impression, decent acidity and still just a hint of astringency on the back of your tongue. The fruit has a little sweetness to it, but not in the rather warm, typical 2000 vernacular. Understated, slighly mineral flavours linger in the finish. Not the concentration of yesterday’s 99 villages Chambolle, but complex and interesting.
2009 Maume, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesMar. 2011
Aromatically understated. Round and balanced ; another wine with hints of vanilla. Long and lingering. Indeed very long…
1976 Giroud Camille, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2010
The nose seems a little fecal though opens up in a glorious polished leather way. Sweet fruit, still some tannin too. This is forward, showing plenty of volume and balance – it is also very long. Not a hint of fading I assume – I didn’t taste it 20 years ago ;-)
2007 Potel Nicolas, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2009
An interesting nose brings a slightly musky impression over fine soil, dark fruit and hints of raisin. Very silky tannin and super acidity. Understated overall despite its sweet fruit. This doesn’t particularly make me think to Lavaux today, but it’s lovely all the same.
2007 Jadot Louis, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2009
Medium colour. A blend of red and black aromas over some softer red fruit – The red fruit is quite the 2007 vintage characteristic. In the mouth this expands beautifully with quite some chocolate depth before fall-off into the finish. Really nice freshness here. The nose shows some similarity to a number of wines that follow – the smell of Lavaux? – the flavours don’t.
2004 Jadot Louis, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2009
Medium colour. High-toned red fruits, no 2004-specific aromas. Mouth-filling and shows a little tannin – it’s very impressive – complex in the mid-palate. This is very nice indeed – I could love this one.
2004 Chézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2009
Medium-pale colour. After the first whiff I chose to double decant – it may have helped a little, but there was still plenty of vintage ‘character’. Behind the mineral, cedary, slightly minty curtain is a pretty red fruit note that becomes ever brighter as the glass drains. In the mouth the ‘character’ is enough that it also intrudes on the flavour – on the other hand it’s sweet, nicely textured and would seem nicely transparent, even a little chocolaty. Drinkable, but hard for me to love this one.
2001 Jadot Louis, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2009
Medium colour. There is already a little sous-bois on the nose, backed by a soft and sweet impression. Lovely fine texture, jammy fruits set aside lingering, mouthwatering acidity. This is very, very complex and already in the first stages of maturity.
2000 Chézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesJul. 2009
Medium-pale colour. Warm, ripe fruit aromas slowly give way to delicate and very pretty, precise red berry notes with hints of raisin fruit. Detailed, pretty and balanced – red fruit dominated. Quite delicate, but silky and complex – not powerful but great finesse. Very much enjoyed. in fact the longer I sayed with it, the more it reminded me of the ‘85 Jadot…
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