Why Big Red Diary?
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2007 Bichot Albert, Gevrey-Chambertin Les CazetiersApr. 2009
Medium-plus colour. A little spice, high toned aromas and earth – quite complex. Almost lush with mouth-filling. Decent, fine-grained tannin and a flavour that etches into your palate. A good, quite understated length. Very good.
2004 Mischief and Mayhem, Gevrey-Chambertin Les CazetiersJul. 2006
Medium cherry-red. The nose starts a little tight and mineral, under-pinned by faint but gradually intensifying sweet-edged red fruit – eventually it shows as quite focused red cherry and even a little redcurrant and cream – super. Good concentration, the tannins are relatively fine-grained. There is plenty of dimension to the fruit and nice acidity that helps to etch the flavours into your palate – finishes well. The overall effect is of a quite savoury wine – unlike the sea of sweetness from 2003 – well done.
2002 Chézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Les CazetiersMar. 2005
Medium, medium-plus cherry-red. The nose is quite lovely and ever-changing, starts with a little barnyard but slowly gives up really beautiful and precise high-toned red berry aromas and eventually adds a trace of cream to the fruit. The palate is round and friendly with understated concentration and a rather elegant structure that’s coupled to fresh-faced fruit. The length is good and predominantly primary fruit. A really lovely drink and another relative bargain.
2000 Chézeaux, Gevrey-Chambertin Les CazetiersNov. 2003
Only medium/medium-pale colour – same depth of colour as the village Gevrey. The nose starts just a little closed and funky – with time there’s high toned, slightly cooked, sweet red fruit. Nicely intense fruit with good, balanced acidity and low level, smooth tannin. Certainly a step-up from the village wine but I was looking for a larger step given the appelation. Still a nice wine.
1992 Rousseau Armand, Gevrey-Chambertin Les CazetiersNov. 2003
Medium ruby colour. The nose has a hint of undergrowth and characteristic Gevrey earth. Medium intensity palate, nice acidity, though is just a little harsh on the finish. Actually there’s still some tannin here. The wine worked really well with food but seemed lacking a little dimension in its own right – still, isn’t wine supposed to be enjoyed with food?
1996 Rousseau Armand, Gevrey-Chambertin Les CazetiersJan. 2003
From half. Deep ruby colour to the rim. Nose is deep and chocolatey, almost a little coffee & ginger spice to go with blueberry and black cherry fruit. Fat palate has really concentrated black fruits, good acidity and velvetty tannins. Good length too. This is excellent and although a lovely concentrated glass today, it still seems relatively young.
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