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5 notes



2008 Heresztyn, Gevrey-Chambertin Les GoulotsJan. 2011
This is very slow to open, eventually very precise and pretty berry notes lift from the glass. Again there is quite some minerality here, allied to elegance and quite some intensity though. After swallowing there’s a good evolution of the flavour – and only now a hint of tannin!
2009 Heresztyn, Gevrey-Chambertin Les GoulotsJan. 2011
Wide and complex with hints of herbs and minerals. A little like the 08 Clos St.Denis, here is a mouthful of structure that to an extent obscures the fruit, but finally the fruit comes to the fore as you head into a very good finish.
2005 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Les GoulotsMay. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour – not that deeply coloured for a 1er cru from this vintage. The nose starts with a characteristic note that makes you think of oak, but as I’ve slowly learned with Fourrier’s wines, it’s more about reduction, as it fades, in this case, in about 30 minutes without decanting. Slightly heavy and powdery fruit morphs to beautiful red berry notes over cherry – primary but very, very pretty – more time will give a pretty creme-brulee background. In the mouth this is soft and rather silky – you will only find the tannin with serious rolling around the mouth. There is decent density of dark fruit that slowly melts and becomes redder as the nose also develops. It’s slowly lingering on slightly emphasised acidity. Versus the impact of virtually every 2005 villages and higher Gevrey tasted in 2008, this is more mellow and understated – what a difference a year makes – there’s a little iron and minerals, but in particular this misses out on the ‘I’ word – impact. The style of Fourrier still makes this eminently drinkable, but I expect it was all the more impressive 12 months ago. Time for a long sleep…
2006 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Les GoulotsDec. 2008
Medium, medium-plus colour. High-toned fruit that’s nicely intense. In the mouth there’s some fat and good ripe fruit intensity. Slightly grainy tannin. It widens to provide many dimensions and some tannin clinging to your mouth. Lingers very well. Very good.
2001 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Les GoulotsMar. 2003
Slightly paler cherry red. Cherry, strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Good fruit and tannin with excellent acidity pushing the finish long. This is very good.
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