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2008 Esmonin Frédéric, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesMar. 2011
The nose offers a nice, slightly creamy red fruit. Very good balance, plenty of extract and long too – good fruit, not too sweet.
2008 Heresztyn, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesJan. 2011
A blend from three parcels. The nose has beautifully clean lines; dark red fruit. Full, silky and grows in the mid-palate. There’s a little chocolate on the finishing note. Lovely balance – bravo!
2009 Heresztyn, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesJan. 2011
The nose is tight. In the mouth there is higher-toned, fresher fruit – more structure too. There is a mineral edge to a flavour that holds and holds. Structured and fresh – not your typical 09.
2002 Esmonin Sylvie, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesJan. 2011
The nose is slightly smoky; tight but still some dark fruit shows through – eventually very, very pretty. Very silky, mineral too. This starts quite Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose has hints of musk and warm, ripe berries. Soft and velvety – seems a little lush. Nice width and a growing note of flowers.
2004 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesOct. 2010
Medium-plus colour. The nose starts a little, inky and earthy with plenty of background reduction – the reduction is a minor flavour component too – it neads to aerate a little, so I decant. An hour later and there’s a higher-toned red fruit note, faint alcohol too but the reduction is gone. The last drops have a lovely redcurrant lift. Decent impact, perhaps a little monolithic like some other Fourrier 04s, but the lingering flavours and the overall balance are very good. I don’t discern any vintage character, but I have the impression I’d probably rather drink a majority now than leave them all in the cellar.
2008 Labet Pierre, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesJul. 2010
The latest addition to the range; bought in April 2008 as a ‘bush’ – it hadn’t been tended in 18 months. Medium colour. The aromas are, initially, much less fruity than those of the Coucherias; slowly they expand from an inauspicious start, eventually offering flashes of very high quality fruit. Medium density with nice acidity. The flavours are quite lovely as you head into the finish. Understated, but a good a wine.
2008 Roy Marc, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesApr. 2010
Bottled in August. Dark, fruit-driven aromas, little oak. There’s plenty of dimension and energy. Fine wine this and no overt oak.
1999 Bachelet Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesMay. 2009
Medium, medium-plus ruby-red colour. A gorgeous nose; creamy red fruit of lovely depth, just a little brown sugar rounding it out – seems very much a Bachelet (barrel) signature rather than ‘Gevrey’ (the ‘96 Charmes is very similar) time adds a little darker cherry. The texture is silky, there’s penetrating acidity without it being over the top, the mouth-watering flavours have very good dimension and a sugared impression that mirrors the aromas. Like the nose, there’s a very slow development of darker cherry flavours. Never more than medium-bodied, this is a super-elegant bottle – a shame that I only bought 6, way back when – an outstanding villages…
2006 Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles VignesDec. 2008
Vines from 1928. Medium, medium-plus colour. Wide and high-toned with quite floral, complex notes. Well-covered structure, remaining understated until it reaches the mid-palate and on into the finish where there is plenty of fine and complex fruit.
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