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1995 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesOct. 2011
Medium, medium-plus colour. Just like the 2008 of this wine there’s a hint of musky vanilla to go with a lovely red fruit. Initially there is fat and a lovely balancing acidity – nothing of the harshness of many from the vintage – quite some intensity of red, slightly sweet raspberry fruit too. I’m very impressed by how sophisticated this is. Day two and it’s still a little musky, but the vanilla is gone, it’s also starting to show something more common with other 95s; whilst there’s no rustic or harsh tannin, the intensity of the mid-palate flavour is just hinting at the stridency of others from this vintage. All I can say id drink-up and be impressed; frankly it won’t put many tasters off on day two either. I’m happy that 11 remain in the cellar; a majority of which I’ll probably drink over the next five years, but just a few will be worth trying past their 30th birthdays…
2007 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesApr. 2011
A complex nose, a little floral, more depth than the Beaune and with a musky ring around the fruit – lots of character here. Full and round, the tannin has a little more volume but is quite fine leaving a faint astringency. A caramel note suffuses the finish. Just so much to enjoy here – more for my cellar.
2007 Chandon de Briailles, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesOct. 2010
Medium colour. Rather tight but there’s a beautiful, if narrow, core of red fruit. Similar too in the mouth, though the flavour lingers very well.
2007 Chandon de Briailles, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesApr. 2010
Half-clay half chalk builds more body than in the Savigny Lavières, but often with a more floral dimension. Aromatically a little tighter than the Savigny, but again it’s perfectly formed. More mid-palate width and a very nice level of freshness. Just a little more tannin and a long stone-fruit impression in the finish. Again lovely.
2008 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesApr. 2010
Warm red fruit with some herbs. There’s a creamy width to the fruit before you move through plenty of velvet tannin. Beautiful complexity – stunning wine, just wait 6-12 months for the tannin to settle – I will!
2005 Rapet Père et Fils, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesApr. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose only gives hints of interest in the first minutes, but gradually offers up a beautiful mix of raspberry and violets with occasional traces of caramel, but these pretty aromas come and go. A very soft entry – maybe just a little too soft – but smooth tannin and decent acidity. The flavour gently builds into the mid-palate and decays just as gently. In the middle the fruit is clean, has reasonable depth and some extra creamy dimension. So I’m not sure about this – lovely aromatics and very pretty fruit, but I felt it somehow just a little too soft.
2006 Dubreuil-Fontaine, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesMar. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour. Aromatically tight fruit over a mineral base. Smooth, no real fat, yet concentrated. Understated tannin that has a minor edge of astringency. Overal a little plush and very lovely.
1997 Chandon de Briailles, Pernand Vergelesses Ile des VergelessesAug. 2007
(Magnum) Medium yellow. A waxy brioche nose. The palate is fresh with very good acidity that’s coupled to quite some dimension and personality – very good length too – a very worthy 97.
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