8 notes



2008 Esmonin Frédéric, Ruchottes-ChambertinMar. 2011
Again there’s a creamy edge to the aroma of red fruit. More extract here with finely grained tannin. The flavour builds a little in the mid-palate then holds a linear course into the finish. The flavour is a little stony in the finish.
2009 Esmonin Frédéric, Ruchottes-ChambertinMar. 2011
The fruit has a darker complexion, initially less open but finely detailed – finally there is a more red fruit too. Lots of extract, not super-sweet for an 09, again with plenty of fine-grained tannin. This wine seems a little looser knit than the Estournelles but the supporting intensity is good, as is the length. Needs some time for focus I think.
2001 Esmonin Frédéric, Ruchottes-ChambertinDec. 2009
Medium, medium-plus relatively young colour. The nose starts wide but diffuse, slowly focusing to give a really impressive red cherry note. To start with the major impression in the mouth was the tart fruit/acid balance, this was moderated by food and seemed okay later – perhaps that was just me – the acidity remains ‘intense’ though is buffered by quality red fruit. Very little tannin and a finish that lingers as long as the mouth-watering acidity supports it – which is quite a while. Intense without obvious density, primary in both aroma and flavour – but engaging enough. Very young, it’s rather good, though it’s not ‘great’. Reminds me of many a ’96, with more primary fruit.
1999 Esmonin Frédéric, Ruchottes-ChambertinMay. 2009
Medium, medium-plus colour – paler than the Mazy. The nose starts quite dark and oaky – some dark toast notes that take at least 30 minutes to lift. Redder, less dense fruit is the result, though the dark oak slowly turns to make a nice coffee ‘coating’. Nicely balanced concentration with background velvet tannin. Truth be told it has more of a 1er cru weight, the only distinct grand cru element is the mid-palate flavour – pretty red fruit with a distinct creamy edge and excellent length. Some distance behind the quality of the Mazy, and there are probably better premier crus, but they will cost more than this bottle – value has always been the watchword on the Esmonin GCs, and there is plenty of value in this bottle.
2005 Rousseau Armand, Ruchottes-ChambertinNov. 2007
In every dimesion this is a junior Charmes – surprising – the only advantage it seems to show is elegance and athleticism – both good points.
1993 Mugneret Dr Georges, Ruchottes-ChambertinMar. 2004
Medium-plus ruby, not much fading. A high toned nose of crushed raspberry and dried cherry together with the faint traces of oak and coffee – just starting to show a meaty note. Really lovely and intense fresh fruit – really nice(!) Lingering acidity and finely grained tannins with just a little creaminess to the finish. Very lovely and still very young – a super wine.
1993 Esmonin Frédéric, Ruchottes-ChambertinMar. 2004
Deep ruby colour though there’s more of an amber caste than the Mazy. The nose shows more oak, but this slowly fades to leave chocolate cake, plum and eventually a toasty cherry note. The palate has good fat and sweet, slowly fading fruit. The tannin is fully resolved though the acidity shows just a little tartness at the end. Less rounded than the Mazy, but despite the tart finish, more than pleasant.
2001 Esmonin Frédéric, Ruchottes-ChambertinJul. 2003
Medium-full cherry. Understated cherry nose Very lovely fruit with medium tannins and good acidity. Very good.
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