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7 notes
2009 Mischief and Mayhem, Saint-RomainNov. 2011
Elevage was 50% in stainless-steel and 50% 2 year-old barrels. Bottled in September 2010. A whiff of toast and perhaps a reductive note too – but below is a nice mineral impression which adds ripe lemon if you swirl. This is lithe, fresh and nicely intense – another St.Romain winner from this producer – this will be a lovely summer wine, but certainly more than a quaffer.
2009 Latour Henri, Saint-RomainDec. 2010
Plenty of punch to the sherbet-like nose. Clean, pretty and lots of flavour too. Very good value.
2008 Latour Henri, Saint-RomainDec. 2010
A core of yellow fruit with some overall freshness. There’s a good impression of nicely round and flavours that sit well with the acidity. The core is driven by ripe fruit that enjoys a sweet/sour balance with the acidity. Maybe it’s best in its youth(?) but it is a very lovely glass today.
2008 Remoissenet Père et Fils, Saint-RomainOct. 2010
I remember this being very tasty from barrel last year. Forward, stony aromas. This has a lovely density and richness that is well balanced by the acidity – bravo, still lovely.
2007 Mischief and Mayhem, Saint-RomainJul. 2009
No oak – all elevage in stainless steel – bottled in July 2008. A soaring, high-toned nose that’s faintly estery but high-toned and engaging. In the mouth there’s much more impact than expected; good density and concentration and a lovely citrus acidity that aids the length. Slowly it develops a creamy flavour. Taught and tasty – I thought this lovely.
2004 Bichot Albert, Saint-RomainMar. 2006
Négociant wine. Pale yellow. High-toned nose that seems a little thick in the middle – no new oak used here. The palate is fresh and opens out very nicely. This wine has good density and none of the ‘raised’ acidity that is common from this appellation. A very good St.Romain.
2002 Chartron & Trebuchet, Saint-RomainNov. 2005
Medium yellow colour. High-toned, shades of spearmint and a fainter honeyed depth. The palate has bracing acidity – only just sufficient buffering fruit extract to bring into balance. Medium finishing. This is a very clean an crisp wine, but comes close to losing balance due to the forward acidity, given that (with time) the fruit is only going the wane I would look to drink these by the end of next summer.
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