Why Big Red Diary?
8 notes
2009 Mallard Michel, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresNov. 2011
Medium colour. This has quite full, sweet fruit; some strawberry and very decent acidity. Lingers quite well this – a good start – but the price is a little high.
2009 Javillier Patrick, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresMay. 2011
Tighter aromas – this has spent less time in bottle – that slowly grow. There is more obvious structure than from the Aloxe but there is lovely fruit that pads it out. This has excellent potential – probably after 15 years will be honey…
1998 Potel Nicolas, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresMay. 2011
The last bottle from a six-pack – and what a great buy they were. Musky red strawberry and a hint of raspberry – aromatically involving – just lovely. The palate has none of the astringency of some from the vintage, more a melted whole of soft texture and sweet-acid balance. Plenty of very fine silt in the bottom of this bottle, but the cloudiness of the last glass did nothing to spoil the flavours and aromas. A winner.
2005 Guillemot Pierre, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresApr. 2009
Medium, medium plus colour. The nose needs about 1 hour before it starts to become interesting; always clean but initially inconsequential, it gradually acquires gravitas with quality red fruit over a faint base of coffee. The palate starts quite roughly – carbon dioxide is to blame. Like-wise an hour from opening it is velvety, with plenty of kind tannin and good forward acidity. It is narrow in the mid-palate and narrows further into the finish. I would suggest this as being rather tight. From being uncouth and ’short’ in the first 30 minutes to becoming ever-more engaging, this wine slowly won me over. Probably 80/100 if freshly opened at a big tasting, 90 if you are prepared to sit, wait and negotiate. I’d leave remaining bottles at least 6-8 years.
2005 Boisset Jean-Claude, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresAug. 2007
Deeply coloured with a purple rim. Wide and high-toned aromatics on opening, very slowly deepens with black cherry and a snip of cream. Lithe entry, expanding in the mid palate with perfect acidity. The well-covered tannin is quite silky. Finally the nose is of redcurrant with a twist of tobacco – very nice. It’s young but a little easier to drink than the 05 Hautes Jarrons and certainly more elegant, but I just tend more towards the personality of the Hautes Jarrons – from 2012+
2005 Boisset Jean-Claude, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresApr. 2007
From younger – only 70 years – south facing vines. Grégory walked by these vines and saw realy fine millerandaged berries, looked for the owner and asked to buy – et voila – four and a half barrels, one of new oak. Linear ripe fruit on the nose, even a little blue skinned fruit – it’s a beauty. Like the Dominode this has super texture, this time a little wider and richer although perhaps not quite as long. Hard to criticise, it’s lovely.
1999 Gay Michel, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresDec. 2006
Medium-plus ruby-red. The nose is forward and deep but to my taste unfortunately pruney – though there is a core of red fruit. The wine is concentrated and well textured – there’s plenty of wine here, ripe and sweet but again there’s that rather blocky, pruney element in the mid-palate, some raisin too. As said, there’s a lot of wine here, unfortunately I don’t like it very much…
2000 Javillier-Guyot, Savigny-lès-Beaune Les SerpentièresNov. 2003
Nice medium cherry red colour. The fruit is literally buried under earthy notes on the nose. The palate has good fat, nice acidity and drying tannins. Not as fresh and ‘now’ as many 2000’s, this is down to the oak on the palate – worth waiting a cvouple more years to retry – a good wine I think.
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