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2008 Roche de Bellene, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsJul. 2010
The aromas are understated but show a pretty complexity. Nicely fills the mouth – balanced and very understated.
2002 Jadot Louis, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsMay. 2009
A medium, medium-plus intermediate age colour. The nose starts a little dumb but slowly adds width, depth and dimension – it’s about understated but polished fruit and a blend of spicy herbs. Like the nose, the palate needs about 45 minutes to one hour to get into a good place but then you have a mouthful of silky texture, decent concentration, the sweetly fresh fruit that is the hallmark of the vintage and a really super length that mixes faint caramel and oak flavours. Very well balanced and, like many 2002s, still partly in its shell – but this has super potential – I should say it also wasn’t bad on the night!
2007 Forey Père et Fils, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsApr. 2009
Wide and quite complex – decent depth too. Similarly complex impression in the mouth with dimensions of sweet fruit and good grainy tannin. Long, with lots of flavour. Very nice.
2007 Gerbet Marie–Andrée et Chantal, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsApr. 2009
A good width of fruit on the nose – it’s more complex than the last wine, but not quite so deep. In the mouth there’s a clear step-up in intensity and flavour – very nice, lingering red fruit and good, fine tannin. Very nice wine.
2000 Drouhin Joseph, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsApr. 2009
Medium ruby-red colour. The nose is lovely, slightly baked fruit, forward with a ginger edge and some deep herby elements. In the mouth there is sweet fruit but the acidity that comes along is bright indeed sharp finishing – it rather dominates the palate despite the slowly lingering flavours. I can’t get at much else as the problem with the acidity is so prominent. A badly stored bottle? I don’t know, but I can’t recommend this.
1999 Drouhin Joseph, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsApr. 2008
An understated nose that slowly builds power in the glass – exotic hardwoods and faint chocolate mix to give a very complex impression. The palate is relatively tight, the faintly astringent tannin being well covered by the understated fruit – the length of finish is rather more distinguished. Despite the tight presentation there is good focus here – better than the last bottle.
2006 Potel Nicolas, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsApr. 2008
An understated nose of faint red berries. Whilst this is also a little tight, it’s showing more than the Malconsorts – quite wide an interesting if undemonstrative – no negatives.
2001 Drouhin Joseph, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsNov. 2007
Medium-plus ruby-red colour. The nose starts wide, wild and fecund – very impressive – but within 25 minutes it’s a shadow of its former self; higher-toned, fresh and herbal – spicy but without the earlier power. The palate is lithe, linear and undemonstrative – somehow metallic tasting. On the plus-side there is excellent texture and an implied rather than overt power. The length is impressive if rather understated. If I’m honest, there’s nothing here today except potential and more left the bottle for day 2 than normal. Day 2: much of the nose is returned, high-class Vosne, almost textural aromatics. The palate has improved some – mainly the width and length of the finish, but whilst there is enough to tempt me to buy more – this wine has become very difficult to find – you really should avoid opening bottles today.
2002 Drouhin Joseph, Vosne-Romanée Les Petits MontsAug. 2007
A deep core of colour, just the last vestige of cherry at the rim. The nose is deep and dense if rather bashful to start, showing little more than dark flashes of toasty, sweet oak – fortunately this remains an undertone before fading as a dense and primary deep red note comes through that becomes finer with aeration – I can only summarise it as ‘very sexy’. After wine #2 this is altogether denser, softer and with riper fruit too. It’s brimming with intensity and concentration – it’s a real mouth-filler – showing a lovely expansion in the mid-palate before slowly narrowing in the good finish. In the background there plenty of soft texture from the tannins, but they will need a few more years in the cellar to shrink. Everything about this wine is more fun and lush than the Jadot Bèze, if rather less tight and precise.
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