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2008 Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsMay. 2011
Floral aromas. The palate has great poise but is really distinguished by its dense, flavourful finish – I’d finish it myself given half the chance.
2009 Lamarche Francois, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsApr. 2011
After the Chaumes this nose has more impact of dark, up-front fruit. Silkier, intense and dark flavours cross the palate – staining. Large-scaled structure but not overwhelmingly so – no fat, just power.
1993 Cathiard André, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsJul. 2010
Medium mature colour. The nose starts with a depth of soil, a slight tomato lift and then beautiful smooth and fresh red/purple cherry fruit – the cherry gets stronger and stronger in the glass. Silky, slightly fat texture yet perfectly fresh. There’s almost no tannin to find. Initially it’s linear in the mid-palate yet the fruit flavour persists well. Slowly the intensity and dimension of the mid-palate swells. A beautifuly clarity of fruit shines through this wine.
2006 Mugneret Gerard, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsFeb. 2010
Medium-plus colour. Straight away the nose is about depth, dark fruit and a little coffee/mineral mix and an impressive Vosne-style dimension – a great start. In the mouth for the first 20 minutes I can’t drink it, it tastes like salt – no, really like salt! A long pause and a coffee later, I come to it and it’s on a lower level – more an inflection (of salt) in the mid-palate – like a Denis Mortet wine! There is just a lack of smoothness – or better, elegance – to the wine. There is plenty of flavour, some here some there, complexity too, and without overt oak, yet there is cola and and a total lack of integration – this is such a shame, as it smells fantastic. Half is left for day 2: hurrah, not really ’salty’, a hint of gras and the texture is okay. I’m rather bemused, I’ve never really come across a wine that was too salty before – perhaps something to do with the oak – anyway, this was eventually very nice – but I’d recommend decanting!
2007 Potel Nicolas, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsJul. 2009
A higher-toned red-fruit nose of very good depth. Concentrated, though the flavours are a little more diffuse versus the Chaumes, but like that wine, it tightens to provide a super core of fruit. The finish is rewarding, though perhaps a little behind the previous two Vosnes.
1995 Cathiard André, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsMay. 2009
This wine retains a very healthy and quite deep (medium-plus) ruby-red colour at the core. The nose has some high woody notes – but relatively elegant wood – a darker more mineral core and fruit with a little raisined aspect. Impressive intensity is the opening gambit, again with clean, though slightly raisiny fruit – plenty of sweetness too. The acidity has a slightly harsh leading edge, but this is quickly broached to leave a complex, tasty melange of flavours that include a mineral – almost coal – type flavour. Long finishing too. Still grainy tannins that could do with resolving. Full marks for personality and complexity, some demerit for a hint of rusticity – but it’s actually still a young wine. I’m won over by its character and complexity – I drank rather more of it than I normally do in one evening – it’s a really engaging bottle.
2007 Arnoux Robert, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsApr. 2009
Weight, but not so much aromatic depth – faint spice over nice fruit. Very good fruit on the tongue that just about balances plenty of ripe tannin. Lovely mid-palate flavours. The finish is a shade oaky, but that will fade. Very, very good.
2007 Gerbet Marie–Andrée et Chantal, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsApr. 2009
Aromas of deep red fruit if not that much width. After the Petits Monts this is more sumptuous though less complex. Decent tannin and a little dark oak flavour. A lovely finish borne of nice acidity.
1996 Arnoux Robert, Vosne-Romanée Les SuchotsApr. 2009
Warm and sweet are main thoughts as you bring your nose to this, very pretty if not stunningly effusive. In the mouth it’s sweet and intense – tannic still – and has nice complexity. I don’t find the ‘cut’ and excitement that was evident in the Engel Brûlées, so would much rather drink that today but this is clearly no slouch.
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