Chambolle - Les Amoureuses 1989 L. Jadot
10/97. Acquired from Beaune Dec-94 for $47 (imported for $62 net).
The third and last bottle of this wine I have had since in almost three years.
The vineyard is certainly among the very best 1er Crus, the vintage is generally
excellent and the parcel belong to Domaine Jadot, who wears the hat of an owner
here not that of a negociant.
The wine was quite unpleasant so we finished only half of it, VacuVined the rest
and had it the next day.
COLOR: Medium brick-red, a little clearing towards the rim but healthy
NOSE: Not particularly interesting. Harsh 'Bourgogne Nose', very unlike the elegant
Amoureuses I had in the past. Some fruit is there but the overall nose is too
coarse for a fine wine. Next day the aromas were smoother and much more
TASTE: Harsh, alcoholic and too acidic. Some fruit but too lean and lack in
'winyness'. Next day the wine transformed completely. Not that it turned into a
great wine, but somehow the harshness disappeared and it became quite agreeable and
LENGTH: Nothing much, and whatever aftertaste it had was harsh and bitter.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: If it was not for its resurrection the next day, I would
probably have to say this is one of the worst (B) I ever had and certainly so from
such a high-pedigree wine. It did however come around from being lean, mean and
totally unbalanced into a reasonably good though far from excellent wine.
OVERALL: Good eventually but still disappointing for such a wine. It is
interesting to note that I scored the first and second bottles of this wine, tasted
on Mar-95 and Feb-96 respectively, 18 and 17+. All three were kept together under
very good conditions...
MARK: 15/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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