1/04. Bought in auction, Jan-97 for $115.
It had been a few years since I last tasted this Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru from the wonderful 1990 vintage.
COLOR: Medium ruby red. Some clearing around the rim.
NOSE: Superb aromas of fresh red fruit, surrounded by a clean enticing 'Bourgogne Nose'. Deep and penetrating. A pleasure to sniff at.
TASTE: Rich fruity flavors, concentrated and quite complex. Nice acidity to make this 14 years old wine feel fresh on the palate. Alas the wine had a persistant bitter mid-palate that did not subside. Its once rounder tannins have become harsher and pretty distracting from the otherwise excellent wine.
LENGTH: Medium long aftertaste dominated by that bitterish taste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Masculine (in Burgundy terms) wine with the expected Gevrey-Chambertin backbone and structure. Not lacking in concentration or complexity, but a bit ungainly due to the bitter element.
OVERALL: Very fine. Would easily be marked one or two notch higher had its tannins softened. Perhaps Ponsot forgot to destem here?.
|MARK: 18/20.||BUY MORE? Maybe.|
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