March 5, 2016 - Mid straw in the glass, light gold in the decanter. Nicely saline, mineral nose. Cool and crisp on the attack with a sense of density and weight that doesn't interfere with its cut and line. Saline and savoury with an enticing moreishness. Really good. Proper mature GC Chablis. A little left over in the decanter is still going strongly the following day, possibly even a little lighter and more lean without losing intensity. ****1/2
So, 12 bottles drunk between 2007 and today. Three poxed, five so-so to good, four absolutely top flight. We finished on a high.
January 10, 2016 - Lovely complexity; has developed a nuttiness in its middle age. Don't keep it too much longer: I'll be drinking my last bottle soon
December 13, 2014 - The roller coaster continues. After a few sub-par bottles, this one was singing. Pale to mid straw, a lightly saline nose. Proper GC weight and texture, decent flavour and length, maybe not quite as intense and grippy as it could be, but really good. Proper maturing GC Chablis and a lovely pairing with a turbot. ****
March 30, 2013 - Decanted, and some worrying fine brown sediment with the dregs. Quite a full gold in colour. Nose initially a little adelhydic and worrying, though curiously this seems to low off and the wine isn't actually poxed but it is overly mature and tiring. A sense of sweetness to it too. Some minerality, the riper frame that GC tends to in its maturity with more than a nod towards the Côte d'Or, but also a simplicity, lack of grip and length that makes this an acceptable drink but not exciting. 10/12. Of the ten to date, three clear poxes, three or four also-rans (to varying degrees) and two or three absolutely stellar IIRC. Ho hum. I've had much better luck with the 99 Clos and both Clos and Preuses in 2000. ***
January 16, 2011 - Mid to full straw. Mineral, saline, grippy minerality. A sense of richness on the palate countered by a good mineral grip on the mid-palate. Zingy. GC weight but lacks some intensity and complexity on the finish. Merely good. ***1/2
December 27, 2010 - Poxed. Not completely shot but sufficient for me to give up after the first glass.
July 7, 2010 - Bryan's Dinner Party Offline (The Ledbury, London): Deepish gold but slightly lighter than the 96 Rav Clos alongside. Leaner nose, though this is starting to open up just as I've finished my glass. Mineral, slightly saline. Rounder, more generous on the attack, fruit properly ripe. Shows a more classic mineral middle and finish with decent grip. Lacks a little weight and intensity of minerality cf previous bottles, possibly because not decanter or given the chance to open up as previous bottles have. Good though. ***1/2
January 16, 2010 - Very hard and flinty, needs more time?
December 25, 2009 - Pale straw colour. Nose showed a touch of oak that i'd not noticed before. This was the best bottle I've had of this (and the last). Lovely weight and depth. Clean, lemony palate. Very refined.
December 25, 2009 - Very pale colour. Wet straw on the nose, mineral edge. Lean and clean on the palate, initially this seemed to be quite thin and lacking GC weight though by the time the bottle was finished this was starting to take on weight and gain presence. The most backward bottle yet I think, ideally could have done with an hour in the decanter. ***(*) A couple of glasses left in the bottle overnight, so, 24hrs later, revisited. Has opened up, more weight, richer, rounded fruit whislt retaining its Chablis zippiness.