Purchased from a mixed lot of old produttoris. the other bottles have all been sound, so i don't believe it was bad storage, but its impossible to know - in any case, this wine was clearly past it. Still had some nice notes of dark fruit and goudron on the nose, but reminded me more of sherry than wine at this point. Tasted far older and more oxidized than I would have expected. Not a huge surprise for the vintage - have had a mixed bag with 85s, some being still youthful and incredible, and many others having aged earlier than the reputation would suggest.
Surprisingly good performance from this wine. A great yeasty core surrounded by bright citrus fruit and nice acidity Nice, long finish. Usually I find this cuvee to be a bit dense and yeasty for my liking but despite its complexity and richness, the 96 was very light on its feet. Great way to ring in the new year.
Dark ruby. Gorgeous, deep nose of red fruits, sous bois, and tobacco. Roumier chambolles have this great brooding nature and depth to them, while still remaining light on their feet. Very bright acidity comes through on the long finish. Really nice wine.