Gevreys with friends (Chez Jane): Perhaps my expectations undermined this. I was very conscious of some green in this. Gamey and animal, and not as sweet or pretty as past bottles. But round the table, this proved a favourite. [just seen my preceding note from July and am struck by how similar this one is]
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(Rousseau Armand Clos des Ruchottes) Medium ruby, just a little browner at the rim. The nose has fresh red berries as a top note but if you stop swirling, the glass gradually fills with a vanilla note. The palate is also quite fresh with very good acidity. The wine seems at first to be a little slight despite intense fruit but in the end I put this down to how the primary the fruit was showing - more like a 1996. The tannins are deftly hidden but very velvety. Very, very elegant and very tasty - also just a touch of vanilla on the finish. This excellent wine has gorgeous balance and should have a very long life.
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