1998 Cote de Nuits (mostly Nuits St. Georges) (Vin Vino, Palo Alto): Lightest color of these 5 wines. Has some pleasant secondary aromatics, but that green element is present too. Medium body but the fruit on the mid-palate is missing in action and the flavors are just neutral. At least the tannins are not as hard nor is the acidity as screechy in this wine. Perhaps the weakest Vaucrains I've ever tried.
Opened following a corked bottle, this was also dissappointing. Not up to the standard of a previous bottle. It was 'confused' on both the nose and palate, very blocky - lacking elegance, not even coming together with food.
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(Potel Nicolas Nuits St.Georges Vaucrains) More a tasting note about the manifestation of cork taint, medium, medium-plus ruby red and no fading. The nose is subdued with just a trace of blue skinned fruit, no taint and a slightly green, minty rather than leafy note. In the mouth there's definitely a little taint on the finish - which is a shame as this is a very smooth wine. After 10 minutes it's there on the nose too - still faint. Obviously this wine is close to my detection (or should that be toleration) limit as a small amount left in a glass for 30+ minutes actually tastes quite nice...
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