Fully mature looking-light center, browning rim. Scents of leaf and faded fruit. Lighter weight, good complexity with herb, soil, and distant red berries. Noticeable acidity pokes through, little remaining tannin. Probably not quite as fresh as a bottle I had last year, but not terribly different. Certainly not spectacular at this point. I would drink up any remaining bottles. Thinking about it, this probably represents the more restrained, classical style from an era before Fourrier turned into the iconic, critically acclaimed **FOURRIER**.
Spotted this while browsing through a wine shop in London, bought a bottle and opened for dinner. Wonderful nose, could smell this whole day long. Floral and intense, almost sweet. Very smooth and sweet on the entry, fantastic balance, not a hair out of place. Soils are less obvious but perfume almost point it toward VR. Good concentration and structure, approachable now but will last for a long time. Better than '07 and '11 vintages. Will buy more for sure. (A+)
Medium ruby. Intense blast of black cherry that was quickly overtaken by soil, and later by leaves and herbs. Lighter weight, persistent core of acidity more than tannin at this point. The fruit became more sour cherry over time and the herbs steadily spoke more forcefully. This is a "mind's eye" Gevrey Premier Cru-delicate, complex, and earthy. Having tasted many more recent Fourriers, I doubt the fruit here was ever as exuberant as it is these days-this probably started out in a more classic Gevrey mold, which it certainly shows at age 12.
Deep ruby, a little lighter at rim, some bricking. Ripe, expressive bouquet, classic Gevrey signature. Some evolution on the nose (I guessed 1998). Aromas of blackberry, raspberry, spice, soil, smoked game meats, with evolution towards underbrush and tobacco. In the mouth, at once savoury, but with juicy, ripe fruit. A complex and detailed flavour profile matching the bouquet, including red and black berries, earth, spice, leather and underbrush. Tannins fine grained. Oak present. Both well integrated into this perfectly proportioned wine. Dense mid palate. The acids provide nice freshness. At a gorgeous state of its development, but at least 5 years ahead of it, no doubt. Still drinking well two evenings later. Clearly my WoTN, 95.
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