Alt-Paulée at Bouley: Drinking very well and feels as though there is still some fat to shed, still some fruit packaging that while very lovely, is obscuring the essential soil character underneath. Then again I've not had more than one or two other mature bottles from this vineyard and maybe this is the way the wine is - a lush and powerful mouthful of very classy fruit. Either way, very lovely. A stark contrast to the sheer and lithe Jean Gros Vosne Reas It was served alongside.
A trio of Rousseaus. This was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, an aged Rousseau at its very best. Dark red, with slight browning at the rim. Lovely floral notes, wiltered roses, violets and cinnamon. The bouquet was rather similar to the 1990 Ruchottes, with lots of dirt, soil and meat, but this was more elegant and balanced. Palate really was a notch up as well, with lovely refined tannins, good acidity but brimming with both fresh - wild strawberries, cherries and later more matured fruit - prunes and raisins. This had immense complexity, with earth, dusty leather, forest floor and a terrific length. This is absolutely stunning, the best Rousseau I've ever had.
Quite dark red in color, intense nose of ripe cherries, with slight undergrowth, herbs and very masculine. Medium plus palate with good weight but not particularly complex. Good tension and still seems pretty young and can still age for the medium term.
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(Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques) On that note, we moved on to the reds and a flight of Clos St. Jacques, beginning with the 1988 Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques. The nose was nutty and deep, oily and rich, beefy and hearty, and with a touch of maple syrup goodness. It had tasty, good fruit, but still ‘hard tannins,’ per Eric. Its red cherry flavors were delicious, and it was rock solid despite ‘a touch of vegetal,’ per Todd. Eddie wasn’t minding it, which is about as good a compliment that you will get out of him for a Premier Cru lol. Mark was looking for more complexity, but I liked the wine a lot and its lumber flavors and personality
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