Pre-Burgundy Dinner (Asia Grand, Odeon Towers): Wow - this was even worse than the last bottle. It was as unlike a Burgundy as any pinot I have tried. The nose was full of smoky notes - smoked meat, ash, wood spice, tons of earth and a gamy meatiness on dark fruited background. A huge bouquet with lots of in-your-face richness. The palate carried on where that left of. Rich, thick, with lots of dark plummy fruit. There was a good sweet transparency to the fruit on the attack, some attractive florals, but what stood out past that was the tons of extraction on the wine, so that it was more or less dominated by its firm, chewy, almost rustic structure, with slightly clumsy tannins making their presence felt on the finish. A disappointingly steroid-fueled wine and yet for all that it did not have the presence of a good 2005, going a bit thin with the duck dish we had. Not nice.
Harmand Geoffroy tasting (Wine What Else): Another so-so wine, although I felt that this was the best of the 4 Gevrey village expression on show. Nose opened with a mixture of oak and funk, and a mixture of earthy savoury notes with sweetish red fruits and perfumed flowers. Very one-note and monolithic on the palate, with primary red fruits in the form of clean cherry flavours running through the mouth, along with rooty briar notes and bittersweet bramble, almost shading bitter herb notes at the finish. As with the other villages, a little rustic and heavy-handed on the extraction.
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