This was excellent at the tasting. It checked all the boxes for a fine Le Cailleret which had seen some bottle aging. The wine is at its peak I believe and will probably plateau for a little while before some of its magic is lost. I gave up my allocation (just one bottle) to F&C since I was taking the (leftover) magnum of Leflaive home, and the fact that they really love their whites. This is a wine that I don’t mind sipping very slowly over a meal with good friends so that its nuances will get the chance to emerge from its slumber after being trapped in a glass bottle for so many years.
A new love for me. Given the rarity of the somewhat obscure wines, it was a treat to taste the 1999 and 2000 examples from Jean-Marie Fourrier. The former is still very young and needs time for the tannins to be fully integrated with the rest of the wine but having said that, it is very very promising and I can only hope that in another 10 years or so, it will blossom into an unforgettable gem; the latter is drinking really well, fine and elegant with a distinctive aroma of cherries and red flowers, velvety in texture and a really good finish. While I wait for the 99 to mature, no harm sipping the 2000 slowly eh? I should also mention that a 93 Griottes from Esmonin I tasted a week before the Fourrier was pretty delish too? I guess from now on this vineyard can join Chambertin and Clos de Beze as some of my favourite Gevreys 🙂