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One bottle each of two Gevrey Grand Crus from Frederic Esmonin : Ruchottes-Chambertin and Griottes-Chambertin.


Allen Meadows, Burghound (Aug 27, 2006) - 91pts
This is very Griotte in style with intense cherry pinot fruit mixed with subtle earth and spice notes that lead to round, sweet, intense and very precise middle weight flavors of considerable distinction plus fine length. This is not an especially big or powerful wine and while it does possess good mid-palate punch, it is really more about finesse and elegance. That said, the balance and harmony are such that this should continue to age well for years to come even though for my tastes, it has arrived now in its window of prime drinkability. Multiple and consistent notes.

Bill Nanson, Burgundy-Report (01/03/2004)
Medium-plus ruby red, only fading a little. The nose starts just a little woody but this quickly fades to give a true griottes nose of focused red fruit. The palate has good fat and perfect acidity. The tannins, though smooth, are more present than in either of the other two cuvées. Despite everything being in place this wine is more one-dimensional than the others - needs more time - perfectly enjoyable for that and very good wine.


Allen Meadows, Burghound (Aug 03, 2006) - 88pts
The Ruchottes has consistently been one of Esmonin's best grands crus but in '93, it doesn't seem to have come together the way the Mazy and Griotte have and while this is certainly perfectly good, it is not a standout. Secondary aromas of earth, somber fruit and truffle lead to round yet somewhat edgy middle weight flavors that don't possess the depth one usually obtains here, all wrapped in an acceptably long finish. While this should continue to hold without difficulty, I don't expect any additional upside improvement.

Bill Nanson, Burgundy-Report (01/03/2004)
Deep ruby colour though there's more of an amber caste than the Mazy. The nose shows more oak, but this slowly fades to leave chocolate cake, plum and eventually a toasty cherry note. The palate has good fat and sweet, slowly fading fruit. The tannin is fully resolved though the acidity shows just a little tartness at the end. Less rounded than the Mazy, but despite the tart finish, more than pleasant.

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RUCHOTTES & GRIOTTES 1993 from Esmonin - No Reserve, 1993

Quantity: 2, 75cl

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RUCHOTTES & GRIOTTES 1993 from Esmonin - No Reserve


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