Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos Prieur" 2010, Frédéric Esmonin

Procured from the venerable Larchmont Wine & Liquor store on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont, Westchester County, NY this turned out to be a solid and ripe Gevrey 2010 which contrasted with the problematic 2011 Côte de Nuits pinots. Deep purple colour with red tints, this 2010 Gevrey is not holding back on the extraction as it is opaque and sombre in a full glass. Nose of black currant, black berries and oak barrels. It is attractive, peppery and redolent of tobacco or even snuff. Tainted somewhat by a raw barrel edge. Rich cassis fruit on the palate, good structure, ripe tannins, enjoyable yet stern, there is fruit and then it is savoury. Solid and impressive. This is a Gevrey for the yeoman. And who can complain on a cold winter's night in New York?

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