An exploration of wine

334. Domaine Maume, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux, 2001

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Book 2 Wine 334

£27.22 (10% off); 13.5%

Intriguing mature Burgundy – some hints of class, coupled with some danger signs! One of the more expensive of the Optimor case. Pale garnet fading to a wide rosy-tawny rim. Could initially be mistaken for corked or bretty but I think not. Fairly intense undergrowth nose with some cigar (dried leaves!) notes, which develop into subtle pain d’epice and toasted cinnamon aromas. Subtle remaining dried red fruit notes at the glass edge. Gamey notes too. Cloudy appearance on pouring with slight spritz that dissipates (CO2?). Needs standing time or decanting. Clear acidic structure with no overt tannin. Light body, but still enough ‘sous bois’ flavour to carry it. Pleasant. A pan-fried, well-hung pheasant type of wine.

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