WTN: 2005 Jayer-Gilles Cote de Nuits Village (11-14% on bottle; it did not seem especially alcoholic)
In the nose, very pure red fruits, alongside at first a note of brett that worried me after last week’s experience. (Dale, did you ever try your ’04 Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny?) The brett blew off, and did not return, but the wine, though aromatically open, was closed in the glass. Decanted. The buzzy acidity receded and it soon displayed a very lovely strawberryish core, with noticeable tobacco/briar accent that gave it a nice chewiness. A little later, a hint of earth and clove entered toward the finish. Not an exceptionally long wine, nor f exceptionally complex, but balanced, solid, fun, interesting to drink, and, remarkably still on the young side—could easily spend another 3-7 years in the cellar.
QUESTION for you “burgmeisters” (Dale, Fredrick, David, etc,--you know who you are): in the recent reporting around a certain congressman’s trip to a restaurant and his ordering of a bottle of Burgundy perceived to be outlandishly expensive, Jayer-Gilles was referred to as a middle-level producer? Is that generally correct? I had always thought the domaine’s reputation better than that.