An amazing little bargain discovered at a local shop the other day. Good provenance, clear dark garnet, medium sediment, very wet cork requiring careful extraction, but intact. Beautiful clean Pinot nose, dusty tertiary and sweet barnyard funk, carrying still-rich cherry fruit tinged with chocolate and glossy vegetal. Dull caramel and stuffed bell-pepper flow seamlessly along the dirty açai. No prune or raisin whatsoever. I’ve had plenty of RRV’s and SMV’s half this age which felt further gone. Would KILL to taste this thing on release.

Clean and vibrant in the mouth, the fruit thin, refreshingly cool, watery and poignant. Nowhere are the dirty, ridiculously dusty remnants of overt concentration often found in aged versions of California Pinot. Intense graphite and cedar introduce rash dryness and acidity in the middle, fruit still a charming cranberry all-the-while. Harsh black-walnut tannin offsets the tiring fruit into a delightfully bitter woody finish: still balanced and positively gorgeous, though fast becoming a conversation-piece.

2000 PATRICK JAVILLIER GUYOT Pernand-Vergelesses Cote d’Or Meursault Burgundy France 13.0

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