Esmonin 1er Cru Estournelles Saint-Jacques 2012

Basically brilliant Burgundy

Freddie Esmonin cannot go on like this forever. People must be leaving bags on dried tannin on his door-step. He must get notes pushed through his letterbox urging him to press, press, until the pips cry for mercy! At harvest time, attempts are made to switch his hutts with ones filled with screamingly ripe grapes.

You see, Gevrey-Chambertin is thought of these days as producing the most ‘international’ styled wines in Burgundy. It is not universally true, but one does tend to discover a lot of very ripe, very alcoholic and very tannic wines. Frederic Esmonin produces some of the least international wine on the whole Côte. They are small-scaled, sculpted, seductive little numbers that charm from the day they are released to… well… how long are you planning to live?



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