Sunday, November 27, 2022

LeDomduVin: Laurent Roumier Clos Vougeot & Château Haut-Bailly

Opened this weekend 

Laurent Roumier Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru  2016

Nice, bright red color. Fresh nose, with red and dark cherries aromas, flowers and earthy notes, and subtle, warm, oaky nuances at the opening. The first taste, right after opening, was very fresh and crisp, with lots of juicy red cherries flavors, yet, a little tight, very young, and very sour too. Fortunately,  I opened it about 45 minutes prior to serving it, as the wine showed beautifully after, fuller, more ample, and more opened too, with ripe dark and red cherries, still very nice acidity, but the sourness had vanished, and overall the wine was more harmonious and balanced. It just needed some air to fully express itself. I loved it, yet, it deserves more time to reach its full potential. To revisit absolutely in a few years. 

Château Haut-Bailly Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan 2010

The last time I tasted it was this past July, and although, it tasted better this time, I will say that it is still young and in a closed phase now. A very solar wine, full, ripe, generous, ample, layered, earthy, with dark fruits and berries mingling with oak nuances, nice balance overall, and still a good grip of tannins, that could still use a few more years to round up. Still very young, and even a bit rough after 2 hours of decanting and cooling by leaving the decanter on ice for a short while to serve it at the right temperature. Quite a long finish. A touch of alcohol somehow. Enjoyable, yet too young in my opinion, and needs a bit of time to mellow some of the rough edges.

Cheers! Santé!


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