Old Wine Alert!

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ATTENTION:  just opened a 1986 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru “Les Chaumes” produced by a member of the first group of Burgundians from whom I ever purchased wine:  JEAN FAUROIS.  I was introduced to Faurois by Claudette Amiot (Bernard’s wife) in late 1981 or early 1982.  Jean was born in the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot as his father was the regisseur of that historical vineyard site, a post to which Jean succeeded once he came of age.  He was also privileged to work his own vineyards through a share-cropping agreement with the Meo-Camuzet family.  The holdings he exploited, and to which we gained glorious access for a number of years, included the most prime parcel of Clos de Vougeot (directly in front of the Chateau) as well as this splendid piece of Chaumes.   Faurois’ style was classic: the ultimate expression of finesse, the silkiest of tannins, the most seductive of bouquets that captures the beauty of the fading flowers of late summer.  These were the Burgundies that I grew up with and mark my taste preferences to this day.  So, it is a particular joy to report that this thirty year old wine is singing its song with a light but still vibrant breath, energetic and pure, the quintessence of fine red Burgundy from the hills of Vosne.  Oh, how I miss this sort of wine ….  NIR

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