Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2002 Domaine G. Roumier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos de La Bussière – Bottle Notes

Roumier is one of the most esteemed producers in all of Burgundy. Founded in 1924 by George Roumier, son Christophe began managing the the Domaine in 1982 and took over full control in 1990 upon retirement of his father. The winery produces a wide array of wines, ranging from the Chambolle-Musigny at $150 to the Bonne Mares, upwards of $2,000 per bottle for exceptional vintages.

Clos de la Bussière is a monopole of Georges Roumier. The vineyard is situated in Morey St. Denis, a commune in the Côte de Nuits district of Burgundy.

Light red in color. 13% ABV. Pretty nose of sappy red fruits, spearmint, soil and minerals. Light and lithe, yet powerful, with acidity in spades. Hard to believe this wine is 17 years old. Tart cherry, cranberry, mushrooms, black tea and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish and the wine gained weight with time in the glass. Sometimes a wine surprises you and when I looked at other reviews of this bottle I had guarded expectations. For me though, this is a splendid bottle of Burgundy that is aging beautifully. Happy to have a couple bottles left that I will enjoy over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of Roumier are hard to come by and extravagantly priced. If you are inclined I would look for the entry level Chambolle Musigny.

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