2001 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Cazetiers’. Attractive red fruit, tomato nose, just a hint of a warm maturing note. More of the same in the mouth, more autumnal, dry leaves. Nice length, just a bit of barrique showing. A bit dry, and thinner than the others in the finish, a little harsh.
2001 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les St.-Georges’. From I think the most prestigious vineyard of the least prestigious of the major Côte-de-Nuits communes. (So, like, the best player on the weakest team in the NBA. Still damn good.) More aromatic than the Faiveley, red fruit, cranberry, floral. Crisper acidity, and the higher tones carry through on the palate. Plenty of structure still, very long.
2002 Dominique Laurent Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes. Rich, exotic nose, heady floral bouquet, super fragrant. The plushest body of the flight, still excellent fruit. Just a little drying oak in the finish, but the balance is very nice.
All three wines lovely aromatics, and each really a nice wine actually. Kind of exceeded my expectations. I think the Gouges and the Laurent are a notch above the Faiveley. And all three are more concentrated than the high-end Savigny wines I had recently. Not quite toe-curling but all around a very enjoyable flight.