Domaine Christian Sérafin Père et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin Les Fontenys 1er Cru 1999

Serafin Fontenys 1999 #1

Serafin Fontenys 1999 #2

Fifteen years on tasting.

Adolescent ruby.  Lavish, imperial nose with a reductive streak: emphatically black fruited with a sauvage meatiness rooted in Gevrey earth.  Scented notions of mint, mocha, truffle, spice, coffee .. and the farmyard.  A carriage of oak but nothing aggressive here.  The reductive notes do lift cleanly.  In the mouth a tumescent fruit scherzo of briary black raspberry, morello cherry, creme de mure.  Your usual Serafin solidity but beginning to show some flexibility and a tilt towards the succulence underneath.  Finishes long and authoritatively.  Overall mostly primary and etched.  As with many ’99 rouge, maturity is still a ways off.  Give it time.  A rich, substantial Fontenys.  Now – 2025+.

Serafin Fontenys 1999

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