My birthday was in late October so dad and I used it as an excuse to reach for a PYCM 1er Cru. Already massive fans of the producer, we had high hopes for this wine and we certainly were not disappointed. We decided to open this as, upon reading-up on some of PYCM’s 1er Cru sites, Chenevottes is said to receive ample sunlight and is one of the more generous wines from an early age. We wanted to avoid opening a tight and closed 1er Cru, considering we were drinking it very young. Luckily, our thought process seemed to pay off, with this wine already drinking spectacularly well – no need to feel you ‘need’ to cellar this. Over dinner, the wine really captured everyone’s attention and we sat there discussing if for at least 10 minutes. It really has it all going on with gun smoke, flint, sweet nougat, crackling acidity, some exotic notes of pineapple and melon, roasted nuts. I could go on. After 15 minutes in the glass it seemed to turn more saline and the acidity really extended the flavours to a very impressive, long finish. One to consider if you want to splash-out a bit this Christmas. We received 12 bottles only. Now we’re down to 11… – Ches Cook, FWC.
Soft whispers of matchstick and smoke add a bit of breadth to the ripe white-fleshed fruit aromas that are trimmed in a deft application of wood. The delicious and nicely vibrant medium-bodied flavors possess both a finer texture as well as slightly better precision if not quite the same richness, all wrapped in a bitter lemon-suffused finish. I like the balance and generosity, and this should age effortlessly. Drink 2026+, 90-92 – Allan Meadows, Burghound.