France - Laguiole, Gastronomy, Wine & Champagne

1989 Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanee “Cros-Parantoux”

August 14, 2009

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I tasted this fantastic 1989 Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanee “Cros-Parantoux” at Bras restaurant in Laguiole in end of June this year. I would say – it was beyond words.

My tasting note:

It’s complex on both the nose and palate. Incredible and appealing berry aroma. So intense. I felt like walking in a deep and misty forest after a rain. Then, a hint of genièvre appeared with a little bit spicy white pepper. On the palate: powerful and vigorous. The texture was smooth with beautiful finesse. A long finish with elegant spices and a slightly smoky hint. The harmony lasted to the end.

Tasted: June 28, 2009 *****

The chef sommelier Sergio Calderonof Michel Bras made a key chain for me by this cork.

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  • Reply wine blog August 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Wow, I love the digi photos! Burgundy is absolutely amazing isn’t it!! I wish I could afford to drink it all the time. Cheers!

    • Reply Cathy Ho August 15, 2009 at 1:32 am

      Indeed, it’d be marvelous if we could afford to drink it all the time. However, IMHO, if we could drank it all the time, we might not cherish it so much. 😉


  • Reply Peech August 15, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Very jealous… interesting to read your description of walking in the forest… influence from 神の雫 perhaps?

    • Reply Cathy Ho August 15, 2009 at 6:07 am

      Not really. I am not sure if you read Chinese. I used to write a tasting note of 1992 E. Guigal Cote-Rotie “La Turque” in 2003. The way I describe this wine was like telling a short story. I believe at that time 神の雫 hadn’t appeared yet.

      My old article – 〔Label Killer 10〕在百花谷的回憶


    • Reply Cathy Ho August 17, 2009 at 1:32 am

      Hi Peech,

      It’s not so difficult to find Henri Jayer’s wine in France. Some Michelin restaurants still keep some bottles in their cave, i.e. la Tour d’Argent, Bras, Troigros, etc. More importantly, the prices so far I’ve seen are not crazy, and I even think they’re more reasonable than you buy from the auctions. Plus, the quality is supposedly better. 🙂 So… go to drink in France! lol


  • Reply Johnny Cheung October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am


    It was amazing to taste any vintage of Henri Jayer. I also had some tasting experience on 1958, 1978 & 1985 of
    Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanee “Cros-Parantoux” & Richebourg. Especially the 1959 Richebourg, it was so young and powerful both on nose & palate.

  • Reply John February 24, 2010 at 6:51 am


    How was the wine priced in the restaurant? How did the price compare vis-a-vis same vintage DRC monopole bottlings?

    Just trying to put them in context.


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