Please do not order the 2010 Nicolas Joly Les Vieux Clos at a restaurant and send it back, claiming heat damage. The grapes were harvested at above 15° potential alcohol, went through a fairly hot fermentation, and spent time in oak barrels. Do not order such a wine if that is not what you want. If you don’t like the wine, just say so. Claiming it was heat damaged is ridiculous – the bottles in question were picked up from the estate in a reefer truck, flown in (covered by a thermal blanket to reduce temperature shock), transported to our temperature-controlled warehouse in a reefer truck, and from what I know, stored properly at the restaurant.

The 2010 does not have the freshness of the 2008 (and most likely never will), but it does have the exotic notes typical of the Joly parcels, and a fair measure of botrytis. Drink this wine with something strongly flavoured, and take time to savour it. Don’t be foolish and disrespectful.

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