97 Points

Monday, September 17, 2012 - Showing some gold yellow on the rim, deeply colored. Aromatically it sings right out of the gate with intense crushed sea shell aromas, lemon peel, baking spice (maybe 1/3 new), flowers, stones, just a touch of lees. On the palate the wine is dry, has very high acidity, a broad and powerful midpalate with lots of focus and no creaminess, low to moderate alcohol. Quality wise the wine has fantastic balance, great length, tons of intensity and complexity. Certainly has both finesse and power, a very fine texture with great clarity, classic expression of place and Grand Cru -ness. I was very impressed with how the power and tension of Les Clos had turned into breadth and power on the palate with no loss of focus. Clearly this bottle was firing on all cylinders... "extraordinary" bottle.

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