Decanted for 2 hours......this wine really opened up and became quite elegant and a favorite at the table with bright red cherry notes, mild asian spices and dried mushrooms. This did not show well out of the bottle, give it some time to open up.
A predominantly dark fruit nose with notes of black cherry and restrained plum compote with a hint of dried red cherries. The palate continues to be a bit disappointing, with a muddy contrast of muddled fruit and secondaries, where nothing stands out. Not offensive, just a bit boring, the fruit is evaporating, therefore I think it's time to drink up.
Dinner at The Bristol (The Bristol - Chicago, IL): This falls squarely into the category of austere 1996 Burgundy. The nose was quiet with dark brambly fruit, subtle spice, and wet earth notes. The palate was pretty hard and acidic but did offer up dark fruit, violet tones and a subtle earthiness. Another fickle 1996 Burgundy...hard to tell if/when this one will come around.
Probably should have waited longer but with simply-prepared chicken roasting in the oven, this bottle seemed a perfect choice. Cork stained all the way to the top but the wine quickly proved excellent. Popped and savored over several hours. Brilliant ruby color. Nose opened up after an hour to be quite perfumed, with cranberry, caramel, violets, iodine, and earth scents all contributing to a beautiful bouquet. Nicely acidic still, with lush layers of raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry, and caramel overlying persistent iron and mineral structure on the palate. Long, vibrant finish with iron and red fruit echoing throughout. Terrific showing with many years of life left.
Clearly serious Burgundy. Fine red fruit extract. Powerful palate impression. Bu after fifteen years in still plenty astringent. This after two hours in the decanter. I long ago learned that Burgundy can really last beyond what people generally think. I think this wine is in that window. Think 2025 and beyond.
I've gotten the impression from reading about Joseph Drouhin that the Grands-Echezeaux can be one of the standouts in the portfolio. When a couple of bottles from the 1996 vintage became available for a reasonable tariff, it seemed prudent to grab them and taste one. Popped and poured. Ruby color. Nose of red plum, raspberry, violets, tea notes, earth. More structured and more minerally on the palate compared to the '96 Drouhin Chambolle Amoureuses tasted recently, but still laced with pure and soaring red fruits, iodine, caramel, and leather. Fine-grained but still somewhat stern tannis. Refreshingly acidic. Finish long and grippy, marked by raspberry and iron filings. Excellent showing with more to come with extended time in the cellar. The remaining bottle will rest 5 to 10 years.