Deep ruby color quite unusual for Burgundy. Nose is also atypical with tonnes of ripe blackberry fruit, pronounced animal notes, graphite minerality and aromas of violet. The fruit is so ripe and with the presence of bretty notes it makes the nose almost Bordeaux-like. Fruit on the palate is mouthcoating, finish lingering with black cherry notes and minerals. An exquisite wine, if an untypical Burgundy.
Opened and drank over 90 minutes. I was excited to try this wine after just having the 2002 last weekend. The 03 had a much more singular, tart and charred nose. Marked by the vintage I am sure. Over ripe cherry with a slight chemical character on the long finish. That chemical character faded with time, but this just did not have the complexity or expansive palate of the 2002. A big, impressive wine but for the money I would choose something else.
A gorgeous nose right out of the bottle but then took some nursing along during the course of the evening (still quite young). Layers of forward, sappy rich red and black fruits married to floral tones are featured on the nose and show wonderful purity and intensity. The palate bursts with overt spiciness and broad big black cherry fruit flavors, but are lifted by defined acidity, keeping it fresh and elegant. The finish is persistent, coating the mouth with mostly black fruits and tactile spiciness. When it opened up, it is quite generous and certainly much more grand cru than premier cru like. Very complete, very classy and a joy to drink!
Oinofiloi Wine Club Christmas Tasting. I have no words to describe this wine. Simply majestic. Very dark ruby-purple. Knock-out nose with dark chocolate, coffee, violets, dark cherries, nobel animal notes...so complex, out of this world. Full-bodied with firm but juicy tanins, huge, multi-layered fruit, minerality and high acidity. Great structure, depth and texture. Very long finish. An unbelievable wine. Surprisingly approachable already, but with great aging potential. W.O.T.N. easily. Made the DRC Grands-Echezaux that followed seem like an ordinary Pinot Noir!
Medium garnet, quite deep for a Pinot. Heavenly nose, liquorice, cherries, sour cherries, prunes, violets, animal, mineral, grphite, coffe even mint. All these aromas with a liquer like character enfolding them. Astounding complexity, power and finesse. In the mouth it is concentrated, has excellent balance between fruit and acidity and long aftrtaste, aromas very complex. Powerfull wine drinking extremely well now.