Medium red, with browning at the rim, and a touch of orange. Seemed fairly advanced in colour. Nose was beautiful. An aged Burgundy at its prime. Lovely soui bois, earth, mushrooms, touch of wood and spice, cinamon and plums, prunes and raisins. Very secondary actually, but charming. Good acidity on the palate, but this seemed to mask some of the flavours actually. Nose was definitely more pronounced. There were plums and raisins on the palate, with sandalwood, spice, tea leaves and earth. Enjoyable wine, but not one for the long haul.
elegant perfumed aroma of red cherries and strawberries with and a touch of smoky-game. medium bodied, charming, pleasant and deep, savoury flavours, soft tannins, and then vibrant acidity, long impressively fruity finish very good but not outstanding.
Pale garnet/mahogany core, wide pale mahogany rim. Nose is aromatic with fragrant sweet red cherry fruit, florals, touch of darker fruit, notes of soil and game. Spice. Medium bodied, gamey yet sweet red fruit, soft tannins, quite fine boned, expands and lingers nicely on the extended, harmonious finish. Excellent.
Pale garnet. Aromatic, floral nose, sweet red fruit, game, mineral notes. Medium bodied on the palate, soft and slilky tannins, elegant but also deep and intense, sweet red fruits, floral, gamey, spicy, vibrant acidity carrying a long, harmonious sweet/savoury finish. Just delicious.
Swiss & Burgundy (The Ledbury, London.): Dense red fruit, a silky gloss. More resolved and less oaky than the Gantenbeins, very hard to describe but harmonious and lovely. a citrus freshness coming through. Some spice, fresh, citrus zest. Fresh and uplifting. ****
Vosne-Romanee: Grand Crus and Top 1er Crus (La Bracceria, Greendale Avenue): Here we had a 1er Cru of the highest order. It had a rather reserved nose when first poured, slowly opening up in lovely little touches of dark fruited cherries and berries wed to sweet wood spice and dried flower scents. Really pretty. The palate was beautifully balanced, with deliciously juicy 2001 acidity streaming through its pure flavours of dark cherry with a bright twist of fresh mint at the rear. While not yet really complex, it was a very expressive, high-toned, attractive wine. A real pleasure to drink. Lovely finish too, with bright red cherries, fresh acidity and a lick of powdery tannins. I thought this was on the cusp of being ready to drink, but just not quite yet, with the tannins at the back sticking out a bit. Lovely though. This will be really nice in a short two to three years.
Beautiful, perfumed nose, soars from the glass. Pure red cherries and strawberries, hints of rose petal, notes of game and a touch of woodsmoke. Medium bodied on the palate, lovely sweet, slightly creamy red fruit on the initial attack, quite generous and deep, savoury, gamey notes coming through on the mid-palate, soft tannins, and then vibrant acidity carrying a long, impressively expansive, savoury, smoky, gamey but still fruity finish. This bottle quite stunning, with lovely balance and juxtaposition of sweet and savoury flavours.
Clear light garnet colour. Nose offers up small rich ripe small red fruits, coffee, leather, spice, earth, sous bois. Intense mouthfilling flavours with mouth watering mineral acidity and silky smooth tannins. great 2ndry characteristics. Long persistent finish. great Burg.
Pale garnet core, wide mahogany rim. Fragrant, sweet red fruited nose - strawberries and cherries, spice and floral notes. Some game and smoke. Medium bodied but with good depth of fruit, strawberries, red cherry, very fine tannins, fresh acidity some nice savoury, gamey complexity on the good length finish, with just a faint trace of tannin still on the tail end.
Pale ruby/garnet core, wide pale rim. Lovely pure fruited nose with red cherry fruit, vanilla, floral notes, some darker cherry notes with time in glass, also some gamey development beginning to make itself felt. No more than medium bodied on the palate, this time found the pure fruit really intense on the mid-palate, creamy vanilla notes, fine tannins still a little firm but have definitely softened, vibrant acidty on a long finish with savoury, gamey notes. Really lovely wine, is developing well.
Developed appearance - pale ruby/garnet core, wide pale rim. Perfumed red cherry and vanilla nose, oak well integrated and a hint if spicy development. Medium bodied, pure cherry fruit, vanilla, fresh acidity, moderate fine tannins, savoury notes, decent if not exceptional depth, red fruit and hint of spice on a lingering finish. Lovely, should improve as it gains complexity.
Cherry cola, sappy and some smoke on the nose. The palate is excellent with good structure and balance between fruit, acid and tannins evident. Lovely fruit sweetness without looking too ripe. Great to drink already.
Pale ruby, very pale wide garnet rim. Fresh, youthful nose with ripe raspberries, red cherries and some creamy complexity. Lovely purity. More sweet red-toned fruit on the palate, some spice and vanilla, ripe already well integrated tannins and balanced fresh acidity. A lingering creamy red cherry finish. Lovely, and already very approachable, will be interesting to see how this ages.
This is aromatically much more expressive than the Clos Vougeot below with its sexy Vosne fruit. However, it is considerably less impressive in the mouth as the latter wine has much better length and balance as this one is currently wrapped up in tannins. My score here is mostly for the generous nose, but the Clos Vougeot (despite the currently conservative score) is clearly the superior wine.