Even ruby. Piercing aromas of black fruit and licorice. Medium weight with some richness unfolding with air. No discernible wood imprint at all. Cool and precise with fine acidity and some darker, ripe red fruit insinuating itself later. Fine tannic finish. At its apogee now, but I imagine this will hold up for another 5 years. This is a terrific example of a lovely result from 2001, which didn't get a lot of props as a vintage at the time. Patience has paid off with more than a few of these ugly ducklings.
Pale but the color deepened in the glass. Black fruits and anise at first. Lean, cool and linear to start with strong but not strident acidity. Marvelous development in the glass-it fleshes out, some sweeter dark red fruit is layered on, and a brothy/mushroomy essence becomes evident. All the while, crisp and beautifully focused. I have not had many 2001s recently, but my goodness, this bottling has come along exceptionally well. It is at a point of early maturity and should improve for at least another 3 or 4 years.
A classic Burgundy. This wine shows a degree of elegance and breeding. Fragrant, medium color, nice mouthfeel. Very balanced, well-made and classy wine. A bit on the light side, though. I was looking for a little more depth, a little more assertiveness. Still, quite lovely and well worth trying. Believe this wine is at or near its peak.
Served after the Cacheux and I expected this to be deeper and richer, but actually although it was broader and smoother, it lacked the precision and assertive character of the Cacheux which was generally preferred. Still a lovely wine though
This is gorgeous stuff - medium-bodied with rich, velvety black fruit and a long, subtle trail of Asian spices. There is a certain tangible pedigree here that's difficult to put into words, other than to say that this is a very classy and elegant wine. I've been extremely impressed by a wide range of 2000 and 2001 Hudelot-Noellats, and this one is no exception.