Wish I hadn't taken my last 2 bottles to a dinner at another house....wine was way too good - I would have preferred to drink it alone. This is one of those 04's that totally outperformed it's vintage. How can you beat great fruit, great acidity and very good finish for not much money...
Not a good wine. Exceptionally brown, it looks more like a 1994 than a 2004. The nose is a lot better than the palate. Very evolved yet simple nose but with a ‘strange’ flavour on the palate. Showing green, astringent and thin.
Popped and poured. Deep magenta, clear-ish meniscus; a little murky. Light to medium body. Not much on the nose besides sandalwood and a touch of cedar; what fruit aroma there is is closer to red currant. Seems older than 2004. Fine with food (in this case, roasted cod, potatoes and tomatoes with charmoula), but not much in the way of fruit on the palate. Four hours later, the final sips were somewhat acidic and the fruit had pretty much faded. Not recommended, especially not in the $60 range.
Drinking really well right now, though surprisingly advanced both in colour and flavour. There's a touch of greenness here, but it's not aggressive and comes across as a fresh herbal accent on top of the bright red fruited flavours and mature earthy and brothy undertones. There's a polished, finessed texture here with the tannins quite gentle and a bright acid spine keeping it very refreshing, with each sip inviting another.
I had this served to me at L2O in Chicago as a pairing for a Shabu-shabu course. I was disappointed to see a 2004 be brought out and was unimpressed on tasting it as this was lacking fruit and had a pretty nasty green streak running right through the middle of the palate. I wasn't quite sure what the sommelier was thinking. It paired reasonably well with the food, but neither did much for the other. Then after the Shabu-shabu, they brought back the dashi we had just cooked our food in (various fish and some chunks of foie gras) with some buckwheat noodles and jazzed up with some yuzu. Something about the earthy dashi and the green citrus flavor of the yuzu made the most amazing pairing with this wine. The pairing was so good, I have no idea what to score this wine, as it was somewhere in the mid to low 80s by itself, but the pairing was extraordinary. Its really a testament to the skills of the sommelier at L2O. I'm really glad I got to try this wine.
Opened and poured, this did not show well and has little if any chance of improving with additional bottle age. The aromatics show a strong / dominating green streak with underlying notes of leather and mushroom. This lacks any forward, youthful fruit to balance the detracting elements on the bouquet. The color is a tarnished dark brick that is not correct for the wines age. The color appears to prematurely advanced. The medium bodied palate continues the negative features of this wine. There is a shrill, unbalance and disjointed element. The wine lacks any youthful fruit. Having tasted a number of '04's from Chevillon since release, these wines appear to be fading (deteriorating) quickly and are likely past their prime.
Upon opening the wine seemed to be devoid of all fruit...I wondered whether it was flawed, but fortunately with some decant time it came around. Advanced in color - light brownish...just based on this I would've guesed the wine was much older. Barnyard, earth, strawberry...medium bodied. Decent but unremarkable - and definitely not worth the price. On this night it was outclassed by an '05 OR pinot.
Unique leather, oak bark, and light dandelion and citrus aromas. Smooth tannin profile along with a unique earthy flavor profile. A little Brett? If so a great strain. Very enjoyable evolving wine. Will age another 10 years.
Popped and poured. Light red colour. Good bright friut of strawberries and rashberries on the nose. Some greenness and barnyard aswell but that blew of after some time in the glass. Gained more depth, body, earthiness and darker fruit flavours after 1 hour. Modest acidity and tannins, medium bodied and medium finish. Solid good stuff and okay QPR. Drink now and the next 3-5 years. 89+