Friday after Thanksgiving (FAT) (Palm Beach Gardens FL): Tasting, brief note. Lots of very ripe black cherry and blackberry, showing in an advance and mature style. Lots of great mushroom character. Still in its peak drinking window, but I'd expect this was better a few years ago than right now.
Color still rather young, nose with tea, stems and faint remaining of Leroy's typical nose. Very clear in color, in the mouth still youthful and still got attack, but drinking v nicely now, will hold for at least 3-5years. A good if not a great Leroy
Ooooooh... I think I need a moment. This had that lovely musk that older Burgs get, something I just want to rub my face into. Wow. Sorry, I need another moment. Dark fruits and berries and sous-bois and spices really fought for your attention, with a velvety mouthfeel that carried everything through to the long, softly tannic finish. If ever you want to show someone Vosne spices, this would be a good example to use. This kept adding weight and complexity through the night, a real beauty.
The Doctor Is In (Eleven Madison Park): Barnyard aroma with a deeply fruited palate that's figgy but not raisined (a defect a prior bottle of this wine once had) and dusted with tannin. Delicious for awhile but it lags down the stretch when a hint of bretty band-aid emerges on the finish.
Tasting Group Dinner (Jeff's House): Deliciously fresh and youthful. Crystalline clarity. Complex nose of smoke, ripe black cherries, and Asian spice that carries through to the palate. Finely textured and richly concentrated, without any obvious weight or heaviness. Delicious.
Near perfect red Burgundy. Sure it was modern in style with some well seasoned oak but there was pristine, dense fruit that had all but soaked it up. The fruit was plush, sweet and vinous with some lovely soil development. It was a wine that continued to build in the glass with a seamless quality. Would have been the wine of the night in most company but tonight it was up against a mature Coche.
Historic note. A big disappointment. Some complexity on the nose: meat, thyme, raspberry but a rather closed wine with hard tannins. Only medium bodied and nothing profound in terms of flavour - red fruits. More like a village wine than a premier cru from one of the best producers of Burgundy. Perhaps too young when I drank it 2000?