Wafting bouquet of red and yellow rose petals, soft cherry and strawberry fruit, and faint mineral-laden soil. Supremely elegant and pretty on both the nose and palate. Vibrant with good energy, but soft and easily approachable. Good concentration and very flavourful. Red roses and ripe red cherries throughout. A much better showing than expected. This was a very pleasant opening to the evening. No hesitation, would get again.
Andrew and Howard's birthday dinner: Another contrast (with the Fourrier CSJ) ... A vibrant garnet colour. On the nose, beautiful notes of raspberries, red cherries and other mainly red fruit with red rose perfume. Very pure and a little lifted. In the mouth, also pure, precise and focused. Showing its Vosne Romanée class and the ripe, rich, seamless nature of the 2002 vintage. Good fruit weight but elegant and refined with it. Supple, ripe tannins. Still drinking fairly young. I’m sure it’d improve with another 5+ years in the cellar …
Same as the last bottle, though slightly more round in the mouth. Nose opens only slightly after much air. Roses, spice, red fruit, earth, iron all on the nose. The palate is dense and somewhat reserved. Needs time
just a bit too young at the moment. Didn't really show much until about a hour in. Grainy tannins on the palate, a bit thick and dense with the flavor. Big bracketed structure that frames the palate, but it needs to soften for this wine to show. On the nose it developed this delicate floral aspect with dark fruit, but it wasn't nearly as expressive as it could be.
DC winos belated holiday dinner - Mostly Burg and Bordeaux (Lavandou, Washington DC): Expressive yet delicate nose of black and red fruits, perfume and sap. The palate is delicate showing great tension and inner energy. All the components are in great harmony. Not much of tertiary note at this stage. The fruit expression is so pure, the purist of the night. It is also not showing much Vosne spice. The expression is still primary and need at least ten more years to be fully matured.
Tasted multiple times. Nose opens only slightly after much air. Roses, spice, red fruit, earth, iron all on the nose. The palate is dense and somewhat reserved. Long, somewhat tannic finish. The fruit is there. This just needs time.
This is a bit closed, and somewhat lighter and more delicate than I expected---but still, what a marvelous wine. Before this, I didn't really get what people meant by Asian spice in Vosne. I saw hints here and there, but with this wine, there's no mistaking it: it's front and center. The nose, while not as enrapturing as I may have hoped, shows intense red fruits, soy and five spice, and a cool dusting of minerals. The palate brings more soy, medium-intense red fruits, and minerals. This is relatively light for a GC, but what it lacks in intensity and impact, it makes up for with charm. Structurally, is still showing fine and ripe tannins--but they do not intrude on the fruit, and I would expect this to fully unravel and blossom with time. A beautiful wine now, probably better in the future, and a privilege to drink.
Alternating nose of bright red fruits and meat, wrapped together in a deep, intense elegance. Very concentrated, elegant, balanced with a great texture and a spicy, long finish This is a great RSV and a pleasure.