At its peak and evoked wows around the table. Feedback from friends we share with repeatedly was "we always like the wines you bring, but this one was special." Fairly expectable burg nose, fairly complex, hedonistic, skip the meal kind of wine. Too bad its as limited in supply and high in cost
Cab's Seventh of April Club dinner on 9/11/12: One of my biggest surprises of the night. This french burgundy was from a very hot year. You would never know it. Fresh, clear, open, spicy finish. Deep, complex and layered. Best 2003 I've ever had.
What comes through most strongly is the combination of freshness and ripeness that other tasters have noted. Ripe, but not over-ripe, but if you favour the lean school of Burgundy, look elsewhere. (Though it's hard to find a lean Clos Vougeot.) The mouthfeel is very full and satisfying, as is the long and fine finish. This is a wine with some power, but most importantly it shows balance. Very tasty. dg-
I had quite forgotten drinking this wine last year. If anything, this bottle, which had been opened a day before and stoppered after E drank half of it, was even better than the last one. Lovely nose showed classic Vosne / CdV notes of wood spice, rich cherries, plums, earth and dried herbs. While the palate had a nice richness to it, it was the freshness that really stood out, with good acidity weaving its way through ripe flavours of sweet cherries and blackberries. It finish with more earth and wood spice. Only the slightly raspy tannins and a hint of toastiness in the background spoke of 2003, if not it would be very difficult to pin it down. This bottle was even fresher and more drinkable than the last one we had. Very yummy indeed.
Simple Series VII: B.A.G (Burg, Alsace, German) - JT's farewell (Asia Grand, Odeon Towers): This was actually a pretty nice 2003! I thought the nose was quite telltale, with typical 2003 burnt toastiness and hints of rubber to go along with nice red fruit tones, some dried earth scents, a little vanilla and a sprig of herbs. The palate got me a bit confused though. It had really nice, fresh acidity running alongside more red cherry and raspberry notes, and a plush, smooth elegance to it. Some spicey inflections and a meaty, slightly animale character in the background made this wine a lovely pairing with black-pepper beef. It was only towards the finish, where some extra richness and a little bit of glycerol suggested 2003 again. Still though, there was decent length, with sprinkles of wood spice closing the wine out. All in all, a really nice wine I thought - this certainly gave a lot of pleasure.
Simple Series Dinner (Asia Grand, Singapore): Sweet! But still had the acidity to make me eliminate 03 as the vintage! One of the better 03s I've had. However this was not easy to guess as a Clos Vougeot I thought it was a Corton from its slightly animalistic and stemmy character.
2010 Simple Wine Dinner Series No.7 - JT Farewell (Asia Grand @ Odeon Tower): Alcohol : 13.5% Tasted Blind. Deep dark ruby with slight watery purplish rim. This too very aromatic in profile, broad with dark Pinot fruits that wrap by a hint of rustiness. Very high acidity that overpower the underlying sweetness which make this wine hard to approach now but also contribute a good freshness to the wine. The smoky spices and touch of soy sauce flavor added more depth and complex that finish long and quite acidic finish. Need time. Paul and I gave this a bet for a 2003 while others hard to believe this is a 2003 for its powerful acidity (acidify?) and seriously I can't pin point if this is CDV or FE, but Paul get both the Vintage and village right, great one :) This clearly show that the 2003 can be very lively with great freshness and not being overripe, alcoholic and new worldish. Buy - No.
Medium-full colour. Firm, meaty, sturdy, slightly gamey nose. Just a touch of truffle too. Smooth, supple and full in the mouth, yet with good freshness, Not the greatest finesse, but lovely balance and flavour profile. Super, long, finish again shows real freshness. A great success. 4+
Really dark ruby, barely any paler rim. The nose is delightful and rich – almost verging on the sturdy – with dark black fruits, a touch of kirsch and spice. This should turn into something really special with more age. The mouth entry is silky smooth and cool. Really full, with rich blackberry fruit. No obvious acidity but it tastes fresh. Some grainy tannins showing on the finish but not at all obtrusive. This is superbly balanced with a rich long finish showing a hint of chocolate. 4+