I honestly found this quite a let-down. A bit of rose on the nose but then simple red fruits - strawberry and cherry mainly, with hints of earth. There's not a whole lot of complexity to be found here.
Pretty much same on the palate with some almost green, tobacco like tannins. Almost like the structure has overpowered the fruit. Medium length only.
Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): Purple/ruby in color. The nose has candied cherries. On the palate, this is already open and showing a nice complexity. Still young in terms of tertiary flavors, but this is quite accessible. Great pure cherry fruit but I would like a bit more acidity. Nice finish. I think this has a long life ahead but makes for nice early drinking.
Opened way too soon...but was still amazing. Somm friend who was working the floor stopped in his tracks when he walked by the table. Didn't take detailed notes but a bit shut down from what I remember from the presell tasting. Will let the others lay a few more years.
At a tasting, blind, and the first of three bottles of this wine. First time in a while that three in the group brought ypthe same vintage, same wine. I had decanted this one, and it made quite a difference. Medium garnet color, typical of all the burgundies at the tasting. Pleasant, complex nose, with red fruit and some floral and spice notes. Wonderful, soft and balanced palate, long finish. The others, without air, we're a little harder, but the pedigree showed through on all. At the end of the evening, we tasted all three again. Thin one, with two hours in the decanter, was still smoother.
Dark ruby, less purple/ black than the other 09s I've tried. Jam packed nose of cherry, earth, anise, cardamom, and strawberry rhubarb pie, Full and dense palate. A bit one sided and tannic. Very long finish. A little hard to tast today but its a powerhouse and should improve significantly. I will try to lay off my other bottles at least until 2016.
Very forward and dense nose, showing ripe plum, cherry and kirsch, with floral overtones of violet, lavender and rose petal. Classic Pinot "barnyard" character is present, along with something vegetal (olive brine perhaps?), and significant oak. Sweet vanilla, cinnamon and oak tones were really expressive at first, but integrated into the wine much better after a while. Still very tightly wound. On the palate, very dense and concentrated. Fruit character is, to me, perfectly ripe; cherry and strawberry really dominate. Very pure. Balanced and lavishly textured, but 14% alcohol is noticeable, and the oak is quite apparent as well. Tannins are quite plush. Finishes very linear, with an austere mineral character emerging on the finish. Comes across as very modern- this was actually mistaken for a California Pinot Noir when tasted blind. I've declined to leave a numerical score as I have mixed feelings about this wine; on one hand, it is expertly made and the fruit that went into it is certainly of the highest quality. On the other hand, this is so far from being approachable; it's still quite closed, the oak is very obvious, and the alcohol isn't as integrated as it should be. This is one to be left alone for quite some time.
Borgogna: potentissimo e austero. Ferroso. Tannicissimo quasi fosse un barbaresco. Poi ritorni di catrame e ancora ferro. Molto lungo, da abbinare a grandissimi piatti. vera potenza materica! "potenza senza peso". grandi estratti.
Goose at our place. (Seattle, WA): Clear dark ruby red. A little oak on the nose along with some aromatic, pretty red fruit. Medium bodied, soft and feminine in the mouth. Effortless to enjoy. This actually may have been too delicate for the fatty goose. Some acidic brightness was certainly present, but the tannins were like silk pillows. As stated, quite elegant, but also showing a load of fresh red fruit. This fruit is definitely the star of the show right now, although the soft texture and freshness is quite compelling. Long, mouthcoating finish. Delicious.
I was pretty surprised by this showing. For one thing, I didn't notice even the slightest whisper of oak. And I was mentally preparing to compare this to the Hospices Beaune Grèves I had a few weeks back, but the two wines couldn't be more different. This is by far the lighter of the two, plush and red-fruited vs. deep and blue/black-fruited. I thought I caught some gravelly minerality at first, but it got absorbed quickly so there wasn't much going on here other than those soft red fruits.
DRC Tasting Group (Cafe Veloce): Tasted blind. Looks like Robitussin, with a nose of spice, herbs, and some green notes. The body was quite different: big and rich, with juicy fruits and a medium length finish.
fruit is not quite as ripe as i would expect, and this felt a little bit rustic -- a suprise, but still good. not what i remember fromt he 05, though they are different vintages. a touch of heat on a pleasant finish.
A 2009 that is open for business. Bright red crimson in the glass. Nose is full of cranberries, red cherries, some perfume notes, and just a touch of cedar. Ripe red berries, lots of surprising minerality on the palate. Long and round but at the same time razor-sharp and focused. I had tasted a barrel sample of the same wine a few months back and now that it is in bottle, I am even more impressed. I do not appreciate any steminess (if that is a word) or overuse of wood. I think and hope this will age well -- I have a lot of this including 3 mags for my youngest daughter born in '09. Drank from a 375ml.
Affectionately called the "Baby J" by the company rep pouring this, definitely has the same very ripe and alcoholic profile to the nose, as well as powerful dark fruit and some mineral funk in the expressive and perfumed nose. Very smooth, with opulent sweet fruit on the palate. A very together wine, a pretty Enfant Jesus, but the same slightly overripe, very California feel here nags at me. Delicious but not my favorite style; has structure to age somewhat. I prefer the style of the more balanced 2005 as far as rich vintages go. 93