HDH auction tasting at Tru; 6/24/2016-6/25/2016 (Chicago, IL): Nice touch of red fruit, but this is surprisingly green. Not as opulent and rich as I'd expect a 2002 to show at this point. There's a light touch of spice on the palate to counterbalance very tart red fruit, but all-in-all, this is a very stern rendition of a 2002. Served blind, I would never have picked out the vintage.
Bright light clear garnet color. Nose offers up spice, ripe small red fruits, sous bois. Lovely balance of mature ripe fruit ,minerality and soft silky tannins. Great mouth feel from front to back. Probably at its peak.
Medium core, lighter edge. Brambly red fruit, clove and a whiff of slight funk. Light to medium weight, solid acidity, mixed red and black fruit, some licorice. Some wood. Good but lacking suppleness and somewhat astringent finish. I wonder whether this ever will become more silky.
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(Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots) Medium ruby-red colour. The nose starts quite high-toned and a little creamy before going through a mineral and earthy stage with flashes of red fruit then bonfire - you need a little patience, but there is just so much dimension to be found - bravo. The entry and mid-palate start a little disappointing after the previous wine but minute by minute the palate opens wider and wider. The finish is very good and whilst the tannins are a little grainy but they are ripe and grab the mouth and help cement the flavours of the finish. Slow to blossom, but excellent and pips the previous wine.
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