From 750 at Troquet. Just edging into maturity and picked up with an hour in the decanter. Multi-faceted nose; at first more red and citric with raspberry and blackberry developing later. Plenty of floral notes; rosewater. Earthy mineral, leather, and cinnamon rounded out the picture; almost like a more sophisticated Theurons. Beautifully balanced on the palate; velvet without seams. Very much enjoyed and suspect it will be even better in a few years.
Harmonizing dark red fruit, earthy, seamless, concentrated, primary. Gulpable, perhaps the best bottle of L'Enfant I've had from any vintage. Something special always happens when you spy Baby J on that label.
Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): Seemed to be some controversy here. Some found off musty flavors. Jeff thought it might be corked. I was fine with it. I might have hoped for a bit more from this vintage, it drank just fine with me. Cherries and cherry powdered drink mix on the nose. Complex. Nice streak of acidity. Firm tannins. I think this was still just waking up.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus) The colour is not fading a jot. The nose has a wide layer of high-toned fruit that covers a few bready notes and a tight core of fruit that bodes well for the future. The fruit is a little riper and plumper than the 2001 but the tannins are a little less fine. This is super wine and has the same personality as the 2001, but it's dressed in jeans whereas the 2001 is dressed for dinner. The nose just grows and grows so decant if you're going to drink now.
(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus) This vineyard is at the the centre of Les Grèves. Originally gifted to the Carmelite order it took its name at that time. Confiscated from the church during the revolution, the Bouchards were able to purchase the vineyard when it was subsequently sold by the state in 1791. This is perhaps the most renowned of the BP&F vineyards. The nose is reticent, but sweet black cherry fruit comes through. Whilst the tannin is still evident, this has a much silkier feel than the last wine. Good acidity, a wine with lots of flesh too. The finish lasts well. A really lovely wine.
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