Nice raspberry, cherry, and sous bois aromas with light intensity. On taste light, nuanced, but a bit of acid and tannin still in place. Unlike the 98 this needs some time to settle down. Nice long finish and consistent profile with the 98 although needs more time.
What can I say, this has always been one of my favorite wines. I love its elegance, its high acidity perfectly balanced with elegant fruits. It is not an earth moving wine, but everything a fine pinot should be. The 96 is still drinking well, but starting to lose a little fruit.
Steve W supplied for dinner post-FWS tasting. Medium ruby/pink in color. Shows a bit of bricking in the glass. Fairly expressive nose that opened over time exhibiting forest floor & leafy aromas, along with some leather or tar. Still decent red fruit level, along with various tertiary notes. Still fairly tannic with good length. Elements nicely integrated and harmonious.
This wine is still tight and seems rather young. But there is hope. Darker color than a previous bottle from a few years ago. The wine started out rather tart, acidic, leafy with muted aromatics...typical of many '96s. With air, things began to change. Aromas of forest floor, specifically rotting leafs, began to emerge along with leather, pine needles, a little cherry and baking spices. The structure remains dominant, something I don't mind. The tannins are grippy but not abrasive with a prominent streak of acidity. Jason thinks it has some Barolo like qualities and I think that's an appropriate comparison given the prominent structure and fruit profile (minus the rose fragrances). A very singular wine and something I look forward to tasting as it matures. My guess is this wine will continue to evolve for another 10 yrs at least.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus) Medium red color; nice spicy, rich cherry and raspberry nose with a Balsamic note; tasty, concentrated tart cherry with rosehips, good acidity; medium finish
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