2/3. Cork 60% soaked. Pale/medium garnet core, wide pale garnet/mahogany rim. Nose shows red cherry, smoke, touch of herb, earth. Medium bodied, fine boned, elegant, with fine, slightly firm tannins, red cherry fruit, fresh acidity, dusty earth and a touch of herb on the very good length finish. Excellent, certainly drinking but no hurry.
Over Sushi. Bright, translucent red, very beautiful appearance. Lovely minerally nose, lots of soil and earthy expressions. Slightly floral with some rose petals, pomegranate, red cherries and wild strawberries. Slightly herbaceous with time, just the slightest hint of green, but not obtrusive. Palate had lovely elegance, but still with the right acidity and structure. There was good red fruit, rocks and minerals, dried soil, with a lovely lingering finish. Very silky and a true expression of Gevrey terroir.
Welcoming Chicago winos - Part Deux (BLT Steak - Washington D.C. - High Octane Wines): As some of you know, I am very critical of the 04 vintage for the taint. There is a slight hint of the 04 taint but it is not terribly bothersome. The nose is classic Rousseau, delicate yet decadent but a bit diluted and shy. Subtle fresh sweet red fruits, raspberry, strawberry, coffee, light caramel, sous bois, rose, earth and a hint of the 04 taint. Delicate palate, a bit fragile and lacking energy, shy sweet red fruit driven palate impression and a bit of bitterness at the end. Still quite enjoyable.
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