Private Chef Dinner at Yann's New Place (Flatiron, NYC): Pure ruby, maybe an edge of brick. Extremely deep, gutty, gouttey, spicy sauvage nose. Wild rose and general redness everywhere. Iron filings, foundry smoke, and a bare hint of cocoa. The palate is wonderfully balanced, still a bit tight and firm. More sauvage rosy perfume, Wagyu beefsteak, salinity. Really finely grained and well bred. Excellent, not great, length. Frankly, this could use 10 more years. A wonderful treat! (Thanks Seth and Marty)
Private Chef dinner at Yann's new place (Flatiron District, Manhattan, New York): Meaty, spicy, classic burgundy fruit. A classic creamy sweetness and a brutal complexity. Matt says iron filings. Soft, dark flowers, a creamy cocoa or mocha - slightly. A touch spicy. A little closed on the palate. Spicy, meaty and smokey. Really elegant and powerful, but light and classy. Soft flowers and cherry finish. Not super long but gorgeous. There is something about this wine - its class and sophistication. Silky and velvety in a way that makes you weep. A slight glimpse into the transcendent. Staggering. Nose - 6/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 2/2 = 18/20.
Reddish brown with rusting edges. Funk and gamey nose initially and morphed into smoked duck and meat aromas similar to an old northern Rhone. On the palate, the wine was luscious, velvety, smooth with red fruits and sweet tannins in the perfect proportions to counter the acidity. Medium in weight. Stupendous wine!
Dark brown core with light hue. Expressive, complex aromas of slight pungent spices, earth, mushroom, game, barnyard with very ripe of mix red, blue fruits and perfume floral, dried tea leaves and touch of fig. Lively, very rich palate with lively acid supporting preserved plum, fig, tons of dried tea leave and mineral that form the medium level complexity and depth. Fully mature, tannin has fully integrated hence the velvety mouth feel and detail texture. The long finish is not powerful, but persistent with again, dried tea leaves aftertaste and traces of alcohol heat. Need to drink up as I feel the fruits are not enough to cover the alcohol. Buy - No.
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