bought three of these and decided to try one, drank over three nights, saw barry rothof's note and i wasn't surprised, this was shut down hard -- especially in that it had ZERO fruit on the palate, nose was reticent, color was good and mouthfeel was fine, good acidity, not too much tannin, but almost had that wood and water thing going, nonetheless it wasn't bad -- it had something lurking in there -- but certainly disappointing, if i'm patient (and i'm often not) i'll wait five years for the next
This wine was also served blind, although nobody doubted the fact that it would be Bourgogne, knowing its donors inclinations. Popped and poured, it’s medium intense ruby coloured without any clearing or bricking. The nose is medium-plus intense and quite rich and sweet in a wood-spicy way, with again damsons as the main fruity ingredient. Air adds a gamey note. The wine is medium-plus bodied, with medium-plus ripe yet feisty tannins. In the textural sense they seem to be seamlessly integrated with a pronounced wood-spice component, which is quite a feat. Luxurious oak indeed. Pronounced acidity manages to keep the wine from being cloying on the quite extracted and intensely flavoured mid-palate and the 30 second finish adds a honeyed liquorice note, while kicking up flavour intensity another notch. Based on this showing I’d be inclined to give 93 points with some headroom, as more complexity and integration should make this wine more harmonious. While commenting on its likeness to Chambertin early on, I called it a very good Vosne Premier or perhaps Richebourg instead. Much to my relief, I did at least call the vintage correctly. As the evening progressed the fruit receded and wood notes started to dominate, rendering the wine somewhat clumsy. This does not bode well for its future, so if you have any stashed away I recommend drinking while this fruit-forward phase many 2006’s currently enjoy lasts. Otherwise, at least 10-15 years of cellaring might prove me wrong...... TN Mike de Lange
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(Perrot-Minot Christophe Chapelle-Chambertin) A little more ruby-coloured than previous wines. A sweet nose with mocha/caramel. Again there is undoubted concentration, but this time wrapped with a nicer freshness. Long and very impressive wine - super.
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