Decanted. Dark ruby in the glass. Nose of spiced red cherries and some floral perfume. On the palate, red fruits mixed with spicy cola and sarsaparilla, along with some earth. Nicely balanced with good structure. Hard to stop drinking this one.
Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): The groups least favorite WOTN. We expected more from this good if not great vintage. Cherry powdered drink mix on the nose. On the palate, cherries and rhubarb. A bit less of everything except acidity. This is a fine wine but across the many styles of tasters preferences, it still seemed lacking.
Poured into my glass and waited an hour. The nose is delightful, delicate and has sweet flowers, cherry, a little forest floor and something like almonds. I could sniff that all night. It is wonderfully balanced, everything is just right: acidity, tannins, sweetness, fruit. The finish is medium and you just want another sip. It seems a bit better than my last bottle. 92 points very good.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus) Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; floral, roses, sous bois nose; silky textured, roses, sous bois, tart red fruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus) A softer and redder nose. A narrow entry but it bursts across the palate with accessible ripe fruit - structure and complexity follow in the next wave. I think it follows the Bèze much more successfully in 2006 than it did in 2005. Super.
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