Emerald with a bit of purple on the edges. Not much glycerine. Throws off some stem, cherry and kirchwasser aromas. Palate is round and supple with notes of forest raspberry, cherry, and plum, with a nice salty minerality. Lingers nicely on the palate. Very delicate, the oak is well judged. Very nice.
Quite in contrast to the previous wine, this one has a beyond medium intense ruby core, with a purple sheen and no visible clearing. The very first noseful of it has me thinking Perrot-Minot, with its soft plummy fruits and tell-tale cotton-candy oak component. More air sees the latter morph to a soapy/flowery potpourri note. It’s a medium-plus bodied wine, which is unusually structured for a mere village. The 110 year-old vines impart medium-plus –still somewhat woody– tannins, which are ripe and of very high quality otherwise. Medium-plus acidity infuses freshness into pronounced and extracted mid-palate flavours of black griottes and liquorice, while a mild gamey bass-note provides some early complexity. The only qualm I have right now is that this wine is somewhat monolithic on the 20-25 second finish, but otherwise it is extremely good. I’m not a buyer at those prices, but if I were this would be a given. 89 points, with perhaps as much as three points extra in the fullness of time.............TN Mike de Lange.
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