PnP. Almost Piedmontese kind of nose of dark red cherries, stony minerality, graphite, flowers, dark soil, a touch of menthol and spicyness. Changes every few minutes in the glass, but overall a little closed. On the palate there are pure Pinot kind of flavors like red berries, but also tons of minerality, cedar wood and some tobacco. It's medium-full bodied and pretty dense with medium-high tannin that is still a little rough around the edges, with medium+ acidity. Good length. This is an expressive NSG from this top-notch 1er Cru, but just very young right now. I would give it a few years in bottle. Still a very interesting Burgundy with quite some potential.
This isn't necessarily all that different from my last notes on it from a horizontal tasting, but somehow it's way better. Score one for context. At first this has a sweet confectionary aroma that's part cotton candy and part sucking candy - not something that makes me jump up for joy in a pinot - but that mostly dissipates and the palate is a totally different sensation; it feels like it's carved out of concrete, with the stony minerality and the sense of solidity so powerful. It also features very fresh and pure pinot fruit. It doesn't have the luxe scale and refinement that Les St. Georges often offers - this isn't a grand cru quality experience, at least not yet - but it's open-knit and easy to drink while still having depth and gravitas.
2009 Burgundies Blind (Lavandou): Tasted blind. Hard to make out much of the scent; there was a sense of something billowy but inexpressive just the same. There was plenty of flesh to this and a decent amount of sweetness to the fruit but it also had a slight edginess to it, a sense of stony solidity. It seems to get more structured as it sits.
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