Dark garnet color with watery rim slight browning at edges, nose was compost with moist potting soil, forest floor, tart cherry, black licorice, spice, more tannin than fruit on the palate, as wine developed bacon fat, iron, rose petal, enjoyable bottle drink now.
Dark cherry color ... Nice nose of cherries, blueberries and some forest floor earthiness. A bit thicker texture and mouthfeel than the last bottle I had. Really enjoyed this. Complex, still plenty of fruit - cherries, blueberries, also notes of earthiness. This was definitely much better than the last bottle I had. (which I thought was headed downhill quickly and had a faint cork taint.).
My last bottle! This didn't show well in the last 90's (soon after buying) but when tried again in 2003, what a transformation! Never outstanding, but always complex and enjoyable.
This bottle had a medium cherry core with paling/browning edges. Very barnyardy at first, but a lovely nose emerged after an hour of airing-- delicate rose petals, violets, cherries, bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon and earth. You could enjoy sniffing this all evening, though you have to pay attention to catch all its complexities. On the palate, a core of intense cherry fruit and a pleasing austerity-- cherries, violets, cinnamon, a touch of iron and a light earthiness can all be found in this medium bodied wine. Good balancing acidity, nicely juicy, but the tannins seem elevated compared to other bottlings, which suggest the fruit may be beggining to fade a bit. Lingering cherries and floral qualities on the slightly austere, lengthy finish. A good demonstration on how even "average" quality Burg can improve with some aging.
Medium to pale cherry with quite a pale rim. A somewhat barnyardy nose that blew off to earthy, cherry, tobacco, violets, bitter chocolate aromas.. moderate intensity but impressive complexity. Medium bodied, complex palate, moderately soft texture. Rasberry-infused fruit backed up by tea, mint, tobacco, iron and earth. Some good, balancing (but integrated) acidity and soft tannins. Fully mature. Longer finish than expected given the softness of the wine. Very Volnay, quite nice.
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