Red with some fading. Gentle red fruit aromas with wet earth, later joined by clove spice. Light to medium weight. Strawberry rather than raspberry fruit that is naturally sweet but not confected, offset by soil tones. Little remaining tannin and the acidic structure is invisible as well. Perfectly mature at this point, much less raspy than when last tasted 4 years ago, and a highly enjoyable drink-understated and subtle.
Reticent nose opens with air to show flowers. Not a big wine but extremely well balanced and elegant. Drinking at peak (from this bottle at least) Tannins fully resolved and gobs of sweet fruit remaining. nice sweet finish.
PopnPour, tasted over 4 hrs and on Day 2 -mild bricking -earthy, some maturing elements -med acidity, med- weight/concentration, earthy cherry, not very complex, on mature plateau, picks up depth and complexity on Day 2 -OK but not noteworthy, less impressive than prior bottle earlier this year on Day 1 but really started to sing on Day 2
PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs -slightly translucent, med red with minimal browning -great aromatics, very classic Burg cherry -med acidity, med+ concentration on nearly weightless frame, essence of cherry liqueur fruit shows up early and in the finish, mild dusty rusticity, minimal secondary development, minimal tannins -excellent now still with potential, in early maturity, just what a solid 1er Cru should be.
JB @ Hereford Road (Hereford Road, London): Quite bright, cherry led fruit and a touch of caramel wafer. Good focus and line. Showing well for the vintage currently but needs a good while yet. A little tighter than the bottle at January's JadotFest. ***(*)
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