Food: Chinese Duration: 2 hours Condition: perfect Aroma: blueberry with a mix of ripe red fruits, white flowers, rose pedals Notes: decanted. Purple in color, this wine looks and feels much younger than it should. I think this wine is not as balanced as the other Clos De tarts I've had before. Although tannins smoothed out but I do have a feeling that this wine should be cellared for at least 5 more years. I do not think it's fair to give a right judgement on this wine yet, nevertheless I don't like it right now.
Morey-St Denis Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): Excellent. While not quite as forward and ready as the 2001 Clos de Lambrays served alongside, I actually thought this was qualitatively the better wine. It had a very lush nose – dark and deep, with almost liquered cherries and blueberries, seasoned with sweet spice, violets and some earth. With time, a little dusting of herb and roasted almonds and a sweet kiss of dried fruit started drifting out as well - a lovely, rich bouquet. The palate had lots of substance to it as well, with a rich, velvety flow of dark cherries and berries, again with a slightly liquered edge, and then a dash of herbs and spices towards the long finish. This was a seductive, voluptuous wine, very full and deep and generous, yet shaped by a nice clarity and freshness from the vintage. However, even though this bottle seemed a lot more open than one I had some 6 years back, it still needs lots of time yet. There was always something a bit primary and stubborn at the core of the wine, a sense of stinginess that seemed to belong more to a 2002 than a 2001 Grand Cru. I really liked this, but I would give it another 5-6 years more in the bottle to unwind.
Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): Ok, here's a real treat, and a great exercise: drinking this side by side with a magnum of the '03. As expected, this keeps it closer to the vest, with abundant fruit, racy acids and seamless structure. The '03, just as pretty, but so much more approachable now. I took my time with these two wines, for good reason - even though three more (different) mags hung in the balance. Yes, we basically closed the place. Slow-O 2 hours, aerated to decanter and then returned to bottle for service. Thru 2040, highly recommended
Medium/deep garnet/ruby core, pale garnet rim. Youthful nose, bilberry fruit, florals, touch of soil. Aromatic. Medium bodied in the plate, quite fine boned with very fine tannin, lovely pure morello cherry fruit, touch of soil and game, balanced acidity on the lingering finish. Excellent.
Burgundy Dinner with Friends (Acadia, Chicago, IL): Opened, but not decanted, roughly an hour before trying and then drank over 90 minutes. Of the half dozen or so times I've had this over the past few years, this was the most reserved showing. Very dark and brooding and not giving up much at all for the first 30-45 minutes. When it finally did begin to open up, there was very dark cherry and berry with a mineral driven palate. Quite firm all throughout with a moderate finish. Based upon this bottle, I'd recommend a decant if opening a bottle soon.
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(Clos du Tart Clos du Tart) Medium-plus relatively young colour. The nose has a good blend of red and black fruits - it's rather complex. Luxurious, if oaky mouthfeel - plenty of oak flavour on the finish too, Super balance, fruit and delivery - outstanding, very young wine.
(Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart) Group's #7 (by a tie-breaker) (my #3) – 32 pts; 0 firsts, 0 seconds, 2 thirds, 2 lasts – Dark cherry color with clear meniscus; gorgeous tart cherry and roses nose that gains a caramel component with time in the glass; solid, youthful, ripe cherry palate with depth and vanilla oak; medium finish 92+ pts.