Burgundy colour, rim starting to gracefully fade; a lovely, graceful nose, a hint of sandalwood & ceps, yet with a nip of strawberried fruit; silky, genteel, cosseted, this has a lovely (that word again) weight; finishes authoritatively but with charm. No doubt will age, but currently a lovely drop of true Burgundy.
On the nose this has some appeal- cherries and oak, but the oak seems to be evolving towards a kind of exotic sandalwood thing. But on the palate it is drying and hard, and with time to me the sandalwood fades leaving just an oaky fading Pinot. To be fair, others liked more. C+
Open three hours. Burgundy color. A vigorous swirl activates aromas of flowers and umami. Round entry. Cherry and tart flavors. The acidity keeps this fresh and bright. I am continually impressed and drawn to this vintage. 92
Sexy aromatics, musk and flowers with red cherry fruit. The palate is juicy and more red fruit than black, and high acidity that lend freshness to the vintage. Medium plus body (as opposed to the more full-bodied 2005 Jesus with which this was paired) and a long and nuanced finish. Great stuff that can be enjoyed today but is very suitable for further aging.
2012 Bouchard dinner with Panos – Mostly Bouchards (Ripple Restaurant in DC): One of the most additive aspects of Burgundy is that there are moments when things make perfect sense. This bottle clearly shows the 02 vintage typicity. Sweet yet crunch and sappy red fruits, a bit of dust, raw button mushroom, a bit of secondary notes, flowers and earth. The palate displays a hint of dry tannins that I find in 2002 as well as strong presence of tannins. In some ways this is similar to the 12, ripe, sappy, nice concentration yet strong presences of acidity and tannins. I would say that the 12 is a bit more denser, sweeter and concentrated. This needs a few more years but pretty enjoyable as is.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot) Bricking medium red violet color; savory, tart cherry, cranberry nose; tasty, tart red fruit, savory, mineral, roses, gunpowder palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Bouchard Père et Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvée Carnot) Medium-plus cherry red. The nose starts heavy with lightly toasted oak, the palate equally so. Given time for aeration the oak fades by around 75% with sweet fruit of several layers - all of them red. The palate starts with an understated intensity that builds and builds into quite an exciting flourish on the long finish. The tannin has just a little dryness on the finish but is finely grained. This is very good but needs quite a few (several) years though should be excellent.
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