The nose is slow to open, a bit vegetal and dry; over time it evolves well and becomes richer. The wine is pure and fine but not very interesting at the start as it is quite dry, with mouthpuckering acidity and very light. But wow, with some time and air, this really picked up weight. Died early and never showed tremendous complexity, but at least it was not thin.
Tasted just after a 76 DRC G-E which was very good, but tiring. Also just after a 76 de Vogue Bonnes Mares, supposedly a terrible period for the domaine, but actually a pretty good wine. But the DRC Ex was way more refined, in tertiary phase of course, lots of coffee/animale on the nose backed by perfumed sweet fruit and some earthiness. Soft & ripe. I love 76s, but this was suprisingly good, great balance, delicious. And on the evidence of this bottle, still very much alive.
13.0% alcohol. Reddish-brown color. Initially reticent nose that took about ten minutes to open up. When it did, it revealed a gorgeous, pure, singing old Pinot. Nose of dried red cherry, rose petals, mushrooms, and layers of earth. In the mouth, initially somewhat reticent, as on the nose, with a strong emphasis on earth and mushroom notes. Within twenty minutes, it opened up, but just for about half an hour. But what a half an hour: lovely red cherry just sang beautifully, supported by lovely layers of mushroom, flowers, and rich earth notes. Texturally very nice, with a caressing structure and terrific balance. A seamless wine but one of pure finesse. Started to devolve with some soy notes after having been open for about an hour. Perhaps past its peak, but for a short time it was really beautiful. A-/A
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