Really transcends the vintage. Wonderful bouquet of red flowers, sappy ripe dark fruits and some asian spices in the mouth, fine and ripe tannins. Drinking perfectly now (bottle opened 4 hours in advance and double decanted about 1/3 of the bottle) but has the structure to last for another 10+ years with the potential to improve.
Ruby in colour. Dried flowers, tea leaves intermingled with hemp giving off a grassy bouquet. In the glass it develops into a raspberry and black fruit cocktail with precise and delineated layers of spices. Sweet and superb.
On opening, filled the room with beautiful aromas of autumn leaves, dried flowers and Asian spices. Slightly off-clear in the glass, but a beautiful ruby red with faint tea-brown colouring at the edges. Palate dense in the mouth and bursting with red fruit, mocha and earthy flavours. So intense in the mouth! Long finish. Superb.
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(Romanée-Conti Grands-Echézeaux) Yield 25.5 hl/ha - or 882 cases. Medium colour. The nose has a little more wood and stem 'smoke', faint vanilla at the base and just a little more width than the Echézeaux. Eventually the nose shows truffly notes and asian spice - more cohesion but I miss a fruit dimension, plus a little cedar is now appearing - 25 minutes finally gives us a little cherry! The nose seems much more primary than from barrel. The palate shows the elegance that I remember though the acidity seems just a little brighter with a trace of cedar on the mid-palate. Like the Echézeaux, there are no fireworks, rather understated length. This was my 'amour' from barrel - from bottle it seems merely 'pretty' rather than beguiling.
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