Paper filtered and decanted leaving no sediment in the filter and yielding a bright ruby liquor with a musky aroma of dark fruits and berries. The flavor was explosive on the palate - with luscious overtones of cherries, berries, sweet plum and a wonderfully long and sensual finish. What a wine. It continued to evolve for a good 4 hours in the glass and got better and better.
Dinner with M&M at GG (Giant Garoupa Restaurant): I enjoyed this. It had a beautiful nose, with black cherry aromas and some fresh-cut flowers all wreathed around wafts of toasty spice and earth - the type of nose that brings one immediately to the Southern parts of the Côte de Nuits. Really nice. The palate was just a step behind. It was not the most substantial Grand Cru, even for a Clos Vougeot, but there was still a nice depth and chew to its flavourful notes of black cherries and plums. The fruit expression had a rather ripe tone, but the wine was also nicely buoyed up by nice, juicy acidity; and like the nose, the midpalate was marked by a nice savouriness and a toasty, spicy note that led into a satisfying finish. In terms of 2004 green meanies, there were just the slightest hint of herb and bramble here and there, but not anything stalky or overtly herbal. All in all, maybe not the greatest Grand Cru, but this was a certainly a pretty accomplished Clos Vougeot, especially in the context of the of the vintage. Enjoyable.
Despite its youth this is showing some really nice balance and maturity - very open palate with reserved cherries, a touch of confected fruit but held in balance with excellent acidity and freshness. A touch of maturity and funky, earthy sous-bois and the finished with a dash of liquorice and spices. This will obviously last for years, but don't beat yourself up with guilt if you crack one open right now.
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