Fairly deep color, tawny rim. Tertiary nose - barnyard, darl fruits, black cherries, chocolate. Big palate, still chewy tannins. Tons of fruit. Acidic. Initially the palate was disappointing, far too acidic and out of balance. But with time and patience this really opened up into something very nice.
Slightly subdued nose, but does have hints of dried fruit elegance and tertiary aromas. Palate is interesting. Medium bodied with a good balance of tannins and acidity, lots of minerality. The longer in glass the better this wine gets and towards the end of the bottle, this is becoming a real pleasure. Not hugely complex, but tight and refined. Maybe not atypical of the vintage?
Martin's Birthday Bash (Gallery Hotel, Singapore): From a magnum that I brought to the party, this really surprised everyone - it was bore little or no resemblance to either Burghound's note on release, of this being an overripe, flat, Rhone-like wine, not to our perceptions of what a 2003 Burg would be like (hot, toasty, hard). In fact, when first opened, the fruit seemed a bit light as it skimmed over a real serious streak of acidity. It took an hour or so in the decanter for this to really show. When it did, it had a lovey, if rather sweet nose, ripe black cherries and blackberries, perfumed with dried flowers, spice and herb, with just the tiniest hint of sub-baked earth to remind one of the vintage. The palate though was remarkably restrained for 2003. This was nicely round and resolved, not the most complex, but very pleasant, with firm, but by no means rustic tannins and surprisingly fresh acidity forming a backdrop to ripe notes of black cherries and berries littered with pretty floral accents. Underneath this, a sub-stratum of earthy, meaty flavours, with little twists of licorice and spice wove their way into a very decent finish. This will never quite be a great wine, but it was a nicely yummy - not all that big a step behind an excellent bottle of Pousse d'Or's 1996 Caillerets, Clos de 60 Ouvrees that preceded it actually. Given the trajectory that this wine and some other 2003s have been showing, I suspect too that this would have been even better sometime in 2016-2017 than it was on the night.
Big bold Burgundy, nothing feminine about this one. Very ripe black fruit (cherries, blackberries) aromas. Spice, oak and just a whiff of Burgundian earthiness/smoke. Rich and dense on the palate, plenty of fruit, perhaps slightly baked. Tannins still tight and needs plenty of aeration. Still a brash young 20-something alpha male; needs more time to settle down and mature into something more balanced and graceful. Probably another 2 years.
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