Opened for 5 hours before consumption. On the first whiff, it seemed almost american pinot sweet. The nose has some unresolved heat and had quite a bit of new oak. The palate was huge and slightly viscous in texture. Needs time to let the oak and fruit integrate. Given this, the texture of the wine was pretty elegant and velvety. A pretty good effort for this vintage but need some years, maybe 2 -3, for it to settle down. Any rating will be for future potential so not rated for now.
Knightsbridge 2011 Burgundy Tasting and Sale (Northbrook, IL): Tasting, brief note. Charming red, black and blue fruit with good spice. Some new oak stands out for now, but overall good balance and structure. Slightly less exciting to me vs the Echezeaux and Grand Rue also tasted, but very close. Very good.
En-P tasting: i.e. NB that such are never quite finished wines. Red minerality! Tight, fresh red strawberry and bright mid-red cherry. Tiny aromatic hints of orange and soy. Real drive and extension - linear and energetic. Twisting, sweet-sour grip. Fine, smooth; yet lingering sweet-sour. 2011 in general is pink-purple, soft, round and relatively simple; so this is delightfully outside of the mainstream - beautiful red fruit, plus structure to satisfy the mouth and to deliver complexity and longevity. I so love what Lamarche consistently get from their patches of C-d-Vougeot. [Edit: from 93, to 94. This is a great, terroir wine, which on reflection I realised I slightly underrated compared to all else I drink/taste.]
Rich dark fruit with smoky earth and medium aromatics; good tart fruit in the mouth, medium concentration; lower tannins and acidity at first, but big sticky tannins in the finish. Tasted at the domaine with Nicole.
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