Light red, tawny rim. All pungent anise and soil-could not be mistaken for anything but a mature Burgundy. Very '88 in its uncompromisingly lean focus. The antithesis of a fruit bomb. Drink over the short term before it becomes attenuated.
Light, mature looking. Pungent, incisive aromas of stone, black fruit, perfume, and a tad of funk. Light to medium weight. You feel more than taste the fruit. Tannins have been tamed and the acids, while strong, are not tart or severe. Well etched wine with admirable intensity and length. At a plateau which should last for some time. An excellent '88 that shows that this vintage can definitely be worth the wait.
Medium red with a slight browning; Rich and lovely aged Burgundy. I agree with another poster that there were gingerbread spice aromas and flavors in this wine along with black cherry fruit and earth flavors. This wine had a very nice silky texture with good balance. Engel is (was) probably an under-rated producer.
Glorious bouquet of black fruit, gingerbread, and game. The mix of sweet and savory that it gives you really whets the appetite for the wine to come, which is also dark in profile - jet-black fruit, plenty of glossy sweetness with the tannins pretty well resolved into a finesse that's very impressive for the vintage.
grand cru burgundy once a month: The nose here is very heavily marked by brett with it's characteristic bandaid, leather, and mussel shell notes. None the less this has a great entry with focus and a wonderfully light crispness to the texture. Showing wonderful maturity and integration this is texturally a joy to drink with dark cherry fanning out across the palate leading to a finish that is clipped by the brett. The entry offers a lovely bittersweet character and great precision so if one focuses on that this wine sings but the brett brings it down a notch for me
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