Very expressive and intoxicating nose, with dense dark red and black fruits, bold spice, and a strong vanillin character. The oak isn't shy on the palate either but the ripe dark red fruit is plenty concentrated and beguiling as well. Together, it creates a very serious and impressive wine. A treat to taste, and very generous of Faiveley to pour this.
La Paulée de New York Grand Tasting (Metropolitan Pavilion - New York NY): Tasting, brief note. A personal highlight for today's tasting. Lots of black cherry and blackberry with good spice and a hint of braised meat. Comes across as ripe but restrained with everything in sensational balance. Very long and persistent. I am glad I tasted this early in the day because it's elegance can easily be lost in this 30+ producer marathon.
2014 La Paulee Grand Tasting (New York): Medium body (something I can't read), elegant, flavorful, medium cherry/raspberry fruit, medium finish. Very nice wine, probably the only time I'll ever get to try this. Very enjoyable, though not blowing my mind.
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