Burg Dinner with Friends (The Bristol - Chicago IL): Clearly Burgundy, this came across as meaty, which made me think it from Gevrey-Chambertin. Mistake #1. Lean throughout, but no green notes to start, so I thought more like 2001. Mistake #2. Quite nice for the first 30 minutes in glass, but shorter and less fun thereafter.
Hazy ruby red with bricking. After about 15 minutes in the glass the green notes fade and the nose reveals red cherries + raspberries, sous-bois, asian spice and a lifted violet note. Palate is medium to light bodied with first sweet then slightly sour crushed red fruits, a touch of leather, spice, medium acidity, slightly drying but fine tannins and discernible smoky oak on the finish. This is drinking well for a 2004.
Heidi blinded me with this wine and my first comment, before any questions were asked was...’this is an 04’. It has some of the herbal mirepoix, Schezuan pepper markers of the vintage on the nose. There’s a touch of sandalwood, some beef stock crammed with root vegetables and dried herbs and some freshly pounded juniper. It is relatively lean, colour is browning off and is not a great bottle of Burg but just an ok drink.
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