Chevillon Roncières vertical at The Bristol (Chicago, IL): Double decanted an hour before dinner. From the Chevillons tonight, I'd say that this was my favourite. It's drinking marvelously well right now, although perhaps it's just a little bit too giving. Cheerful red fruit, with not so much leanness as the 1996 or the 2001. There's a touch more ripeness here that makes this much more accessible, and indeed, this was pretty much roaring from the get-go. The stems are very subtle here, and they add a nice touch to the fruit.
In perfect condition. Fruity, open nose from the beginning: blackberry, some cherry and raspberry, a touch of forest herbs later. Very round and well balanced in the mouth, uncomplicated, but doesn't lack the necessary power. Quite long finish. A pleasure up to the last drop!
Forward and ripe, this has red plum, strawberry, cherry, and raspberry on the nose, and is plush and frank. None of the briary notes that I associate with Nuits St. George. This is bright and straight-forward, with lovely and fresh fruit flavors. Not anything to brood over, that's for sure.
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