At first funky truffle earth that gave way to more raspberries and racy cherries. Smoky too. Superb but it is slightly more developed than what we had expected. Fruits are fuller too. Nonetheless a good village level wine.
JM's Old World Education (Pine Close): This was rather too forward for a 2001, but that aside, it was a superb village - another star in a night of many surprises. A bit funky on the nose on first pour, with a lot of undergrowth coming out of the glass, it opened up with lovely little notes of roses, dried cherries and cranberries - really pretty scents - along with a touch of black earth and a hint of smoked meat. Lovely, complex stuff. The palate was nice and nuanced too, with juicy red cherries and cranberries riding on mature notes of menthol, camphor and a savoury, meaty base that reminded me of jamon iberico and black olives. Very complex, characterful flavours. The finish was rather 2001; long, with slightly drying tannins, a touch of sarsarapilla roots and some lovely floral notes, all laced with fresh acidity. A bit edgy here, but not distractingly so. While not perfect, this was a truly smashing village. Drink up soon though.
(jm's old world education@paulS') Murky berries, funky and dusty nose, showing tobacco, dark flowers (rose), dried cherries and sour cranberries, along with moldy black earth, freshly sliced serrano and black kalamata olives. Palate is beatifully savoury, tall, with tight tannins, expressive florals, with find black berries and high acid freshness. Finish is somewhat thin, showing tangkway (angelica root) herbal characters at the end. Yummy for what it is.
A more masculine Chambolle with darker fruits, spice, and earthy core but alarming levels of VA that carry over to the palate. Harsh, unclean acids and really restrained at this point. Hopefully not a representative bottle.
with Osso Bucco -- a very nice surprise in a restaurant, I had heard about this producer but never had the opportunity to try it. The nose was the most impressive part and typical from Chambolle. The wine in itself was maybe slightly too strong for my tastes (compared to another Chambolle, of course) but overall it was great and for me above villages level.
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