The bottle is popped and decanted for a good 3 hours before drinking. Although the cork is soaked to the brim, it still comes out in one piece and the wine is in great shape. It pours a light ruby color with some hints of orange due to the age, with copious amounts of legs clinging onto the side of the glass as a result of this great vintage. On the nose, the wine is deep and brooding, with a concentrated bouquet dominated by jammy plums, stewed cherries, mushrooms, sous bois and some oak. The concentration just screams of remarkable ripeness of fruit and high extraction levels. The palate is beautifully rounded with a decent amount of acid to keep things light. More red fruits, truffles and even some smoke form the core. The finish is superbly long, lasting almost a good 45 seconds. The wine ends in an herbal, peppery note. With that much grace and power, along with effortless guile, this surely is a cerebral and enjoyable wine.
Inspired to open one by Rieslingfan's recent TN. Bottle #2 after a massively corked first bottle. This was well worth the second effort.
This has a beautiful nose. It's pure and deep, but still playful and lithe with a sense of perfectly ripe fruit playing well with soil and acid. Everything is in great balance here, truly seamless. this has cherry and raspberry fruit with the roundness of '02, but without any fat. It's sappy and intense but light on its feet. Another cliche coming, but this has power without weight and it comes across with grace and a sense of effortlessness. There's a great mix of fruit, earth and acid, where all the parts add up to a greater whole. Very long with an herbal almost basil like freshness that adds to the fruit, earth, and acid and it all leaves your mouth watering and wanting more. All in all, this has developed into a deceptively easy to drink, thought provoking wine. Beautiful. In a great spot right now with plenty of time in hand.
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(Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge) Luscious Burgundian nose, cherry, sous bois, bramble, with caramel; lovely, ripe and tart strawberry palate with minerality and good acidity; long finish