90 minutes of slow ox took this wine from tight and volatile, to aromatic and velvety. Red fruit, floral, leather, subtle spice and earth all worked together in a seamless whole. Served with roasted duck breast it was a masterpiece of wine and food pairing. I would gladly drink this now and over the next decade plus. It is just beautiful.
Burgundy bordering on Rhone at time - very dense and meaty with notes of orange peel, plums, spices - very exotic. Some grilled beef coming through and soft tannins. Just opening up now, and has years left on it. Decent, but lacks a bit of focus.
This was downright terrible for the first two hours. Hardly any fruit, an off-putting cheesey funk, a hint of green astringency, lots of iron shavings and earth, palate dominated by acid/tannin structure -- I actively disliked it. But what a difference some air makes! The funk blows off, the fruit decides to come out and play, and now we have a whole different wine on our hands. Good Red and dark fruit with real depth and richness, and while the palate is still structured, there's a certain elastic pliancy to the texture, like you can stretch the wine out with your tongue and not find any holes. Delicious stuff that's not anywhere near mature and should reward several more years' cellaring.
The nose is dominated by menthol, forest floor notes, mulch-y and earthy with only a hint of fruit. This is drying out, but still retains vitality, with brambly and briary red fruit, and underbrush, with a fine length still although this has neither the sappiness nor the girth of a great Nuits St. Georges. Drink up.
Quite deep cherry/ruby, good depth of colour to the rim, and some distinct signs of browning in the rim. Very fine nose : spicy rich cherry fruit with touches of tobacco leaf and a real meaty undercurrent. Mouth entry is soft and smooth with nice fresh red fruit and a lovely richness to it. Mid-palate is quite full, with beautifully integrated flavours : spicy and savoury with nice rich fruit. Finish is lovely - long and savoury with just a touch of sweet cherry fruit. Just a touch four-square but very well balanced : a great '98. ***
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