Served blind at L'Astrance. Guessed Volnay (maybe Chambolle) from a good vintage due to the bright red fruit expression, lean mineral texture that was bolstered by the round fruit on the palate. It had spice, earth, fine tannins and medium length. Good finesse and a nudge of complexity. I was shocked at the reveal from the somm that this was a 2004. First that a 2004 would be served at fine restaurant and second that it was a perfect match to the food and without a hint of the GM.
Simply spectacular, even more so in light of the vintage. Dark black cherry nose, with some black pepper and fir. Some nice aromas of barnyard funk as well. More dark stone fruits on the palate, with dense flavors of cherry, kir, molasses, animal, and leather. Awesome mouthfeel and texture. The rustic side of Volnay. This one's less about the pulp and more about the bramble and grapeskin. This bottle could have easily gone another year or two but couldn't take the chance with this '04, what can you do. Enjoyable nonetheless. Surprisingly impressive grape juice.
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