Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Plump cranberry, some stewed tomato and red roast pepper. Bloody meat. A little age showing and screams Rhone...yet it was Burgundy. Still really thought funky Syrah. So much spice. Woody. Cinnamon and anise. Red rocks. Drinking really well right now. Lift and finesse.
Opened 90 minutes before dinner. Cork was in excellent shape. A darker red than I expected with some cloudiness and slight bricking. Nothing stuck out on the nose; just an embracing waft of forest floor earthiness and spice with some dark red fruits hanging around the edges. The sweet, dark red fruits are more present on the palate, but still dominated by the leather and earth tones. As smooth, supple and integrated as you'd expect with a little tang on the finish.
More nuanced than the bottle I sampled a year ago. Dawn would rate it a point or two higher.
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(Geantet-Pansiot Charmes-Chambertin) Deep ruby - no sign of age. Bright blueberry and black cherry nose trailing off with a hint of coffee. The palate has good fat and acidity. Nice black fruit with slightly grainy, medium-density tannins. Very good length too - BUT - there seems no 'involvement' with this wine and it seems flat. I suspect the insidious entry of low level taint - you can't tell that it's corked and unfortunately there is no back-up bottle for reference. This was drunk following Méo-Camuzet's Bourgogne - and all four people drinking preferred the Bourgogne despite the obviously better underlying material of this wine. Not cooked - must be tainted - a shame.
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