Real perfume on the nose with maraschino cherries, cloves, and some barnyard earth aspect which really brought the wine together. It had bricking around the edges with a nice ruby hue in the glass, but the tertiary notes gave this wine a sense of age with it showing the '97 vintage with some heat on the palate. The finish and mouthful were elegant, but this is ready to drink but could age a few more years. Drink up.
In 2011 this wine was a feast. Compared to that, tonight's bottle disappoints. In the bouquet there is earth, toast, some mint and also organic aromas. Same on the palate plus leather, coffee, tobacco, iron and other minerals, ok acidity and some sweetness. The complexity is there, but this bottle was at the end of its mature life. No score for tonight.
This is a feast! Enormously complex and expressive bouquet with barnyard, minerals and beautiful toast. The same beautiful complexity in the mouth with firm and good acidity, tannin and bitterness. The tannin still has a good bite and is still youthful. Complex and extremely long finish. A beauty already, but this can last at least another 5 - 8+ years, although I wonder if it will gain; it is so beautifully balanced already. 96 (+?)
Dark cranberry red color with some dark brown at the rim. Aromas of cherry, cranberry, beet, sous bois, and baking spices. The palate exhibits a nearly kaleidoscopic mix of the flavors hinted at in the nose and is constantly engaging the taster and changing throughout a four-hour meal. The finish is long and shows dark cherry, tea, and cranberry character. Solid, drinking exceptionally well now, and seeming to have positive upside with further time in the cellar. A great Clos Vougeot and a triumphant 1997. Drink or hold.
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