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.
A top-notch 1997, rich, solid, and substantial, and still on its way up from here. Rather than cataloguing all the faults of the '97 vintage which are completely absent here, I'll instead attempt to get a handle on some of this wine's many virtues. It starts out with a deep and fascinatingly complex aroma combining cinnamon, meaty broth, and a hint of that chemical compound present in both parmesan cheese (if you find it appetizing) and vomit (if you don't) (true story! see: http://www.slate.com/id/2168762/pagenum/2). That last bit is probably enough for some to consign it to faultiness, but I'm finding it just one element in a wide array of interesting tertiary stuff. On the palate the wine is boldly fruited, blue/black in complexion, sweet, and dense.
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