Has some pine needle sap smells a la ‘old school’ Faiveley and aged Roumier on the nose. It is very pure and very Nuits with plenty of earth, iron and sweet meats. It has put on considerable mid palate pud since my last bottle a few years ago and now has a delicious sweet cherry heart. It has excellent detail and finishes with brisk minerally acidity that scythed through roast duck breast like a vinous knife. In two words…fucking good.
Workman like with all its meat, soot and iron notes. There’s a charge of ripe cassis to the aroma as well as plenty of pine needle sap. The palate is muscular and sinewy and there’s loads of crunchy berry action as the abundant acidity snap freezes the fruit. It is quite compact in fact if I were a little less generous I may comment on the clipped metallic finish.
Lovely limpid cherry/ruby, softened by age but still fresh looking. Very narrow paler rim shows just a hint of orange. Nose is mature, yet full and meaty. There is a touch of orange peel and leafmould and a full plummy fruit. Robust, rustic and mature. Mouth entry is sweet and full with broad ripe fruit and a good tingling acidity. Fills nicely and shows its earthy character on the mid-palate, but still beautifully fresh. Finish is long, with great balance of fruit, tannic structure and acidity. Drinks nicely now but will still keep. ***
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