Puligny Whites & Vosne-Romanée Reds (Wo Peng): Decanted for a few hours before drinking. Appearance is clear, pale intensity, garnet colour. Legs. Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of mushrooms, earth, red cherries, sweet candy, perfumed spices. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol, medium- tannins, medium body. Medium+ flavour intensity with flavours of mushrooms, earth, red cherries, sweet candy, and spice. Long finish. Very good quality. Has the stuffing to develop for another 5 years. Very nice, until I tried the other 1998 Les Suchots in the same flight.
Tasted blind. Decanted for a few hours before serving. First guess was a ripe vintage, perhaps 2003. Lacks a bit of focus here as there's a sense of flabbiness. Also some candy-like sweetness which reminds me of new world Pinots. Did not particularly like the style here though what I wrote does seem to point towards Suchots. Again unlike the vintage, this wasn't tannic or austere at all.
The nose is all Vosne out of the gate but the first sip comes off as a 1996, very acidic. Midpalate initially slightly thin - and then ka-pow. After about 20 minutes in a decanter, this starts to shine, lipsmacking spices, rich and fleshy midpalate and a lengthy finish. Definitely decant for 30 minutes or so.
VLG Does Pinot Blind ... No Parameters (The Home Office): Served blind. After the first three, this showed very different. Age and more burg like qualities. Drinking well but simple. Seems like this will still alive for years to come but I don't see it getting better. I took home after the tasting and finished it with dinner. The type of wine I could drink on a regular basis.
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(Potel Nicolas Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots) Signs of seepage under the capsule, but nothing untoward in the way the wine presented itself. Deep cherry red. The nose starts with tons of black cherry depth, but it's primary and there's not much else, perhaps a little high toned red fruit and mint - okay perhaps there is more... Not much fat but super concentration. The tannin is well behaved - no astringency - and good acidity. With food there seems a bit of a gap in the mid-palate, otherwise you don't notice. Medium, medium-plus length. I enjoyed this wine plenty.
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