Burgundy dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): This is a pleasant surprise. Expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe crunch red and black fruits, flowers, strong mineral presence, cremini mushroom and limestone. Excellent concentration, generous fresh crunch red fruit driven palate impression, bright acidity and long clean finish. This very youthful wine is very pure and mineral. It is really enjoyable but can still benefit at least ten more years of cellaring if you love sous bois like I do. Wonderful against some tough expensive competition.
I tasted this wine upon release and was totally amazed. I promptly purchased a case and it promptly shut down. Finally, it is emerging from its shell. What a bright and inviting ruby color. The nose is extremely alluring: red and blue berries, chocolate, lavender, loam and traces of gun powder. Medium bodied with an intense, almost electric mouthfeel. The bright acidity clarifies and propels the roasted plum, ripe cherry and wild strawberry flavors. These are wedded to meaty, peppery and earthy undertones. The tannins are softening nicely. The balance and length are quite special. This already gorgeous wine will be a downright knockout in three to five years! 94+ points.
Dinner with Gavin at Bistrode: Bright nose with graphite, cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Goid richness on the palate, really clean and bright as well. Really appealing, had style and also pleasure. Will develop further and nicely.
Drank while on vacation in DR, so limited notes. Recall maturity, some barnyard, complexity, reasonable delicacy (no rusticity), resolved tannins, medium body, sufficient fruit, good balance. Right in the drinking window.
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Le Corton) There are many dimensions to this deep, wide and dense nose, though the fact that it's been in bottle only a few days might have taken away a little gloss. Very soft entry on the palate but you are soon bathed in soft, finely grained tannin. There's real concentration yet there is balance too. The wine opens out well on the palate and is impressively long. This will require years and years in bottle, but is always well priced for the quality.
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