Mature black and red cherry aromas with hints of chocolate, mushroom and mild Indian curry. Equally advanced flavors, similar profile, with moderate structure and concentration for its level. Good now, I doubt there is upside from here.
2000 Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck): One of the weaker wines on the night. It was decently good in its own right, but paled in the midst of some illustrious company. It was actually quite shy when first poured, only opening up slowly to show a pleasant nose with earth and spice and cherry fruit tones, and then a little funky meatiness that got more pronounced with time. Quite nice, and with time in the glass, it got even better, with some lovely floral aromas taking their place amongst the earthier tones. Like the Musigny that preceded it, the palate was rather tighter wound and less complex than the nose. This was a strong, muscular wine though, starting out with a nice depth wed to energetic freshness, with a deliciously dark-fruited attack of juicy cherries wrapped in gentle tannins. Unfortunately, it flagged a little past the midpalate and into the finish. It was very clean and quite vibrant, with a nice tingly presence on the top of the tongue. but it died quite quickly on the back palate with a short burst of juicy acidity and not much in the way of length. Overall, a nice wine to drink, even if a bit simple for a Grand Cru. It may improve a little over the next few years, but I do not think there is all that much room to grow on this one.
Wine Tasted at Acker Auction (Marea - New York NY): Fresh and forward black and red cherry aromas and flavors with subtle spice. Fun and forward, still quite fresh, very nicely balanced. Lacking a little bit of concentration I often find and like in Bonnes Mares.
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