I liked this wine so much. An almost immediate chalky taste and smell once decanted. Some cinnamon. With air, it became more perfume-y and musky. Rich and intense, the texture of the wine finely coating your tongue.
No formal notes as this was brought to a restaurant. I found the wine drinking at an accessible point in its evolution, but it's certainly still fairly primary, with maybe some secondary notes there. Overall, still quite tight, and not revealing too much depth. I really loved the balance of the wine throughout, though, including acidity that I think this is going to allow this to continue to improve from here. I'll probably wait at least 5 years before another entry. I consumed a 2009 of this wine just last week and at the time I thought that was one to drink on the younger side (10-30 years), but based upon how this is at 18, perhaps it can go out to 40. The 2009 certainly had more palate texture than this one, but they were equally impressively balanced. Fun to try the old and young so close together in time.
This is more fruit-forward and less developed than my last bottle but it's still exceptioanlly pretty with a silky, generous texture that's totally the opposite of that tough, lean and mean style that's characterized the '96 vintage for so long. It picks up a more solid and stony presence with air but never loses that pretty, open-knit feel.
Tart cherries, red cherries, damp earth, black cherries, barnyard, a little cedar, and a hint of meat on the nose. Tangy red cherries, black cherries, earth, spice, herbs, and barnyard on the palate. Mouth-watering acidity, still some integrated grippy tannins at the end. Very nice finish. Really delicious. The acidity just keeps teasing you to take another sip.
Initially a bit thin and austere, but with some air it fleshes out and develops a lovely perfume, with a mix of red fruit, sous bois, spice, and oddly a little cured meat-gaminess. A wine of contrasts, with balanced power and plenty of structure but with a supple charm to it. Beautifully textured, with excellent sap, powerful but round and giving with an excellent mix of frut and savory and enough acid to keep it fresh. Outstanding wine that I suspect will age for quite some time. Very long and early peak.. 92 pts
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(Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain Beaune Le Cras Vieilles Vignes) A deep and rich ruby core that shades to pink at the edge. Baked red fruit nose with chocolate and eventually a little pipe tobacco. Reserved acidity for a '96, some fat and velvetty tannins. Despite showing layers of complexity this is some way from maturity and worth holding onto.
(Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain Beaune Le Cras Vieilles Vignes) Medium-plus ruby only fading very slightly at the rim. The nose starts with pronounced toasty oak; very quickly blowing off to reveal toasted bread and deep black cherry. In the mouth there's nice volume, excellent acidity and beautifully controlled smooth tannins. Still a little one-dimensional, but a wine to savour for the next 15 years at least - excellent.
(Château Chorey-les-Beaune - Germain Beaune Le Cras Vieilles Vignes) Medium-plus ruby only fading very slightly at the rim. The nose starts with pronounced toasty oak, very quickly blowing off to reveal toasted bread and deep black cherry. In the mouth there's nice volume, excellent acidity and beautifully controlled smooth tannins. Still a little one-dimensional, but a wine to savour for the next 15 years at least - excellent.
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