Clayfu's birthday (part 2) (Monterey Park, CA): The score is almost based entirely on the nose alone, which explodes out of the glass and decanter with a bouquet of florals, ripe black fruits, and a slight tinge of earth. Simply incredible. The palate, though? Totally shut down. There's no doubt that there's potential here -- all the stuffing is there, but it just refused to come out and play. I'm particularly enthusiastic about what I perceived to be a lighter oak treatment here (probably thanks to the ability of all the stuffing to absorb the oak). Easily one of the best Volnays I've ever had.
Weekly tasting group; Burgundy 2005: In the beautiful bouquet cigar and sweet spices dominate the most. On the palate red berries and cherries, a lot of sweet spices, chocolate, hazel nut, earth, minerals, a touch of pleasant sweetness, good and firm acidity and soft, round still sticky tannin. A very well structured, beautiful and complex wine. Intense. Develops in the glass and still a good future ahead.
Borgogna: Mimose, minerale, frutta scura in gelatina, buccia d'uva nera matura. sobrietà e potenza sotterranea. Integro e robusto, un classico 2005. In bocca sprigiona potenza, astringenza, pochissimo peso, molto intenso e molto molto duro. Da pasto sicuramente.
d'Angerville dinner at Daniel 10/19/2011 (Daniel): Deepest blood ruby. Epic, gigantic nose of caramel, coffee, well-roasted hazelnuts, herbaceousness. Wow! Coffee, over and over, the highest register, most precise essence of coffee that you can imagine. This must be a vineyard characteristic, because all the Ducs had it. Palate is huge and clenched tight as Leona Helmsley's pocketbook. Not ready by a very long shot. Tasty sweetness on the long finish. Splendid. Try in 10+...
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(Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs) Aromatically complete with width and depth to the red-shaded fruits. Fully packed in your mouth - plenty of tannin, but it’s the incredible intensity that eventually makes you swallow - very, very impressive.
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