Light brick, green wood and dark red fruit nose. Initial taste a lot of green wood but this gradually went away to reveal nice balance of fruit, undergrowth, earth, wood. Quite a lot of cinnamon and spice. Smooth and velvety finish, if not quite as complex as I'd hoped. Still, I thought this was excellent quality and price point for a Villages. 88/89.
The last bottle of this was about 2 years ago and there was definitely some of the green meanies lurking.. not so much this time, it seems to have receded into the background. Pretty much gone, which bodes well for my remaining '04s... A bit astringent and watery but its more in keeping with the character of the vintage than anything else... nice chambolle elegance, showing a bit bit of bottle age, this really seems to be in a nice place... a decent bottle of wine.
Very pretty aromas of red fruits, violets, minerals and a little Sinsemella. At first it appears as if its wearing its acidity on its sleeve but with air the berry fruits intensify in sweetness and the acidity is indeed finely woven into the wine. It finishes with good cut and is a delicious drink now with plenty of upside.
As with many 2004 reds I don't think this will go too far but right now quite a pleasure. Not a bargain but reasonable. Airy red fruit and a little bit of spice in the background. Very pretty nose. Nice red fruit attack turning darker in the mid-palate. Finishing nicely with a very slight greenness on the finish that I don't think will dissipate. Rather, the fruit will die and leave this as a far more annoying characteristic. Drink over the next two years. I'll keep a bottle a little longer just for the sake of seeing what happens... In the meantime, I nicely high-strung but not screechy drop ready for food.
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