Quite dark. Mentholated aromas of candied cherry in a wet, magical forest. Full, dense, rich palate with layers of crystalline sour candies to go with the haunting, delacy of Volnay. Amazing pasty pinot sap that only comes from great burgundy. 1+ minute finish. A multi-wow wine. I wish I had more. Some say '05 was too ripe but this has perfect balance. I wish I could find more. Looks like this isn't available at all anymore.
A nose of dark red fruits and sappy varietal notes, then a finely textured palate, consistently weighted and quite firm. The texture of the palate lifted it but the lack of any real interest in the bouquet disappointed.
Winestreet Does 2005 Nicholas Potel (Kozlak's, North Oaks, MN): Dark fruit and strong new oak on the nose. The palate is mid-weight and shows ripe black fruit, minerals, and smoke. Iron/blood on the finish. The oak integrates somewhat with time, but is still noticeable. This is in an awkward state right now, but seems to have the right raw ingredients and a more promising future.
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(Potel Nicolas Volnay Caillerets) Medium-plus colour - almost purple. A wide and really interesting nose of black-shaded fruit over a base of coffee. The finest tannins yet - they are only faintly astringent, despite their abundance. The fruit on the palate is very clean and understated yet very long. This is a fantastic wine and worth a special search.
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