Vibrant ruby red color. Full, fragrant nose of red fruit, black fruit, dusty earth, and a touch of brett (leather); very pleasant though lacking any floral characteristics. Entrance is somewhat muted and a cloaking astringency gains presence as it rolls over the palate, setting up a jarring acidity on the finish. Red fruit does gain with some air though this remains out of balance. Medium to short finish. This is not as good as the Volnay "Vieilles Vignes".
Update for day 2: Much improved, showing more detailed spice and floral notes on the nose and palate. Some tannins still present with high acidity. Went well with food.
Overall, good and in need of a lengthy decant, otherwise hold.
There's no obvious flaw here to me, though it's perhaps reduced. It just sucks. It's the deadest thing alive enough to have strength to die. Only the flattest aroma, really just lies there in the mouth with no definition, fruit, lift, or interest. Inexcusable in the 2005 vintage or in about any vintage in the last two decades. Will never, ever buy this producer's wine again, I don't care who shouts it from the hillside.
Still very young, no rush to drink whatsoever. Superb balance and lots of fruit, structure and minerality. Really delicious in a primary sense at the moment with soft red fruits and powdered minerals. It started to close up after an hour or so, so if you only have a few I would bury these for another 5 years.
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