Mesquite smokiness with flavors of dried black cherry and porcini mushrooms. Continued to open up across an hour, but the lightness of body suggests only a few years life left on this venerable grand cru from a controversial year. Pretty acidity and quite balanced. I'd have to agree with the reviewer just below this one. The wine was definitely medium puprpl (pron. pup-rupple)
From magnum. Chalky dry dark spice on the nose with mid-intensity dark fruits. Sweet blackberry and dark plum on the palate with spice notes. A relative success for the vintage, this wine provides a cohesive experience beginning to end, if not an inspiring one.
Dinner at Les Amis. This was an absolutely stunning wine, from a rather modest vintage as well. Very dark, purple and almost opaque. The appearance definitely defied the wine's age. The nose was textbook Gevrey, from a top top plot. There was a great deal of acidity, minerals, earth and so much power from the black fruit. There were wild blueberries, cherries and sweet plums. How Rousseau managed such power and finesse from 97 we will never figure but this was the real deal. Palate was just as impressive, with a tremendous structure, lots of depth and complexity. Sandalwood, fresh leather, Asian spice, minerals and charcoal. Again, the fruits were so pronounced - wild blueberries, red kiwi, cherries and plums. There was lots of tannin and tension to this wine, and again it evolved superbly in the glass over 3 hours. This needs another 10 years to be at its best. A lovely lovely Clos de Beze.
In spite of the unfashionable, but IMO underrated, vintage, I was expecting a lot from this bottle and in most ways it delivered. There were rich complex aromas which mingled quite sweet PN fruitiness with savoury and mineral elements with the ivy hints which I recall from my first revelation of Chambertin; quite full body for Burg, roundness depth, smooth acidity and length with a lovely suave velvety texture. However its expressiveness was somewhat muted in a way which the following wine, a V-R Suchots, showed up. Maybe I should have decanted or perhaps a little more time would been beneficial. Very good but I was expecting excellent.
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