Souper chez le Baron (Joliette): Un nez un peu fermier, nature, mais ça pinotte allègrement. Une bouche fraiche avec une puissance tannique exceptionnelle, un vin viril et fin à la fois, de belle longueur. Pas très gras, mais racé, long et profond. Magnifique. 92-93 pts
Purchased bottle 00201 at a restaurant. Decanted and enjoyed over three hours. A deep, complex bouquet which alternately showed sweet fruits, spices, rose petals, hints of oak, slight meatiness, and nice stems. Medium bodied in weight but with fine purity and intensity of flavour, well balanced, silky tannins and fine acids. Clear material for the long haul. This drank better than expected for an 05, primary but expressive, most open approximately 30 min to 1.5 hours after opening, then closed up a bit.
Wines Tasted at HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago IL): Served to me blind as I was leaving the auction. What stood out included its freshness, ripe fruit, whole cluster, and lots of structure. So I immediately thought it from a great Vosne producer, probably from the late 90s, but then asked how long it was decanted (3+ hours), so realized it was younger. Enticing aromas, slightly more backward on palate, but long and regal. I think this the first time I have actually ever tasted this wine.
Bouteille No. 12258 is no more. But what a wine it was. The overall harmony here is stunning. This is balance. Very different from the 04 example which is more expressive and spicy. The 05 is more elegant yet more powerful and brooding, almost like a text book Richebourg or even a La Tache. This wine destroyed the nice Pomerol we also drank.
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(Romanée-Conti Echézeaux) A heavy nose of ample cream-edged fruit and new oak melds well with a fairly forward smoky, stemmy note. The plate lacks for a little poise with a ‘whoosh’ of fruit that is admittedly borne on lovely acidity. There’s plenty of oak on the finish too - though it’s a long finish. The scent clings well to the glass. Overall the aromatics, and to a certain extent the flavours too, are rather sweet, facile and vanilla-oak edged - indeed the ripeness is not even shaded by Romanée-Conti - but it’s characterful and quite athletic too. Needs 2-4 years to shed that facile, oak-influenced character but this has all the material to become really super.
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