Initially, I found this quite tight and closed, and showing nothing but some thin acids. With a bit of air (and duck confit), this opened up significantly, to show a little bit of mushroom and earth in addition to the bright red fruits and acid. Definitely a bit lighter on the earth tones than I'd expect for a 20+ year old Clos Vougeot. This wine showed a very light hand in the winemaking process, which I appreciated, though I'm not sure that based on this bottle alone I could say that the wines merit the cult status they have today (which in my mind is simply because the domaine is extinct).
The 1993 Engel Clos Vougeot is an extraordinary bottle of red Burgundy, with a stunning and pure bouquet of black cherry, wild plums, woodsmoke, violets and lovely soil tones. On the palate the wine is has a lovely core of tannin and acidity and is still five or six years away from the real prime time, with amazingly three-dimensional breadth and depth, and fine old vine intensity. Simply magical.
Popped and poured at my local restaurant in Paris. This is the 3rd bottle I've had in 2 years, and this one takes the cake. On the nose, there is some reduction, but that suggests good conservation and longer life. And I was not wrong: On the palate, and explosion of leathery flavors, with subtle white pepper spices, reminiscent of a good Vosne. The tannins are extremely well balanced. Enough, but not overwhelmingly so. The finale is long, very very long, lasting well over a minute. It's almost too hard to wait for the finale to dissipate before taking another sip. Rinse and repeat...
Leflaive vertikal: (Blind) Klar rød med svakt brunskjær. Animalsk nese med noe røde bær og mild kokos.Tørr og stram frukt med et sursøtt og noe hult preg. Noe brent. Tannisk og noe kort. Ikke optimal flaske.
Birthday Celebration (Perennial Virant - Chicago IL): Lots of black cherry, blackberry aromas with some forest floor hints. Similar black fruit on palate with great density and lots of bulky structure helping provide sensational power. Very long finish, this wine will most likely stay at this level for decades to come. Similar to another bottle from last summer.
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