5 vintages tasted, and this was #2 in my book -- surpassing 96, 01, and 04. It's supple and elegant, the other vintages were restrained and/or tannic. I would be happy to drink this again, but frankly I don't see the value at the current market price.
Two HDH Dinners (Ada St. and Bistronomic): From magnum. Dried roses, red fruit on the nose. Light and airy in the mouth. Very pretty red fruit, very precise and finessed. A bit thin compared to other vintages, but no surprise there. Medium finish.
Shockingly good. One of the best '97s I've had in ages. Also one of the only '97s I've had in ages. But certainly none of them seemed to have the potential to get this good a few years ago. There are no overripe flavors here nor any hollowness in the palate which used to be the '97 signature. Instead the aromatics are stony and forestal with a just a touch of caramel sweetness. Not quite as fleshy as the '01 Charmes, but not far off, and it keeps getting deeper and richer in the glass to the point where you can almost call it inky.
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