This wine is still tight and seems rather young. But there is hope. Darker color than a previous bottle from a few years ago. The wine started out rather tart, acidic, leafy with muted aromatics...typical of many '96s. With air, things began to change. Aromas of forest floor, specifically rotting leafs, began to emerge along with leather, pine needles, a little cherry and baking spices. The structure remains dominant, something I don't mind. The tannins are grippy but not abrasive with a prominent streak of acidity. Jason thinks it has some Barolo like qualities and I think that's an appropriate comparison given the prominent structure and fruit profile (minus the rose fragrances). A very singular wine and something I look forward to tasting as it matures. My guess is this wine will continue to evolve for another 10 yrs at least.
Baby Jesus seemed appropriate for Christmas, but this was my least favorite bottle of the holidays. Stern and woody, oak and dark fruits with a little raw celery. Tannic, not at all charming, reminds me more of a tough vintage Bordeaux than Burgundy.Tasted next day it was pure prune juice. C
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(Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L'Enfant Jesus) Medium red color; nice spicy, rich cherry and raspberry nose with a Balsamic note; tasty, concentrated tart cherry with rosehips, good acidity; medium finish
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