Pretty good. The second of two halves. This really could have done with more time in the bottle, but it was the most convenient thing at hand when two old friends came calling at our place. It needed some time to open up after popping and pouring. When it did, it showed a nice earthy nose with flecks of spice, rich dark cherries and some stony, metally mineral aromas. The palate had resolved into a velvety mouthfull with fresh acidity lifting crunchy dark cherry flavours ringed with spice, some florals and an earthy, brambly finish. A bit of heat mars the edges of the wine, and it had just that residual bit of dark 2002 impenetrability, but overall a very decent, very pleasant Volnay. I enjoyed this.
Dinner at Yingthai Palace (Purvis Street, Singapore): From a half bottle. This was nice. Lovely nose, perfumy, very Volnay, with flowers, earth, lots of stony mineral, and some subtle roast meat and dark fruit aromas sprinkled with sweet spices. It started out a bit tight, but kept opening up all the while. Very nice on the attack on the palate as well - dark cherries, sweet spice, a very earthy, stony background opening up into plums, orange peel, and a floaty, flowery lilt in at the finish. Just a bit short on length, but this has a nice amount of 2002 substance and structure and a delicious Volnay sweetness. A charming wine with quite a bit of improvement to go.
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