A reticent nose. After a lot of swirling it reveals spice and strawberries. There's a very spicy, peppery, minerally, red fruit-laden palate that's almost surprisingly rich, and yet with almost no weight. A 30+ second finish. Drinking nicely. I did not decant this time and it was best after about an hour with the bottle open. I'm looking forward to drinking my remaining bottles over the next couple of years.
A very nice Vosne pinot nose of spicy red fruit and tar. Lean red fruit, minerals and pepper on the palate, with an especially spicy and peppery midpalate and a nice backbone of acidity and a long, well defined finish. A very lovely wine. Nice. Decanted for an hour, but I'm not sure it really needed it.
8 Grand Echezeaux, Leflaive, 63/83 Fonseca, 1885 Blandy's: Ruby/purple. The nose is earthy with cherries. On the palate, cherries. this wine is so tightly layered. It has an underlying complexity but it will take a few years to begin to unravel. Great texture with a nice backbone of acidity. Long finish. Another one whose best days need to be on the other side of some cellaring.
Good deep red color, but not particularly impressive or dark. But wonderfully intense, penetrating nose with a huge amount of complexity. Cherries, asian spices, floral notes and a hint of tar on the fantastic nose. Full-bodied on the palate with perfectly integrated acidity and masses of very finely grained tannin. Real Grand Cru weight and intensity. Of course still extremely young, with a lot of potential for impressive devlopment down the road. No undue wood and carrying no winemaking signature. Lingering aftertaste. Although it clearly needs (and deserves!) more time, it showed really well and was highly enjoyable.
To keep track of cork taint for 2005: Wow, first wine in 2005 and that was already corked. TCA taint manifested itself first with a taste of wrotten citrus skin, but later also showed some slight cardboard notes. Was drinkable with the plastic foil trick, but what a shame for one of the great burgundies of the vintage according to Burghound... (N.R. due to cork taint)
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