6:09 pm (popped and poured) Colour: classical ruby Pinot hue, perhaps a bit darker, slightly watery corona with minor visual indications of aging – very mildly red-brown Nose: super dark and pretty tart cherries, hay, high voltage chocolate (very dusty one), incinerated bread, pretty obvious limestone characteristics (I hope Les Favières has limestone soil after all), a few traces of animal sweat (gentry class cattle – naturally) and some moist forest floor; right now a pretty multi-layered and gravely earnest Pinot nose, not super elegant, strong mineral characteristics, a bit shy fruit; there is more to come – for sure! Taste: not a lot of aging has happened in the years since bottling, the acid seems to be relatively civilized – still a very tangible, the tannins are still rather hard and a bit crude as well, the mineral characteristics are calling the shots, the dark cherry fruit is super shy right now; like the nose … there is more to come … right now very reserved
7:28 pm Nose: still really tart, perhaps even more lime'y, dark cherry fruit is gaining some ground, slightly more gentle(-like) smoke is evolving Taste: strangely the acid seems to getting a bit (even) more vivid, the body is not too bulky and the cherry fruit, yes some indications are evolving, is not super-ripe and a bit cola'ish right now; still very reserved and tart fellow, however gaining balance … hence heading the right direction, I suppose!
9:01 pm Nose: the tart characteristics are loosing bit by bit a bit ground, overall more balance and harmony, the fruit is still relatively shy and a bit unwilling to perform, the fragrances of moist forest floor in combination with traces of old wood are getting more elaborate and cunning Taste: the tannin structure and acid is still snappish and wet behind its ears, however the trail to more harmony is obvious, even the dark cherry flavours are more refined and present, the mineral characteristics seem to shift a bit – away from rocky limestone-plenty to more earthy / forest'y autumnal flavours (only a minor development so far)
10:14 pm No significant movement is happening right now. Still a rather tart and juvenile Pinot with ambitions, but no real upholding. I guess it is getting a bit boring. I will continue tomorrow at lunchtime … ผัดคะน้าหมูกรอบ will join!
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