Saturday lunch at Jade Palace with KG (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): There have been rather mixed reviews on this wine, but drank blind, I thought it was excellent. There was a very complex nose here, with a touch of herby stems acting as an entry into a panoply of dried rose petals and toasty spice, earth and meat, and deep aromas of dark cherries and plums – quite a few of us guessed Vosne on that nose alone. Great palate too. This had a lovely depth of sappy red fruit, with red plums and crunchy dark cherries, then a waft of flowery perfume. I loved the purity on this, as well as the complex little notes of herb and wood spice trailing behind into an elegant finish built on slightly powdery tannins and well-integrated acidity in the background. While the wine did show some flesh, I thought it was rather spare and elegant for a 2006, showing good punchy structure and lots of energy. In fact, while this may not have the power of the best examples, it was a particular elegant expression of Suchots. Delicious stuff. Enjoyable in its relative youth, and should continue to drink well over the next decade. Like Alex H, I really liked the style of the wine.
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