I'm sorry I drank most of my bottles years ago. This wine was closed and hard for the longest time, but it is finally losing most of the dry tannins, which allows the Engel perfume and elegant fruit to come out.
The 1998 Engel Clos Vougeot is marked by the difficult vintage, as there is a touch of volatile acidity on the nose and a touch of rather rustic tannin on the finish, especially as the wine sits in the glass, but it is still a very good Clos Vougeot, with an attractive bouquet of wild plums, blood orange and fennel seed, and ample volume and flavor on the palate.
Deep cherry red colour. Nose soaring dark berries, strawberry and chocolate. Touches of earth and spice add balance. Palate medium weight with excellent drive and density. Fine finish. At peak with just touches of tertiary characters. The CdVs I have had from 96 and 98 have really opened from austerity to real beauty over the last year !
Wow, this has really hit its stride. It's picked up a ton of richness and at this point it is fresher and fleshier than any '98 I've had in a very long time. Next to two Chambolles, the tougher structure here was evident and this is probably just at the beginning of a very long drinking window. It's got succulent red fruit, a bit of spice, and some edgy tannin that is mostly saturated by the fruit but adds a satisfyingly robust presentation to fruit material that is otherwise very fine and elegant.
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