The 1999 Engel Clos Vougeot is a real stunner, with spectacular aromatics of ripe plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, truffle, woodsmoke and soil. On the palate this wine is very deep, rich and three-dimensional, with incredible concentration: a great wine, which is still a good five or six years away from its true peak, though the quality is already obvious.
This is a lovely wine wine with just a beautiful Vosne-like nose of red spices and dark cherries. Quite elegant and fine on the palate if a bit austere with flavors of dark cherry powder and sweet earth. More complexity and less dryness on the finish might warrant a higher score but this is still classy juice that is very good for Clos Vougeot.
Very light garnet color. Reached its peak, fruit starting to fade and acidity and tannins becoming a little more intrusive. Still has a gorgeous mature Burgundian nose with all the developed flavors one would expect. Very good GC from a great vigneron, alas who can afford Domain Eugenie!!!
Domaine René Engel Dinner (Fleur de Sel, Tras Street): Probably the most backward and austere of the wines; this had a sense of power and structure to it, but also a rather rustic edge that will need plenty of time to resolve. It started out with a very masculine nose, full of earthy, funky sous bois notes, earthy mineral, meat and toasty spice on a core of deep dark cherry aromas. The palate was rather tightly clenched, with a rich depth to its blackberry flavoured attack, before leaning out into a tighter midpalate of clear sour cherry notes underlined by a stern minerality. I liked the balance on this but it was really rather stubborn, especially towards the finish, where firm tannins and clear acidity started dominating the wine, so that there was a rather rustic feel to it as the backpalate pulled away with some meaty, earthy barnyard and spice tones. The wine clearly had Grand Cru depth and the balance and structure to age very well, but it is not constructed in a style that I enjoy - all a bit too hard and and unyielding, with no soft edges. Give it enough time though - say another 8-10 years - and it should make a pretty nice Clos Vougeot.
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