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Community Tasting Notes (8) Avg Score: 90.8 points

  • From magnum. Belated note so not the best description, but this really opened up to be full of red fruit and a bit of spice. Good medium weight palate with fine soft tannin. Acidity is ample, call it juicy, and while not at all excessive, this wine is best with food. Still a few years from peak maturity.

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  • Macerated florals and slightly fruited out. Cigarette smoke and dried prunes. Though it is drinking nicely but it's Prematurely aged for its time

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  • A strange beast; ripe perfume, a long finish but all rather brash and burly. Good quality fruit here though and quite broad flavors on the palate. Masculine and could do with some subtlety.

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  • William's Bachelor's Party (Tonny Restaurant, Geylang Lor 3, Singapore): On a night where many older wines from the 60s' to the 80s' were stunningly youthful, this was paradoxically over-advanced and tired - a far cry from the last two experiences I have had with the same wine (the last coming just a few months back). The nose had a prematurely old feel to it, with lots of gamey, meaty, sous bois tones, with dried leaves and wilted flowers sprinkled amidst some lovely red cherry aromas, followed by sterner drifts of briar and bramble and spice. I liked that nose, but it got us guessing that this was a wine from the late 1970s or early 1980s instead. The palate still had some fresh, lively acidity. However, the tannins seemed to have completely resolved into a soft, mellow feel, so that one got a sense of a noble structure slowly crumbling into dust. Flavours were very mature too, with soft, sappy, sur-mature notes of black cherries and dark berries tapering off into a fine-boned finish with some spice and a rather ditrsctingly bittersweet twist of bramble. Still pleasaurable, but clearly tired and rather less than complete. While this would have been enjoyable enough on its own, it was at a severe disadvantage amidst the other stars on show tonight. I hope this is down to provenance rather than the wine going downhill.

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  • Menthol peppermint medicated oil with anise and spice. Sweet cherries and very right with monolithic structure.

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  • By Bill Nanson
    11/1/2005, (See more on Burgundy-Report...)

    (Potel Nicolas Chambertin) Medium, medium-plus cherry-red. The nose is high-toned and, initially, a little 'clipped', it's very wide but takes quite some time to take on a rounder form. The palate is not about overt density or creamy, spicy oak, rather transparency and a fine burst of intensity that crescendos into the very long finish. Vs my memory of the cask sample, I'm a little disappointed (maybe it was a different cask) as that was one of the finest wines I've ever tasted from barrel. In isolation this is a very fine Chambertin with great complexity and a wonderful finish. Excellent rather than great!

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