Fading. Turning to brown sugar and black tea. Opened for an hour, then declining. Good, nothing more, though there were glimmers of its former self, with nice black cherries, lots of complex sous bois and earth, and decent balancing acidity and length.
Bright, acidic, earthy and closed at first. Obviously a Burgundy, especially compared side by side with new world pinots. Softens over the next hour to show basic, tasty, balanced and well made red fruits and earth, with a hint of complexity. Good, not superb - this just lacks definition and some sort of statement of character, this is a little too generic and ho hum, though the acidity was welcome during the meal. A nice rendition of a basic village wine from a mediocre vintage - not more.
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(Potel Nicolas Volnay) Quite deeply coloured ruby-red and starting to gain a shade of amber at the rim. Wide, slightly ethereal aromatics with a submerged but dense core of darker fruit - very interesting. The full palate shows plenty of fine background tannin that's edged with a little bitterness. There's just enough acidity and the flavour lingers very well, hinting to cream - there was a slightly green cedary phase but then it was gone. A very fine 97 and a better drink than the d'Angerville 99 from yesterday.
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