Irresistible nose of fruit, flowers, spice. Very hard to pinpoint as it seemed to undulate and seduce in a different way with each whiff. Like the 07 Echezeaux but much darker and serious. The palate was closed and not giving much.
Killing baby Burgundies at the Playground (Playground , Santa Ana, CA): I really wish I decanted this wine but at the same time I'm glad I didn't. From the pop and pour the nose on this wine was a beautiful bouquet of bright fruit, spice, violets and just hint of meat. The nose just kept picking up and becoming more and more expressive as the night went on. But the palate needed a lot of time to really come out of its shell. The acidity level is ultra high and at the pop and pour it was almost astringent. It really needed to settle and integrate as that powerful acidity was ever present. As the night went on, it picked up this level of red berries that lifted up the palate and energized it, but it still wasn't as vibrant as the other 07 Dujacs Grand Crus I've had. An infant, built for the long haul.
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Served double blind. Popped, decanted and poured. An early earthy element that dissipated after 10 minutes. Exciting fresh red fruit emerged on the nose with alluring, exotic spice. Very similar on palate, with some sneaky power emerging on finis. I did a good job identifying the vintage, less well at identifying the Village. A real treat, this was my first ever time trying Dujac's Chambertin. Thanks for the generosity, John!
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