Decanted 1/2 an hour. Pale/medium garnet core, medium pale garnet, slightly orangeing rim. Elegant, gentle strawberry fruited nose, floral and chalky minerals, some sous-bois. Attractive and evocative of place. Medium bodied on the palate, a little on the lean side with spicy strawberry fruit, some damsons, crisply acidic on the medium/good length, still slightly tight finish. Lovely nose and interesting if not hugely engaging on the palate, at least at this point - it may open out and soften with time.
A replacement for the corked bottle we opened a week ago. Decanted for about 2 hours. Color is a nice transparent crimson with very slight fading at the rim. The nose shows earth, spice and cherry. Excellent balance on the palate with clean dark berry fruits and a very smooth texture. The wine has no abrasive edges to it at all finishes with good length.
Glossy garnet robe, little evidence of fade at the rim. Nose was initially reticent, but after a couple of hours in glass and decanter bloomed with ripe raspberry fruit, lightly toasted oak and a hint of sliced white mushrooms. The palate showed strawberry, and later deeper cherry tones, and was pleasantly jammy and smooth. A whiff of flowers highlighted the warm rich fruit finish and a faint but persistent acidity supported a pleasant sweet aftertaste. A medium-bodied, gentle, balanced pinot without any pretention to blockbusterdom. I'll decant the next bottle for three to four hours as the wine was definitely improving right up to the last swallow.
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(Potel Nicolas Volnay Mitans) Medium-plus ruby-red with a cherry-red rim. The nose, despite starting in an understated way, still shows commendable depth and width. The fruit is red and black, quite dense but without any roast notes - slowly gives-up a more intense red-berry note. The palate is quite fresh, with really impressive intensity and length. The acidity is great and the tannins show quite a lot of grain. Very good length indeed. There's a great future for this ebullient wine.
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