HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Disgorged November 9, 2012. Quite a bit of funk on this guy. Ripe stone fruit and strawberries on the nose and palate. The oak clearly shows, but it's very well-integrated with the intense acidity and minerality. This definitely has a good oxidative character, but this maintains its freshness immensely well. The acidity has a real teeth-stripping quality about it.
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(NV Jacques Selosse Rose) This really brought the funk. Um . . .Lopez Rose with bubbles? Yes . . .that type of funk. Really amazing nose but the palate was sort of a letdown. Some simple berry fruit with notes of hay and barnyard. Slightly candied. The nose was just amazing though. My least favorite wine of the night but major kudos to the aromatic complexity. I would like to try this again at some point. Probably not showing its best.
(NV Jacques Selosse Rose Brut) Very Burgundian. But red Burgundian. Nose of dried leaves, red berry fruits, intense cinnamon and lots of rocks and mineral. Very stony on the palate but has the sap and structure of a great red Burgundy. Clos de la Roche or Clos St. Denis. It had that bright profile due to its's great acidity but the fruits were of the dark red almost blue kind. Lots of grapey skin flavors on the finish. Amazingly persistent fruit. After it continued to open in tha glass the nose became much more open reminding me more of some red Morey St. Denis wine. Unique and delicious. Unlike any Champagne I have quite had.
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