This bottle was back on form! Everythig u love abt burgundy. And the flowers in this blossomed nicely in the mouth. Superbly perfumed and elegant display of dainty red fruits and svelte tannins. Silky smooth wine.
December Birthdays (My Little Spanish Place): Good, but after two smashing bottles of the same, this was rather a disappointment. I liked it quite a bit more than many of the others around the table, at least identifying it as a Vosne while some called it a Rhone! However, I must say it was a far cry from the last two experiences. This still had wonderful nose befitting its terroir, with deep earthy undergrowth notes, a whiff of damp tobacco leaf, leathery hints, some dried flowers and a sprinkle of spice over depths of dark fruited aromas. A very rich, very warm bouquet, hence the Rhone guesses maybe, but this was very nice. The palate was not quite the Grand Cru experience you would expect after a nice like that though. It opened prettily enough, with a little waft of roses and then some exotic Indian spices like cardammon and cloves dancing over darker flavours of ripe dark cherries, blackberries and ripe strawberries. There was lots of depth, plenty of acidity and a firmish pucker of dusty tannins that met the fruit on the midpalate. The finish had a nicely sweet linger of flower, wood spice and dark cherry. Yummy, but it somehow seemed to lack some presence and energy at the very end. Gone to was the bright purity lacing the big fruit that so charmed by the last two times. Bottle variation maybe, but this was a far cry from the excellence of the past two bottles.
Charity Event for Lee Ah Mooi Old Aged Home (My Little Spanish Place): Opened for about 45 minutes before I got to it, this kept evolving in the glass, so that it divided opinions amongst those of us who tasted it at different times. I thought it was excellent though, a wine that was both impressive and interesting - a real Grand Cru experience. It had a very expressive nose for a start. Rather overly woody at first, but this subsided with time and melded into a deep, rich, seductive melange of dark cherry and blackberry aromas, lush undergrowth notes lined with seams of metallic mineral, doses of Vosne wood spice and vine stems and, finally, a lovely perfumy waft of fresh cut flowers. Lovely, conplex stuff. There was just a hit of glycerol in there somewhere, but barely enough to disturb the overall package. After that bouquet, the palate came across as still being very young and slightly awkward on first blush. There was clearly Grand Cru depth and length, and this was wed to surprisingly fresh, almost zippy acidity that caused the wine to almost dance across the mouth with a lovely amount of energy. Very surprising for a 2000 on that count. This was accompanied by some wonderfully delicious, rather pure flavours of dark cherries and strawberries that tumbled out of the glass on the attack and layered the midpalate with a soild show of depth. for all that though, I could not get past the feeling that there was just so much hidden behind that, just waiting for time to draw out. Not to say that this was exceptionally tight or unyielding - there was certainly complexity even now, with little bits of orange peel, smoky wood spice, earth, mineral and flowers floating like a halo around the core of more pirmary fruit, all making for an absolutely pleasurable drink. It was just that there was something a bit gawky and shy behind that, like a young girl caught in the moment between slightly surly, awkward adolescence and beautiful mature womanhood. All in all though, this was a lovely wine, with each sip calling out for another - delicious enough so that I could not keep my hands off the glass. No harm drinking it now I would say, but it was such a nice bottle that it really deserves a lot more time in the cellar - a decade or so before peak maybe.
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(Nicolas Potel Romanée St. Vivant) Medium, slightly bricking, cherry red color with clear meniscus; brett, cinnamon, iron and tart red fruit nose; tart red fruit, brett, cinnamon and strawberry palate with green notes; medium finish
(Nicolas Potel Romanée St. Vivant) Medium dark garnet red color with pale meniscus; nice roses, floaty red fruit nose; young tart cherry, roses and red fruit palate with elegance and spice; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
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