This is basically like staring at a construction site when the only thing there is the foundation. There is a lot here to build on, but nothing else is really evident. At the moment it is basically a showcase of the techniques used to make it, primarily the whole-cluster treatment -- with its pale, translucent color and a mouthfeel that's linear, precise, and tensile, it's about as perfect a textbook example of what whole clusters do to a wine as you could ever hope to find. Within that frame the fruit has a fairly gentle touch and a chocolatey oak aroma dissipated with airtime. And that's pretty much all I can say about it.
Nice showing for this wine; however, it was overshadowed by the previous '99 Rousseau "Clos de la Roche". This offers aromatics of red cherry, spice, floral and funky earthy notes. The medium bodied palate shows good balance with a somewhat shortened finish. This very good wine lacks the overall harmony that would make it outstanding. This may benefit from a few years of additional bottle age.
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(Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses) Medium ruby color with pale meniscus; tart cranberry, orange, rosehips nose; tasty, tight, tart cranberry, orange, mineral palate; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points
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