Noticeably sweeter on the palate than the 96. Still very young, precise and mineral though it softened quickly (perhaps served a little too warm) to become almost blowsy on the entry at one point. Really good though. I'll leave my case for another 5 years.
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(Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Clos des Ducs) Medium, medium-plus cherry-red colour right up to the rim. The nose starts with a muddle of oaky and mixed-fruit notes really needing around twenty minutes before the mist starts to lift, given thirty and focus reigns. It's deep, creamy and totally red with white pepper over a fading marzipan. Versus the 99 at the same stage this is a completely different expression, the 99 had laser-like but densely expressed fruit whereas this is broader but without the same depth and ultimate concentration. That said there is a beautiful balance to this creamy wine with subtlety being the main hallmark. Fades very slowly. Excellent. Perhaps it's only 90% as good as the 1999 but that's 90% of a very big number, I'm glad there are a few in the cellar!
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