Deeply coloured, dark cherry, with a slightly furry rim. Beautiful ripe dark fruits, intense, sweetly fragrant, blueberries and cherries with a lovely cherry pip spice. Fleshy, lush middle, excellent weight of rich ripe fruit. A dark mineral spicy edge to the fruit, finishing very clean and long with fine powdery tannins. Quite a broad open structure although with decent acidity and a solid set of tannins. Drinking beautifully.
Birthday lunch for Mike and Andrew: Again a beautiful bouquet but this time, served blind, speaking of Gevrey Chambertin. Red fruit – especially ripe red cherries and plums – earth and dry underbrush aromas were accompanied by smoky gibier and some typical Gevrey funk. Similar on palate. A lot of opulent, ripe fruit with good fruit sweetness and flavours of red and dark cherries, plums, earth and a touch of forest floor. The 2003 character expressed itself as a slightly burnt edge to the fruit. Still, a large scaled and big volume wine in good balance. Well proportioned. Relatively refined and elegant. The oak was visible but relatively well absorbed by, and integrated with, the fruit. For the vintage, surprisingly good, racy acidity. Very long. Seriously good. Ideally I’d cellar this wine for a minimum of five more years but it was very enjoyable on the day!
Good deep dark ruby colour. Very rich ripe, even over ripe plums and cherries. Intense and alluring. Ripe dark fruits, black cherry and plum. Rich palate, medium weight, quite primary without much secondary development. Reasonable acidity and fine tannins. Such depth of flavour it will last many more years, but whether it will develop into something different is questionable. Delicious in an Otago way, but with better structure.
A deep colour and a very opulent, perfumed nose; rich, slightly sweet fruit on the palate and some residual tannin. Good length. This is very good now, but will probably develop further over the next 5, even 10, years.
A deep colour, showing some maturity; rich, intense and rather sweet fruit (black cherry, bilberry), with a cooked, even slightly burnt, character. Very long on the finish. Very enjoyable, if untypical, Burgundy. This seems quite ready, but should keep well.
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