2009 Red Burgundy - BLIND (NY, NY): finished tied for last out of 12 wines. Disappointing finish for this wine. I Found it had ample fruit, not any secondary notes, but this was young. slightly short finish
Such a unlikely nose - musky, funky and lots of ripe sweet red cherry fruits, mushroom, earthy leaves too thats similar to CDP aroma. On the palate its back to Burgundy again, Transparent, clean & pure, it has lots of sweet, ripe red cherries and currant, coupled with some minerality and forest-like earthiness. Finish is long and dominated by sweet cherry and savory notes. There is still some hidden elements which is still not showing due to its young age.
Sean's Birthday 2012 (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): I loved this. On paper, it represents a lot of what I do not like about the 2009 vintage - huge gobs of fruitiness and a rather Grenache-like largesse for instance - but I must say this really was an excellent wine. As much as the Barolo that preceded it nosed like a Rhone, this was even more so, with very pure Chateauneuf-du-Pape-like aromas of sweet, almost liquered cherries rushing out of the glass alongside some glycerol, a toss of earth, some brambly garrigue notes and a nice whiff of smoke. Quite attractive, but a bit too modern for my tastes in its fruit-drivenness. I thought the palate was miles better. It was rich and powerful, yet absolutely perfectly balanced, with gloriously integrated acidity woven through pure flavours of red cherries and raspberries. A huge Burgundy, but still poised, focused and delicious, with the finest tannins and beautiful fresh acidity, so that the wine had both grip and transperancy in measures that elude even the best new world Pinots. While still primary, there were already little complexities emerging, with bits of smoke and garrigue drifting out at the finish. The finish just weakened that very little bit at the very end I thought, but I do think it will fill-out with time. This is another wine that needs a lot of time, easily a decade or more I think, but the quality is there to make an absolutely splendid Charmes.
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