Leflaive & Rousseau dinner at Jade Palace. First of 3 "ringers" of the evening. Ruby red with quite heavy bricking. This was floral on the nose, with dried roses and rose petals. Sweetened strawberries, cranberry juice and forest floor, but with hints of minerals and wet soil. I didn't think this was Rousseau, but couldn't place Dujac. Quite mature on the palate, with red fruits, earth, forest floor, red tea. At 20 years, this is in its drinking window, and maybe slightly over it.
Very Gevrey nose: earthy, loamy and a bit dirty. that said, this gets floral with some air. Nice cherry/ earthy, almost bloody mouthfeel. this has some cool contrasts. It is at the same time brooding and elegant and lithe. It has excellent structure, and for sure the Dujac stemmy/chewy tannins, but it's lacking depth and complexity to make it profound. This ironically gets more elegant and pretty with air time, with more pinosity to quote a man who knows more than me. Good rustic texture that is all framed in a quite elegant (in Gevrey terms) wine. This has good depth and while this will not make any angels sing, it is a solid, well made pinot that is drinking at peak. Excellent length and surprising grip on the back end. Nice work!
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