10th Burgundy tasting prt 2 (Rotterdam, Netherlands): The bright but opaque ruby core is a little more than medium intense. The nose is no more than medium-minus intense, but shows reasonably precise impressions of tightly coiled black fruits, a whiff of luxurious oak and a hint of game. This wine seems lighter than the medium-plus body it is equipped with, due to the intensity of its pronounced acidy. The medium-plus tannins are definitely oak-enhanced, but not in an unpleasant manner even if the fruit remains relatively shy on the extracted mid-palate at this point in its evolution. Still, the medium intense flavours of ripe blackberries, dried thyme and iron take possession of the mouth with poise and authority. The grippy finish is a tad drying but still manages to up the intensity over its 30-35 seconds. This is a Grand Cru bottling which does its reputation justice, but it will need serious cellar time –I’m thinking at least 12 years, but probably more– to let the oak integrate and unlock its hidden riches. As it is now, it was worth 92 points to me..............TN Mike de Lange
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