December 21, 2021 - This was at or just past it's peak. The fruit was starting to fade but there was just enough still present to balance out the high acid. Really nice sous bois and earth aromas dominating the palate with a firm acid backbone. Long finish for a wine of this level.
November 12, 2021 - Opens with a bit of funk that blows off quickly. Bright, red currant flavor, minerals and good palate cleansing acidity. Finishes with medium length, on the juicy, bright finish.
August 29, 2021 - Really excellent wine, has evolved beautifully.
February 18, 2021 - This is a humbling wine. A few years ago, I absolutely hated it. It was a bowl of thin, acidic, tannins with no fruits. Today, it has a light-medium color and already has a whiff of antiseptic that I associate with a red wine gone bad. But it had that same antiseptic smell five years ago. Now, however, it also has a perfume of jammy red fruits that wafts across the table and the tannins are far less obnoxious. And that perfume only intensifies with breathing. The flavors are an interesting combination of fresh montmerency cherries and cranberries, puckering tannins, and older tertiary flavors— a weird combination. I both love it and hate it at the same time. It’s like a child whom I wanted to grow up to become a doctor but lived on the streets for years and still managed to blossom into a world-famous musician. I may never really understand it, but I can see how it’s incredible in manner far different from my expectations. This certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have to say I really like this rebellious child (I better, because I still have a case of it). But I can totally understand if you hate it. On the other hand, it's clearly going to be better than any '05 grand cru I have in my cellar 20 years from now. Right now, I'd say it would go best with a fatty, wild fowl or a leaner red meat dish without a heavy preparation. Definitely let it breathe a long time-- or (preferably) age a few more years in the cellar.
January 3, 2021 - Tart crunchy red fruit aromas, rhubarb, cranberry with a touch of slate/wet stone. Medium acidity and a bit less expressive palate includes bing cherry, mineral, earth, with soft tannins and a finish that lingers unexpectedly long. Understated and elegant, does not change much over 24 hours (extensive time in barrel to thank, no doubt) and indeed also quite the same 5 days later. Not sure how much upside to further aging but it will probably hold here for many years.
August 4, 2020 - It was a delight to pull an unusual bottle from the cellar. I concur with Neecies and MaryCamp - a remarkably fresh wine dominated by cranberry, tart acid, and a little forest floor. Better with fatty food. I can see now how Jura wines age forever if well stored. Will save my additional bottles for 5-10 years. For $20, a very interesting and rewarding purchase. 89 for the wine on its merits but +1 for its educational value.
August 1, 2020 - Fruit leans toward cranberry and sour cherry but overall it's tart and gamey with mature leathery notes. A food wine, not a sipper, and it needs to be carefully paired to show why wines like this are worth drinking--a black truffle omelet worked mighty fine.
March 23, 2020 - OK, tried another bottle tonight. I'm thinking that last night's bottle was much more Trousseau as it was super-gamey and tart. Tonight's bottle had much more of a Pinot Noir element and I found it much better.
March 23, 2020 - First of 6 bottles. Very tart. Also very odd flavors. Nose was OK. Drank a glass over 1.5 hours, then another 5 hours later, then poured the rest of the bottle down the drain. Will try another bottle this evening and see if it's any better...
February 7, 2020 - Two years since the last bottle, no degradation here, maybe a little more savory than previous.