Initially, and not so surprisingly, tightly wound not very giving. After allowing some time in the decanter it turns the corner after about 90 min. Reduction and woodsmoke blows off and fruit comes to the forefront. You smell, you immediately know it’s Grand Cru from the depth of aromas that have finally revealed themselves. After about 2 hours in the decanter, they become explosive and jump from the glass, unquestionably of GC intensity. The glass becomes hard to put down.
Red and blue fruit, red florals, créme de anglaise, exotic spices. Oak is detectable but it’s not obtrusive. There’s good power and serious concentration, but at the same time it has such elegance and refinement. I’ve had mixed experiences with Grand Cru (or of the ‘equivalent’) 14’s. Some, like Fourrier CSJ, Dujac Malco and Rousseau Charmes, show better initially and then kinda shut down. This wine, similar to Bachelet Charmes (shockingly), unfurls over time and just continues to get better and better and more giving. Of course, the palate needs some time catch up with the nose, as is common with 14’s I’ve had, but this is definitely one of the more balanced all around from the vintage I’ve had at this point. For the most part, 14’s seem to be in a great place right now. I really like the vintage. — 21 days ago
Mesa bohn Mai21 Cal, RR, Lam, Lit, Edi, Edu — 19 days ago
Lovely - light with vibrant spice — 25 days ago
Really smooth pinot, we aged this for our 5-year anniversary — 2 months ago
IMO, MG makes one of the absolute best Clos Vougeot’s. This one drank very youthful and primary but all the material is there for this to be a fantastic bottle down the road. It showed much more producer and vineyard than it did the vintage. There was none of the overt greenness that you can often get with 2011’s. Along with Rousseau, Dujac and Tremblay, MG’s 2011’s are very impressive.
After an initial shyness it does reveal itself after a multi hour decant and begins to waft from the glass with aromas of dark fruit, florals and spices. On the palate it’s deep, elegant and pure with fine grained tannins, excellent focus and delineation. But you can tell it wishes to resume its slumber. It often went back and forth from showing great fruit expression to then aromas of woodsmoke and savory herbs. But the herbal qualities are not at all off putting and just add to complexity. I would love to check in on this again with more bottle age. It is clear that it will have a lot to offer those with more patience than me. — 2 months ago