Have not had a young C/R in a long time. This was like seeing a two year old thoroughbred￼ race horse and thinking sure he’s not going to win the Kentucky Derby but this is a very good horse.
Lots of all the good things; fruit, acid and tannin and most importantly minimal alcohol influence in a warm vintage .￼ Very pure , one can drink now but you will be missing out on even greater enjoyment in the future. — 2 months ago
Explosively fruity, huge cherry compote and tons of black pepper with subdued meaty elements. Much bigger and fruitier and younger tasting than most wines of this AOC. — 4 years ago
Wow. Super perfume right away. In the first 10 minutes it’s changed five times. Now it’s really tingly in the nose. There are none of the super black austere fruits I’m accustomed to with the northern Rhône. Really rich and fragrant raspberries and black raspberries and purple florals. It’s like candied but without sugar. There is a feral edge, like great sweet charcuterie. The finish is really long and clean and mineral with good full tannins. Really in a class by itself (For me). Wow. — 4 months ago
My third and final bottle. Served in Syrah glasses. Nose has mellowed the new oak after 15 years, but still present. Drank over the course of three hours, and finished with an alpine tartiflette. Nice medium body, good fruit and some bacon drippings on the palate. Very little sediment for an unfiltered wine. — 4 months ago
Day 2 notes. Gorgeous nose. Flowers, meat, gravy, mineral, and so so elegant. Smells like velvet. Yes velvet. Soil tones. So aromatic. Dizzying. Palate is ripe and rich but so elegant and complex. Really floats. Velvety melty tannins and brilliant acidity. Very pure. Amazing texture and so young but really something. — a year ago
Absolutely stellar wine. Beautiful aromas, fruity, slightly smoky, solid tannins. Tasted this with George himself. — 5 years ago
Significant new oak on the nose. Vanilla. Spice. Floral. Smoke. But this has not budged since release. Palate is concentrated and deep with tiny berry fruit. Raspberry, black raspberry and blackberry. Terrific purity, grip and freshness and lovely creaminess. Billon has really toned down the wood signature since 2013 on this cuvee. The raw material is there. I’d wait 5 more years. I bet it’s a 9.4 - 9.5 then.
UPDATE - huge improvement overnight, integrated oak, better more vivid aromas and amazing pure concentrated fruit. 9.2 to 9.4 — 4 months ago
Lots of blackberries to start, then the cured black olive savoriness is on the palate. It’s dry and rich at the same time, rich/dry. With air the blueberries start to grow. They ripen with time. The long finish becomes eating huge and hugely ripe blueberries from deep Maine. Some camphor opens too, when you first open it it’s charcuterie, but it gets more smoky. There’s a bit of black and roasted red pepper on the aired-out finish. Good, easy but complex. — 4 months ago
Nose is floral. Mineral driven. Acid balance. Very elegant. Really like this. Pretty floral internal aromatics. — 5 years ago