Tasted blind. Dark murky red color. Notes of cherries... black cherries, tart cherries, lotsa cherries. Some cranberries and a little herbalness too. Masculine and brooding in the mouth. Seems really big, with tannins still present and lots of acidity. I guessed 95 Dugat Griotte. This needs another decade or two of slumber to develop more. Brought by a friend who said this was the first bottle he pulled from a case he bought on release. I hope to remain his friend. — 14 hours ago
The commune we have all been waiting for - Vosne Romanee. The first of 6 Grand Crus tasted blind. In 2 of the 3 previous tastings the first wine in this group has been the DRC RC and when I sampled the breathtaking quality of this wine I was thinking they have done it again. A couple of experts in the group felt the 2 DRC wines were at #1 and #4 This proved to be correct. My notes - Perfume of violets, pepper and Asian Spices. A perfect palate of both feminine charm and latent power ... unbelievable. The La Tache usually shows as more voluptuous in these tastings but not in 2016. I normally don’t have this much left in my glass after the wine has been identified so this was quite a luxury. Just wonderful. As Clive Coates MW said - the yardstick with which to judge all other Burgundies. It is easy to think with the 1000 year history, and the stone cross that there is something spiritual and other worldly about this wine. The consensus from all 12 tasters was that this was the best of the Vosne Romanee tasting and therefore of the whole 34 Grand Crus tasted. Only 440 dozen produced for the world. — 20 days ago
Reddish tawny and barely translucent. Notes of cherries, rhubarb, dark soil and a little menthol. Some sois bois. This was more impactful right after opening, then with a few hours of air the fruit faded. Nicely concentrated. Good balance of fruit and structure. — 17 hours ago
You better drink this wine vintage if you have it - while opening it was very fresh and went down like water in the desert / tannins were so refined with exceptional length but at the end this amazing wine was was shutting down - I like it when the opposite is the case were the wine is brilliantly open reflecting subtle and evolving nuisances and creating interesting complexities - so an amazing burg at first but went bizarrely meek — a day ago
The nose is everything from subtle to intoxicating. The fruits are a combination of baked & slightly stewed; blackberries, black sour cherries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, strawberries & haunting blue fruits. Charcoal notes, slightly charred toast, anise to black licorice, black fruit tea, dark fruit cola, dark, mid intensity Asian/Indian spices, alluvial limestone minerals, dry, crushed rocks, wet clay, stones, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and soft vanillin, fresh tobacco notes, leather, barrel shavings, dry underbrush, hints of graphite with dark, red, purple, blue fresh & withering florals.
The body is medium full and simply gorgeous. The mouthfeel is round, sexy and lures you in. Texture is beautifully enticing. The tension, structure, balance and length are ascending to their peak...another 5 years to full peak. The fruits are a combination of baked & slightly stewed; blackberries, black sour cherries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, strawberries, hints of rhubarb, figs, dates characteristics & haunting blue fruits. Charcoal notes, slightly charred toast, anise to black licorice, black fruit tea, dark fruit cola, dark, mid intensity Asian/Indian spices, alluvial limestone & sandstone minerals, dry, crushed rocks, wet clay, stones, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and soft vanillin, fresh tobacco notes, leather, barrel shavings, dry underbrush, hints of graphite with bright, dark, red, purple, blue fresh & withering florals. The acidity is round, fresh, lively and like a warm spring. The finish is; elegant, extremely well balanced, gorgeous and persists like a long tango dance. Simply beautiful in every way. Heady wine.
Hard to believe I paid right around $35 for this upon release.
Photos of; Village of Combanchien, stone wall of Domaine Frederic Esmonin, Frederic barrel tasting and Clos Prieur Bas Vineyard, with Clos Prieur 1er Cru, Mazis Chambertin and the legendary Clos de Beze directly behind it. — 15 days ago
Erwan Faiveley has changed the fame in this domaine. Wines less austere and extracted, more polished tanins and an overall experience that is more towards balance and elegance. This Vosne is showing up really well now but has potential for several more years in the cellar. Highly recommended ! — 3 days ago
Dark fruited and oaky. Plenty of stuffing here, but it's just not my kind of red Burg. Blackberries and plums on the nose, with heaps of earthy forest floor character and vanillin oak. The palate is quite concentrated and comes across as sucking on a blackcurrant lozenge. Oaky spice flows from the mid-palate, and finishes meaty with hints of earthy minerals. There's definitely balance and complexity here, but just lacks a little finesse. I guess some might even call this classic Gevrey, but where does Rousseau fit in that definition 🤣 — 10 days ago
Rose, cherry, hay, a bit of toast, a bit of black pepper and some violet too. This is a nice burgundy nose! The palate is wonderful with a strong acid backbone, some bright cherry and other forest fruits, a nice velvetty touch on the sides, round tannins that kick off a very long finish with pepper and cherry. I LOVE IT!!! — 2 days ago
Domaine Bizot lunch today hosted by their winemaker Thomas Berry. This is a producer who’s wines are virtually impossible to find. They have 9 plots with an average yearly production at 9000 btls. Whole cluster with some new oak, very small yields & small amounts of sulphur added. Their wines are lush & pure with no intervention showing purity of fruit, sweet spices along with floral notes. They are so delicious now you can drink them young but will reward long term cellaring. (Aka Liger Belair) — 10 days ago