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Red Burgundy Engel, Rene 1988 Grands Echezeaux 1 Case 6 75cl £8,750
  • Tasting note: It had been 20 years since this wine last crossed my palate and it's still cruising along effortlessly. Still deep ruby with only mild bricking at the rim. The earthy and overtly spiced aromas have now gone fully secondary though there is no sous-bois in evidence. The full-bodied, rich and distinctly powerful flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration before culminating in a long if slightly tangy finish that stops short of dryness. For my taste this has reached its peak but given how relatively youthful the wine is, it should continue to hold if not necessarily improve for years to come.
     

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91
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1994 Grands Echezeaux 1 Case 6 75cl £9,000
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1994 Echezeaux 3 Bottle 75cl £1,250
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg 2 Bottle 75cl £625
Red Burgundy Leroy 1996 Nuits 1er Cru Les Boudots 1 Bottle 75cl £975
  • Domaine Leroy
    1996
    Nuits St. Georges "Les Boudots"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 89
    Tasted: Oct 17, 2008
    Drink: Try from 2014+
     
    Tasting note: A ripe and highly complex nose redolent of a mix of both primary and secondary black and blue fruit aromas nuanced by obvious spice and earth notes that are also reflected by the maturing yet still noticeably tannic medium full-bodied flavors that culminate in dusty, linear and focused finish that displays just a touch of backend dryness that will probably always be present. I recommend drinking this with the appropriate food.
     

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89
Red Burgundy Fourrier 1996 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne 5 Bottle 75cl £500
  • Domaine Fourrier
    1996
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 88
    Tasted: Mar 03, 2019
    Drink: Now
     
    Tasting note: This has always been an elegant wine and it remains one with its gorgeously perfumed and beautifully layered aromas of spicy secondary fruit, earth and a hint of sandalwood. There is an equally lovely inner mouth perfume to the chiseled, intense and stony lighter weight flavors that possess a silky texture that is not confirmed by the finish as the latter is somewhat drying and puckery. As the description suggests, this has obvious attributes but unfortunately the dryness is only likely to become more pronounced and thus I would advise drinking up.
     

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88
Red Burgundy Geantet-Pansiot 1996 Charmes Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,200
  • Saturated deep ruby; one of the darkest '96s I saw in November. Multifaceted nose combines black fruits, violet, licorice, espresso, smoke, gibier and sweet butter. The class of the cellar in terms of concentration, sweetness, finesse and length; in fact, today this wine makes Geantet's '95 seem almost heavy in comparison. Lovely roundness and clarity of flavor. Really explodes on the palate-staining finish.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 94 Stephen Tanzer
     

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94
Red Burgundy Cacheux 1996 Echezeaux 6 Bottle 75cl £90
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 1996 La Grande Rue 8 Bottle 75cl £350
  • Tasting note: (harvested on September 25th). This most recent bottle was displaying quite a bit of brett and while it did not render the wine undrinkable, it wasn't what it should have been. I would note that the wine seemed to be completely ready. Not Rated.
    From a note taken in November 2007: Here the nose has turned almost completely secondary and is actually, and unusually so for the vintage, a bit animale in character with ripe and spicy sous-bois notes that introduce very rich and concentrated flavors that are vibrant, punchy and detailed while exhibiting an attractive touch of minerality on the strikingly long finish. This is an impressively constituted '96 with solid phenolic maturity and the overall impression is a wine that is still relatively youthful. 92/2013+
     

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92
Red Burgundy Fourrier 1996 Griotte-Chambertin Vieille Vigne 1 Bottle 75cl £625
  • Saturated red-ruby color. Black raspberry, coffee, iron, minerals and an intriguing vegetal complexity on the nose. Very sweet, even thick, and strong in extract, but a bit tough today and dominated by its acidity and mineral underpinning. But already shows great verve and an extremely long, strong finish. One for the cellar.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer
     

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93
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1997 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 1 Bottle 75cl £290
Red Burgundy Ponsot 1998 Chapelle Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £1,080
  • Tasting note: Richly colored with intensely sweet cherry fruit, medium weight and fairly supple tannins supporting flavors that are trés pinot. The structure here is solid though not particularly dense and definitely not hard. This is good but for relative performance, the Charmes is better. Cellar for 5 to 7 years and 

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87
Red Burgundy Fourrier 1998 Griotte-Chambertin Vieille Vigne 2 Bottle 75cl £550
  • Good deep red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, strawberry, minerals, flowers and spices, plus a whiff of smoked meat. Offers great clarity and depth of fruit, and firm grip on the back end. The big, dusty tannins spread out to coat the entire palate, with the red berry and mineral flavors mounting slowly and lingering impressively. The crop level here was just under 30 hectoliters per hectare, according to Fourrier.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2001

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93
Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 1999 Latricieres-Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £125
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1999 Vosne 1er Cru Duvault Blochet 3 Bottle 75cl £1,250
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    1999
    Vosne-Romanée Cuvée Duvault-Blochet
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Aug 18, 2012
    Drink: Try from 2016+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Dr. Reed Day). A ripe and still relatively primary nose features a veritable spice cupboard of black fruit aromas that is followed by ripe, intense, sappy and well-concentrated flavors that are supported by notably firm tannins and outstanding length. This is indisputably still on its way up, indeed the palate impression remains robust and solidly structured so some patience is still in order though we are no longer a decade away from peak drinkability. Tasted multiple times with consistent notes.
     

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92
Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Mazis Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £2,350
93
Red Burgundy Fourrier 2000 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne 6 Bottle 75cl £390£375
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2000
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"  ♥
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2002
    Drink: 2008-15
    Issue: 5
    Outstanding
    Producer note: Jean-Marie Fourrier candidly explained that because there was so much rot in '00, he was obliged to treat his vines more than he prefers but that the green harvest helped not only eliminate excess crop but improved aeration as well, helping to keep the rot to manageable levels. Berry size was much bigger in '00 than in '99, and even after dropping a lot of crop, he didn't feel as though he had sufficient dry exact for the amount of juice and thus he did a saignée of between 5 to 8% for some wines. He also did more pigeage (punch downs) than normal; this is to say a whopping 4 times per day!
    He also explained that the fermentations started almost immediately even though he had cooled the must to 12 degrees Centigrade. The malos were slow to begin as they didn't start until April and lasted as late as August. Since 97 he has tried not to rack his wines at all and these '00s had not been racked once, not even after the malos when the first racking typically occurs. He believes that extended aging on the lees produces more glycerol as well as keeps the wines very fresh.
    Fourrier says that precision of fruit is what he was searching for with his 2000s as he is impressed with the vintage's purity. They will be bottled around April with no fining or filtration because he believes that almost every vintage needs an additional 6 to 8 months of élevage after the malos are finished. As an aside, Fourrier works as much as possible with CO2 and thus recommends decanting all of his wines before serving them; the rationale behind this is that he believes that the gas is a powerful preserver of wines and will keep them fresh longer while the tannic structure resolves itself.
    The style of the Fourrier '00s is all about elegance and finesse. They are not particularly dense and certainly not over extracted or manipulated and few producers achieve this level of elegance, purity of fruit and impeccable balance.
    Tasting note: Strikingly elegant nose of earth, pure pinot fruit and touch of game followed by sappy, gorgeously intense, mouth coating flavors of outstanding precision with a strong, persistent finish. The detail this delivers is really impressive and this will challenge the Rousseau as to which Clos St. Jacques is the best in '00.
     

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Red Burgundy Dugat-Py 2000 Chambertin 2 Bottle 75cl £1,825
  • Chambertin

    Full ruby. Knockout nose of cassis, leather, game, flowers, minerals and coffee. Offers great sweetness and tensile strength; a highly concentrated yet subtle wine with a very strong spine. Finishes with remarkable finesse for a wine so powerful, but then it Chambertin. Dugat vinified whole clusters.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer

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95
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2001 Musigny 1 Case 6 75cl £8,750
  • Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier
    2001
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jul 01, 2015
    Drink: Try from 2016+
     
    Tasting note: (opened from personal storage). In the last three years, this has become less aromatically reserved and now less coaxing is required to reveal remarkably complex aromas of a simply incredible panoply of black fruits, earth, spice, crushed herbs and notes of red and black cherries. The understated, powerful, very concentrated, perfectly harmonious flavors are astonishingly rich yet finely detailed, culminating in a stupendously long finish that offers intense minerality. This possesses superb elegance and stunning transparency - moreover, it possesses that extra dimension, that of the rare "wow" factor! Note that while this is still on the way up, it can be approached now with a great deal of pleasure and once it arrives at its peak in 5 to 8 years, it should be capable of holding there for several decades. Tasted many times with consistent results as this just keeps moving from strength to strength.
     

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Red Burgundy Comtes Armand 2001 Pommard 1er Cru Epeneaux 1 Bottle 75cl £125
  • It's clear that this wine has not budged since I originally reviewed it from bottle in 2004, except perhaps that the nose has closed in on itself somewhat. Wonderfully complex aromas of ripe red and black fruit, crushed herbs and fresh berries with unmistakable earth aromas merge into medium-bodied, powerful, concentrated and vibrant flavors that are firmly structured but not overtly tannic with plenty of underlying material and sappy extract that still buffers the majority of the structure and imparts a velvety character to the precise, minerally and admirably persistent finish. This is an extremely impressive effort that just needs time to soften and broaden as it remains tight and linear.

    Score: 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (32), October 2008

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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2001 Clos de Beze 1 Bottle 75cl £180
  • As it should be, this is easily the biggest wine of the entire line up with robust, intense, broad-shouldered, supremely complex, solidly structured flavors introduced by deeply spicy, quite aromatic and expressive aromas and dramatic finishing intensity. An altogether superb effort that delivers knock out quality.

    Score: 91/94 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (10), April 2003

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94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2001 Mazy-Chambertin 2 Bottle 75cl £550
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2001
    Mazis-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2003
    Drink: 2009-15
    Issue: 9
    Producer note: Corinne Rousseau commented that the 2001s were extremely slow to develop as they were extremely tight, very structured and unforthcoming when they were first racked into barrel. "Unlike some domaines, we had minimal rot, probably because we again did a severe green harvest". She characterizes the vintage as "a very good one and 1993 is probably the best comparison as it behaved just like 2001 when it was at this stage". Rousseau believes that the bottling will be pushed back slightly from July to August and the wines will not be fined but will be filtered. (Frederick Wildman and Sons, New York, NY)
    Tasting note: This too is quite soft with the classic sauvage and animale notes and slightly bigger, weightier flavors that deliver more flavor authority and punch if not as much elegance. Nicely concentrated with buried tannins and good length plus lovely finishing harmony.
     

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91
Red Burgundy Leroy 2001 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 1 Bottle 75cl £1,800
  • Drink: 2014-2020
    Outstanding

    Producer note: Mme Bize reports that her yields in 2001 were lower than in 2000, averaging only 17 hl/ha compared to the prior vintage's yields of between 20 and 22 hl/ha. As was the case for the 2000 vintage, Domaines Leroy and d'Auvenay elected to bottle quite early; just before the harvest for the 2001s and in early November for the 2000s. When I inquired as to why she elected to bottle so early, the response was essentially that it was to "preserve freshness and to use even less SO2". I tasted the Domaine Leroy wines in late November and I will taste the Domaine d'Auvenay wines in February (a report on which will appear in Issue 10).
    The Leroy 2001s are, in a word, incredible and in most cases, clearly better than her very impressive 2000s. Mme Bize summarizes the two vintages by saying "2000 is bigger but 2001 is finer and more precise". I have commented in the past that the quality of the tannic structure of the Leroy wines seems to become ever finer with each passing vintage and so it is again in 2001. Moreover, there is a purity and remarkable texture to the wines that seems even more pronounced and perhaps because the ripeness was not as high in 2001 that the wines appear to be even more transparent to their respective terroirs than usual. In fact, when taken as a whole from the top to the bottom of the Leroy range, this may rival the 1993 vintage as her finest ever. Such comparisons aside, what is absolutely clear is that this is a knock out set of wines and despite the often painful prices, it is unquestionably a vintage to buy at least a few bottles because the wines are unquestionably sensational. Note: I will review the d'Auvenay reds in the next Issue. (Martine's Wines, Novato, California)
    Tasting note: The first wine to display even a hint of toast with slightly ashy notes and combines opulent, pure, very spicy and very ripe black fruit aromas and mouth coating, beautifully textured, velvety flavors and astounding persistence. This is an ever-so-slightly more complete wine than the Brulées and while the ash notes would usually be of concern, there is so much concentration and power here that I have no doubt that the toast will successfully integrate.
     

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94
Red Burgundy Vougeraie 2002 Musigny 1 Case 6 75cl £5,500£5,250
  • 2002 Domaine de la Vougeraie Musigny

    (just two and a half barrels produced; from fruit destemmed by hand): Ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of red fruits, licorice and minerals. Vibrant, very intensely flavored and tightly wound; at once powerful and elegant. Superb building finish features serious tannins that are not at all hard or dry. An extremely young Musigny that will need at least seven or eight years and should be long-lived.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 92-95 Stephen Tanzer Not Available Mar 2004

    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 17
    Note: from a tiny parcel of only .17 ha; the fruit was destemmed berry by berry

    Burghound Tasting note: This has completely eaten its oak, leaving a tastefully understated nose of blackberry, cassis and intensely spicy and floral fruit aromas followed by plum-infused, gorgeously sappy, superbly complex and structured flavors with an almost painfully intense finish that goes on and on. This can't quite match the complexity of the Bonnes Mares but it is even more elegant and certainly finer but not necessarily better, just different.

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Red Burgundy Chevillon, Robert 2002 Nuits 1er Cru Chaignots 4 Bottle 75cl £95
  • Tasting note: Here there is a completely different expression as the earth, leather and iron quality plus floral notes dominate the expressive red fruit nose and rich, superbly intense flavors that both coat and stain the palate with buckets of sappy extract. To be sure, this is no model of finesse though it is by no means rustic either but the complexity, quality of material and harmony combine to create a wine of lovely potential.
     

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2003 Charmes Chambertin 3 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Tasting note: The freshest nose to this point with exuberant, pure and very pretty red pinot fruit nuanced by spice, earth and subtle underbrush notes that give way to supple, easy and very forward middle weight flavors that don't quite possess the same degree of finishing complexity as the Caz and this is a bit shorter as well.

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89
Red Burgundy Bachelet, Denis 2003 Charmes Chambertin Vielles Vignes 3 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Deep ruby-red. Expressive aromas of blackberry liqueur, bitter chocolate and coffee; more open than the Corbeaux today. Then superripe in the mouth but a bit less forthcoming, with explosive, surprisingly primary flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate. Boasts a huge middle, especially for a Bachelet wine, but also more finesse than the Corbeaux. This reminded me a bit of a top pinot from the Sonoma Coast. Spreads out to coat the entire palate and mounts slowly and inexorably on the back. A very deep, black fruit-dominated Charmes that's quite fresh for the year. Lay this down for a few years or give it time in a decanter.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

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92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Chambertin 2 Bottle 150cl £550
Red Burgundy Bachelet, Denis 2004 Charmes Chambertin 9 Bottle 75cl £285
  • Domaine Denis Bachelet
    2004
    Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2007
    Drink: 2014+
    Issue: 25
    Note: from a .44 ha parcel of 80+ year old vines situated directly across from Chambertin
    Producer note: In Denis Bachelet's view, 2005 is a "grand millésime. It's at least as good as 1999 and 2002 and perhaps better. We had a perfect growing season with a consistency and cleanliness of fruit that was even better than both of those two prior vintages. It was quite dry and thus we had very good but not excessive sugars, coming in between 12.5 and 13% with normal yields. I did a cool maceration of between 5 to 8 days depending on the wine and then didn't push the extraction as the skins were thick and gave up their colors and dry extract without much coaxing. The malos were extended, which I believe had as much to do with the cool 2006 growing season as with the amount of malic acid the 2005's possessed to begin with. In fact, between the extra concentration the wines are carrying and the late malos, I may very well delay the mise for another month or two to compensate as the wines seem to be improving month by month in barrel. Overall, I am extremely happy with my '05s and I am convinced that I have never made a better Charmes though obviously time will be the final judge of that." I would agree with Bachelet, not only on his Charmes but in general that his '05s are indeed spectacular. Moreover, the Côte de Nuits-Villages is among the very best of the entire vintage for its class. (A Becky Wasserman/Le Serbet Selection - sbw@leserbet.fr; Berry Bros., Howard Ripley and The Wine Society, UK).
    Tasting note: The recent bottling has caused the nose to become relatively reticent compared to the prior wines though glimpses of the beautifully complex, elegant, refined and pure red pinot and black cherry fruit aromas are visible. The sweet, supple and forward flavors possess notably good length and near perfect balance and the underlying structure on the linear and impressively well delineated finish suggests that this will improve for up to a decade, perhaps slightly longer.
     

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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Grands Echezeaux 2 Case 6 75cl £1,125
  • Tasting note: As it should be, this is more elegant still with a bit more of everything, particularly aromatic complexity. A classy nose of black berry and broad range of spices including hoisin, clove, anise, cinnamon and exotic tea that merges seamlessly into the rich, full and superbly intense and powerful flavors that explode on the fantastically long finish. This is a 'wow' wine that really makes a statement as it's built for the very long haul. One to buy.

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96
Red Burgundy Dujac 2005 Charmes Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £425
  • Domaine Dujac
    2005
    Charmes-Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 14, 2012
    Drink: Try from 2017+
     
    Tasting note: This is notably ripe yet still fresh and quite pretty with violet, plum and black cherry liqueur aromas that are trimmed in plenty of earth. The big, powerful and solid-concentrated middle weight plus flavors have really deepened and broadened since I last saw this in barrel. While I would stop short of describing it as robust the tannic structure is quite firm and this is clearly built to last for another 20 years. An impressive effort that it best left in the cellar for another 7 to 10 years as it will require at least that long for the tannic spine to mellow. This is definitely a lovely effort with excellent potential because despite all of the size, weight and punch, there is an impeccable sense of balance.
     

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Gevrey Chambertin 1 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Tasting note: A lovely and expressive nose that is unusually broad relative to its normal backward state features a pretty mix of red, black and violet earth-infused aromas that lead to rich, supple and round flavors that possess good depth and a nervy and racy finish, all wrapped in a nicely long finish.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • Tasting note: A more deeply pitched and very cool nose offers up very ripe dark berry fruit, truffles, spice hints and a touch of the sauvage, the latter of which can also be found on the rich, full and sweet medium weight plus flavors that deliver fine punch and precision on the delineated and exceptionally pure mineral infused finish. While always a fine wine in the Rousseau stable, 2005 is one of the best vintages that I have seen and it will age well.

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Red Burgundy Fourrier 2005 Clos Saint Jacques Vieille Vigne 3 Bottle 75cl £490
  • Domaine Fourrier
    2005
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 18, 2016
    Drink: Try from 2025+
     
    Tasting note: (with thanks to Doug Barzelay). Initially this was heavily reduced and required a full 45 minutes in a vigorously shaken decanter to really dissipate the funk. Like many '05s at this stage in their evolution this remains reserved and tight but the concentration and balance is seriously impressive. That said, the reserved nose, while offering glimpses of what is to come, is still notably closed and the supporting tannins shaping the impressively scaled flavors remain markedly firm. I remain highly optimistic that in time this is going to be a genuinely great Clos St. Jacques but for now it's basically infanticide, and this is true even with extended aeration. I would advise just letting this slumber away for the better part of another decade as it's going to need it but when it finally matures, we're in for a real treat! Tasted twice in the last 3 years with almost identical results.
     

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Red Burgundy Jadot, Louis 2005 Griotte-Chambertin 1 Case 6 75cl £675
  • Tasting note: A slightly less elegant but equally complex nose of almost exclusively red berry fruit aromas nuanced by touches of earth, underbrush and a subtle hint of game precede round, rich and generous flavors underpinned by suave tannins and a velvety and dusty finish. At present the tannins are on the chewy side and like the Latricières, this will require a certain amount of patience.

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