Will, Marko de Morey here :-)
Opened another '97 of this today after eventually deciding between this wine, Engel's Vosne 97 'Brulees' and Tollot-Beaut's Aloxe 97 'Les Vercots'.
This is still a lovely primary drink imho. Medium bright crimson, no obvious rim signs of ageing; very, very expressive complex tingling (acidity ?),pronounced (and how) nose one could almost 'drown' in, of cold espresso, cold tea, earth, bloody meats (don't like the 'meat' anaolgy but this has it), subtle black fruit juice - blackberry, plum, damson, cherry, raspberry. Could sniff this all evening almost without drinking. Know its hard to say a nose is 'cool' but that's the impression. Very silky on the front palate, washes black fruit flavours through, and into all corners of, the mouth. So juicy cool, again - mouth watering, maybe the most juicy nicely acidic '97 I can recall. Am I describing balance & structure ? Super persistence. Absolutely delightful. Really lingers, and even notice some tannins on the aftertase (eventually). Not sure I've had a better MSD 1er cru than this (yet). So happy to have other years of this in storage. The ability of the vigneron is all ? Count myself fortunate to have spent part of an afternoon with Christophe a few years back - a very, very nice, and totally unassuming, guy indeed.