From a selection of vines planted in 1929. Good depth on the nose. First impression is that there is good intensity of fruit though clearly not the over-ripe version. Just a hint mouth-puckering but the overall balance is very good.
Medium colour. The nose has warm but not overtly ripe fruit, is slightly floral and seems far from a poster-child for gamay. Understated flavours slowly grow rather than deliver impact and interestingly this is completely smooth and supple – again hard to find the gamay! Good texture and pleasingly elegant.
There’s already a deposit of hard sediment forming in this bottle – real wine then! Medium, medium-plus cherry-red – perhaps even a hint of gamay purple. The nose is all ripe pinot to start, though after an hour I think the gamay can be glimpsed at the core – note I wouldn’t have ‘glimpsed’ it if I hadn’t seen the label! Nicely mouth-filling and silkily textured. The acidity brings a lip-smacking slightly sour-cherry impression to the fruit that makes this a refreshingly moreish tipple. A very sneaky extra creaminess evolves in the mid-palate too. Clean and perfectly packaged to deliver super early summer drinking…
Deep colour – plenty of purple too. The nose shows lots of reduction – about 90 minutes is needed for it to fade though it is never completely gone – deep brambly fruit and a herbal top-note. Linear entry and rather fine tannin – good balancing acidity that amplifies and widens the flavours across the mid-palate – it finishes really impressively. This is a relatively big wine – much more so than the domaine’s 2006 Morey St.Denis for instance. Well-done!