This is a bottling that has quickly become a pet favorite of mine, as it is a deep old vine example of a climat (single vineyard site) of particularly finessed complexity. From the aromatics alone, you can tell that it is going to a more finessed, fine, limestone driven critter. In the mouth, its dark red fruited character has delicious sappy intensity, with a sense of sustain and proportion that is pure class, with persistent limestoney minerality, and light fine tannin. This is archetypal, harmonious, deep in flavor, and delicious….A little * awarded here. When I mentioned to Vincent that i’m a big fan of this one, he mentioned that it contains in roughly 50/50 proportion the oldest vines of the estate, planted in 1929, as well as young vines planted in 2007, one of his first big undertakings since joining the estate post studies. He pulled out the glass jar pictured above, something that they created when replanting the parcel in 2007, as they had dug deep into the subsoil to be able to see/illustrate the deep topsoil on top of the decomposed limestone underneath…….very cool….!
“from deep, extremely hard soil that has plenty of what the Burgundians call têtes de moines, or large round stones that resemble a monk’s head). Once again there is a distinct coolness to the airy and perfumed aromas of red cherry, dark currant, discreet earth and an interesting whiff of orange peel. The plump, round and delicious medium weight flavors also possess a taut muscularity while exhibiting fine length on the youthfully austere, firm and impressively long finale. This could use better depth, but the underlying material appears to be more than up to the challenge provided at least a few years of keeping are allowed. 92/2031+” Allen Meadows ————> “particularly outstanding for their respective appellations and especially merit your attention”