In contrast to the prior wines, here the nose is quite firmly reduced and unreadable today. On the plus side this too is nothing short of massively concentrated, ripe and sumptuously opulent with a subtle minerality that helps to add lift to the borderline thick and ever-so-slightly warm finish. This too is most impressive in its fashion though to call it particular would be an understatement.
Good ruby-red. A distinctly different expression of Pommard from the Grand Clos des Epenots, with the nose dominated by darkest berries, minerals and chocolate. Densely packed and highly concentrated but less open to inspection than the Grand Clos des Epenots; very closed in on itself but already suggests outstanding complexity. Very broad, firm tannins saturate the entire palate and the very long, rising finish leaves the tongue glistening. Classic white-soil Rugiens: already complex on the nose but in need of cellaring to gain in pliancy and expand. (ST)
The Rugiens' fruit tones are deep-pitched, with suggestions of blueberry mingling with dark berry aromas and notes of juniper, rich soil and chocolate. On the palate the wine leads with an ample, rich attack, but assertive tannins rapidly clamp down on the hard, mineral-inflected finish. While this is clearly differentiated from the Grand Clos des Epenots this is a very distinctive style of winemaking which could not be called classical.Drinking Window 2035 - 2065.(WK)
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