This was the first time that I have tasted the 2001 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cros Parantoux, and it did not disappoint. The bouquet explodes from the glass with scents of maraschino, raspberry preserve, cold granite and orange sorbet - very vivacious and brimming over with energy, lending it a youthful persona. Interestingly, it mutates in the glass, becoming more animal-like and almost Northern Rhône-like. The palate is very well balanced with rounded, quite lush red and black fruit married with a keen line of acidity. This Parantoux is all about generosity, layering the mouth with lascivious red fruit all bounded by a tight leash of mineralité and an ash-like note right on the tip of the finish. It will surely be an awesome proposition in a decade's time...if you can wait that long. (NM)
This last crossed my path in 2009 and it has evolved beautifully with its highly complex, layered and distinctly spicy nose that has now gone largely secondary in character. The delicious, intense, minerally and cool middle weight flavors terminate in a precise, linear and beautifully well-balanced finish that offers excellent length. For my taste this has now arrived at its peak though it should be capable of holding here for at least another decade. In a word, excellent.
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