The 1996 vintage of Cuvée Laurène from DDO certainly underscores the fact that when Véronique Drouhin-Boss says she is making a barrel selection for this wine based on its potential longevity, she is not kidding, as the 1996 version is still a tad on the young side! The wine is outstanding and will drink with style and grace in a few more years, but it is still not quite ready for primetime today. The bouquet is a complex blend of dark berries, black plums, bonfire, a touch of clove-like spices, incipient notes of gamebird, mustard seed and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tightly-knit and still plenty tangy, with a rock solid core, modest tannins and impressive length and grip on the still fairly primary finish. Much like the 1996 vintage in Burgundy, this bottle is aging as much on its acidity as its remaining tannins and is taking its sweet time to reach its zenith! 2020-2050.
Medium red. Floral, aromatic nose of raspberry, red cherry and strawberry. Silky-sweet and suave, with enticing, tangy flavors of red berry preserves and cherry. Firm but nicely integrated acids. Finishes with even tannins and very good length. This offers remarkable thickness for the vintage.
Gentle, refined style, offering a nice range of pretty plum, earth and toast aromas and flavors that linger on the silky frame. Coming together nicely in a decidedly Burgundian style. (HS)
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