The 2007 Île de Vergelesses from François and Claude de Nicolay is really a beautiful bottle in the making, with the fine structure of this cru still wanting a few more years to fully blossom. The great nose jumps from the glass in a complex, red fruity blend of cherries, strawberries, mustard seed, iron-like soil tones, gamebird, orange zest and woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and already quite open on the attack, with a superb core of fruit, impeccable focus and soil signature, ripe, chewy tannins and outstanding length and grip on the utterly classic finish. A superb wine in the making, but give it a few more years to blossom fully on the palate.
Firm, dark tannins with solid black fruit flavors. It has structure followed by lively acidity that lends freshness, with a final beautiful black cherry character. It promises aging potential, proof of the quality of the vineyard in a cooler year. (RV)
A notable step up in elegance is in evidence, particularly on the pure, complex and airy nose that offers up notes of red and blue fruit, wet stone and a touch of forest floor that continues onto the intensely minerally flavors that possess better overall ripeness as well as a tension filled, precise and driving finish. A really lovely effort that is balanced and understated.
Round and fairly open, with aromas of rose and berry. On the palate, strawberry and floral notes are allied to a firm backbone of tannins. This is bright and shows fine length. (BS)
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