There is virtually no reduction here and the soaring nose offers notes of violets, earth, red and black Pinot fruit and a distinct animale component that introduces big, robust and intense flavors that are textured, indeed even chewy but the tannic spine is well integrated on the hugely long finish. There is ample wood in evidence but there is so much concentration that the wine should integrate it successfully with time in bottle.
Good full red-ruby. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and spice. Dense, concentrated black fruit flavors are currently a bit clenched and forbidding. In a distinctly masculine, somewhat chunky style, finishing with solid tannins. Less sharply delineated than the premier crus from Vosne-Romanee but plenty fresh. Evolving slowly. (ST)
The Arnoux 2005 Clos de Vougeot offers cedary, resinous, cassis, and blackberry aromas. Beef marrow and sweet black fruits mingle on a relatively firm, broad palate wherein a hint of wood shavings can be detected. The finish stirs interest in and hope for this wine as it is energetic and quite freshly fruited, if (at least as yet) rather coarsely tannic. Certainly one could expect this to need considerable bottle age to reveal its full potential. (DS)
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