A very serious, ripe and highly complex nose is presently brooding and only grudgingly giving up glimpses of earthy dark berry fruit that is followed by fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors blessed with excellent detail, beautiful purity of expression and ample minerality on the powerful, deep and moderately austere finish where a hint of wood surfaces. As it usually is, this is quite promising as the length is truly stunning. *Outstanding*
Smoky, autumnal leaves and Lapsang tea mingle with scents of game, kirsch, rose hip, and faded, musky narcissus in the decadent nose of Germain’s 2007 Beaune 1er Cru Tante Berte, whose amalgam of Teurons, Vignes Franches and Cras fruit was vinified one-third vendange entier. Bright red currant joins the above cast on a fine-grained palate, leading to a long, lip-smacking, as well as intriguing finish. One derives more pleasure here than from the corresponding 2008 (at least in the latter’s barrel state), but given the wine’s overall decadence and relatively spare texture, I’d be wary in cellaring this, and anticipate perhaps a half dozen years. (DS)
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