Still excellent color. Here the nose has gone full-on secondary with darker fruit notes that include plum and currant spiked with leather, warm earth, humus and smoked meat. There is both good energy and detail to the broad-shouldered flavors that possess a relatively supple mid-palate that contrasts with the firm '95 style tannins that emerge on the robust and rustic but not tough finish. This is at once very Corton and very '95 that offers fine depth and persistence. With that said, there is no reason to delay drinking up though at the same time, there is no rush either.
Medium bright red with hardly any amber. Slightly high-toned, Bordeaux-like aromas of red and darker berries, tobacco and soil. A powerful, dense, structured wine with a strong combination of acidity, saline minerality and tannic spine. And yet the raspberry fruit maintains sexy sweetness and opulence. Finishes with excellent length and distinctly dusty tannins that build with air. This was the vintage when François Faiveley invested in a system that would allow him to carry out a cold maceration but Erwan noted that "we may not have been careful enough using the new equipment the first year." Faiveley stopped using this sytem in 2007, investing in temperature-controlled tanks. I like this classically dry wine a little better than Faiveley does, owing to its power and impression of salty dry extract. (ST)
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