Cask sample. Quite pale rim. Very lively and dramatic nose. Very arresting. Fireworks! Not classic, but no shortage of impact. 17.5/20
The Clos de Bèze has always been one of the most impressive Damoy wines, and it is quite good in 2004. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a fairly representative mélange of plums, dark berries, black cherries, chocolate, grilled meats, soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, has a bit of depth, and is long, focused and complex on the ripely tannic finish. The percentage of new oak here must be higher than in the Chapelle, as though there is better stuffing in the mid-palate, the wood sticks out a bit on the finish. But all in all, a good, solid bottle.
This too has a touch of wood spice framing naturally spicy and exceptionally expressive aromas of violets, plum, anise and a background note of kirsch that gives way to rich, explosive and wonderfully intense full-bodied flavors that seem to last for several minutes. This is one seriously long wine yet impeccably balanced despite the intensity and firmness of the finish. This should be easily capable of rewarding 20 years in bottle though I suspect that 10 will see it at or near its maturity.
This is muscular, with a velvety richness and notes of black cherry, plum and mineral. Seems approachable now, but has a solid core of tannins, and the fine spicy finish is much tighter. Best from 2008 through 2020. (BS)
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