(from a parcel on very thin soil, not far from the quarry): Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, blackberry, tropical bitter chocolate and smoky oak on the nose. Silky and fine-grained, showing a blacker, more medicinal fruit character as well as more obvious mineral energy and mid-palate lift than the Roncières. This is a step up from the foregoing samples in juiciness and delineation.
This is more deeply pitched still with its layered combination of plum, dark currant, spice and freshly turned earth. The rich, full-bodied, ripe and quite serious medium weight flavors exhibit an abundance of minerality along with excellent persistence on the firm and mildly austere but not rustic finale. This should amply reward extended keeping and it is going to need at least 7 to 8 years.
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