The nose is very similar to the Croix Noires though there is even more size, weight and power to the thick and borderline viscous flavors that also brim with seemingly limitless reserves of dry extract, all wrapped in a complex and palate soaking finish. Not surprisingly, there is an exceptionally firm structure keeping everything focused but despite all the sheer density and power, I can't say that this is for me. That said, this is well-made as the only technical nit is a bit of discernible backend warmth.
(these 2015s were bottled in September of this year): Healthy ruby-red. Quite sun-drenched on first sniff, with raspberry and spice aromas coming across as more expressive than the '16. Sappy, spicy, highly concentrated flavors of red and purple fruits and flowers are already surprisingly supple, with an element of minerality contributing to the impression of vivacity. The plush, building tannins saturate the entire mouth. Seriously concentrated and alive. Yves Confuron told me that these wines are pumped only once, when they are assembled in tank prior to bottling. (ST) 91+
Cask sample. Plummy, ripe fruit with a strong liquorice and blackcurrant character. The dark side of Pinot Noir. Lots of charming perfume too, which gives a welcome lift on the finish. This makes the best of the ripeness of 2015. (RH) 17.5/20 points
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