An appealing touch of mineral reduction adds a bit of breadth to the cool aromas of pear, citrus rind, seaweed and iodine. Like the Mont de Milieu there is impressive richness and volume to the sappy and equally succulent flavors that are borderline creamy on the sneaky long finish. This is certainly pretty but it's almost too rich and as such I suspect that it will be better drunk in its youth than aged for more than a year or two.
(done entirely in cuve; this was the second year in which Billaud-Simon purchased grapes for this bottling; the crop level here was barely 25 hectoliters per hectare owing to millerandage): Bright medium yellow. Pungent, almost Riesling-like nose shows brisk limey lift along with hints of ginger, mint and banana; Olivier Bailly says this is in a reductive phase. Offers good texture but comes across as tighter today than the other premier crus at this address, even a bit youthfully edgy, showing herbal, saline and gingery qualities. This wine is a bit riper and lower in acidity than the estate Fourchaume but will nonetheless need time to knit.n(Stephen Tanzer writing for Vinous)
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