A ripe, pure and airy nose of black cherry and cassis aromas trimmed in obvious floral notes that can also be found on the extremely fresh and energetic, serious and dense flavors that carry an intense minerality over to the robust, powerful and very firmly structured finish that seems to go on and on without end. This stunning effort is a clear candidate for 'wine of the vintage' honors though patience is absolutely required.
Pale violet color. Drop-dead gorgeous aromas of raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices and minerals, with a strong undercurrent of white pepper and mocha; this smells like a Dujac Echezeaux, from a serious vintage. Sweet red and dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth, tangy minerality giving the wine verve. The mineral note dominates the long, spicy finish, which echoes the red fruit and floral notes. It's hard to find this level of precision, depth and drive outside the high-rent districts of Chambolle. (ST)
The 2007 Swan Terrace pinot saw a bit more new oak in this vintage than was the case in 2009 for instance, as it was raised in two-thirds new barrels in comparison to one-third for the latter vintage. Consequently, the wine is just a touch more marked by its wood component on both the nose and palate at this point, as it offers up a youthful mélange of black cherries, dark berries, espresso, nice herbal complexities, smoke, a fine base of soil and a fair bit of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, closed and beautifully balanced, with fine mid-palate depth, tangy acids and superb length and grip on the still fairly chewy and primary finish. This will be lovely, but it seems pretty clear that the 2009, with half the new wood, shows even more terroir than the 2007- despite the ’07 hailing from a vintage that should be even more adroit that showing off its soil tones. 92+
From their vineyard known as the Swan Terrace, there are 150 cases of the Rhys 2007 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace. Again, this has that almost liqueur of mineral characteristic intermixed with red and black fruits and a Musigny-like floral, rocky character to the flavors. Tart, tightly knit, with outstanding weight, the wine is intellectually challenging, but very promising Pinot Noir that looks set for an exceptionally long life. (RP)
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