($285) Deep medium red. More exotic on the nose than the Chambertin: raspberry, strawberry, dried rose, mocha and brown spices. Wonderfully sweet, layered and lush, offering terrific sappy richness with restraint. Broader and more pliant than the Chambertin-perhaps less precise today-but this, too, has fruit of steel. Very full without being the least bit heavy. Finishes with lovely floral lift, an edge of acidity and lingering sweetness. A more than worthy warm-up for the extraordinary 2005 in the making.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2007
Burghound | Rating: 90
From barrel this was quite expressive but it has already receded into its shell with pretty and subtly spicy if discreet aromas of earth and forest floor that lead to precise, fresh, balanced and finely detailed flavors that offer good depth and intensity on the solidly long finish. This is certainly a lovely wine yet relative to the potential that is displayed from cask, I found this mildly disappointing if still perfectly good.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 1st Quarter, 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
This is well-toned and has a gracefulness, like a gymnast rather than a bodybuilder. The firm structure supports blackberry, licorice, tobacco and mineral flavors, and the finish picks up a spicy accent from the oak.