Smoke, earth and a whiff of grapefruit on the slightly reduced nose; I might have picked this blind as a white wine. Then pliant and round on the palate, with a very fine-grained texture but also sound supporting acidity to the raspberry, smoke and fig flavors. Finishes sweet, smooth and long, with harmonious, noble tannins. Very attractive, satisfying wine even if it doesn't project the cut and precision of Clavelier's cru bottlings from the Cote de Nuits.
This is also notably ripe with black cherry, pungent earth and evident sauvage nuances that also characterize the impressively rich and seductively textured broad-shouldered and concentrated flavors that coat the palate with extract, all wrapped in a balanced, long and deep finish. I very much like the way this fans out on the finish as the breadth is inspired. Note that plenty of patience is a requisite here. BH 92 Drink 2025+