The nose demonstrates that this is obviously a wood-aged wine. The palate has a huge, dense structure, and the wood-derived tannins are buried within its powerful fruit and acidity. For those prepared to wait for 7–8 years, this has the potential to become rich and opulant.
Using grapes sourced from 80-year-old vines, this is a rich, powerful wine, with juicy, generous black fruits. The big tannins are right upfront, lending a solid, dense texture. Gentle black fruits and acidity emerge on the finish.
This is a big wine, and so young. The fruits are vibrantly fresh, but the tannins are still somewhat set apart. Just wait; this is so intense and concentrated that it will be stunning. For now, admire the structure and the fruit from afar; don’t open until 2012.
An impressive wine, full of smoky fruit, concentrated black cherry flavors and rich acidity. It has a complete feel to it, the tannins well integrated into the heart of the wine. There is a final freshness, liveliness, but don’t be fooled—age it for at least seven years.
Initially round, this develops a strong minerality, with a texture that is firm and dominating ripe fruit. There is definite austerity here. The wine is at present firm and tough, and needs several years to open up.
A big, rounded wine that brings in power, concentration and weight. Perhaps too much weight: a huge mouthful of fruit and tannins. It really needs many years to come together with all this punch and rich texture.
A powerful evocation of the weight of a Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru, this wine shows as much tannin as fruit. That said, the potential for the two coming into balance, aided by the edge of toast, is superb and worth waiting at least six years.