Clive Coates 18.5
From “My Favorite Burgundies” Full, immature colour. Splendid nose. Rich and concentrated. Expansive and abundant. Lovely, really profound fruit. Rich and lush on the palate, but full and firm. Very fine
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035
As Rouget candidly admitted, some wines are very lightly pigmented and this is one of them as it’s presently more like a dark rosé than pinot ruby. A touch of wood spice frames gorgeously elegant and perfumed aromas of rose petals, violets and heady black fruits followed by supple, complex, impeccably balanced and lively flavors that pack plenty of punch and superb precision. The intensity is impressive and this is yet one more example to suggest that when it comes to pinot-based wines, color is simply not a reliable indicator of quality. While this will age extremely well on its impeccable balance, it is remarkably approachable now.
Pale red, with little saturation. Rather pallid, unconvincing aromas of vague red fruits, herbs and spices. Juicy, spicy and moderately intense but distinctly lean, minty and cool. Notes of minerals and spices. Tannins are ripe, but there?s limited depth to this premier cru. Rouget told me the fermentation temperature did not exceed 19oC.