Good dark red. Captivating subtle perfume of raspberry, dried flowers and earthy underbrush; subdued but pure. Then dense and sappy in the mouth, conveying a penetrating, urgent quality to its intense flavors of crushed raspberry and earth. This RSV possesses the roundness and silky texture of the best 2014s, as well as almost liqueur-like ripeness, but the wine’s superb energy gives it terrific inner-mouth lift. Finishes with broad, serious tannins and outstanding persistence.
Pale to mid garnet, lighter than the Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux. A change of gear in aroma too, with sweeter red fruit, though not as sweet or red as on the Corton. Already beautifully fragrant and expressive on the nose and just a hint of oak spice and lightly smoky/mineral. But it is the fruit that is most expressive at the moment. With air, that mineral quality becomes more marked, with a light cedar quality adding to the impression of freshness. Again a touch of mint or balsam. Deep and supple on the palate, the acidity more marked than on the Échezeaux and Grands Échezeaux giving it a more streamlined shape on the palate, the tannins carried along by the acidity rather than holding everything in. With air, a little more stemmy. Really deep and with a more chocolate texture to the tannins on the finish, smooth but grainy. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2029-2045