A mature yet attractively fresh nose offers up floral, earthy and spicy red berry fruit aromas that are showing traces of secondary development and are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is a really lovely mouth feel to the beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors that display a subtle mineral streak before culminating in a complex, balanced and lingering finish where a touch of the wood influence resurfaces. There isn't much unresolved tannin remaining and for my taste this has arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability though it should remain here for at least another decade. 2001 is an elegant vintage for this wine and I very much like it.
Cask sample. Very deep colour. Massive amount of fruit and extract. Very sumptuous. Mocha coffee flavours and richness. Rich, sweet and quite dramatic. Rather pinched, astringent, oaky finish. Big, though. Hints of the flirtatious attraction of a top burgundy although perhaps slightly more acidity than one would expect in a truly great grand cru.
Vinous: Stephen Tanzer
Medium red. Subtle, nuanced aromas of smoky red fruits, flowers and minerals. A step up in aromatic complexity and class, with strong soil tones of berries, minerals, underbrush and earth. The wine's solid acidity and strong minerality give it superb definition and inner-mouth energy. Suave, silky and long on the back end, which features very fine tannins. It remains to be seen if the 2002 will express its terroir as clearly as this wine.