Appearance - clear and bright with a beautiful medium plus ruby colour. Not that much tears and a slightly paler rim.
Nose - clean, medium plus intensity, developing nice complex aromas mixing ripe black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, a sweet gamey note, some grilled herbs, notes of plum, oaky vanilla and toast.
Palate - dry, medium plus acidity, imposing medium plus tannins although totally resolved and ripe, giving way to a medium plus body with medium alcohol. Medium plus flavour intensity prolongs the ripe notes of cherries and fresh cranberries of the nose, a sweet coffee and vanilla creaminess showing some very nicely integrated oak, these are the dominant notes, but the meaty, gamey notes give added complexity to the long flavourful length.
Conclusions (17/20) - Very good quality, very hedonistic drink, although it shows a little riper and concentrated than most Burgundy it is perfectly balanced by a refreshing acidity, that's clearly present but only in a supporting role. Muscular structure, lots of matter, creamy & fluid mouth with velvety tannins, all mellowed out. Full and rich although not heavy, not so Burgundian but so enjoyable. Drinking very well at the moment, wouldn't keep it more than 2 years longer. Can't stop me from sniffing and sipping this one!