Then the friend broke up with the girlfriend.
And so the bottle sat in the cellar, kind of an odd one out on the rack. I've pulled it out several times over the last six years, contemplating it, appreciating the old-school label, absent-mindedly rolling my thumb over the vintage, then sliding it back into the rack and grabbing something else. I wanted to exhibit a modicum of patience.
So we opened it a little over a week ago. It had been a bit of a Pinot evening (no more notes I'm afraid).
Vibrant, intense and brilliant - catches the candlelight and seems to to carry it's own light. What Burgundy should look like.
Mute on the nose to start, but comes out with air and a bit of warmth (the cellar's rather chilly at the moment). Piercing, crunchy red fruits and dark perfume come out with air.
The intensity of the palate is impressive. It hums with energy. Bright, brilliant red fruits clinging to a remarkably structured acidity. Incredibly youthful, savoury finish with a layered, flinty minerality. Soft and lifting on the finish. This is brilliant.
Tasted at Naughton 1/5/2010