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Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rating: VN 94
Bright medium yellow. Aromas of lemon, fleur de sel, marzipan (from the oak?) and powdered stone lifted by violet and lavender high notes; shows just a trace of the lactic quality this wine displayed eight or ten years ago. Slightly edgy flavors of lemon and liquid-stone minerality are juicy and zesty but not thick or particularly concentrated, with notes of almond, chlorophyll and anise contributing complexity. This elegant grand cru displays terrific mid-palate energy and finishes with subtle rising length but is less broad and aromatic than the 2002. (I've read some comments about oxidation in Dauvissat's 2000s but my own extensive experience with this Clos, as well as Dauvissat's Les Preuses and La Forest, suggests that these wines are more likely to be lactic or reduced on first pour and need a good bit of aeration before they show their inherent purity.) (between 12% and 12.5% alcohol following chaptalization; about 4.3 g/l acidity; harvested on September 21; Dauvissat told me he began with about 80 hectoliters per hectare of fruit, "like in 1999")
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
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