Bright, full ruby. Wild, reduced aromas of crushed blackberry, black cherry and dark chocolate. Seamless and superripe, conveying superb density of material in a round, silky way. Black fruit and violet flavors are framed and lifted by tangy, peppery, ripe acidity. The finish is very long and ripely tannic for a Côte de Beaune wine in 2014. A rather silky, feminine style compared to the tighter, more masculine Champans.
Heavy reduction completely dominates the nose today. By contrast there is excellent verve and freshness to the dense and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that display a touch of bitter cherry on the austere, serious and ever-so-mildly edgy finale. This may very well come together but between the reduction and the edginess this is difficult to read