"As would be reasonable to expect, this is the class of the cellar and even though there is moderate reduction, the elegance and purity of the sweet, rich and intense flavors is something to see as the overall impression is one of a lovely combination of power and finesse. A wonderful wine of impressive potential." (Apr 2006)
Additional Burghound notes:
Patrick Bize told me that he was one of the earliest harvesters in the entire Côte de Beaune in 2003 but one of the very last in 2004 as he began on "September 25th and continued picking until October 5th...
We tried to pick every parcel as late as we could to get good phenolic ripeness and so we took our time, taking care to harvest carefully and doing a sort in the vineyard first. By the time we were finishing sorting, yields were only average but with good sugars and correct acidities, which is to say between 12.8 and 13.7%. Despite the fact that we waited to pick, the stems were ripe but not optimally ripe so I retained only 50% of them. Over the course of a 15 to 16 day cuvaison, I did less punching down and more pumping over to change the nature of the extraction. The malos were very late to start and long to finish, so we delayed the mise accordingly...
Overall, the wines are very pretty and fresh and should drink well early yet hold well because they're well balanced."
As usual, Bize has produced several exceptionally attractive wines that should be on your shopping lists, in particular the Latricières, the Vergelesses and the Le Suchot.
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