"Deep red-ruby. Highly nuanced nose combines blackberry, dark chocolate, coffee and cracked pepper. Wonderfully thick and mouthfilling; extremely silky for this cuvee Very youthful flavors of blackberry, Oriental spices, cocoa powder, mocha, iron and pepper. Offers an uncanny combination of fat and grip. A great vintage for this bottling. De Villaine noted that the domain has eliminated three parcels of vines that were bringing "something too wild and aggressive."
94+ points, Vinous (March 2004)
"Good medium-full red. Reticent, pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, flowers and spices. Very youthful and primary, without the lower-toned earthy notes that frequently characterize this cuvee Spicy, peppery and bright, with some minty austerity on the long back end."
(91-94) points, Vinous (March 2003)
These red Grands Crus frequently give good results from long laying-down. As a general rule, they shouldn’t be drunk under about ten years of age but sometimes they will be aged up to 20 or 30 years. Each appellation has its own distinct personality depending on its year of production and on the stage it has reached in its development. These flamboyant red wines fully express the subtlety and complexity of the Burgundian Pinot Noir grape. Their colour is a dark ruby turning crimson with age. Their wide-ranging bouquet is divided among small red and black fruits, violet, spices and, with time, underbrush. On the palate, this wine is well-defined with a powerful body. It is delicate, sensual, frank and full.