Big, spicy and intense aromas are presently framed by more oak than this wine usually displays young yet there is such impressive density of both fruit and flavours that it should absorb it over the next couple of years. That niggle noted, this is very classy juice with terrific complexity, breed and excellent length. As such, while this should drink relatively early for a Clos de Bèze, the balance and overall harmony are such that I suspect this will live for a long time. 93 points, Burghound (4/2002).
Bright deep red. Redcurrant, iron, minerals and dried rose on the oaky nose. Rich, fat and sweet on the front half, with a lovely silky texture. Then firm-edged, almost austere, on the back, with mineral and menthol notes and powerful supporting spine. Very youthfully unevolved and built for long and graceful evolution in bottle. 92+ points, International Wine Cellar (3/2002).