Pure, fine fruits along the line of raspberry and dark plums -- there’s almost a dancing quality to this wine, with its freshness and lightness, with acidity and red currants giving the most delicate of finishing touches. 93 points, Wine Enthusiast (3/2007).
The fruit is a touch darker than the Echézeaux, offering cherry, licorice and sandalwood aromas. This is also less forthcoming and tight, with a refined structure and plenty of finesse, suggesting greater potential for aging. 93 points, Wine Spectator (2012).
In contrast to the expressive spiciness of the Echézeaux, this is a clear notch up in elegance and is clearly finer with an ultra high-toned floral and spice-infused nose that is almost completely closed in though this may be due to a subtle touch of reduction and I would suggest decanting this if you're going to try a bottle young. The linear and ultra pure medium full flavours trade more on finesse and refinement than what is usually a relatively powerful and muscular wine. This isn't a big wine but the superb detail and unmatched precision are stunning but be aware that it will be a wine for the patient as this is very understated at present and will very definitely require at least a decade of cellar time to really open up. 91 points, Burghound (1/2007)
Much less forthcoming on the nose than the Echezeaux, hinting at black cherry, flowers and mint; the only one of these 2004s to show a slight vegetal peppery quality. Then sweet, primary and young on the palate, with very good definition and grip to the black fruit and pepper flavours. Finishes with firm, complex tannins. This rather austere but elegant wine needs a good six to eight years of cellaring. The team removed about 30% to 40% of the stems in 2004. 91+ points, International Wine Cellar (3/2007)
Rather floral, delicate aromas – very fresh and lively and much more refined than the straight Echezeaux. Racy, elegant but suave too. Set fair for a thinner (than Echezeaux), more ballerina-like future if the straight Echezeaux is more of a morris dancer. Rather closer to the 2004 norm than the Echezeaux in its delicacy but still much richer than most 2004s, even if its prominent acidity makes it arguably DRC’s most typical wine of the vintage. Beginning to close up and be a little stern on the end of the palate but impressively long. 18/20 points, jancisrobinson.com (8/2007)
Red: its colour is ruby, shading towards the darker tones of magenta and purple. Its bouquet is redolent of animal, spice notes, underbrush, and prune, evolving with age towards musk, leather, fur and mushroom. When young, its aromas suggest rose, violet and fresh cherry. On the palate, there is a heightened attack and an agreeable balance between supple tannins and fully-rounded flavour. The dense texture and tight grain of these wines fully open after 4-5 years in the cellar.