Good bright medium red. Fresh blackberry, violet, licorice and lemon verbena on the lively nose. Juicy and intense, with fresh dark fruit flavors energized by pepper and spice notes. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length. The 2009s here are a strong argument for vinifying with whole clusters, as they enabled winemaker Yves Confuron to maintain good verve in this very ripe year.
This is also quite ripe but a bit fresher as there is more lift to the red berry and dark pinot aromas that evidence nuances of violets and wet stone. The concentrated and beautifully well-detailed middle weight flavors exude a fine minerality as well as a beguiling sense of underlying tension on the impressively persistent and very firmly structured finish. This is a lovely effort and very Fremiers in character. Burghound, 91-94 points.