Patriarche Pere et Fils, Aux Bousselots, AOC/AOP Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, Cote de Nuits, Cote d’Or, Burgundy, France, 2008
Varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 12.5%, ex-producer, €42 (2014)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of red currant, over-ripe raspberry, blueberry, lightly high-toned red cherry, a touch of black berry, similar of black cherry, a floral tea rose-like note, black boiled sweets, and very low-key underpinning oaky spiciness.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, fine-grained, well-integrated medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, with medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of red currant, red cherry, cranberry, and a low-key savouriness. A medium length (+) with a clean bright red berried lightly grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with well-balanced acidity plus smooth tannins with alcohol and flavour intensity. A wine showing a very good level of complexity on the nose, much less so on the mid-palate, with a decent intensity but modest concentration, echoed on the slightly disappointing length which is only just into medium (+) territory. Starting to show tertiary development on the nose and palate, with a garnet tinge just emerging.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, not suitable for ageing, but will hold for 1-2 years.