1997 and 1996 Red Burgundies (Mar 1999)

Similar deep red. Pungent, slightly sauvage, very ripe aromas of black raspberry, leather, smoke and minerals. Sweet entry, then strongly mineral and quite firm; comes across as stubbornly closed compared to the Pruliers. But this has good firm acids for the vintage. Finishes with a touch of austerity, and subtle persistence.