Clos de Beze 2001, Rousseau

Curiously, this most recent bottle was not at all like the one that I tried in 2006 because while there was a trace of wood, it was not displaying nearly as much as the prior bottle. The stylish and still astonishingly complex nose reflects all of the elegance and broad-ranging spice that is typical of a classic Rousseau Bèze. The middle weight flavors remain marvelously intense with a sappy and quite beautifully detailed finish that is still moderately yet finely structured. As originally noted, this is more of a medium weight effort underpinned by sophisticated tannins and impressive length. While it will age for years on its balance, after an hour of air, it certainly becomes enjoyable though both of the most recent bottles suggest that a few more years of cellar time would be warranted. Mostly consistent notes. Drink 2019+ -Alan Meadows

What a treat! Already with some gentle autumnal notes on the nose but still dense and jewel-bright. I wrote 'round' twice which suggests that tannins are well in retreat but there is no hurry to drink this. Admirable life and personality. 18.5/20 points. (3/2016) -Jancis Robinson

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