Plush and soft on the nose. It starts a little spiced - think spiced plums and a tiny bit of cinnamon, and then more floral aromas emerge - peonies and little violets. Really quite hedonistic- forest fruits, cherries and with a hint of smokiness and chew and kiss of tar and fine, Pinot acidity.
Pinot Noir from Burgundy of this quality at this price is so rare. It's joyful and full, and classy, with a lovely hint of oak. The Grande Reserve vineyard is located on the western side of Chablis, toward Auxerre, an area of vineyards that were famous in the 19th century, forgotten and now been re-planted. The chalky slopes are very similar to the famous Montee de Tonnerre.