An exploration of wine

439. Domaine Xavier Liger-Belair, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, 2001

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Book 3 Wine 439

£40.41; 13.5%

Wasn’t sure how this would turn out, as it was from the ‘other’, 3rd, Liger-Belair, who rarely gets noticed, and Clos de Vougeot can be quite a random adventure! Nevertheless, it performed well enough. I reckon there are better, cheaper and more profound Grand Cru Vougeots, but his did well with the roast mutton, and I’ll hold the other bottle for 5 years or so. Pretty deep colour: garnet core and a rim just going to brick. Core of dried cherry fruit, enveloped with oak spice hints of cinnamon, woody notes, light touches of vanilla, and tertiary forest floor, leather and dry leaves. Still well structured, but the tannins only show thru at the finish, and are silky. Above medium bodied, with richness of cherry fruit and cinnamon spices through the palate. Long chocolatey finish. Nice.

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