Here the nose is mildly atypical with high-toned and mentholinfused red fruit nose that presently has a touch of volatile acidity though it does not appear to extend to the big-bodied and well muscled flavors that culminate in the classic youthful austerity. This is a serious wine with a reserved personality and my score assumes that the VA will be cleaned up before it’s bottled, which shouldn’t be an issue.
89-92 points, Allen Meadows' Burghound (Jan 2008)
Good deep red. Musky aromas of blueberry, camphor, smoked meat and roasted coffee. Dense, lush and sweet, with complex flavors of creme de mure , leather, game, smoke and earth. There's a note of minty lift here, but this is an essentially solid, somewhat chunky style of Clos Vougeot. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and moderate length.
90+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Mar 2009)