95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
Label Highly damaged
BEL ORME TRONQUOY DE LALANDE 1997
(06-2001) Beautiful ripe fruit and elegant structure in this gorgeous Pinot Noir. Full-bodied, with sweet tannins and refined flavors of wild raspberries, cherries and cassis. Tannins clamp down on the finish.
(07-2006) First tasted after bottling at Corney in Feb-00, when I thought it as profound as Romanee-Conti, though the finish was lacking just a little length. But a glorious bottle six years later lunching at "Aubergine" in London. Garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose is closed at first, powerful yet coiled up in the glass. Reluctantly scents of black cherries, minerals and iodine emerge. The palate is again backward, quite tannic with perfectly poised acidity. "Pointed" at first, but mellowing out in the glass to reveal exquisite balance and harmony. Again, black cherries, blueberry and a faint tinny note. Just builds and builds in the glass, but then clams up on the finish. Unlike the Echezeaux 1997 from the domaine, this has a long road ahead.
(10-2001) Sweet, slightlly singed, raisiny nose which opened up beautifully, sweet, honeyed; crisp fruit, lightish in style but well endowed with tannin and acidity.