The nose is sweetly aromatic, strawberries in cream, with lingering hints of vanilla on background. On the palate, it is still very young, very tight, but shows promise. The sweet strawberry on the nose is tighter, tarter, trending more toward cranberry and rhubarb, with a strawberry background. Herbs are more aggressive on the palate, with marjoram and sage pushing their way toward the front, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the red fruit. Tannins are tight, too, but sweet. The finish keeps the red fruit trend going, leaving a strong, lingering, cherry stone flavor along with the tannins. Acids a high, well in balance with tannins. Drink this with patience, giving it five years before opening again. Highly recommended.

WHO: Domaine Poulleau Père & Fils
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Chorey-les-Beaune, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $27 (media sample)

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