Medium full immature cherry red color. Buoyant, succulent, juicy nose: floral black and red fruit, liquorice, a touch of oak (about 25% new here) and a nice stone – mineral character we do not find in most Marsannay rouge. Medium-weight on the palate with impressive persistence: black and red cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. Some tannin but with all that concentration of lush ’09 puppy fat you barely notice. We could have used a bit more zip but that is the vintage; ’09 is first and foremost about its dynamic fruit character. Good for what it is. Now – 2019.
In the past we would have told you Marsannay is an agreeable, fresh and fruity red but it is not be taken too seriously; we found them to be a bit too excessively rounded and thus a touch too simple, a wine to be consumed it its youth. That has been changing as a result of conscientious producers like Phillipe Collotte and particularly Sylvain Pataille, who are now producing a rouge with more sophistication, dimension and aging potential.