Garnet, with threads of mahogany. Rustic with a touch of the weeds on the nose: gamey black fruit, compost, spent black tea. A sweaty goût de terroir. A little soupy on the palate: black cherry, dark-skinned plum. There is firm ’96 acidity here but the tannins are a bit astringent. Not too rigid though. Modest finish, perhaps a tilt towards slight. “A dirty little wine”, says Barb. An honest Pernand, which can run a bit lean but overall the absence of generosity here is a concern for its future. No rush to drink but I would think about finishing these up in the near term. Drink soon.