From Montmains fruit.
A deeper caste than the ’07 Forest, more gilded shimmer. Rich and succulent, garlanded in honeysuckle, with a lush generosity one associates with Bienvenues. You notice how finessed the use of barrel-fermentation is at Dauvissat, how it informs the textural density of the wine. A layered concentration of dry-extract, it buffers the vintage’s prominent acidity. Spectral in its interplay of green, yellow and orange fruit. Penetrating and complex at the end, tension-filled and long. We were transfixed coming back to this wine a couple hours later: its breeding shows more, well-water deep, the purity of this Kimmeridgian wine. A Forest of fine character. More expressive then the ’07 Forest today, not overcome by its minerality. I would have expected the opposite. Now – 2020+.