Murat, Hervé
Burgundy, France
Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits
Le Clos Duc
Pinot Noir
Strong crimson to brick red influence throughout, muddled purple core, looks to be advancing some. Nose of ripe blueberry, raspberry to blackberry fruit, dark in complexion, matted grass and forest floor matter, touch of white citrus zest, can seem at times a bit backward while at others verging on fruit bomb. Medium-bodied, sweet and sappy with licorice to lavender touches, a lemony patina and notes of incense. Darker cherry, blackberry fruit here, the sourness de-emphasized by its heft. The acidity is decent but overall it feels more tannic. Dried flowers adorn the finish. Not horribly complex nor a wine of finesse, comes right at you and wants to make friends. Hard to imagine it improving, however, it’s a winner now.
90 points