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1990 Domaine Ampeau Volnay Santenots Premier Cru
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by Poli14015566
The headline is the question asked at the tasting where I took the first bottle. A 1990 Burgundy? Drinking wonderfully? Deep cherry red. Some smoke on the nose, with the red fruit. Beautiful balance on the palate, with the fruit and tannins present, but integrated. We took the second bottle to a dinner at a terrific restaurant - the wine outdid the food, and that was not easy. Superb.
2011 Winter
by Connaghan13932085
A way longer breathing time many hours before serving, a longer rest after delivery, and controlled temps until opening helped produce very positive remarks at this Winter dinner served with game hen. This is the wine that guests kept pouring 'til gone.
Smooth and palate friendly
by Martin13759866
I was very excited to try this 21 year old wine. It did not disappoint me. With notes of blackberry and smoke, it was smooth on the palate with a lasting finish that lingered without biting back.

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