1996 Dominique Laurent Pommard "Cuvee Dames de la Charite"
Pommard, Burgundy, France
WB Rating: 80

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $22.00 (Premier Cru)
Type: Pinot Noir / Burgundy
Principal varietal(s): Pinot Noir

Exceedingly disappointing wine. Good year, great producer, Hospices de Beaune special bottling from a great commune, great early reviews (89-91 by Pierre Rovani). But two bottles of this wine were sampled recently on two different days, and both had the same characteristics: elegant Pinot Noir fruit trying without much success to peak out from behind a veil of funky, dry, charred wood aromas and flavors. Relatively thin in the midrange, and dried out in the finish. Certainly drinkable, but a terrific disappointment even at the "bargain" price of $22 on sale. Possibly this wine was tastier earlier in its life, or possibly this set of bottles had some sort of transport or storage problem, but the wine seems like a goner now. Unfortunately I've got another 4 bottles left to answer this question. Those who paid $50 - $70 retail for this wine are going to be very unhappy campers. - HK 2002-06-08


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