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Interestingly this is both spicier and surprisingly even riper than the Clos de la Roche with its liqueur-like and slightly exotic aromas of cassis, plum, earth, sandalwood, lavender and smoke. As is usually the case with this wine it's refined and sophisticated thanks to the fine-grained tannins shaping the middle weight flavors and wonderfully persistent finish. This is very classy and the balance is impeccable which should allow it to age effortlessly.
The 2015 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru was a bit more aromatically reserved, opening in the glass with notes of strawberry, briary berries, rose petal and subtle forest floor. On the palate, the wine is beautifully complete, with superb depth and dimension, lovely purity of fruit, satiny tannins that caress the mouth and a long, precise finish. It's hard to choose between this and the stunning Clos de la Roche, but while my bias is for the Clos Saint-Denis, my marginal preference in 2015 is for the former.