Good job I tried this

I popped this bottle before my dinner guest arrives to check if it needed decanting: I feel it does.

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Chaignots 2005, Alain Michelot

There is a lot of ripe fruit on the nose, cherries and blackberries I’d say. There is also a mild hint of something a bit reduced and stinky about this; I’ll give it a good swirl in the decanter. Very earthy in that almost slightly green way which I associate with Nuits. Cripes, now that is a serious tannic structure, on the right side of drying though. There is plenty of the good fruit and earthiness from the nose present on the palate as well. Certainly this is a bit of a young, tannic beast, but it is clearly well-made from good ingredients, the balance is there.

I’ve got one bottle of this left which I was planning to put into my mass Nuits Premier Cru 2005 tasting off in the distant future. For the price paid I feel one bottle is not enough. I’ll score some more.