Marchand & Burch Nuits-St-Georges

There is a definition to the 2009 vintage, enhanced with 30% new oak and massaged with 20% whole bunch, providing a firm, fine, textural tannin structure. Savoury nuances of dried thyme, earth and notes of iron almost reflect the structural shape of Côte de Beaune, though its long tail of black cherry fruit lands it unambiguously in Nuits. With time to unravel, suggestions of cherry kernel, anise, almond and vanilla pod emerge. Patience. $95 at Wood Street Wines.