Good things come to those who wait... so goes the adage. I confess that when I uncovered a half-case of this wine in the cellar my first thought was to admonish myself for keeping the wine too long. Tasted blind, I found otherwise. This HCdN 2009 has a medium red colour, it is transparent but the colour is full and consistent. Dark ochre age in the rim. An elegant and fragrant nose of strawberry and raspberry. Develops to an infused saffron, dried anchoy chilli and pot pourri violet petals. A feminine expression. Medium to light bodied, completely integrated and perfectly balanced. Tannins are soft and the fruit body is light not concentrated. Until the moment of revelation I thought this was a Chambolle-Musigny 2008 or 2009. Obviously a good value purchase. I can’t remember having tasted a better Hautes Côtes de Nuits! Scores 78/100.