The nose was blasting from initial pop. Very rich and expressive nose of Apple pie, touches of cinnamon, plenty of fruit via citrus, loads of minerality. Really just massively complex. Oak is noted but is very balanced against the loads of fruit. Palate is great. Just the right dosage, plenty of balancing acid and the finish lingers nicely for minutes with a lovely lime rind note. Really great.
The nose is on this is just massive and centered on freshly ground coffee, toast with touches of salted caramel and toffee. Palate is round with notable dosage, just a bit sweet on the sweet side for me. Fortunately the effervescence is still fully intact and acid still refreshes. I thought this was awesome.
lychee, rose pedals, honey. Palate is viscus with touches of rainwater and melon keeping things light. Finish is pleasant but only moderate in length, and turns a touch bitter. I felt the wine has somewhat insufficient acid. Fairly ordinary for the region and I'm not sure it's worthy of the price, though it is a nice drink.
France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Visually more transparent than the Comte Armand served before it with just a little bricking. It evolved rapidly in the glass. Nose of minerals, cinnamon, and was very red fruited: strawberry, cherry, cranberry.
A very red fruited syrah with loads of iodine, smokey campfire, and a gamey note. Red currants on the palate. Palate is light, integrated, and refreshes with acid. Fully ready to roll. No need to wait on this, drink up and enjoy.
Same Chave style as the 1994 served next to it, but a real step up. It's darker, more complex and more concentrated than the 1994. Thse nose soars with tar, ash, plenty of campfire, some pepper/olive, and a very nice earthy clay note. Palate is concentrated and the harmonious finish is very lengthy. Great wine that drinks well now and has the stuffing to last a while longer yet.
France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Strikingly young and oaky. Very Primary wine with loads of high quality coffee, caramel, and toasty oak. Touches of herbs, greenness, graphite, and iron. This still has signs of life ahead but I don't think it will ever be classic. Palate replays the caramel and shows prunes and dates on the finish. Fruit profile is almost a bit port like. Good now and for a more mature expression should hang in a while yet.
Unfortunately poured into a soap tainted stem. I've really loved this wine in the past, and this time despite the soap it seemed notably more youthful. Interesting. I'll have to try another bottle out.
France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Whoa! What a nose. This wine is a legend. Highly complex. Extremely Pinot like. Orange peel, floral, and a small measured amount of stink. Very light in colour but also has a cloudy appearance. Palate has quite a sweet entry, is light in body, and refreshes with just enough acid. Finish is monumental. Amazing wine and easily WOTN.