Monday, March 4, 2013 - Still an adolescent, the purity of the ripe cab franc in this wine is unbelievable, given the low acid vintage. Well delineated scents of ripe wild black cherry, and mentholated cassis-tinged blackberry envelope the vanillin/oak aromas, which have started to recede. Well endowed, this wine possesses a velvety tannic grip, but a soft grip (like taking the hand of a white gloved date to a gala) that is starting to resolve nicely..and sweetly. It is not exotic, nor classical..not a combination of the two either. The palate and aromatics are quite closely aligned, although there is quite a bit more concentration on the palate (although this was tasted with a cold :( )
This is a very concentrated wine, with a long, smooth finish and the ability to gain even more viscosity and weight in the bottle. It can certainly be consumed at present, but I would guess that this wine could develop some interesting and perhaps border on the exotic with another 5-8 years of cellaring.
The only problem is..why not buy 09 or 10 Le Dome for cheaper for some high octane cab franc with new world character, or if you love hot vintage 2003s, some Pichon Lalande?