97 Points

Sunday, July 17, 2011 - SQN, Clerico, Hillside Select, Chave Hermitage, Rieussec: On any other evening, this may have seemed even better. We drank this one side by side with the 2002 and it just did not have the stuffing. Obviously very similar wines, but the nose was not as explosive. OTOH, the palate was more developed and unwound. Great cassis fruit. Charcoal and spice. I think this bottle was pretty much as good as it will get, but has a decade, at least, at this point. I have a bottle left in the cellar that I will hopefully drink in that time frame only on its own.

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