Brownish red with bricking on the edge. Nose of amazing cedar and black liquorice, hints of candied plum. Elegant yet powerful mouthfeel, with some still evident acidity and beautifully integrated tannins that helped bring out the subtle fruit. An amazing wine, 94pts.
Bright nose of cherry and spice. Palate of cassis, spicy plums, mushrooms, leather, dark cherries, and some sand and clay. Surprisingly clean and fresh and balanced. A success for this vineyard, but the favourable growing year helped out no doubt.
Translucent, almost pinot like in the glass, deep earth, black fruits, all fruit gone on the nose, palate similar. sort of one dimensional but silky, elegant pencil dirt, moderate finish. long cork though, hmmm.
Base neck fill; opened about 30 minutes prior to dinner. A purple-ruby core with some garnet at the rim. A lovely bouquet; displaying mature and complex notes of blackberry, casis liqour, roasted meat, herbs, and a touch of barnyard. Medium-bodied in the mouth -- a certain joie de vivre -- with a velvety texture, good acidity, and fine concentration; nicely balanced. A long and complex finish.
30 min decant. No bricking - wonderful nose - creamy liquorice nose, mouth - no tannins - sweet, deep fruit, taste hits down the middle of the tongue - no bitterness. White pepper notes - light of touch, stinks of class. Soft - some plum skin, some farmyard way off in the distance. No acidity - this is bang in the window. Rolling this around the tongue you just get roundness - integrated - no astringet tannins, plenty of fruit - needs duck or fillet steak - something less powerful. Soft, sexy, like a classy 45 year old Parisian cougar - although Khamen likens it to feshly tumble-dried towels. I prefer the Cougar comparison. This is at its zenith.
Base neck fill; the cork was sound. Ruby-red core with some bricking at the rim. Relatively straightforward bouquet of ripe dark fruits and barnyard. Medium-bodied, firm structure, decent concentration; a bit high-toned on the somewhat austere finish.
Bubbling along nicely but a strong impression there is still a way to go for this slightly monolithic mouthful. Very ripe fruit, a touch of rustic earth and no little charm. A bit of a bruiser, this is more about power than finesse but has fine balance and a creamy, frut-driven finish of 30 seconds+. Drinking very nicely now with a 2 hour decant but there is still plenty of structure here. To 2015?
I liked how this wine has matured, typical older right bank but surprisingly still young, my cellar being kept at 56 degrees may have had something to do with this outcome. A smooth a delightful wine that finished just right.