Tasted vis-a-vis the '97, this is more southern in style, richer, more creamy with less obvious syrah-character. It has a core of sweetness and lots of local garrigue and will keep for another five years easily.
Aah now we're talking. 2nd bottle I've opened from the same half case, and this one is a beauty, in almost Hermitage/Cornas style. Popped and poured, the identifiably Syrah nose of dark berries, menthol, dried fig was deep and expansive. On the palate, there is a rich black fruit core with a distinct tannic grippiness that melts into the delicious long finish. There is also a subtle warmth compared to its northern cousins (or perhaps I imagine it) but this southerner is pretty much right up there in the Syrah leagues as far as I'm concerned. Glad to have a few more bottles, I shall not rush to open them now...
Beijing dumpling night at home with friends (Hong Kong): I had high hopes for this vaunted Syrah cuvee but this bottle did not oblige. The colour was dark ruby with no hint of bricking. Apart from faint hints of black cherries and tapenade, there wasn't much else going on in the nose which came across as rather subdued. On the palate, there were green notes intermingled with the dark fruit, and the finish was somewhat short and attenuated.
J'ai vraiment mal évalué ce vin....d'abord, j'ai trouvé la bouche est austère, désagréable, décevante, défectueuse? 20 min + tard, j'écoute les commentaires élogieux ds autres et j'y regoûte... il est soudainement onctueux, aérien...savoureux. J'étais sidéré! Je déteste changer mon cr après avoir entendu les autres, mais ici il me fallait admettre mon erreur. Ce 1998 est très beau. 90 pts
Very primary colour - no sign of age at all. Nose varies over a 3 hour decant from deep red fruits to excellent sauvage and bacony elements - however a bit inconsistent and in-between in its development at the moment. Same with the flavour - very sauvage when first opened, at an hour that has gone and a less interesting immature bloody flavour with red fruit dominates. Youthful still. After 2 hours the sauvage element comes back making it taste similar to a quality Cote Rotie. Good density of fruit, good length and real quality. Verdict: needs another 5 years as maturity only just starting to show. Should be great in time 91-93pts.
Some slightly green stemmy notes on both the nose and palate. Not off-putting by any means and potentially something that will add to this wine's complexity as it matures. The overall impression is one of slightly subdued, understated elegance.
Ruby with a dark core. Waxy, sour-cherry and pomegranate fruit aromas, mineral dust, tar. As the wine sits in the glass it starts to have a distinctive "brioche" aroma: fresh and yeasty. Richly flavored with dark berries and a hint of plums. Some tannic harshness on the back end: should we call it "black pepper"?. Quite a nice wine; I drank it too young.
Complex nose that kept evolving in the glass. Pepper, charcoal and dark fruit predominated. Sometimes there was a hint of grilled meat. At others a hint of baked clams. All very nice. The palate is slightly less expressive, but still have lots of secondary nuances, including pepper and spices. Finish is long and peppery. Tannins have yet to mellow fully. A heck of a wine.