Unlike previous bottles this one started off a little tight and shut down which was surprising based on the vintage. Aromatics were pleasant but fairly light, flavors simple and uninteresting, but just as I thought this would fade away it started to come to life after about 5-6 hrs. Definitely better on day 2 were it was never great but decent.
At age 9 this is still coming across relatively young for it's age. There are some notes of secondary development but any fears I had of it's ability to age were soon forgotten. This kept getting better as the evening went on gaining weight and flavor. A little simpler and cleaner than the better French counterparts of this blend but overall this is a solid performer offering excellent value. Should drink well for another 3-5 easily.