A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV. Lively colour, medium deep, starting to mature; old-fashioned nose, cheese rind, some cherry fruit, earth and a hint of spice, good depth; slender palate, drying tannins, refreshing acidity, clean flavours; complete finish, hint of cherry stones, good length.
A private dinner (Restaurant De Echoput, Hoog Soeren, Netherlands): Deeper, richer, more masculine and powerful than the Haut-Brion 1989 it was paired with, but also less subtle or refined; enormous presence on the nose and on the palate, full-on beef stock flavours, earth, ripe blackcurrant fruit, still very tannic, just a hint of heat on the finish, excellent length.
1/7/2015 3:57:00 AM - I keep running across your TNs - and they seem very reasonable - including such on single malts. Not sure whether that is because we have common tastes or, more likely, because you have tasted almost everything and written about it. Keep it up !
9/28/2013 1:02:00 AM - Hi there Xavier! I have read some of your notes and it looks like you are one of the people whose notes make sense to me. ;-) Keep on posting, your notes are clear believable. Thanks & greetings from Frankfurt, Germany! Nic