Medium lemon straw colour. Rich, floral nose with some lemon notes and a hint of nuttiness . V interesting palate. At once rich and fresh. Despite the richness it's bone dry. Very interesting wine. Fresher than a white Rhône, but there are some similarities.
Just a quick taste, as opened mainly for cooking, and tasted at room temperature, not at all chilled.
It has darkened in colour a bit since the bottle drunk in 2005 to give a deepish, even, brassy gold. Fairly subtle nose, with honey, almonds and citrus fruits. Fairly sweet on the palate, but not fully sweet. Touch of raisining. Like the nose, fairly restrained. Nicely balanced, with good orangey acidity.
Deep, dark colour: it's lost any sense of youth, but there's no sign of any bricking or other sign of any particularly advanced age. Big nose with deep black fruits. On first opening it smelled a bit jammy and overripe, with some VA, but within minutes all that has blown off. A hint of peppery spice alongside roast meat and a hint of garrigue-y type herbs - think rosemary, thyme, lavender. Just a hint of floral lift too. Nice, smooth, rich attack. Very nicely integrated and balanced wine, with quite an elegant feel. Soft, sandy tannins come along on the finish. Very good length, with some greener flavours of black fruit and leafiness lingering long after. Impressed by this. It's 15 years old, but is showing no sign of needing to drink up in any rush whatsoever.