This was one of the stars at one of those epic Sams tastings back in the day (almost ten years), Bacchanalian feasts indeed. I had always wanted to bring it out on a "special" occasion but such occasion never seemed to transpire, so in the end it was opened without much fanfare on an ordinary evening. Still showing its power, inky dark, somewhat brooding aroma of ripe dried fruits, smooth and velvety palate-coating, coffee and chocolate. I thought had still plenty of life yet mature and settled down.
I am going to say that 2015 was probably a couple of years too long for this wine when I review the notes from 2013 and my own back in 2011. Fairly golden yellow - indication of oxidation (?) - hints of oak and mineral on the nose - somewhat muddy on the palate - the citrus has faded somewhat. Drink up if you have any left.
Buried somewhere deep in my psyche is a sensory memory of my first experience with St. Emilion. Sadly, most of the St. Emilions I have had since then do not match up to that experience. Had I invented it? This one too falls short of that mental mark but was pretty decent nonetheless. Plenty of ripe fruit as befits the 2005 vintage and velvety splendor but just a bit unrefined.