Drank a friends bottle with our wives, excellent, mature car franc. It almost tasted like a Barolo. You got truffle and black cherry on the nose and palate, along with lots of floral notes especially on the nose. On the nose you also got some oak/vanilla and a little smokey meat. This was decanted at about 4pm and drunk over the next 7 hours and was probably at its best at about the 4-5 hour mark. You also get lots of dark berry on the palate and in the aftertaste. Lovely.
Despite some ullage to upper shoulder and a cork that broke on the way out, this wine was surprisingly fresh and yet mature. Color shows little to no bricking with a deep ruby color. Opened around 3 pm and drunk over the next 7 hours, this showed nicely throughout and was best as the last drops were going down. Round and lush yet reticent nose at first but over time you got vanilla, then chocolate and black fruit and a tea note at the finish.
After decanting and letting breathe for about 2 hours, it was still thin and smelled of alcohol with some light fruit (apples?) but more earth and fresh cut wood. After another hour, the fruit and some leather came out and by time we were halfway through the bottle it had bloomed nicely. It was well-rounded with the apple turning more citrus and berries, and the alcohol burn was gone. In all, wonderful for a great buy at a ripe old age. Perfect holiday celebration wine.
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