Inky dark ruby rimmed color. Complex nose of earthy spice, berry liqueur, coffee and oak, with secondary vanilla and licorice. Not quite as intense palate - dark chocolate and dark roast, baking spice, plums, and fine sweet tannins. Delicious and good value!
I can see why this wine won a Médaille d'Or at Paris in 2011 and appeals to a lot of people, particularly at the quite democratic price I paid (c.€13). Colour is almost black and quite opaque. Nose is well developed with rich dark fruit, vanilla and a piquant touch. Palate is quite full bodied and shows rich and slightly sweet rose tinted dark fruit of a sombre hue with a richly bitter kick towards the finish which I guess owes as much to alcohol (14.5%) as to ripe tannins. For me, the overall impression was marred by low acidity and marked notes of vanilla which together lead to a lack of freshness and the beginning of cloying. Further ageing might attenuate the vanilla flavours but, in the absence of good acidity, I can't see the balance improving. Quite good.
Ripe nose of dark berries and spice, with a quintessential funk get at bay. On the palate it also shows a little riper than your average Bordeaux, both in the fruit profile and in the alchohol (14.5). This is not a master of finesse or destined for years in your cellar, but for quick pleasure, immediate drinking, it fits the bill without destroying the budget.
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