Had over two days next to the 2010 Chaupin. Showed in that mild dumb phase in the fact that there were so many complexities to the wine but they are all still fighting to show themselves. Layers of chalk and gravel dust, raw meats, fresh dark berries and dates/fig/plums. A load of provincial herbs with a monster amount of anise/fennel/black licorice. Massive on the palate and an extended finish. Should be a epic wine in 10-15 yrs.
Decanted for two plus hours and drank over two days, alongside the same vintage Chaupin. Noticeably more reticent than the Chaupin, particularly on the nose that featured crushed hot rocks, black earth, pepper, rust, sanguinity, metallic ores, and hints of umami. The rustic, bracing, and densely packed palate imparted an impression of viscosity. Full bodied and weighty. The bouquet and palate were more open on the second day, the bouquet in particular showed similar notes to the Chaupin. Pepper, ores, and black earth we pronounced on the palate.
This highly appealing blend likely needs fifteen years to enter a mid drinking window. It is noticeably less approachable than the Chaupin and hints at what it could become. Recommending holding. Time should reveal a spectacular wine. 96-98.
A perfect score it is. At first sniff, this effort still leads to the cool efforts from Hermitage. Though the rich fruit and the overall complexity expose its true origin after a few minutes... To put it in a little more techincal phrasing, this effort reveals so much Syrah complexity I am just stunned. Despite being mostly Grenache, the expression of the Syrah component is just stunning. The first impression is abundance of white flowers and white pepper, but after a few minutes classical and luxurious dark fruit appears with perfect balance and elegance. The palate is totally clean, almost refreshing, shows an absolutely massive power, but it is also superbly kept together with a lot of promise for the future. Tannins are still harsh and expressive, yet soft and silky. This wine needs a good decant if served now. It is still very young... The finish just goes on and on, actually I can still remember the wine after several hours of finishing the bottle. I am totally blown away by the complexity shown tonight and I honestly still can only imagine what is to come. A tremendously good wine, which deserves all the merit it could ever get!
Absolute perfect! And first wine ever to score 100 points!
I have had this two times before and had no expectations, as I experienced it rather closed the last time.
After 4.5 hours of decant and chilled to 16-18 degrees (This is very important for this to top perform!!!), this came into a perfect state where everything came together. Extremely complex on the nose with truffle honey, violet flowers, strawberry, soft green herbes, redberries, blackberries, vanilla, leather, cedar and a faint hint of barnyard. The best part, you get everything on the palate where the layers of these beautiful notes are everchanging. It continues to change for 2-3 minutes in the aftertaste.
Be aware that decanting less than 4.5 hours shows too much of the tanins and if not chilled to 16-18 degrees, the wine drops to 93/94 points as the alcohol becomes too apparent...But hey...You just got the recipe to make this sing!!! Any deviation from this advise is simply your choice to ruin a perfect experience.
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