No decant; tight nose, expanded a bit with air to reveal barn, herbs; good structure, vigorous tannins and fruit with long 30 sec finish; touch of bacon, minerals, black cherries (held up next day showing complexity); 17.5
Medium/deep garnet core, pale garnet rim. Nose is developed and complex with tobacco, blackcurrant fruit, notes of gravelly mineral. Medium bodied, tobaccoey dark fruit, touch of cedar, fine tannins still a touch firm on the good length, balanced finish. Lovely, classic claret, drinking well but no hurry.
Good development and complexity on the nose: dried potpourri, tobacco, coffee, currants, grass, stable, lead pencil etcetera. Juicy and smooth on the palate, fairly light tannins, still has some grip on the finish. À point at the moment - perfect for drinking solo or with a piece of brie de meaux.
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(Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Médoc) Another smoky, mineral-laced nose here, this time quite refined and subtle. Pleasing, nicely structured palate on entry, displaying evident stone and mineral edged blackcurrant fruit. Delightful left-bank style here, although still quite firm in the midpalate, but nicely balanced throughout. Needs 3-4 years in the cellar. Demonstrates nicely why this vintage shouldn't always lie in the shadow of 2000.
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