First of two bottles from a good, old cellar. This one showed some signs of recent seepage, level just below upper shoulder, wet cork but extracted without difficulty. No apparent reasons for concern. Lovely colour, light to medium, warm but lively red, wide orange rim without any browning; warm and cedary nose, glowing with vinosity and spices, but there is also a lifted touch that hints at unresolved carbon dioxide; this would also account for the unusual freshness and acidity on the palate, but also the lack of body and tannins; rosehip and strawberry type flavours, light finish but good length. Not unpleasant but probably not correct. Not rated. After 24 hours in the decanter the wine is completely unchanged - if anything a bit more harmonious and together, with a distinct note of raspberry. In both respects this is quite untypical for a 31 years old, Cabernet-based wine. I will stick to my initial assessment: not unpleasant as a drink helped along by some carbon dioxide, which is also its nemesis. Not rated.
exceptionnel de part sa densité néanmoins fondue avec les années , arôme primaire de cassis très réussi! c'est admirable et quelle longueur en bouche! Il tiendra encore une bonne décennie pour sûr à ceux qui ont la chance de déboucher ce cru
Dinner with the Perrin family, very gracious and generous hosts in CdP. First experience with this wine, they went deep in the cellar to find this one. Cabernet/Syrah mix...Decanted and drank over 45 minutes
Color showing signs of age, browning and getting clear at the edges but still good core. Nose earth, cedar, old furniture...barnyard blows off quickly. Palate was dusted dark fruits, plums, earth. Fruit is faded but still there, savory notes on the back palate
Improved in the glass over 30 minutes, would benefit from a little air time/warming but otherwise good. Probably peaked 7+ years ago, but still enjoyable and interesting to drink.
Another lone straggler from the cellar. Garnet color with some clearness at the edge. A somewhat piney and woody nose leads to a medium bodied, raspberryish, and smooth earthy palate with mostly resolved tannins. The finish, however, shows signs of brett and at least to my palate some overripe qualities that some might call savory, but for me were off-putting. This brettish quality grew as it sat in the glass. Enjoyable for what it is -- a mature, hot-climate red that would have been better10 years ago but which still offers some immediate pleasure.
Much better, and one of the wines to drink at the moment. Touch of barnyard on the nose, withered fruits and violets. Warm and inviting, it's in balance, with no harsh edges. Justva delight to drink. Imagine it's lost a bit of fruit from it's youth, but at this age it does not need it.
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