Souper avec Gaël et plusieurs autres à l'Os Un nez chocolaté, épicé, avec aussi de lapâte de tomates (cab franc!) Une bouche puissante, avec une droiture bordelaise, beaucoup de matière, de la mâche. Il est puissant et de bonne fraicheur, un peu asséchant. Il a un coté austère et complexe fascinant. 92
Dark, opaque, bright in appearance. This is a well made 2003 right bank Bordeaux, without any cooked sensation. Rather it's very balanced, dark fruits, liquorice, coffee, cut wood, earth and some menthol. The wine is still developing it seems and better time is to further down the road. Solid structure, masculine yet creamy texture, with good acidity. Good length, with tobacco and red fruits lingering. Well done.
Appearance: Bright and clear, it is of deep intensity ruby color, with garnet rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium intensity aromas showing black fruit of bramble, dark plum and blackberry, pungent spice of licorice, maturity notes of forest floor, some dried fruit of prune, kernel notes of dark chocolate, oak notes of cedar. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture, the wine has medium (+) alcohol but did not feel warming, balancing with medium body and medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackberry, dark cherries and plum, kernel notes of cocoa, maturity notes of tobacco, sweet spice of nutmeg. The wine has a long finish. Conclusion: Very good quality St-Emilion garage wine, with highly complex aromas though not showing overt intensity, a delicate and elegant wine on the nose, but on the palate it is quite different, with good concentration and ripeness jumping out, with equally impressive range of flavors. Despite fairly high on alcohol level, it did not show any warming, complemented by the body and flavors, to give a long finish. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 3-5 years.
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