Opened at 42 grams. Popped and poured. Superb bottle of wine. Aromatics were bold dark fruits and spice. Flavors of rich red meat, dark fruit, spice, touch of earth. Perfect balance. Hit all the right spots. Nothing overbearing. Voluptuous. Lingering meaty finish tapering into graphite. Tannins are in the right place for pairing with some meat/fat dishes. Paired with the pork belly course, the wagyu, and the charred crusted sweetbread. Nearly perfect for those dishes. A very very rare 96pts.
Open for business from the outset and oh so very loud! An intensely savory bouquet of smoked meats, Mediterranean herbs, garrigue, violets, schist, crushed granite, graphite, metallic ores, and salinity emanate from the open bottle and spill over from the glass. Ultra rich palate, excellent acidity and tannic grip. The wine features a tremendously earthy core covered in drenching ripe fruit, floral aromatics, and savory elements. Very meaty and gripping finish of tremendous length. Racy and delicious!
My lingering question regarding this wine is whether it will improve. It seems possible that it could put on additional weight and roundness with two to four years of cellaring. If so, it could score a couple of points higher. In my opinion it is not quite as deep or rounded as Santa Duc's 2010 Prestige des Hautes Garrigues at present...but it might be with time. Ridiculous value! 94-95.
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