A private tasting and dinner at a friend's (Amsterdam): Transparent, sweet strawberry fruit, touch of cream, white mushroom, mature, gentle, together, lovely balance, bright acidity, potent tannic grip, granite minerality, pure and linear style, subtle tertiary development, excellent length. Wonderful, at peak but with time in hand.
Wow. An absolute ethereal wine. RP is a savant in his prediction of this more than 15 years ago. Nose of bacon, olive and sweet cherry. Not all at once but in waves that stimulate and excite the brain. First taste impression is that it is young and still foreboding. However in a few seconds, elegance and great length consume the palate. Nothing overpowering. Tannins still very evident. Without decant- Pepper, stone, sour cherry. Puckering finish ends in a long mineral note and a sigh... With a 3 hour decant- tertiary flavors and soft notes have developed nicely. Darker fruit, bass tones, wet animal, pepper. Exceptional.
Served blind. Served to us in a Burg glass but it didn't take long for a few of us to clue in this was probably Syrah. I typically prefer the more rustic and traditional producers in Northern Rhone, but this wine showed better than I would have guessed (for my palate). A polished and smooth version of Hermitage but one that's not over done or too heavy-handed as some Chapoutier wines are to me. This was really nice and still quite youthful.
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