Drank over two days. Opaque purple with crimson hues. Highly appealing and loud bouquet upon opening, showing violets, rose petals, ultra ripe black and blue berries, dark chocolate mousse, sanguinity, and mineral elements. Very smooth palate, lush and rounded, medium plus to high acid. The 15 percent alcohol was noticeable but the wine wore it well. Pleasant, lingering finish.
After a couple of hours of air the wine morphed into an ultra saturated, ultra ripe, ultra modern, timber fest (including strong sawdust notes, which imparted the impression of needing to remove oak splinters from my tonsils). That is, the initial charm and elegance faded and the wine revealed what appeared to be its true character. Recorked and opened the following evening, finding it in the same place that I had left it, ULTRA EVERYTHING!!!, ultra modern in particular.
Overall, behind the veritable truckload of lumber the wine hints at charming terroir characteristics that in time (probably no less than three to five years from now) might integrate with the fruit drenched oakiness and thus evolve into something more interesting than it is at present. Generally reminiscent of the 2005 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot. 92-93.
Black as night. Strong black cherry nose, cassis, white pepper. Velvety mouth feel, tight at present but there are some glimpses of what might be laying behind. Big fruit, prominent oak. At first few tastes I really liked it, but then I couldn't get past the alcohol on the backend and a disjointed sense. I'm not sure time will be kind to this.
Clear, deep purple, medium intensity, exhibiting youthful aromas of lavender, blackberry, blueberry, currant, liquorice, dark chocolate, graphite and earth. Dry, full bodied with medium levels of acidity and alcohol; an inner core of ripe dark fruit flavors are interwoven with aforementioned spiced/earth notes. Surprisingly sumptuous on the palate at this stage; tannins are silky smooth while retaining an underlying ferocity that should bode well for the future.
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