This is what I get for ignoring the "drink by" date in CellarTracker. Obviously WAY over the hill, but it was still "interesting". A little bit of fruit and a whole lot of mushrooms, forest floor, etc. - a Francophile's wet dream. Almost enjoyable. My one remaining bottle has "gift" written all over it.
Well integrated but extremely earthy w/ lots of notes and just a little black fruit whcih is what some people loved and others liked less. Has a number of years left, but it did get drier with a shorter finish over the 2 hours we drank it.
Opened, but not decanted, about an hour before drinking. No visible signs of age - very dark, almost opaque. Initial impression from the nose was primarily oak. On the palate, I would have guessed it was a Bordeaux - oak, forest floor and graphite. After another half hour in the glass, it began to open up, revealing a core of (mostly black) fruit. No coffee, vanilla, or herbaceous notes. Fairly full-bodied with a really nice finish. These should last - and maybe improve - for several more years.
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