Than heavens for the passage of time. I did not much care for this when it came it. It was too dense and too purple. It did not speak at all of Loire Cabernet Franc to me. Now two+ years later it has settled into a groove. Gone is the purplosity. The density has evolved into a layered effect. The aromatics have expanded beyond fruit, encompassing smoke, warm herbs, turned earth and well-mannered berry fruit that mingles with the other elements rather than dominating. This is youthfully delicious on the palate as well, with a balance that promises further joys to come after several more years in the cellar.
Pours like dark red berries from an angel's heart. Smells like heavy fruits and spicy vegetables, big good "young red wine" tannic leather and brawny meat, an aromatic funk/earth/dirt in a sexy way. Tastes like biting into a big, juicy red berry, with woody tannins and leathery mineral following, vying for your taste buds, a guiding and pleasing acidity there all the way through. Okay, okay, yes - it's still too young, still a bit heavy on the tannic finish, but quite a bit to like right now.
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours. Deep garnet in the glass, with no brick. Red currant, blackberry, gravel, bell pepper, celery seed, fresh picked herb, smoked meat, and earth. On the palate, really well polished; structured, but moderate silky tannin, medium acidity; finishes just a touch dry, with tastes of cassis, bell pepper, herbs and earth. A lot of power and depth here, but needs about 5 years to really come in to its own.
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(Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux) A gravel cuvée, one step up from the domaine cuvée (not tasted today). This has been in barrel for only three weeks. A really good, smoky nose here, almost sooty such is the concentration of the fruit, but it is a tight, grippy concentration rather than anything soft or seductive. The palate has a bright, fresh, stony and exuberant style, again the fruit here is good but what impresses me more is the structure of the wine, which is showing lots of tannic grip and substance, backed up by acidity and minerality. Great balance. Very attractive.