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.
Year 2 - Super Tasting 5 of 5 - Greg does the Loire (Greg's House): (Tasted Blind, Cabernet Franc #1) From the first pour it's evident this is a very pretty wine. Pours inky dark in colour. The nose is of blackberry, cassis, caramel, beef stock, herbs and dark cherries in syrup. The palate is better than the nose with moderate almost silky tannin masked by plenty of dark sweet fruit and beefy notes in reserve. Definitely a wine built for the long haul only showing the early potential now. Optimal drinking is years away. A lovely wine. 91 is noted as a conservative score and it should easily merit a few more points in time. Happy to have a few of these in the cellar.
Camphor on the nose; on the palate, black fruit, olive tapenade, and black pepper, with powerful acidity and smooth, rich tannins. This is excellent, although it may improve further as the tannins integrate. Impressive quality for the price.
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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.