Much better than anticipated given the vintage. Not cooked or hot/alcoholic. Nose shows very ripe with round dark red fruits, and is somewhat muted, not showing much else. Palate is surprisingly cool fruited, again given the hot and extreme vintage, soft, round and ripe red and black fruit, with medium acidity present (high for the vintage). Missing the length, complexity and purity found in better vintages of this wine. (87 – 89)
Medium-Dark in colour the aromas are of pleasant red and black fruits with some floral components thrown in as well. Medium bodied, reasonably complex and is in no way 'stewed' despite having been made in one of the hottest years on record. On the palate it's ripe, round and smooth, but without the racy, spicy complexity this wine is known for. To say it's a little dull is probably too harsh, but it's not as ethereal and exciting as it is in more typical vintages. I certainly wouldn't want to serve this up as an example of the heady heights the wines of Lafarge usually achieve, because your guests won't get what all the fuss is about. It's very good, but not exceptional. Estimated maturity: 2013-2020
HDH Auction (Tru - Chicago, IL): Aromas of spice, dark fruits, and earth on the nose was more refined and precise than I would have thought given the vintage. Its palate had that warm spice note from the nose with a surprisingly lithe fruit profile. Some of us were rather surprised that the vintage characteristics oweren't more at play here.
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Very syrah-like on the nose. Black pepper, blood, and definitely a ringer for northern Rhone. Does not display too much of the negative characteristics of the vintage. A good amount of balance, though perhaps thin on the acidity. Slight hint of sweetness as well.
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