Deeply coloured, not quite black. Smooth, dark, black fruits, light soy, hint of pepper, lovely deep fragrance. Supple, fleshy, medium weight. Excellent acidity provides a long clean balanced finish. Pure black fruit and licorice flavours, hints of graphite, tar and some plummy prune. Not overwhelmingly complex however. Velvety with no hard edges, a delight. Still with good weight, by no means past its best.
Colour shows its age. On the nose it is long and loaded with roast meat note and some earth. On the palate it is well round with tannins now fully integrated and silky. Lacks the depth and length of the higher cuvees but this is a very nice bottle and a very fine experience. Drink now, 92
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