Souper avec Laurent Charvin (Restaurant À L'Os): Un nez avec de l'anis, des petits fruits (rouge et noir), même une touche de menthol. Une bouche dense et longue, aux tanins soyeux, avec une belle fraicheur et une densité impressionnante. Un vin plus droit, plein et séveux, moins ouvert. Il se referme après deux heures. Même s'il se livre moins, son grand potentiel est évident. Un des plus grands millésimes de la propriété à mon goût. 93-94 + pts
Elegant and restrained, with a lighter body and leaner profile than many of the 2010 blockbuster CdP's, but no less delicious. The mouthfeel is silky and beautiful. Notes of olive, fresh bread, green pepper, dark berries, strong licorice, upturned earth and small purple flowers. Needs several years to be fully integrated but still very satisfying. A grenache driven elixir.
Friday Night Non-Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with purple rim; lavender, raspberry, garrigue, pretty nose, floral, graham cracker, youthful and fresh, smells purple, aspirin, obviously balanced and so well built, could smell this for days!; very tart raspberry, soft initially then chalky tannin, still very pent up, youthful, bitter with even amount of sweet fruit, cough syrup, layered and deep; kind of a brute for Charvin, this will need serious aging, forget until at least 2020 then reassess at that time.
Stunning stuff, but obviously still very young. This is my style of CdP and one of the top 2010s I have had the pleasure to taste. Notes of black raspberry, cherry, garrigue, black tea leaves and delicious floral notes are overtaken by darker structured minty licorice note on the finish. The freshness and purity of fruit here were impressive and while it was totally drinkable today after a long decant (4 hours) this will be show stopping with some age. Try again in 5 years - 96++.
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