Fantastic showing of a wine that's been up and down for me. Dankness on back end for first 10-15 minutes (but front was glorious from PNP). Back end evened out and we were left with a wonderfully perfumed wine, with a vague and pleasant sense of rotting petals (violets? geraniums? who knows).
Served at room temp. Tart and one-note. Hints of the green strawberries again, but without the electricity of the last time we cracked one open. Some herbaceousness buried in the middle, but nothing worth talking about.
My third or fourth go around with this wine, and far and away the best. Now, there's nothing controlled about the way I drink this stuff, much less double-blind, so anything at all could account for the variation: perhaps I'm in a better mood than I think I am (frank assessment: pretty grumpy, in point of fact, upon popping); perhaps the 500's were a totally different batch than the 750's. The one difference I *can* readily cite is that this is the first time I popped-and-poured at room temperature and not with a chill -- and this wine is shining at room temp. It's almost *elegant* now. Soft, luscious tannins; green strawberries. There's really nothing rustic about the thing that is currently in my glass.
Just a beautiful nose of strawberry, red candied notes, with a just a hint of mint and earthiness - well balanced w/ a great acidic backbone - light on the palate but balanced and delicious. Its a quaffer - love it.
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(Bruno Debize Beaujolais-Villages L'homme à la veste) Dark ruby color; fresh, tart red berry, light pepper nose; tasty, tart red berry, tart cranberry, rosehips palate with medium acidity; medium finish
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