Black fruit of merlot all over the nose off the cork pull. Not much minerality but some. Back palate has good stiff and dry tannins. Needs to ease into itself and unpack that blockbuster Merlot a little bit. Lay it down or decant.
Consumer tasting. Three hour decant. I thought this one stood out. Forrest berries and plums trimmed in a cedar frame. There was an explosive inner mouth perfume, which was utterly captivating. Cashmere mouth feel. Purchased. 94
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, raspberry, stoniness, oak and violet. The nose is incredibly delicious, with graphite and shale notes under the berries - and no hint of alcohol burn. It tastes like blackberry, mineral, oak, vanilla and eucalyptus. The body is medium/full. The wine has smooth texture. The wine finishes long - this finish is measured in minutes, not seconds. The wine has medium acidity.
This was a spectacular wine, and I will be picking up several more bottles to see how it ages. It was obviously incredibly young right now - but shows immense potential.
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(Château Pavie-Macquin (St Emilion)) This has a very perfumed nose, showing notes of yellow peach and flower petals, with lighter red-fruit tones coming in behind. The palate is very bold and ungiving, the substance of the wine tightly packed in, the midpalate very dependent on tannins and acidity. This seems rather bold and slightly warm in terms of style. It also has a rather ungiving finish. It feels full of effort and rather heavily worked.
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