Popped and poured. Dark garnet, medium+ body. Shutdown at first, but smooth and balanced. Backwards.
Starts picking up steam and becoming enjoyable even 15 minutes in.
2 hours later, things are really falling into place:
Graphite, faint cedar, compost, and loamy cassis nose. Some floral notes, and whisps of green menthol on the nose. Very autumnal forest floor.
Silky palate entry with cassis, blackberry, blueberry, burly loam; hints of vanilla, cacao, charcoal and violets. Medium tannins, and bright acids. Sweet tobacco, evergreen cedar, light menthol, and lingering cassis/blackberry thru the midpalate and finish. Sexy oak treatment for sure. Comes across very bright and fresh, even crisp. Structured more by acidity than tannin. Superb balance. Doesn't overreach. Young, and classy.
I decanted the wine for one hour before I had the first glass, drank half of the bottle over a period of another three hours, poured the remaining wine back into the rinsed bottle and consumed it the next day. The wine was dark ruby, almost purple in colour and offered lovely floral notes, black currant, blueberry, cherry, raspberry, cedar, tobacco, smoke, coffee, vanilla, graphite and some mineral notes on the nose. On the palate the wine showed black currant, blueberry, blackberry, cherry, red currant, raspberry, some plum, cola, cedar, tobacco, coffee, vanilla, graphite and mineral notes, paired with medium-plus lively acidity, medium-plus well-integrated tannin, a creamy mouthfeel and superb length. The wine also developed a juicy quality with air. It did not have the density and concentration of superior vintages, but was very fragrant and enjoyable.
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(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 17% and Cabernet Franc 10%. There is a lovely density to the fruit character here, and yet it has a very finely tuned style. It feels concentrated but withdrawn, and also pure, fresh and elegant. The palate is beautiful, cool, pure, just as finessed as the aromatic profile suggested, hiding its tannins beautifully, the wine combining freshness and substance. This is a very finely composed palate, even though there is great structure here it seems very complete and composed, with ripe tannins, all nicely integrated and with balanced acidity. Delicious.
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