Souper à l'Os avec Gaël, Ludwig et Alain: Un nez d'épices, de viande et de cuir qui évoquait un vieux Châteauneuf. Mais la finale est minérale et droite, mine de crayon, quasi bordelaise. Austère, droit, un vin intellectuel. Bonne vigueur, peu de charme, mais très intéressant. 88-89 pts
Fuck me this is good. Sweet dark fruit at first, then develops a more savoury, meaty aroma and finally a lovely pomegranate smell - very multifaceted. Quite tannic still, no hurry. Drink (if you're having lamb) and hold.
Bastille Day at Chateauneuf-du-Joe's. (Dougherty's): Surprisingly clean nose here for an old Bandol. Mostly sweet black fruit, spice and worn wood, but the wine picks up a beautiful tobacco note and shows a briny quality. Raynolds mentions the property is right by the sea and really does impact the wine. It's more tertiary on the palate than the nose would lead you to believe it is and there's a nice seaweed/iodine character to it. Softened, though still nicely rustic. Just great with the lamb. A-/B+.
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