10th of 12, previous bottles very good to fine plus but one corked, not decanted - deepish, glossy brick red, little development; very attractive and integrated bouquet tending to floral and damson and black cherry with a little truffle and sous bois but no obvious grenache pepper or mourvedre sweaty saddle; medium full, glossy/velvety for CdP, old vine depth and length, very persistent and classy, best bottle yet! Fine plus (18/20).
Holy Molie, this smelt like a sewer. velvet texture, but pretty foul on the pallet. Am concerned... have 11 more bottles, and sure hope bottle number 2 shows some class... not asking for much. "FECAL" ... that is the word the missus used!
A French Friday Night on the Deck (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Medium dark brick red color. PNP, drank 2 glasses over 90 minutes. This was a beautiful bottle to end the night with and paired quite well with pork saltimbocca. The nose was complex and elegant with damp forest floor, red licorice, cherry, garrigue, spices, lavender, and distinct bacon fat early on. The palate is medium-plus bodied, elegant and sophisticated, fully mature, cherry, dried herbs, savory, bacon, there is a gorgeous blend of red fruit and earth that is enhanced by a lovely spiced quality. The tannins are silky and there is a long finish. I think this can go another few years, but it is wonderful now. 92+pts.
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(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Dark red violet color; bacon fat, light roasted meat, berry, blackberry, black fruit nose; lovely, light-medium bodied, light sous bois, bacon fat and tart blackberry palate; medium finish 92+ pts.
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