I'd encourage anyone with this wine in their cellar to get a move on. I opened up a case in August and this wine is in a lovely drinking window. It benefits from a 1-2hr decant, the nose is concentrated complex purple, gritty, earthy Pauillac fruit. The pallete is silkly smooth and perfectly balanced, at no point does the alcohol imballance the wine. All round corker, I have enjoyed these a lot.
Tasted it and decided it still needed some time to mellow out. Decanted for an hour or two and attacked it with a steak with an Époisses sauce. This wine is old and you can taste it. Starting to lose some of its body and length. Good cherry and chalk. Becoming more like a burgundy, subtile, silky and the an earthy terroir flavor showing nicely. For me a Bordeaux needs some age to be approachable and balanced. This wine had mellowed out quite a bit and become much more balanced, its peppery flavors very well integrated into the fruits which were very round and complex. Good wine but better drink up.
Respectable effort from this producer. Proper balance wit the expected terrior finish. Opened with Goose and sides. Perhaps I'm not being fair, because the pairing was off. Would have liked with a good cheese or spicier meal.
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