Fully mature, low in acid, in fact, it's less fresh today than the last time I recall tasting the wine. On the nose, it's all there, with its ripe fruits, earth, pepper, smoke and bacon fat, but this bottle seemed less interesting than it used to be. I would not age this for improvement. I'm planning on drinking my remaining bottles over the next few years.
Doesn't show much sign of the hot vintage so well done there, lovely nose of smoke, gamey tones and dark fruit, palte is quite smooth with sweet dry tannin making themselves known on the finish, but not in and obstructive manner
Another exceptional showing. Very ripe and intense dark fruit driven nose, blackberries, rare bacon fat and dark spices. Exceptional concentration, unctuous/almost chewy, ripe sweet black fruit driven palate impression, good acidity and nicely integrated tannins. Still very primary but very promising. If you like the opulent primary fruit, this is perfectly enjoyable. The wine to look for at auction sub $100, if you like the style of La Las. For some folks, so many reasons not to like. It is a hedonistic wine for my palate.
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(Guigal Côte-Rôtie Chateau d'Ampuis) This, however, is better. There is some good fruit on the nose here, with rather more direction and poise than the Brune et Blonde. It has a good structure, which carries the fruit along well, giving it a much better style. It has an appealing firmness. It is still marked by the vintage, though, with a rather confit edge to the fruit. Nevertheless, a good wine.
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