Complex nose. All kinds of ground pepper - especially green and rosé. Juniper wood, herbs, bayleaf and liquorice over red and black berries. Still has kicking acidity, structure and mineral grip. Not as mellow in the mouth, more slender now. Excellent stuff that still can go for years.
Probably the best bottle so far? The nose is expressive with a wide array of aromas and great typicity - seemingly tailormade for the blindtaster who craves to nail a Graillot syrah. Here's an abundance of cooking sausages, bayleaf, allspice, white pepper, green pepper, liquorice, tar pastilles, plums, currants, violets, brine and woodsmoke. Tastewise it's much about mouthfeel today - silky smooth and caressing - with a tad more spicy and generous fruit than we remember and an apetizing freshness/saltiness. A fellow blogger wrote that the '04 was going downhill now, but neither this bottle nor last year's show any signs of decline. They ought to go for another 3 to 5 if the storage temperature's alright.
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(Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage) Decanted because of sediment, apparently. It has substance, texture, body, a bit of grip, and with a year or two in the cellar it may well make for a good drink. But today, this surly youth was reticently silent. No aromatics, no life, no vigour. A second bottle was the same; no doubt such an experience would have some critics rushing to downgrade their opinion of the 2004 vintage in the Rhône, but this is just closed for business at the moment. A shame.
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