No cork seepage, perfect condition. Fresh strawberry, sage. Over time, a touch of horse manure starts to emanate, not unpleasant. Flavours are well wrapped in a structured and refreshing finish, which should only start to be in its drinking window (as other TNs have mentionned). Still has a bit of grip to shake off in order to be better.Tasted best in flared burgundy glasses.
2004 and Charvin = restrain and finesse combined. While this wine is still about its hidden reserves, this is a much better bottle than the one I drank about a year ago. The nose is understated, perfumed and floral and there's lovely lavender and herbs on the palate. Ends with a fine note of tobacco. Not as expressive as the the 2004 Rayas I drank with Niels in Ampuis last week but in the same mold in terms of elegance and finesse. Happy to see this wine is coming back to life after a dull period (for me).
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