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).
After a number of barnyardy CDPs in the last year (including one or two Charvins), I was feeling a little gun shy on this one. No need, though, as this was a very clean, brett-free bottle. I last had this wine almost exactly 3 years ago and it has evolved beautifully in that time. The nose is a musky mix of sweet floral aromas, baked cherries (think warm cobbler), and brown spices. It's medium bodied and full of finesse on the palate, with raspberry preserves, pipe tobacco, and dried sage leading to a long, drying finish. If the tannins were less drying on the back end, this would merit an even higher score. As it is, though, it's an extremely satisfying wine that should drink well for at least the next 4-5 years.
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