From a great looking bottle with a fully branded cork, this wine had a tan/brown center with yellow/tan rims. The high intensity nose showed sautéed oranges, brown sugar, pear, and citrus. It was more dramatic than other, younger vintages I have had. The intense orange notes reminded me of a great vintage of Rieussec.
However, this wine was not like Rieussec in the mouth. It was much more refined and integrated. It had great richness and yet was also incredibly refined and long. The mouthfeel was special.
Deep caramel in color, with a nose of apricot, orange marmalade, toffee, vanilla, bees wax, brown sugar and honey, the wine has exchanged its previous, vibrant, sweet, honeyed yellow fruits for a creme brulee, lemon peel and brown sugar character. Based on this bottle, I'd drink this sooner than later.
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