On opening this is all secondary aromas and flavors; saddle leather, tobacco and very, very mature. With time in the decanter this began to show pretty blackberries on the nose and entry. The bretty, leathery aromas came into balance as well. With air the nose started to show blackberries, violets, and plum, backed by a savory and leathery base. The palate became interesting showing black fruits, leather, tobacco and cigar box. The non-fruit flavors come in a secondary wave making up the middle and backside/ finish. Not much for a gravelly note here. This was pleasant but certainly tired. Good - Drink Now
cork completely soaked through but still in very good shape. color is still excellent, deep ruby red with no sign of bricking even at the edge. nose is reticent, has a tang to it, though in general not giving much at first.
palate reveals a full evolved wine with no discernible tannin after 2 hours open. still fresh and alive with slightly smoky flavours, a well-balanced wine but practically no fruit remains. having not tasted wine from this chateau it's hard to judge what this would have been like younger. obviously drink it if you've got it.. less than perfect storage would have this be wayyyy far gone at this point.
Had with boeuf bourguignonne - a very polished wine, again from Seckfords. Nicely graduated rim, Oranges and violets on nose, tannins grip in the right places, loads of fruit still in there - damsons, a touch of mango and plums and good length. Drinking absoultely brilliantly right now.
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