Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Double blind tasting. Served at first without decanting. Seemed tight on nose and palate. Very masculine and firm black fruit with a dense, meaty character. This came across as needing plenty of time. Bottle was subsequently decanted, and when revisited an hour later, showed some greater greater length and spice. Score based on second tasting.
Surprisingly modern for the vintage style, this has tons of stuffing and will improve for another decade. Tasted blind I would have sworn Nuits-St.-Georges, there is a distinct licorice note here. Also, I just barely find enough complexity here to merit GC origin. And this sort of sums up my problems with Girardin. They don't reflect terroir or vintage character all that well, and I always end up wishing I'd instead bought a wine one appellation lower from a more faithful producer for the same price.
- Garnet color. It's balanced with a medium body. Satin-Like texture with a long finish - Leather, plum and light notes of mineral and light spices on the nose. Plumb on initial pallet with mid velvet, smoky leather and nice long finish. Drink now.
Slow Ox for 5 hours. Crunchy red berry fruits on the nose with a slightly off-putting quality I can't pin down and the oak is evident here. In the mouth, this really delivers with some real class and depth. The sappy fruit is buffered by acidity throughout and secondary flavors of iron, blood and soy. Some oak still showing at the back of the mid-palate. Finishes very long with an intense bloody quality, deep fruit, soil, but an unfortunate touch of heat. Quite nice with the structure to go a while, but I don't think the nose will ever line up with the palate. Really shows grand cru depth, but not completely harmonius.
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