I am a fan of Alain Graillot's wines; but I have enjoyed previous vintages better; it is hard to say why. There are no signs of excessive age, colour still quite deep and the nose expressive with the usual aromas of slightly metallic sour cherry seasoned with hints of grilled meat and pepper. The medium bodied palate was perhaps more simplistic than sometimes but had the trademark Graillot elegance and bright acidity and the best glass was the last which suggests that I should give my remaining bottle more air, perhaps a decanting, before serving. Good.
decanted for sediment. dark crimson w/red-gold halo; nose is predominately black earth, bacon, pepper, wild herb, woodsmoke; med weight on palate; dried red plum, tangy currant, bacon fat, quite smokey, w/solid acids. acceptable, & accommodating to the food, but past its best time.
purple barley "stew" w/slow-cooked brisket, wild mushrooms, crisp black kale & horseradish-buttermilk cream
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