Quite deep and dark in colour still for a 33 year old. Big nose, very cabernet, cassis, cedar etc, long and still a powerful wine, but quite rustic and you'd guess the barrels were not so clean. But an impressively scaled and enjoyable old Bordeaux, though not a wine of finesse.
Rhone-ish nose with leather, spice, red and dark fruits on display. Silky palate with more red and dark fruits, leather, and black tea. Resolved tannins. A nice showing, but this is fully mature and it's time to drink up.
This would have been really nice 10 years ago. There's simply almost no fruit left; lots of vegetable and other secondary aromas, some pleasant, some unpleasant. Opens up a touch after a couple hours open to reveal a tiny hint of dark fruit with silky-smooth tannin (or remnants of tannin, at this point), but got no more out of it. Served it with roasted duck breast, and everybody was reaching for the Crozes-Hermitage backup within a couple sips.
Unequivocally this wine is past its absolute prime but still has much to give. Lovely uniform bricking and a good nose of slightly over-ripe plums and figs. Improved with a long decant and plenty of fruit left on the palate but the age showed in the finish which obviously is shorter than it could have been. Drink up.
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