A gorgeous bottle, much better than the one we had a few weeks ago. Complex aromatics of tea leaf, hoisin and sandalwood. The palate is vinous silk and flavours are sweet and spicy. There's a suggestion of smoked meats and a little tar on the finish.
The aroma is quite nutty and very earthy. In the mouth the wine is lacy and there's still real vinous sweetness. It get sweeter with air and there are the usual La Tache Hoisin and soy notes. It is only just mid-weight but there's still structure and sneaky persistence.
Quite big stemsy, smoky lift to the aroma. There were also the telltale La Tache Hoisin and soy things going on. The palate was only mid-weight, fine and lacy with plenty of sweet earth and a salty iodine flavor. It was a good but not great bottle of ’43 DRC as a ’43 GE we had last year was quite majestic.
Lunch with Anthony Hall and Friends (Coppin Grove, Melbourne, Australia): Very low ullage on the bottle, and this was unfortunately over the hill. It had a Madeirised twang of cooked berries and cherries, dried flower petals and plenty of mushroomy undergrowth smells haunting the nose. The palate was still blessed with fresh acidity and a surprising firm sense of structure, but it too seemed Madeirised, with lots of flat, cooked fruit notes. A real shame.
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