Cornucopia - Christmas Wimps (La Trompette, Chiswick): From magnum. This showed an old fashioned nose with earth, iron filings, but still with life and freshness. Medium bodied on the palate, with dried red fruits, earth - a touch austere with dusty tannins prominent on the medium length finish. Not bad though and certainly drinkable. **.
Decanted and drank immediately....Great nose with slight hints of dark fruit, tobacco, cedar and coffee. Palate is rich and balanced with notes of blackberry and dark cherry, saddle leather, coffee and chocolate. With 45 minutes the nose became very funky/earthy, drowning everything else out, but the palate held on for another 30 minutes. After and hour, it was completely gone. Drink up and drink quickly!
Second bottle consumed of 3 purchased at auction, unlike the first, which I described as past it, this was a really great wine. Fully bodied, yet with the subtlety I expect from a Margaux. Great nose of Forest floor still with some hints of red fruit and menthol. Not so much fresh fruit on the palate, but great texture and long finish. opened 45 minutes before drinking, this was still improving 2 hours later as we finished the bottle. Hope the third bottle is like this and not the first!
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