Perfectly stored half bottle. Garnet colored. Expansive aromas of black currant, coffee, tobacco and tar. Quite young with firm tannins, reads almost muscular on the palate. On its own, this would have been spectacular but it didn't have the haunting qualities of the Cotes Brune et Blonde from the same vintage. I know--what a problem to have.
I was pleasantly surprised how good this was for a 40-year old wine. This was a half-bottle, with good fill, and the cork came out clean. At first, there was only a musty smell and acid, but it plumped up nicely after a half-hour or so and it kept getting better for a while. The mustiness blew off and there was brilliant red fruit with a lot of structure remaining. Incredible!
The bottle had been slow oxygenated for about 4 hours - this poured a lucid garnet with browning at the rim. Nose has an explosive brewed coffee note - can't miss it. As it is swirled in the glass, the complexity shows itself - decayed leaves, figs, underbrush, tobacco. This had a robust and clearly delineated nose - very nice. On the palate, this seemed a bit dried out to me - the tannins were completely resolved, but this faded a bit and didn't show the length or complexity I had hoped. Overall, very enjoyable and should be drunk soon.
A recent re-release from the estate with a good fill and a pristine label. This is a wine at perfect maturity, the color a pale crimson, the tannin fully resolved to give the wine a smooth, glossy mouthfeel. I loved the aromas of olives and forestal greenery, which kept getting more effusive and fresher as the wine sat uncorked on the sill all afternoon for a slow-oxygenation treatment.
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