Tasted upon opening at midday, then at dinner. Minimal, if any, bricking. Powerful from the outset, and requiring decanting. Unsurprisingly more rustic and austere than the 2004 Le Désir, yet with incredible elegance. A harmonious blend that shows plenty of structure and grip and imparted an impression of youth. It began to unwind after seven+ hours of air, delivering profound purity and complexity. Recommend holding for two to three years. There's room for improvement with this. 95-96.
Popped and poured and was delicious from the first sip. Dark and luscious with no hint of age. It opened up nicely with lots of rounded red and black fruits, smoke and soft tannins. Nice concentration but a bit short on the finish. Will last another 5-10 years at least.
1-1/2 hr decant. Side-by-side with 2004 Verite La Muse. More weight with medium body. Better potential to age with stronger tannins. Still Sonoma and french style fruit profile but a little darker than La Muse with dark cherry and plum.
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