2012 BMDP Charity Dinner and Extras (Meritus Mandarin / Giant Garoupa): This was lovely. Yet even with more than 20 years under its belt, one could not help but feel that its best years are still some ways ahead of it. No complains though, it was a real pleasure to drink even on the night. It had a beautiful CdP nose - a nice melange of barnyardy, dried earth nuances alongside a nice bit of red cherries, suggestions of garrigue and a stony mineral lilt. The smell of Provence in a glass - it brought a smile to my face. The palate was quite delicious as well. Still stunningly young, it had fresh, sprightly acidity and fine tannins running alongside almost primary flavours of juicy cherries lined with touches of dried earth, a bit of meat, and more lovely notes of garrigue and spice. Very charming. This still had a lot of structure and fresh fruit, so that it came across like something from the late 1990s. However, it did show a delicious depth to it wed to a typical elegant Clos des Papes feel that made for a very enjoyable, delicious drink. Nice enough now, but this really needs a lot more time. I would give it at least 5, maybe 10 more years before peak. Quite amazing given how many 1989s are drinking well now.
it's ok, but not the pleasure trip I envisioned. It is drinking near the peak but has years to go. Actually fairly mellow with well integrated tannins, but a bit tart and boring. Turned out to be much better with food!
Opened with anticipation and decanted for about 30mins. Well kept bottle at the Beaugraviere in Rhone (probably the best value wine list in France)Wine is getting into its stride. The colour is turnign and is no longer the ruby red of its youth. On first snif the nose overwelms you. Beautiful and seductive with lots of fruit and a sweetness to it. Round on the palate but still very vibrant and alive and the tannins are present. Very very nice. Give it a few years more if you can.
HoL offline (House of Lords, London, UK): Opened about 2 hours before drinking. Still so young. Amazing for a 21 year old CdP. Really only just getting going. Powerful but with delicacy. Really refined. the last sip after a further 3 hours was the best. This will last years yet.
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