Pop and pour, then drunk over seven to eight hours. Menthol on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, plum, a green note that faded somewhat over time, and some bitter tobacco on the medium finish, with good acidity. This opened up and integrated significantly over several hours. It had noticeable tannins and some ashy Cab Franc notes when first opened, but they disappeared over time. This bottle had been stored in a cold cellar, and it showed hardly any aging aside from the integrated tannins. Looking at older notes I see there was some vanilla oak in younger bottles that didn't make an appearance here. This was my only bottle, but if I had another one that had been stored the same way I would hold it for 5+ years in the hope that it would develop a bit more complexity. Good value at about $40.
From a bottle purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this deep garnet wine (a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) was decanted off of its heavy sediment and serially tasted over a three hour period. Tobacco, mulled spices, fig and earth-laced plum reside in a fresh, medium-bodied, seamlessly alcoholic (13%) frame. The tannins have now fully melted and the oak is beautifully integrated. Nicely dense in the middle and closing with medium length, it remains a pleasure to drink. Although well-cellared versions of this wine have been on plateau for quite some time, I suspect that consumption over the next 2-3 years would be wise. Drink now-2018.
Dekantert 2 timer. Fryktet det verste når Parker jubler over 200 % ny eik, men denne er alt annet enn dum. Tobakk, lær og røde bær på nese. Kirsebær og litt støvet, godt integrert eik på munn. Pene tanniner. Nydelig liten sak fra en OK årgang.
I have always enjoyed La Couspaude and have always felt it was an under-appreciated chateau that drinks above its price and reputation. I think this btl is a good example of that, esp given it is going on its 15th year from a so-so vintage in the Right Bank. This is a sexy effort with plum, black cherry, black pepper, and cocoa. Not a thinking man's wine but one to enjoy now with a nice filet mignon. I think this really ought to be drunk up now. While still holding I doubt this will improve with anymore time in btl.
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