Initially a little too cold from our cellar, it opened up nicely with warming. Pencil lead, dark fruit and tarry notes predominated. Nicely structured with a firmly acidic backbone and light tannins, it held up to a roasted beef tenderloin nicely.
This was much better than I expected. Excellent QPR. Even at cellar temperature, the wine left a "warm" impression on the palate, thanks to the ripe fruit and smooth tannins. Wish I had more at the price I paid. Drinking well now, no need to wait.
In the bouquet and on the palate in this stage a classical Bordeaux. In the bouquet cassis and the Margaux oaky perfume, some cedar and tobacco as well as minerals. On the palate juicy cassis, some bell pepper, good acidity and still slightly sticky tannin with still a firm bite. I have the impression the wine )still' is in a somewhat locked stage and needs another few years of ageing to show more finesse. Possibly wise to wait until 2017 or 18. I have a few more, so there will be a follow up on this one.
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(Prieure-Lichine) A great showing for this wine and I have not really loved this stuff in the past. Violets, minerals, chocolate, exotic spices . . . maybe clove? Deep nose . . not high-toned but subtly penetrating. Peppery palate with a swath of dense dark berried fruit. Long and grippy but the fruit is there till the end. Fantastic.
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