Nice mature Saint-Emilion, the wine is medium bodied, shows early signs of evolution (should age for 10/12 more years from now). There is a bit of greenness, and tanins are not perfectly polished. This gives the wine a rustic dimension, but surprisingly it is nevertheless very enjoyable because it is quite long and quite chewy. An imperfect but enjoyable wine, which will however not be in my top 2000 claret list, but which I would drink again with real pleasure.
Still strong in color (minimal bricking). Silky on the palate, with tobacco, black berries and some sour black cherries on the finish. The wine is medium bodied and finish short, which knocked this wine down a couple points for me, but it was a perfectly pleasant wine with a little bit of complexity.
Keith's recommendation was on the mark here. This is absolutely fantastic, with a lot of cedary and earthy complexity already, higher toned herbal and green notes, and a core of really fresh red and dark berried fruit beneath. The flavours have a savoury and green edge that brings Loire Cab Franc to mind, but the palate has the finesse and presence of classic right bank Bordeaux.
Loved this. But it's admittedly not for everyone. This is probably one of the more extreme examples on the classic side of the Bordeaux style wars that I've encountered. Imagine Pavie and now imagine the polar opposite of Pavie. Many 2000s are still very plush and primary. This is not. While it's still deeply colored, the fruit presentation is acute with a strong snap of shisito-type pepper that makes this almost more like a Loire cabernet franc than a typical St.-Emilion. I love the edginess this gives to the wine (and it's only one part of a dizzying level of savory complexity), and in this case it's especially successful because it comes without any sense of rusticity. To the contrary, the texture is exquisitely refined and silky. There is no mistaking the class here.
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