At first... an obvious nose of oak, vanilla, spice, fruit, but after a few hours this wine settled down into a delicious, quaffable Bordeaux. Very dark on the palate, savory, with a slightly charred taste and subtle tannins. On clearance, I might say it was worth the price, and Faugeres produced a very good wine for the vintage. I've read about their "house" style, and I think this wine, in a good year, would be quite good for those who like a modern-styled Bordeaux (but not for those in fear of the oak monster).
Day two, finishing up the remnants of the bottle. The incense note that was so dominant last night has toned down a bit. Licorice, oak and blue fruit notes still present too. Flavors of blue fruit, cassis and oak last through the finish. Not as exuberant as last night.
Decanted for 1.5 hours before dinner. Opaque purple crimson color. Intense bouquet dominated by incense and blue fruits, with lavender, blackberry and licorice tones in the background. Medium- to full-bodied, with flavors following the bouquet: incense, blueberry and black fruit. Deeply fruited, ending with spicy oak tones. A Bordeaux for Cali cab lovers.
Drank over an hour with no decant. Very subtle aromas, even with air time. Light bodied with good color, but not very concentrated, or ripe, consistent with everything I'm reading about the vintage. Rather short finish as well. Well made but not up to par with the 1999 or 2002 vintage. Score range 86-87
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