Opened but not decanted for 4 hours. Unlike last time, the oak and tannins are much more noticeable, both on the nose and in the mouth, too much so. Very good underlying dark fruits, but the oak is presently too strong for me. Disappointing in that sense, but the underlying material is nice. Will continue to track over the next few hours to see if the oak recedes.
Opened but not decanted for 8 or so hours...very deep fruit on the nose and palate, especially black cherries, this wine is open for business and drinking very nicely now. Yes there's some oak, and for those very sensitive to it, this may not be your wine. But while I was worried about it going in, the oak isn't as strong as M. Laurent's reputation would suggest and the excellent, sweet (but in no way candied) dark fruit overwhelmed the oak and made this an extremely engaging drink, and I suspect that continued aging may absorb at least some more of that oak. Must have had a reasonably high level of whole clusters, which provides a very nice depth to the flavor.
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