Beau petit vin. Malgré ses 11 années, le vin est bien puissant et encore frais. Il est sur de beaux fruits noirs, un peu de cuir, des épices et du tabac. Les tannins sont présents et il y a une très bonne acidité. Beau rapport qualité prix.
Orange/brown rim. Prunes and dark plums on the nose. Again prunes on the palate, resolved tannins, smooth. Prune eau de vie indicates more than the 13.50% alcohol advertised on the label - there is alcohol burn on the back of the mouth. Serve colder than you would normally due to the spiky alcohol. This is a bit cooked in style. Mid palate lacks body. I agree with other tasters that this is disappointing and seems to be on the decline - I have had much better Bandol from smaller, less well know producers such as Lafran-Veyrolles.
I purchased 7 bottles in 2008 hoping this would be a break out Bandol wine. Unfortunately it was not. This is a decent wine no doubt but it did not deliver what the critics thought (no surprise I guess).
I don't have notes from my first few bottles because it was unremarkable and needed more time.
Decanted for 40 minutes and the nose displayed back fruits and forest floor. Slight bricking, very minimal but the age is starting to emerge.
On the palate the fruits are still primary but starting to fade. Black cherry, blueberry, wet forest and a slight green edge.
I will enjoy my remaining bottles but sorry to see that this did not pan out as I had hoped.
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