Ian Springett's St. Estephe Off-line (RSJ Restaurant, Southwark): Deep ruby, narrow pale rim. Lactic notes dominate the nose, some underlying, creamy red and black berry fruit. Slightly better on the palate, medium/full bodied, more black fruited, still some milky notes, some unresolved tannin. N0t sure about this. **?
St Estephe @ RSJ (RSJ, London): Double decanted five hours in advance. Very dense, almost purple-tinged red. Lovely nose. Quite savoury in with the dark fruit. Reasonably dense and dark red fruit on the attack. Slightly front-ended with a dip in the middle before it returns. A little dry on the finish. Seems all there though, just needs time. ***(*)
My 12th bottle from 2 cases. 2 hour decant. Faint nose of thyme & cinnamon. Almost seems shut down. Lean texture, austere and acidic. I thought I was a tannin freak but this gives no pleasure. This is like Kate Moss or some starved waif - needs more ass...
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