Cantemerle/La Lagune vertical (Dobbs Ferry): There's a faint stewed/slightly overripe character on the nose, but on the palate this is really nice with bright red and dark fruits tinged with leather and earth. Not as complex as the '89 or the '96 that preceded it and a little more angular on the palate, but nicely balanced.
I concur with Henry's note as well as his comments on bottle variation. Smoke and brett, full-bodied, savoury elements with fruit still alive and kicking. Rustic, masculine, some rough edges and lacking elegence but tannins appear to have smoothed out considerably. Like some of the 86s I've tasted recently, the wine has probably just entered a long drinking window with little fear of the fruit drying out anytime soon.
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