As usual a total stunner with many more years to go in the cellar. Every time I taste this wine I am surprised by its vibrant freshness and sheer elegant power. There is no doubt this is high octane stuff, yet there is so much elegance in this effort, I have to write it down. Fruit is still massive but beginning to settle and move into an harmonious whole wit acidity and the silky tannins. Palate adds to the overall integration but still adds a lovely texture. A marvellous wine for sure. (score is 95+)
Dark crimson red. Bold and complex reminiscent of grilling over an outdoor fire. Ripe cherry, red plum, smoke, roast, moss, and firm tannins. Good for many more years. Needs food, needs time open, or can be a bit palate tiring.
Sadly, not at all meeting up to our expectations around 95p.
Has either withdrawn in to its shell or just simply come out of the closet. No more stained teeth. No more umpa-umpa.
Dark red. Nose is huge for the genre and not immediately Grenache. Has very fine qualities here that stirs up memories of walking around in La Garrigue in the winter time, just wishing for those special Southern French aromas to emerge... But, they were nowhere to be found. Palate: Quite in line with the food friendly M-bodied acid-driven Southern French wines we've enjoyed throughout life. The added edge here, is that that this wine has a maturing mellow core that streches from the entry and throughout the finish. This is very attractive, and not your everyday glass-o-wine. All in place but lacking in concentration and umpa-umpa for the higher score we so much had anticipated.
We both think that our score may have been too high to honestly reflect our taste in a blind tasting. Sorry for being slightly blinded by previous experience and expectations, as well as STUNNING food at: La Rochelle 'Sanno', delivering yet another absolutely fabulous MEGA-dinner.
*** After decanting: Left the tasting glas (the one with sediment and all) for an hour, and at 21C it was undrinkable, due to the high level of EtOH. Please make sure you drink this around 18C. ***
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