This is a incredible well balanced bottle. I received this bottle as a gift. I hardly every buy French wines, as I usually buy California red(s). The nose had a soily, earthy, yet berry like smell. Started drinking from the time the bottle opened, and watched the flavors change over the next 3 hours. A great bottle on wine. If you do not know anything about French wines, this is a good place to start.
An immediate dose of thick chocolate upon opening the bottle. Further aromas of coffee and cocoa beans then developed with time and replicated themselves on the palate. Dark red with slight bricking and light / quick legs. Medium bodied, smooth and no noticeable heat (relatively low alcohol of 13% compared to the 09s).
Did not reach anywhere near the heights of the Gruaud Larose 2000 consumed a few weeks earlier, but a solid wine.
Have two bottles left from original purchase on release and haven't had one for almost 10 years. Gave a good 3 hour decant (it could have used a little more) and consumed over the next hour with another fan of new world wine. A really great bottle of wine that worked it's charms during our consumption, medium density and a great nose throughout. Looking forward to the next one.
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(Chateau Du Tertre) Gorgeous nose of violets, blueberries, light vanilla, graphite & lots of mineral. Very elegant and layered nose. Silky palate of crushed blackberry and other red berry fruit. Firms up on the finish but there is a great fruit soak but finishes tannic and leaving you wanting more which I am sure it has in reserve.