after reading recent notes, i was pleasantly surprised at how this bottle showed (my first experience). while not as weighty as the '78 jaboulet la chapelle, finish was lengthy; leather on the nose, pronounced acid on the palette. delicious wine. can drink now, but will not be in a rush to finish (though do not see it improving). paired with roast chicken.
Good ullage. Garnet translucent healthy colour. November bonfire, soil, tilled earth, tertiary, peppery, piped tobacco, cigars and ashtray. It is medium bodied, elegant, light on its feet and complex, as it metamorphoses from one iteration to another. As it evolves the soil notes remain a constant presence, as it ends with gravelly, graphite and coal notes, with a more viscous finish. A great wine and great bottle, with plenty more to give. A memorable wine.
This was a fine bottle with good ullage. The first whiff gave us bonfire, woodsmoke and soil. The earthy notes prevailed over the course of the evening, in addition to a sprinkling of white pepper. I detected some vegetal notes but they were in the background and not intrusive. This is now a medium bodied wine and the focus is completely tertiary. Several hours in the texture is more viscous and aromas 'ashtray', savoury and hints of tar. A real pleasure to drink.
A good bottle with the full complement of sweet spice, black fruit and soil notes on the nose. But the nose still did not sparkle in the way I found this wine could as recently as 3 years ago. Displayed above average breadth on the palate but finish is on the shorter side and the wine began to fade after 75 minutes of air time. Consumed with roast quail. Drink now
Nice spice and plum on the nose, but this turned toward the prunish side with some air time. Overall a somewhat muddled and subdued bottle. Nothing obviously wrong here, but this was below the standard set by this wine in other recent showings. 91-92
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