Bricking. High toned aromas of rose petal, a whiff of red wine vinegar, hawthorn, dried red fruits, hint of caramel. There is still some freshness on the nose. Tannin still prominent, a touch grippy, but not excessive. Medium plus length. Well-balanced. At peak.
I was looking for ward to this one - a bottle with some decent age, supposedly a fully mature burgundy. Of course, sods law, smelt oxidised with a dull nose. There was some leather and animal tastes on the palate but it was shot.
Surprisingly deep colour - good medium ruby, touched with caramel throughout, and a broad tapering rim showing quite a bit of brick/orange. Gentle nose of cassis with soft, smokey, chocolate tones, a nice leafy touch and a wisp of game. Smooth, sweet and briary mouth entry. Quite firm and grippy on the mid-palate, with damson fruit and a touch of caramel. Chocolatey, earthy touches, and a little warm on the finish. Not an easy wine, but a solid, pleasing companion at the dinnner table. ***
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