Medium dark and clear red with only slight browning and edge wateriness. Subtle but beautiful nose of mature CdP, with a haze of Burgundian (and lactic) funk that never quite dissipated after two hours in the decanter. Steadily took on weight and depth with aeration and became much better integrated than my last bottle; although not a shrill cartoon like that last sample, it's a bit meager, again reminiscent of Burg that's not ready to unfold (had any 2001 Nuits lately?). Considering the degree of bottle variation from the same source, perhaps there will be one or two really fine bottles ahead.
Bottle in fine condition. Cork smelled questionable but there was no trace of TCA in the wine. On pouring, a mini-blast of garrigue, with sweet and full secondary and tertiary Grenache aromas, a little barnyard, and grilled meat. That was the high point. In the mouth, too little flesh or fruit -- even some decayed fruit would have helped -- but rather hot, dominated by acid and alcohol, and high-strung enough to border on medicinal. Not a terrible drink, but let's face it, it's more like a diluted cocktail than a glass of wine. This experience is inconsistent with others' reports. I have another six or eight bottles, all from a reliable source in France, so I will try again soon and see whether the others are better.
CT London Event (Hide Bar, Bermondsey, London): En magnum. Another glorious wine. Any other may have been swallowed up by the 1994 Grange on the same flight, but this more than stood its ground. Beautiful nose, with rich ripe cherries, pomegranates and earthy garrigue and spicy pepper notes. Not for the first time in the afternoon, my notes go "wow!!". Great, great balance on the palate. Rich and very concentrated with lovely stewed cherries and cherry liquer tones, but ever so elegant and beautifully poised with lovely acidity and silky tannins. Finish was every bit as clean and round as the rest of the wine. Not the lengthiest, but very resolved, with melted tannins and a lovely spiciness. Lots of life left on this, but already singing when I tried it.
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