This needed 20 minutes in the decanter to show itself. An odd combination of a surprisingly refined wine without a serious amount of complexity. Pure, powdery, polished dark fruits on the nose with surprisingly little spice though the alcohol was obvious enough. The palate is a bit more as expected; blackberry, garrigue, better mannered than might be expected from such a hot climate.
I am bewildered to say the least. This wine, like many other 07s from the South of France that I've been tasting through in the last few weeks, is dominated by an oxidative, pruney flavor and an alcoholic burn that are very off-putting. I'm not sure whether this wine is flawed, or if the high alcohol of this vintage in the South of France is affecting the age-worthiness of these wines. I've noticed others referencing this with the 07 CdP vintage, but no one else seems to have noted that flavor profile for this wine. Very confusing.
Popped, decanted and poured. Lots of dense black fruit, slightly brooding to start with plenty of baking spice. Opened with more air, length increased. Very good concentration. Just entering its good drinking window.
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