Had mixed results with the 98 so this was a nice surprise. The nose is quite light, with aromas of strawberry and fig, but less intense than I hoped, so the first sip was not as I expected: a big dollop of quite thick, jammy garrigue strawberries with herbs and spices, then some cassis before a good, long finish. It'll improve further over the next two or three years.
Crimson brick color. This had an earthy, musty nose with hints of wood and spice. The palate was very similar, with the addition of dusty, dried fruit notes. Interesting wine, though mired in the darker end of the aroma and flavor spectrum. Tannins are sufficiently robust to support another three to five years of age on this.
Took the first sip right after popping and pouring it to a decanter. Initially rather restrained fruity nose. Palate showed red toned fruit/berries, some cranberries and hints of raspberry and pine forest with vibrant tannins and good acidity.After more than one hour in the decanter it started to evolve.Nose became more funky with some pine forest. On the palate subtle earthy notes emerging and fruit dominating less.Some chocolaty notes and pine needles with a slightly austere finish.Still very tannic giving it a dusty mouthfeel. Starting slowly to come around and delivering pleasant tertiary flavors despite of the huge tannins. Drink or hold.
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(Chateau Pradeaux Bandol) This was showing great. Beautiful nose of leather, dried roses, minerals & black fruits. Very animal and barnyard too. Palate had great black fruits and a nice stony minerality. Tannins were big but very well rounded and surpirsingly accessible. Long finish. Chewy wine but had fantastic earthiness and minerality. I am surpised it was this open as the Longue Garde is a rock now.
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