Upon P&P 1 hr. before blind French tasting, I thought it had gone South, but took it along with several others I was contributing. 1-1/2 hrs later, it had opened up with much more fruit and a pleasant, fruity nose. Light in color, which suggested age, but ended up being the first bottle of 18 which was emptied by the participants, and there were some much more heralded wines amongst the offerings.
Raised to an 82 after day one. Odd, but even an oldie like this is better on the second day!?! Thin, watery & rust-colored. If you have any of this in your cellar, DRINK UP NOW as it's already well past prime. I could just barely make out a bit of pepper: Perhaps a last remnant of it's more robust past.
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