Bright and clear red colour. Appealing notes of roasted paprika, bay leaf and beef stock on the nose. A sip reveals a tobacco, leather and some prunes and figs in the back. Grainy, earhty mouthfeel, silky soft and elegant. Not a blockbuster, of course, but a very fine and comfortable diner wine to accompany rustic, but not too heavy, courses.
Lovely wine which exceeded my moderate expectations. Started off mildly inert, definitely "Bordeaux" but hard to go beyond that. Over the next hour or so it evolved into something still quite subtle and restrained but balanced as a claret should be. Drank from a magnum and certainly not over the hill by any means.
Med Garnet core fading to a brick rim. Stalky, green bell pepper on the nose, coffee, spice, wet stones, earth - some subtle fruits trying to get through. Med. acidity and light tannins. Not very complex on the palate - a victim of underripe grapes perhaps? Well made effort in a poor vintage. At peak/drink soon as the fruits are almost gone.
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