Beautiful nose, dark, gritty tobacco and green pepper notes that carry into the palate and pair perfectly with the deep, dark fruit. This is mature, but not tired and is ever so smooth from entry through the finish. Excellent – Drink Now
Pizza and wines @ Salil's (Vernon, CT): Beautiful, expressive, aromatic and just drinking great right now. The first few whiffs had a pronounced green pepper note, but this settled in when the earth, leather and minerals notes joined the party. Nicely resolved structure, yet still lively and fresh. What a joy to drink with pizza; I need to try this combination more often.
Pizza night with Austrians and random reds: I have had a ton of bottle variation with the '85 Raffault, but this was definitely one of the best bottles I've come across. No brett in this one, it's all fresh dark berried fruit, green forestal, herbal and faintly leafy notes, and more developed earthy - almost gravelly - notes all coming together very seamlessly on the nose and palate. The tannin seems fully integrated, and most of the structure remaining comes from the acidity, which keeps it remarkably fresh and lively on the palate. Remarkably good match with the pizza.
Did not take notes - purchased 1 year ago in Atlanta, GA. Paired well with smoked salmon. Very earthy but some fruit still there & nice balance. Tobacco / herbal overtones dominated the palate but enough fruit to keep provide balance. Hard to rate given not notes but I'm glad I bought 2 bottles. Might have had a slight cork taint so won't rate now - older Loire's tend to be pretty herbal / green so will try other bottle soon to compare.
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