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.
Cherry, red raspberry, pepper, and dry earth on the nose. A lighter style than other vintages with a much lower tannin profile, even when adjusted for age, and a much brighter series of flavors. An attractive remaining balance of fruit and spice that paired well with lamb cavatelli. Smooth on the palate, the fruit to earthiness to spice on the front and mid palate is pleasing, although it all fades a little too soon the backpalate.
When I uncorked this there was a whiff of VA and pruniness, but to me (but not everyone) that blew off. A bit of horsiness, but on the Olga scale it’s well in check. Red fruit and pepper, a little bit of tannin remaining, pretty enough. B+/B
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