My guess was young vines, I think... Ayoub was planted in the early 2000s, so this was young vines. I was surprised when it was revealed because I've usually liked these wines better than I liked this today. I didn't think there was anything wrong with it, I just didn't find it very interesting.
Cellar Reconstruction Party (Gary's Place): Medium red color. PNP, drank 1+ glass over an hour. Very musky, earthy nose, red berries, black cherry, a bit of perfume. The palate shows medium body, fairly elegant, earthy, raspberry, cherry, fine grain tannins. Burgundian in style, and well balanced, if maybe dominated a bit too much the musky earth or this would score even higher for me.
Tasted along with the 07 and 06. Certainly more complexity than the other two. Nice structure and better for aging. Cherry, some cola on the nose. Very nicely balanced. Will age mine a bit longer, as opposed to the 07 which can be drunk now.
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