Rich, savory, with good red and dark fruit on the palate with lingering minerality, herbs, leather, espresso, chocolate, and baking spices. This is still thin and hollow on the mid-palate, but should improve with time. The Cab Franc really shines in this wine.
Popped and poured. Dark fruit and slightly aggressive tannin on day 1. On day two this wine transformed into a plush, silky, densely concentrated, delicious wine. Hold for three or more years. Tremendous value for $19 from Premier Cru.
Decanted 30-min prior to dinner of rich chicken pasta-minestrone soup, bread, butter, and salad. Dark, sappy purple color. Slightly hot nose of fresh raspberries, tart cherries, menthol, and baking spices. Full-bodied palate brings candied strawberries, roasted cherries, raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups, red licorice, garden herbs, and hints of spicy dark chocolate, which lead into a very dusty finish that brings a wonderful cherry/raspberry candied pucker lasting a good 30-45 seconds. This guy is still young, but the concentration/depth of texture makes it drinkable with food after a good decant.
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(Chateau Plince Pomerol) A Mouiex wine. Very dark, high-toned nose here. A bright and very direct character to the fruit. The palate shows plenty of fruit character too, dark in style, certainly fresh, with soft and supple but ripe and appealing tannins beneath. Good acidity, attractive freshness too. This has a very accessible style on the palate; although it has a good structure and will benefit from cellaring I suspect that this will drink earlier than many of the Moueix cuvées.
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