Beet red aspect to ruby color. Rather shy nose, floral. Dark fruit and black cherry skin that intensify with air. Dark chocolate tannins grip on the long finish. Strikes me as young, austere Bordeaux, so will check back in two years.
From Coravin. Medium plus intensity aromas of blackcurrant and cherry, smoky with touches of cream, vanilla and crushed rock. Thick and brooding, spice as well...lots' going on for such a relatively young wine. Even some perfumed almost violet top notes. In the mouth the wine is savoury with black fruit, almost black treacle, concentrated and thick with slight course, floury tannins. Finishes long and spicy. Very pleasant but, perhaps, lacks a little acidity.
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(Château Le Crock (St Estèphe)) A very different quality of fruit here compared to the 2008 just tasted. This is much more convincing, showing dark and spicy fruit, with hints of roasted almonds, perhaps an oak-derived aroma. The palate is soft, supple at first, although there are some firm and grippy tannins beneath. It doesn't have the midpalate substance I expected from all that spicy fruit on the nose. There is a gentle weight to it, underpinned by broad and ripe tannins, firm and giving substance, not over-done at least. Good acids. Plenty of substance and grip here but it all feels a touch muted.
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