Decanted for 3 hours before pouring. This wine smells the funkiest of any of the wines I have opened so I was a little worried about it. That funk was the only thing dominating the nose, not really showing any of it's typical elegance or beauty. However, those things did show up elsewhere. The palate was very rich and vibrant dark fruits dominated. It was luscious but beautifully balanced with bracing acidity. Really amazingly balanced on the the palate. Wow, huge delicious puckering acidity when you swallow. Really richly fruited here too, with notes of blueberry. The thing I love about this wine is how elegant and racy with its acidity despite it being so voluptuously fruited yet not extracted. Despite the nose, this was a really lovely showing.
Per ROCKNROLLER, slow o'd for 8 hours. The nose on this wine was great and complex. Everyone agreed it was a funky Bordeaux nose. The palate is a bit thin and rather green. In fairness, it was less green and had MORE body than most other Loire Cabernet Franc I've had. Still, rather disjointed, and firm tannins. I would like to drink this again in 5 years.
Riesling and Some Reds: Lovely deep purple hued red color. Slow-O for about 8 hours. 2.5oz pour over 40 minutes. I loved the nose, "Bordeauxesque", damp earthy, gorgeous dark fruits of cassis, black raspberry and saddle leather. The palate is medium bodied, dusty minerals, tobacco, brambly dark berries and cassis with a firm tannic finish. This is still quite young and despite 8hrs open could have used some additional decanting. May not be everyone's cup of tea, but i think its fantastic juice. 92 (+)pts. My and group #2 RWOTN.
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(Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boisée) From a clay-limestone terroir, the vines aged approximately 30 to 50 years says Mathieu. This has 18 months in barrel, and so will not be bottled for some time yet. A great creamy colour here. A smoky nose, with wonderful fruit expression, concentrated but without being overly rich or sweet. A full, lightly creamy style on the palate, with precise and dark fruit again but here with a very pointed definition - although still very rich, with a massive presence in the mouth. There are tannins here, but they are very well hidden beneath the fruit. And yet it still remains true to the appellation, with a persistent freshness and style to the fruit. A firmer style of tannins than Le Clos Guillot in the finish, and a slowly fading length. This should be great.
(Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boisée) This is from a pure limestone terroir, tuffeau as it is known locally. A great nose here, rich and dense, with pure ripe fruit. Dark, concentrated, with a slightly sooty edge perhaps reflecting the wine's tannic substance. This is exactly what the palate possesses; dense substance, very rich yet balanced, with a firm tannic core giving the wine a monumental structure. This is a huge wine, a vin de garde, which requires 10-15 years before it will be ready.
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