Drank over two days, excellent on both. No need to decant, although allowing the bottle to breathe for a little while helped. I am with Bowmanifesto in terms of superlatives. How will I not drink the next 5 in the next 5 months?
Louis IX. King of Regal and Rustic. That's what Clos del Rey is. Rustic on the nose. Regal on the palate. These bottles have been resting in my cellar for five years before I opened this first one. The power and majesty are almost overwhelming, but incredibly inviting to take a step into the unusual and unforgettable. Vive le Roi!
Consumed over 2 days (Vacuvined), note from day 2. Nose: Medium expressiveness, dark chocolate covered cherries, blueberry, Christmas fruit cake, sea salt, and violets. Palate: Medium-full bodied, fruit cake and spice on the initial attack, some blue fruit and smokiness appears mid-palate, turns a little gamey in the back-end. Finish: Medium-plus length dominated by gaminess, blue fruit, and spice. While not overly delicious, this Carignan dominated blend offers a rather unique flavor profile that I find very interesting.
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