Had a vertical tasting with Chante le Merle from four vintages: 07, 09, 11 and 12.
Slightly muted compared to the other vintages. Very spicy and heady nose with black pepper and pine needles. Some conserved cherries comes after some time. Do not have the same fruitiness as the other vintages.
On the palate the wine is almost violent. Super dry, heady, dusty (almost like drinking sand). The black pepper comes immediately. Fine drying minerals follows. Kirsch, bay leaf, blood and bacon are there.
A completly different wine from the rest of the vintages. The fruit is drying out and is replaced by alcohol and spiciness. There is nothing wrong with the wine really, except that it lacks in fruit and the alcohol takes overhand. The quality is there but I prefer some more balance. Was rated as the weakest vintage of the four by the group.
Heady, jammy nose with rum raisins, ceder tree and leather.
Oak is present on the palate with good fruit and structure but I miss the zingy acid I found in the -07 vintage. I think that they have overdone the wine this time. My father did not agree and found the wine outstanding.
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