We had this in Paris accompanying a great dinner at Carre des Feuillants. Perhaps I was a bit tipsy by the time we got to this, but my wife and enjoyed it a lot. Sort of an old-fashioned Bordeaux profile with a tad of rusticity; the Mourvedre in the blend provides a slightly exotic, savory element. The wine remains dark and somewhat uninvolved, auguring well for at least another 7-10 years of development and probably a lot more.
Dark purple. Young, sleek and polished fruit on the nose combined with a whiff of farmyard. Clearly a very young wine with abundant and prominent red fruit. Intially I find that the wine is marked by wood which is surprising as Oliver does not use new oak, but as the wine settles in the glass the wood marks dissipates and a peppery (white), spicy profile emerges. The wine has an elegant side to it, it is not heavy or big by any means, but as time goes by I sense that the fruit is drying out on the back palate which is a small concern. Interesting wine to drink.
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