October 12, 2021 - Dense, purplish red color with good legs. Nose: cedar and raspberries. Palate: cedar, smoked meat; silky, moderate tannins, good acidity. No sign of fading. Should be good for a few more years. Drank second half of bottle 1 day later: some funkiness on the nose; less fruit on the palate.
October 3, 2021 - Modest black fruit bouquet. Medium-bodied, the fruit is beginning to dry out, but still enough there to make the wine enjoyable. Obviously soft and drinkable now, it has a rather narrow, shortish aftertaste.
August 18, 2021 - Good, dark tasting bdx., better after opened for some time, but nothing special; was better in its youth.
July 26, 2021 - Structurally fine, lighter style than my preference.
Mellow nose of dark fruits, very pleasant.
On the palette this does deliver black fruit - blackberry, plum, and a hint of strawberry.
Finish a little short but tasty.
July 12, 2021 - Opened as a second bottle, P & P: thinner following a well-decanted lush red Rhône blend, and less flavorful, but not fair to compare the two. Certainly far less tannin than my previous bottle. To be continued.
after VV & refrigeration, then down to room temp, this did not show well. Dead-tasting, and, at best, meh.
May 20, 2021 - Decent with good mouth feel and dark red fruit with some plum. not overly complex but nice texture and finish
April 3, 2021 - 15,5/20 Il tire maintenant vers Le Brun, marron..... Beau nez évolué avec des notes de prunes. La bouche révèle un certaine fatigue.... Ne pas attendre.... il est entrain de s'éteindre sans trop d'apothéose.
March 27, 2021 - Nice enough bottle of everyday claret. Not terribly complex but decently balanced and very good with grilled ribeyes.
March 8, 2021 - Lives up to what I expected; good balance and complex flavors, serious texture and good aged characteristics, all for around $25/btl (although almost 15 years ago). Doing fine, but no reason to wait.
January 9, 2021 - Last bottle from cellar ($25 as futures purchase in 2008). Similar to earlier notes. Mid-brick, amber edges; cocoa, leather, smokey, earthy nose; mid-body; balanced; softened tannins; semi-long smooth red fruit finish. 16 UC Davis scale, 90 other scales.