June 21, 2021 - An excellent bottle of Loire red -- the nose has just a slight bit of dirty, animal funk and not too prominent pyrazines, but those both serve to frame some sweet black fruit. On the palate, you get a sensation of full ripeness, but without any heaviness. The pyrazines on the palate lighten up the dense, sweet fruit on the palate.
March 27, 2021 - Magnifique à ce stade, avec des notes tertiaires bien présentes de profil nobles, avec un fruité toujours présent en arrière-plan. C'est exactement à ce stade que j'aime mais vins âgés. Les tannins sont assouplis mais encore assez sévères, caractéristique du millésime un peu partout en France. Grande réussite. 94.
March 14, 2020 - Good showing for a potentially great wine. While this is a bit anomalous for Loire Franc in terms of intensity, I don't find it out of character. This wine is to Loire Cab Franc what matcha is to regular lightly steeped green tea.
Opened up with olive, currant and savory tones. Tobacco and cassis became more prominent as it opened up over several hours. All about pure currants and earth tones on the palate, with a medium acidity entry. The lower acidity and higher alcohol than typical for Chinon gives it a surprising roundness and warmth. Long finish with interplay between dark fruit and tobacco. The tannins are a bit hard and rather grippy--that is the big question mark for development.
Since I have several bottles, the 15 year mark was a logical point to check in. But I think another 5-10 years is the time frame for bottle #2. The incipient olive notes are auspicious--that is what a deep Franc (or Merlot or Cab S) should develop over time. And there is plenty of stuffing and freshness here. On the other hand, the astringency of the tannins may be a long term characteristic.
January 24, 2020 - Tannic, decent fruit but the tannins are pretty grainy and rough
April 6, 2019 - Red and black fruit, powerful and dense, spices and herbs, drinking well, still have 14 bottles, will drink them most probably over the next 5 years.
October 17, 2018 - Quite full-bodied and powerful at this current stage but yet in a very nice drinking window; This has tell-tale aromas of bell pepper and herbs, but with great density and concentration of fruit on the palate; This should continue to improve but is quite enjoyable in its current state
July 24, 2018 - Underwood, pepper, and dark fruit on the nose. Medium tannins with red fruit and dark berry notes on the palate. Medium+ finish. Lovely balance!
April 26, 2018 - Nose: The nose is well balanced and poised with tobacco, sour red cherries, raspberries, mint, herbs, earth, violets, along with some bell pepper notes.
Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity and medium tannins. The feel is refined with sour red cherries, tobacco, herbs, bell peppers, violets, and raspberies. The tannins certainly show youth, but there is a silkiness to them.
Overall: This is drinking beautifully after about an hour's worth of air. Though it is drinking well, there is a good amount of youth to it and this should easily be able to sail along and develop for another 8+ years.
December 2, 2017 - Wines with Salil et al.; 12/1/2017-12/3/2017 (Chicago, IL): This is definitely drinking better than the 2005 FdP, but in the long haul, it will probably be the weaker wine. This is pretty much the same as I noted a few months ago; it's got a brilliant density of black fruit that the riper vintage gives it, alongside the requisite pyrazine tones. This is definitely in no risk of decline anytime soon, but I really can't deny how good this is already.
December 1, 2017 - Awesome. Perhaps just a faint notch below the '05 FDP in terms of depth and finesse, but this is fantastic. Black fruit, cedar, tobacco, a whiff of leather, and more savoury earthiness all come together on a medium weight frame, and while this is really tannic and tightly-wound at first, it opens up nicely with air and becomes more approachable with time. Excellent, though it's still rather youthful and in need of a lot more cellar time.