May 24, 2021 - Tasted blind. Red fruit, mint, a hint of green notes, and leather on the very pretty nose. Nice structure with red fruit, blackberries, velvety texture, and still quite drying tannins on the palate. Long finish. This was a great wine, still youthful and dark in the glass, but drinking quite well. 93-94
January 2, 2021 - Consistent with prior notes, sous bois and Franc varietal character.
Early maturity, I'd say, with acidity and tannins still left in the tank to continue evolution.
November 3, 2020 - Lovely and definitely entering drinking window with 1hr decant. Second half back in the bottle for 5 hours and will report back during election.
Even better! A layer of translucent charcoal and distant slow-cooked potroast scents hover above the surprisingly fresh fruit and flowerpetals. This is probably a 40-year wine at the beginning of its plateau. It welcomes aeration but doesn't require it. now-2045.
August 28, 2020 - Very youthful with drying tannin. Fresh tobacco leaf, peppercorn, minty, cool, and crunchy with a tense line of high toned red fruit. For my tastes this is probably still 5 years away from a good drinking window, but it's Franc through-and-through.
May 9, 2020 - Ouvert 4 heures, dont 2 de carafe, c’est un minimum.
Dégusté à l’ouverture, le vin était totalement fermé et il a vraiment pris son envol avec le repas.
Grenat foncé, fruits noirs et poivrons rouges (légers), concentré, moyennement complexe avec du caractère, très belle finale.
Au début de son plateau, sous réserve qu’on lui donne beaucoup d’air. Sinon dans 5 ans.
April 26, 2020 - Very dry and I believe lightly corked
April 15, 2018 - This bottle was really singing, though I could see it being somewhat polarizing. Sous bois, pasture, menthol, mint, red and black currant. The farmyard is strong in this one at opening; prominent but not dominant to my taste. Fresh fruit and tobacco attack, concentrated, fine tannins and a long earth-tinged and mineral-inflected finish. Structure not fully resolved, though not punishing, either. Complex and harmonious. Less funk and more dark fruit balance with time in decanter.
February 9, 2018 - Cedar, dry red fruit, dried herbs, tobacco. Good complexity, although the fruit is still a little stiff. Mineral. Very good, not great. Still needs some time, but an enjoyable drink at the moment.
April 15, 2017 - Largely consistent with prior notes, but with further integration of tannins and tighter fruit. Feels like it's entering a stage where primary qualities are receding yet tertiary character is not fully assertive. Try next bottle in 18-30 months.
March 11, 2017 - From memory: Pretty wine in early maturity with significant bell pepper notes.