January 24, 2021 - Drinking VERY well.
Lots of fruit, good acid, and gentle tannins at this point. Funkier on the nose than the palate and in fact my wife, who generally has no problem with funk, wouldn't drink it. Oh well, more for me.
December 15, 2020 - Put into a decanter for several hours. In the glass it’s black as night. The nose is just so interesting. It starts off with the small of vegetables that have aged in a really interesting way and it’s overplayed with layers of red fruit and smoke. It different but incredible what smells wines have to offer. It attacks you mounts with a burst of those red fruits surrounded by honey, roasted vegies, cranberries and forest floor. Wow. Each bottle gets better and they have evolved in a way I never imagined. This is rocking. Glad to have more. Sad to not have bought other vintages. Nothing like giving wine time to resolve and come together. 94+. This has improve with each bottle. Can’t imagine where it will go down the road.
November 12, 2020 - Quite funky but(?) good. Still plenty of time to go.
September 1, 2020 - A few hours in the decanter and wow. This wine just gets better and better with each bottle. In the glass it is still primary dark and as I swirl it the legs are long and drip down the side of the glass. You can still smell the garden but that profile has faded but has just gotten much more refined. Unmistakeable. Beautiful soft dark fruit profile but still has a lot of tannins and acid which are In perfect balance. It picks up a sweet note on the finish that begs you to drink more. This is really just starting to enter a Primary drinking window. This has a lot of room to improve and I’m sure this will be absolutely great. It will last for decades. I can see why these were one of the worlds prized wines. Every time I go into my wine cellar I would almost regretted that I bought so many but now I’m a convert. Love it.
April 18, 2020 - Another very fine bottle. Not as developed as previous ones but outstanding. Really dark in the glass with the usual vegi profile of celery’s bell pepper but less pronounced. Really smooth and balanced and the tannins are in complete harmony. Nice with fettuccini.
Tonight 92+. Glad to have another case. This should get better and better with more time.
February 23, 2020 - Pulled the cork a half hour before drinking. It was an angry, angry wine at first. Raspy tannins, disjointed acidity, just unpleasant. But the wine blossomed after another half hour and really is beautiful. The nose takes on a vibrant floral complexity. Lush black and red fruits, dense and almost viscous bloody aspect, some mineral underpinning. A powerful and ripe wine but with very nice detail and grace. This is great wine and probably should be left alone for a decade to show its best. I caught pieces of why it’s going to be great. If you have a few, crack one. Otherwise I’d wait and I imagine this will be quite rewarding.
November 11, 2019 - Opened two bottles for dinner last night. The were sloxed for 6-7 hours then into a decanter. The color is still very primary and opaque but the most gorgous color. The nose screams of the barnyard mixed with veggies and cedar. In the mouth it is still in a very primary phase, but it is a very beautiful wine that in total harmony. I think it needs a few more years to develop more and will probably last another 15-20 after that. Cabernet Franc at its most elegant. Love this wine and glad to have a lot more to check in on over the next decade. 1/2 of a bottle was left over and I will try tonight and see what that does for the wine. Overall this wine has been improving since I opened my first bottle and I think these Cab Franc's from Loire just need alot of time to get to where they need to be. I can see that this is not the profile that a lot of people would like but the winemaking is excellent and it shows in every bottle I have opened. The coark was just stained at the very end and in pristine condition.I have had them stored in my tem controlled cellar since release. Provinance is everything.
April 14, 2019 - Crystalline ruby color.
Aromatic and quite pungent on the nose. Brett, cedar, wild blackberries, damp earth.
Lovely balance on the palate between the sweet but just so slightly tart black fruit, the wonderful mid palate acid presence, and a smooth and slightly dusty finish.
Classic Loire Cabernet Franc.
December 16, 2018 - Once again a perfect bottle. In the decanter it just screams of cellray, tomatoes and bell peppers. Totally different in the mouth where it is a beautifully soft expression of soft fruit, berries maybe cedar or a woody note. Really nice balance. Still can improve over next 5 years.
October 23, 2018 - slow oxed for 10 hours. Still a young wine. on the nose it is a vegetable garden. Celray & tomato are right in your face. In the mouth a different animal. Beautiful mouthful of small fruits and berries. Great place but lots of room for improvement. 90+