What a great success. Oozes with blackcurrant jam and cassis and a dash of black pepper. Flamboyant oak adds a perfume of vanilla and smoke. Fleshy, long and full, this beautiful wine is not a monster, but it coats the palate with spicy flavors that epitomize class and style.
As one would expect of a wine that has not had time to make a full turn to maturation, this one is still very much on the uptick, and its refined, rich heart comes with tannin to resolve. Some folks dismissed the 1998 vintage; this wine shows why we are comfortable with our predictions that the best of them are going to age into very elegant wines. It impresses as more of a 20-year wine than a thirty-year wine, but it also impresses as a wine that is already proving itself to be far more successful than its supposed vintage image. Chunky stuff.
Rich and silky, this is an elegant, refined, delicately styled wine, with tasty herb, currant, mocha, tobacco and chocolate notes. Finishes with supple tannins and grace.
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